Archive for November, 2013

Truett-McConnell College launches Ethics & Religious Liberty Lectures


Truett-McConnell College announces
“Ethics and Religious Liberty Lectures”
in honor of Ray Newman

by Norm Miller

CLEVELAND, Ga., (TMNews)—In honor of a Georgia Baptist statesman, lobbyist and pastor, Truett-McConnell College announced on Nov. 14 the launch of the endowed “H. Ray Newman Ethics and Religious Liberty Lectures,” an annual spring lecture series to begin in 2014.

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My Thanksgiving Story


 by Walker Moore, Founder/President
AweStar Ministries

This year, I have so much to be thankful for. We have a tradition at our house where everyone at the table shares something they’re thankful for this year. When my sons were younger, they hated this tradition, but I hope it will be something they do with their families after I’m long gone.

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Harwood reviews ‘Disenchanted Calvinist,’ by Ronnie Rogers


by Dr. Adam Harwood
Associate Professor of Theology
McFarland Chair of Theology
Director, Baptist Center for Theology & Ministry
Editor, Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry


This review is excerpted from the most recent edition of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, published by NOBTS and edited by Dr. Harwood. The edition's theme is "Chaplaincy: Ministering in Caesar's House," with many of the articles arising from papers presented at the conference on this theme sponsored by the NOBTS Institute for Faith and the Public Square.

Download your free copy of the entire issue HERE.

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No formulaic prayer, alone, brings salvation


“… no formulaic prayer alone brings salvation. The key is what is in the heart at the time, regardless of the specific words.”

Amen! I purchased a gem of an old book at a yard sale earlier this year for 25-cents: “What Baptists Believe.” Compiled by O.C.S. Wallace, this book was published by the SBC Sunday School Board (1934) to be used in the Training Course for Sunday School Workers. The following text puts the sinner’s prayer into proper perspective I think:

“In the use of means, God’s purpose of grace meets the free-acting human soul. He does not use force. He does not use magic; the idea that … the recitation of certain words and the performance of certain rites, can save a soul, is contrary to the teachings of the Word of God. Salvation comes to the soul that comes to salvation. Forgiving Saviour and penitent sinner meet.”

I love those last two lines. Best quarter I’ve ever spent! I would encourage LifeWay to republish it!


Ed's. Note: SBCToday commenter "Max" posted and penned the above comments as a response on another thread. We found Max's words to be valuable and important, obviously, and wanted to highlight his observations.

Interpreting and Preaching Hebrews 6.1-8, part 6


by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Learn more about Dr. Allen, HERE.
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In this post we examine the meaning of the participle parapesontas in v. 6 translated “falling away.” The word occurs only here in the New Testament and thus merits careful study of its cognates within Hebrews, the New Testament, as well as occurrences and usage outside the New Testament. Liddell and Scott assign the following meanings to parapipt? in Classical Greek: “to fall beside . . . to fall in one’s way.” BDAG define the meaning as “to fall beside, go astray, miss, fall away, commit apostasy.” W. Bauder defines the word as meaning “to fall beside, befall, go astray, err.” Louw and Nida define parapipt? as “to abandon a former relationship or association, or to dissociate . . . to fall away, to forsake, to turn away.”

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