Why “ISIS” Will Never Go Away

November 13th, 2015 … ISIS has made its voice known yet again. In fact, they have not only made their voice known, but they have captivated the attention of even the most powerful countries. What started as a small dot on America’s radar that we have ignor... Read More »

Defending The Faith Like The Early Church

The good work of defending the Christian faith is nothing new. The Apostle Paul inaugurated the tradition of Christian apologetics when he ascended Mars Hill and engaged the Athenians.[1] In the ensuing years, many other early Christians, especially in the sec... Read More »

China, Children, and the Creator God

God and the Creation of New Human Life China has been revising its One-Child Policy, a law first implemented in 1979 that limited almost every family to only one child. In November 2013, the ruling Communist Party announced that married couples in which one sp... Read More »

Is It OK for Followers of Jesus to Do That?

How do followers of Jesus Christ determine whether it is right or wrong to do a specific thing? For example, is it OK for Christians to go to the movies? Play poker? Smoke tobacco? Drink alcohol, even moderately? Engage in civil disobedience? How do we answer ... Read More »

Table for Six, Please

My family consists of six people—two adults and four children. Needless to say, in today’s economy, we do not eat out often. However, when we do eat out, there are numerous restaurants to which I cannot take the “Patrick 6.” First, there are the restau... Read More »

5 Keys to Reaching the “Selfie” Generation

We all learned a new word in 2012: “selfie.” For those of you who may still be in the cultural dark on this one, a “selfie” is a self-portrait photograph typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone held at arm’s length and then sh... Read More »

The School of Preaching

In the spring of 1905, while crossing the Texas panhandle by train, B.H. Carroll had a vision of establishing a school in the great southwest to train preachers. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was officially born three years later and made its home ... Read More »

Progressive What?

Recently, some publications have been promoting a theological position called progressive covenantalism (PC). Its proponents claim that it offers a middle ground between covenantalism and dispensationalism. [1] Now, I think I know something about dispensationa... Read More »

Can We Talk about the Gospel without Telling It?

Words such as Gospel, Great Commission, evangelism and mission are rising in popularity. Influential blogs, books and conferences alike utilize these terms and their cognates (e.g., Gospel-centered, missional, etc.) in their titles and themes. As much exciteme... Read More »

What Is Mental Illness?

Two years ago, at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national meeting in Houston, messengers adopted a resolution calling on all Southern Baptists, “to look for and create opportunities to love and minister to, and develop methods and resources to care fo... Read More »