Seeing God in History

Like many endurance sports, mountain climbers have their own cadre of clubs celebrating the adventures shared by only a few humans in history. In the 1980s, Richard Bass and Frank Wells conceived the mountaineering challenge of scaling the highest peak on each... Read More »

Singing for Joy and the Gospel of Peace: Why Reach the Unreached?

At night, I often find myself singing for joy. My daughter, Lindsey Joy, frightened by the dark or a dream, will call out for me, and I will come to her room, and I will sing for her. I will sing for Lindsey Joy. And there in the darkness, with the singing com... Read More »

Why a National Denomination? 200 years of Taking Gospel Light to the Nations

In my Baptist History and Heritage classes, I am often asked whether denominations really are necessary. Students, averse to what they perceive as staid institutionalism or red-tape bureaucracy, want to categorize denominations as a generational matter and thu... Read More »

Learning in War-Time: Persevering to the Completion of Your Academic Degree

In 1939, C. S. Lewis delivered an address entitled, “Learning in War-Time” to encourage those to persevere in their studies at the advent of World War II. As I read through his comments I was struck by the relevance his words have for those called to minis... Read More »

Hiding in a Corner Trying not to be Swept: The Japanese of Japan

The nation of Japan is often overlooked by those of us who view the peoples of the globe from a Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) perspective. Perhaps this is due to their economic prosperity, adaptation of Western business practices, or simply that their ge... Read More »

Like a Steersman in a Storm: The Courage of Adoniram Judson

Near the end of his life, the pioneer American missionary, Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), returned to America for the first time since he departed nearly 35 years prior. The twice–widowed Judson along with his children came in need of recuperation and rest and... Read More »

Debating Paige Patterson: 1981 Southern Baptist Inerrancy Debates with Cecil Sherman & Kenneth Chafin

Seven-score and ten years ago this very day, Abraham Lincoln arrived in a town not far from here to dedicate the cemetery and honor the men who had fallen at the Battle of Gettysburg. In his two-and-a-half-minute address, Lincoln remarked, “Now we are engage... Read More »

Are Christians ever excused from teaching and obeying clear commands in the New Testament?

A forgotten, but surprisingly prescient, approach to questions regarding the necessity and future of Baptist denominational identity can be gleaned from the words of John A. Broadus (1827-1895) when he addressed the American Baptist Publication Society’s 188... Read More »

Honor Such Men: The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists

Today at Southwestern Seminary, President Paige Patterson will be presented with the new published festschrift, The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists. Edited by Malcolm B. Yarnell, III, this volume contains chapters by a host of notable scholars, including... Read More »

Are unbelievers most helped by believers who trust the Bible?

A forgotten, but surprisingly prescient, approach to questions regarding the necessity and future of Baptist denominational identity can be gleaned from the words of John A. Broadus (1827-1895) when he addressed the American Baptist Publication Society’s 188... Read More »