Category: Theology

Three Reasons Why I Teach Philosophy at a Seminary

Philosophy suffers from an image problem. In our technologically driven, anti-intellectual culture, it is widely perceived that philosophy offers no “this-wordly” good and is therefore a waste of time, or so the argument goes. Learning needs to be practica... Read More »

A Jolt From Jonah

The noteworthy theologian Darth Vader once said to a colleague, “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” When we turn to the Old Testament book of Jonah, we encounter a lack of faith that is devastatingly disturbing. We are jolted to discover that the lack ... Read More »

The Bible, the Preacher, and the Presenting Issue

The dust-up surrounding Andy Stanley’s sermon The Bible Told Me So and the related interview with Russell Moore at the ERLC national conference provides the preaching professor a great opportunity to think about the nature of the Word. And this blog is about... Read More »

The Rise of Soteriological Traditionalism

In 2012, hundreds of pastors, professors and laypersons affixed their signatures to the most attested confession of faith Southern Baptists have ever produced with the exception of The Baptist Faith and Message. Since that time, hundreds more have signed this ... Read More »

Does Authorial Intent Really Matter?

Tragic events over the last few years have led to significant discussions in our country regarding justice, spawning competing slogans such as “Black Lives Matter,” “All Lives Matter,” and “Blue Lives Matter.” Taken at face value, all of these slog... Read More »

What Can I Do With A Humanities Degree?

I occasionally get asked this question from prospective students and their parents who are a bit puzzled to discover that, in addition to courses in biblical studies, the curriculum at the College at Southwestern includes a humanities component in which studen... Read More »

Must We Believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity?

The following is an excerpt from Yarnell’s recently published book, “God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits.” Evangelicalism in America has amalgamated for scholars in the organization known as the Evangelical Theological Society. The two parts of its “do... Read More »

Why Go To Bible College or Seminary?

“Training? You will not need any training! You just need a passion for the USA, for democracy, and a love for the fight. Watch a few videos about war, and you will be as good as any Special Ops operator in the Marines. Don’t waste your youth. Volunteer now... Read More »

The Importance of Biblical Languages

In his Grammar, A.T. Robertson, the noted Southern Baptist Greek scholar of yesteryear, shared the conviction of A.M. Fairbairn when he said, “No man can be a theologian who is not a philologian. He who is no grammarian is no divine.”[1] In other words, bo... Read More »

5 Tools To Properly Seek The Will Of God

Recently, I visited with two young men who were trying to decide on a place of ministry. They both were considering opportunities that would change the trajectory of their lives. I shared with them the five tools I use in seeking to know God’s will. Whether ... Read More »