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 »

Are You Called To Be A Pastor?

It is important to understand that all believers are called to ministry and all believers are to pursue Christ with all their heart and passion. It is also true that every believer should be diligent to share the Gospel and be in the habit of making disciples.... Read More »

Concerning Labels: Why Labels Matter

A few weeks ago, another semester began here at Southwestern Seminary, and I began another course on Baptist Heritage, a class in which the people, places and ideas of the Baptist movement are discussed. On the first day of class, I ran through the usual first... Read More »

The Threat to Religious Liberty from Inside the Church

Even in our truncated news cycle where this hour’s breaking news is yesterday’s story in a matter of minutes, the issue of religious liberty has maintained a lingering presence in the American consciousness for most of the last few months. From the rhetori... Read More »

Why I love the Cooperative Program and why you should too

I am a product of the Cooperative Program (CP). [1] I admit it and am proud of it. I was reared in a home where my father’s salary came whole or in part from gifts through the CP; my first ministry experience as a summer missionary was paid through CP gifts;... Read More »

Evangelism vs. Church Planting at the Coliseum

It’s dark, musty and noisy. All eyes are focused on the boxing ring in the center of the arena. The spectators’ bloodlust permeates the air as they anticipate the ring of the fight bell. In one corner stands the well-promoted fighter Church Planting. In th... Read More »

Theology Matters: But Why Does Theology Matter?

Not all theology matters. Few today are absorbed in the Process Theology of Alfred North Whitehead, and almost no one would embrace Buridan’s Donkey as a serious contemplative issue. Pre-Copernican perspectives of the universe still provide historical intere... Read More »