Category: Ministry

I Would Never Trade My Rookie Season

My entrance into full-time ministry came later than I had planned. After college came seminary and then my doctoral studies, and in the midst of all of that schooling, I was married and had two children. It seemed as if my career plans and school were one and ... 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 »

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 »

Finishing Well

It happens about this same time every semester: students work feverishly to complete assignments, and faculty work diligently to grade them. Procrastination is no longer your friend. It’s easy to complain about the load or bemoan the fact that you didn’t s... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Exodus

This month, Oscar-winning director and producer Ridley Scott will bring his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the role of Moses, to the big screen. Certainly, the movie has sparked much discussion for many reasons, which brings t... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Luke

With Christmas quickly approaching, many pastors will preach Christmas sermon series during December and/or special Christmas services. The Gospel of Luke provides the most comprehensive details regarding the birth of Jesus and surrounding events, including th... Read More »

Patterson answers questions in 140 characters or less

In chapel, Oct. 16, while promoting that afternoon’s session of “Twitter Den,” a variation of his occasional Lion’s Den Q&A sessions, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson noted that, on Twitter, he is required to respond to every questio... Read More »

The Blinding Friday Night Lights

We’ve just moved from Middle America to Texas. To say there is a bit of culture shock is an understatement. Things are a bit different down here. Don’t get me wrong. I love Texas. I married a Texan. I’m a Spurs fan. I remember the Alamo. We e... Read More »

Should I get a PhD in Apologetics?

The short answer is “no.” The longer answer is “for almost everyone, still no.” The even longer and needlessly provocative answer is that “any PhD gained by a Christian has (or should have) Apologetics in it.” I often get asked the title question, ... Read More »