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  • 'But seriously folks': Humor's role in pulpit assessed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (one year ago)

    Cartoon by Joe McKeever
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit."

    Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons.

    Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the use of humor in preaching, told Baptist Press there are three general views on the subject. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Both/and: Campus ministry & a local church

    by Russell Moore, posted Thursday, May 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    Russell Moore's advice to college-bound high school grads: You need the church, not just a campus ministry. "Your attitude toward the church reveals your attitude toward Jesus," Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Training for the souls of men

    by Paige Patterson, posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    Even more important than training for Special Ops or for life-saving surgery is training for the souls of men, Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes of the need for ministers to go to Bible school and/or seminary. Read More

  • Archaeologists buttress early dating of OT books

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Believers can believe the Bible when it says that 'Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.'"

    -- Stephen Andrews

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A study suggesting widespread literacy among ancient Hebrews before 600 B.C. has been dubbed "one more nail slammed in the coffin" of liberal theology's argument that Old Testament books could not have been written during the lives of David, Moses and other scriptural authors.

    The finding from a team of Israeli archaeologists and mathematicians counters notions that literacy was rare and isolated before the Jews' exile to Babylon. Read More

  • CULTURE: Not just naughty behavior

    by Owen Strachan, posted Thursday, April 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    Owen Strachan compares contemporary culture's view of sex to God's "brilliant and gracious design." It is "a gift of God, part of a worldview of delight," Strachan, a Christian theology professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes. "To a neo-pagan society, we say: Your view of sex, of love, is not too big. It is too small." Read More

  • BAPTISTS: Making the history of the future

    by Jason G. Duesing, posted Friday, April 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Making the history of the future in the present is an encouraging and hopeful task," Jason Duesing writes, citing hopeful signs in the study of Baptist history and theology. Many current scholars are "engaging in the task of biblical recovery" without resorting to "rootless invention," writes Duesing, provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • My parents didn't let me choose my gender

    by Maggie Sandusky, posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- There is a growing trend today that we see repeated in news headlines: Parents choosing to raise their child genderless or as the opposite gender due to the child's preference. Simply put, if a little girl says she wishes she were a boy or a little boy prefers to play with dolls, the parents seek to grant their wish.

    If I had been raised in a different time, by different parents, I fear I could have been one of them. Read More

  • Judas documentary critiqued as heresy, revisionism

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A BBC documentary suggesting Judas Iscariot wasn't purely a traitor has drawn criticism from evangelicals as, among other things, "an attempt to undermine the Christian Gospel."

    "This is nothing new," said Jerry Vines, a former Southern Baptist Convention president who has written and preached on Judas. He noted attempts since the second century to portray Judas more favorably than he is presented in Scripture -- as a traitor who delivered Jesus to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Seeking God's will

    by Jim Richards, posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    Texas Baptist leader Jim Richards relays the principles he uses for seeking to know God's will: the Bible, the Holy Spirit, godly counsel, preaching and teaching, and circumstances. "When our will is submitted to His will," Richards writes, "He will show us the proper path." Read More

  • 'In the beginning' is crucial, students told

    by Bonnie Burke, posted Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Emil Handke
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- It's not wise to "start somewhere other than, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,'" R. Albert Mohler Jr. told 600-plus middle and high school students.

    "The start of your story is in eternity when God created the heavens and the earth and determined that you would exist," Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said at a wisdom-themed youth conference at the undergraduate Boyce College on the Louisville, Ky., campus. Read More