God Stands Behind It All

November 21, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.

By Dr. Travis Dickinson
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Apologetics atScarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Having recently completed a discussion of Plato’s Republic with a terrific group of college students, I am once again reminded of its beauty and depth. When teaching the Republic, I am always struck by the seemingly innocent back and forth of the dialogue that inevitably entices us straight into discussing life’s deepest issues. I am convinced that the genius of Plato is that we, in a way, cannot help but become a participant in his dialogue. Continue reading

The Joyful Life of A Pastor’s Wife Part 5 A Tale of Two Demographics

November 20, 2017

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By Kara Barnette, Pastor’s Wife
Faith Baptist Church Faith, NC

They were the demographic every church wants to grow.

Their family appeared on an unassuming summer Sunday morning. The mother, father, son and
daughter were well-dressed in trendy-but- modest, freshly-ironed clothing. Each sported a
monogrammed Bible, a modern haircut, and a flashy smile. It was like a light from Heaven shown down
on them and angels sang from a distance. They were the perfect demographic: a 25-45 year old couple,
married, financially stable, educated, with 2.1 children…give or take.

“Could you show us the way to Sunday School?” The mother pleasantly inquired. Continue reading

Dear Younger Me

November 16, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theological Matters is used by permission.

By Jeremy Pruitt, Pastor
Fellowship Baptist Church Central, LA

In 2016, Mercy Me released the single “Dear Younger Me.” The popular song is birthed from lead singer Bart Millard’s reflections on a troublesome childhood. The message considers the advice he might offer were he afforded the opportunity to speak to the 8-year-old version of himself. That idea is most intriguing. Consider the possibility of giving counsel to your younger self, especially in light of pastoral ministry. What advice might a seasoned pastor offer the younger version of himself as he begins pastoral ministry? Continue reading

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