Archive for February, 2013

John 3:16 Conference Interview: Dr. David Allen

DavidAllen2In the weeks preceding this year’s John 3.16 Conference (see ad to right), SBCToday will post interviews with each person scheduled to speak at the Conference. The following interview is with Dr. David L. Allen, who is Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Chair of Ministry, Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching, and Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Allen is co-author of Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism.

1. How has the invitation to speak at the conference impacted you?

I was delighted to be invited to speak by Dr. Vines since I am currently immersed in a writing project on an aspect of Calvinism. Any opportunity afforded me that aids my understanding of these important issues and that drives me to further study of the Word can only be beneficial.

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SBC Values In Conflict
Why Our Theology Is Not The Only Issue

RickPatrickBy Dr. Rick Patrick
Senior Pastor
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
Hueytown, Alabama


Abraham Maslow has been credited with the observation that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When looking for a solution, we project our own interests and expertise onto the problem itself. In the TV show House, for example, it was a common occurence in the diagnostic team for the neurologist to suggest a brain issue, the immunologist to suggest disease and the surgeon to suggest an operation.

Southern Baptists are all about theology. Gather a group of ministers together to discuss a problem and they will more than likely seek a theological answer. After all, God is the source of all knowledge. In seeking to know Him better we can find all the direction and guidance we need to move forward. Certainly, theological debate and discourse can be a healthy and profitable pursuit. May this quest for knowledge continue forever.

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Top Ten Signs You’re in a Bad Church

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by Dr. Bob Rogers

 


Unfortunately, some people have had a bad experience in church. Perhaps your experience was like these. I don’t remember where I got the list, but here it is: “The Top Ten Signs You’re in a Bad Church.”

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Preparing for The Cross

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.


I just finished my fifth week of training for my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. In a gym, I always feel like a fish out of water. I didn’t like gym classes as a child, and I don’t like them any better as an adult.

Last week after a hard day at work, I went to the gym where I jumped up and down, made sucking noises like a Hoover vacuum sweeper, twisted, turned, groaned and perspired for an hour … and that was just so I could put on my gym clothes. Then the trainer put me on the treadmill for my cardio warm-ups. After about a minute there, I knew something didn’t feel right. I put my hand into the pocket of my gym shorts, but it didn’t slide in as usual. And that’s when I realized I had my shorts on backwards.

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Interview with Dr. Adam Harwood

Harwood2In the weeks preceding this year’s John 3.16 Conference (see ad to right), SBCToday will post interviews with each person scheduled to speak at the Conference.

The following interview is with Dr. Adam Harwood, Assistant Professor of Christian Studies, Truett-McConnell College, Cleveland, Georgia.


1. How has the invitation to speak at the conference impacted you?

I am honored that Dr. Vines extended the invitation and have been praying, thinking, writing, and rewriting my presentation for several months.

 

2. How important is this conference in light of the current climate within the SBC?

In recent years, there have been other conferences on the topic of Calvinism in the SBC–including the John 3:16 Conference in 2008. Next month’s conference will provide an opportunity for Southern Baptists to hear theological viewpoints peaceably articulated in order to advance this important discussion within the SBC family.

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