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Calvinism and Tongues Discussion Helpful at SBC June 11, 2007

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I plan to post the mp3s of both discussions we had today at the booth as soon as the edits are in from the studios:

Today, Criswell College hosted two theological discussions at the Southern Baptist Convention on June 11th.  Each debate lasted nearly an hour and was moderated by Jerry Johnson. Some of the discussion followed this format.

CALVINISM – Does God’s sovereignty prohibit man’s free will in the work of salvation?  Dr. Mark Coppenger (Pastor of Evanston Baptist Church and former President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Danny Akin (President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and former Criswell College Professor) discussed the various points and issues related to Calvinism.

TONGUES – What is the nature of tongues?  Is it a private prayer language, missionary language, or both?  Dwight McKissic (Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and Trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Russell Moore (Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) presented contrasting viewpoints on the issue.


Global Warming: Russell Moore Before Senate Committee June 7, 2007

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Russell Moore, good friend and dean of the school of theology at SBTS, gave testimony today (Thursday, June 7, 2007) before the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. As director for the C. F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, he made a statement and took questions before a Full Committee hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Views of Religious Organizations Regarding Global Warming.

Throughout, Russ clearly and powerfully defined the role of evangelicals to make clear the mission of the church as well as the biblical call to exercise and engage our rights as citizens of this republic.

Click here to read his statement.

The indispensable Book: Bible and Its Sufficiency June 4, 2007

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What happens in our churches when we disregard the sufficiency of Holy Scripture? Confusion, sermons stripped of all but praxis, doctrinal error, and evangelism without power or effectiveness—the situation we see commonly today.

The Bible is indispensable to Christianity. From Pentecost to the present, no period in the history of the church has seen any substantial work of God without the powerful preaching and teaching of Christ through the Scriptures. The New Testament records a time when churches developed around the foundation laid on the teaching of the apostles and prophets.  But beyond simple history, the Bible provides formative and principled instruction on the establishment of simple bodies that bear the mark of Christ.

Link here for article on line.


Jerry Falwell Goes to be with the Lord May 15, 2007

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Jerry Falwell died this morning.

The founder of Liberty University, long time pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, leader of the Moral Majority, and builder of the religious right into a political force, was found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.

Read the AP release.

Must Read–Carl Trueman a Beckwith May 6, 2007

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If you would like to come to a greater sense of understanding about the recent changes in Beckwith’s life, read Carl Trueman’s leveling words.

Link here.

Evangelicals Disdained in University Classrooms May 5, 2007

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You should read this morning’s Wash Post article discrimination among faculty in American universities.

From the article:

Frank G. Kauffman was teaching a course in social work at Missouri State University in 2005 when he gave an assignment that sparked a lawsuit and nearly destroyed his academic career.

He asked his students to write letters urging state legislators to support adoptions by same-sex couples. Emily Brooker, then a junior majoring in social work, objected that the assignment violated her Christian beliefs. When she refused to sign her letter, she was hauled before a faculty panel on a charge of discriminating against gays.

Read the article here.

Can Anything Help Rescue the SBC? April 21, 2007

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 In a thoughtful and critical reflection, Danny Akin, president of SEBTS, argues that the future of the Southern Baptist Convention lies in the hands of a return to biblical principles of leadership and service in the church.

Here’s a quote, “The Conservative Resurgence gave Southern Baptists a second chance but it did not secure our future. Has there been a Resurgence? Yes. Has there been a Restoration? Doubtful. Have we experienced genuine Revival? Clearly the answer is no.”

Read “Eight Theological Essentials for Southern Baptists in the 21st Century

  1. The non-negotiable of a regenerate Church
  2. The essential nature of believers baptism by immersion with a biblical appreciation for its significance
  3. The recovery of the lost jewels of church discipline and genuine disciple-making
    as essential marks of the Church.
  4. The emphasis and practice of a genuinely Word-based ministry
  5. The vision for a faithful and authentic biblical ecclesiology
  6. The continued nurturing of a fervent missionary and evangelistic passion that is
    wedded to a healthy and robust theology
  7. The teaching and preaching of a 1st century biblical model for church planting
  8. The wisdom to look back and remember who we were so that as we move
    forward we will not forget who we are

Read and discuss the implications of Akin’s issues.Read the full article here.

‘New’ Tolkien novel, ‘The Children of Hurin,’ to be published 34 years after death April 16, 2007

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From the feed: “More than 30 years after his death, a “new” book by J.R.R. Tolkien goes on sale on Tuesday which may well be the author’s last complete work to be published posthumously. Tolkien’s son and literary executor Christopher, now in his eighties, constructed “The Children of Hurin” from his father’s manuscripts, and said he tried to do so “without any editorial invention.”Already told in fragmentary form in “The Silmarillion,” which appeared in 1977, the new book is darker than “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” for which Tolkien is best known.

“It’s not Harry Potter,” said David Brawn, director at Tolkien publisher HarperCollins, a division of News Corp.

The story is set long before “The Lord of the Rings” in a part of Middle-earth that was drowned before Hobbits ever appeared, and tells the tragic tale of Turin and his sister Nienor who are cursed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.

Brawn said the initial worldwide print run for the new book, featuring illustrations by Oscar-winner Alan Lee, was 500,000.He told Reuters that Christopher, who does not give interviews, wanted to put the spotlight back on Tolkien’s writing after Peter Jackson’s hugely popular film trilogy based on “The Lord of the Rings.”

“As publishers we’ve been through the most extraordinary time with the films,” Brawn said. “They created this parallel strand of publishing and exploitation and once we had gone through that we said, ‘How do we get people back to the books?’

“When I became Tolkien’s publisher … one of the first files I came across was a proposal for ‘The Children of Hurin’, but it got buried.”

Exciting developments…

Read the news here.

Shock: N. T. Wright on the Message of Easter April 7, 2007

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Bishop Tom Wright writes a piercing consideration of the message of the resurrection for the church.  Read it here and reflect on what this Sunday should mean to us all.

From the article, “As our politicians go round the tracks this way and that, fudging and dodging and hedging their bets, and as our culture lurches through the sneers and the whims of postmodernity, it looks as though we all know we need new creation but nobody knows where to find it.”

Click here for Wright’s “Face to Faith”

Harvard University, Reading and the New Student April 6, 2007

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As our culture continues to amuse ourselves to death, books and reading and other disciplined educational instruments will continue their decline in the home and classroom. To many children, reading a book these days is just above brussel sprouts on the list of things to do. Realizing the impact voluminous reading has on the mind and body remains critical to the growth of the mind’s ability to process complex critical thinking processes. Ever wonder how much reading affects one’s life? The Deans at Harvard have. (more…)