Archive Monthly Archives: August 2012

Judson’s Bridge:
Reflections On Contrastive Contextualization

August 28, 2012

Dr. Keith E. Eitel

Dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, Professor of Missions, and Director of the World Missions Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (2005 to present).

For nearly 10 years, Keith Eitel taught missions on the mission field in the late 70s and early 80s as missionary professor and academic dean at Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary in Cameroon, West Africa. This missiological practitioner served as dean of undergraduate studies, dean of students, and chairman of the missions and evangelism department at Criswell College (Dallas) before moving to Southeastern Seminary (Wake Forest), where he was professor of Christian Missions and director of the Center for Great Commission Studies.

Seminary students preparing for international missions owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Eitel as he designed and implemented the first 2+2 Program (M.Div. International Church Planting) in partnership with the International Mission Board.

SBCToday is pleased to present the writings of this prolific author, knowledgeable professor and compassionate missiologist.

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Comparative techniques for cross-cultural bridging, and Gospel communication, are commonly presumed since the middle of the 20th century.  Naturalistic world-view shifts in the West, along with rising universalistic thought, have influenced our assumptions about cultures, religions, and communication of ideas that are different from our own.  Naturalistic world-view patterns presume that all cultures, inclusive of religious assumptions, are the by-product of human imagination and need.  Cultural relativism thrives in a “closed universe” that has no room for the idea of one true God.  Arrogance puts forth a religion’s exclusive claims (especially Christianity’s) in our postmodern world. Continue reading

The Righteous Ones
Psalm 112:1-10

August 27, 2012

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.

 


Introduction

The righteous ones are like the Righteous One.  We read in Psalm 11:7, “For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.”

Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) comments, “There is no title to this psalm, but it is evidently a companion to the hundred and eleventh, and, like it, it is an alphabetical psalm.  Even in the number of verses, and clauses of each verse, it coincides with its predecessor, as also in many of its words and phrases.  The reader should carefully compare the two psalms line by line.  The subject of the poem before us is — the blessedness of the righteous man, and so it bears the same relation to the preceding which the moon does to the sun; for, while the first declares the glory of God, the second speaks of the reflection of the divine brightness in men born from above.  God is here praised for the manifestation of his glory which is seen in his people, just as in the preceding psalm he was magnified for his own personal acts.  The hundred and eleventh speaks of the great Father, and this describes his children renewed after his image.  The psalm cannot be viewed as the extolling of man, for it commences with ‘Praise ye the Lord;’ and it is intended to give to God all the honour of his grace which is manifested in the sons of God.”[1]

Dr. William Binnie (1823-1886), Professor of Church History and Pastoral Theology, Free Church College, Aberdeen, explains, “The hundred and eleventh and the hundred and twelfth psalms, two very short poems, dating apparently from the latest age of inspired psalmody, present such features of resemblance as to leave no doubt that they came from the same pen.  In structure they are identical; and this superficial resemblance is designed to call attention to something deeper and more important.  The subject of the one is the exact counterpart of the subject of the other.  The first celebrates the character and works of God; the second, the character and felicity of the godly man.”[2] Continue reading

Sunday Sermon

August 26, 2012

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
HOUSTON, TEXAS
May 6, 1953

J. D. Grey

 

When Wendell Phillips visited Plymouth on one occasion, he stood on that famous Rock.  It is said that a citizen of Plymouth approached him and boasted that their town was very fortunate in having the Rock within its borders.  Wendell Phillips relied:  “This Rock underlies all America, it only cropped out here.”

We, the messengers of the churches, are met here in far-famed and nobly hospitable Houston to transact business for the Lord.  With paeans of praise and doxologies of joy, we have begun the ninety-sixth session of the Southern Baptist Convention.  With gratitude to our gracious Heavenly Father we look back over the road of service this Convention has marched for one hundred and eight years.  During these brief but significant days, we shall enjoy the “fellowship of kindred minds” and sing again the songs of Zion.  Reports of our agencies and institutions will thrill our hearts.  Numerous brethren will inspire us with a fresh insight into the Word of God as they focus our attention upon our blessed Lord.  Led by the Spirit of God, we shall survey the past, evaluate the present, and face the future.  Blessed by his Presence, we shall understand and feel again the spirit that is the Southern Baptist Convention. Continue reading