In early October, Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor of FBC Oxford, Miss., preached at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While on campus, he granted a video interview wherein he discussed matters of significant SBC import. Within the 13-minute presentation, Dr. Hankins reflects on his denominational sojourn during the last couple of years, notes a “Reformation principle in trouble,” cites and defines “Missional Narcissism,” and offers salient and spiritual advice to the younger men of the SBC.
To watch the video, please click HERE.
by Ron Hale
Christians view the church as a place to worship God, to enjoy the fellowship with other believers, and a place to find answers. We see the church as a place of refuge, rest, and relationships. We forget that the secular person may have a feeling of awkwardness, even embarrassment, at entering our stain-glassed buildings. Secular people are ignorant concerning the ways of Christian worship, Bible stories, and the traditional language of the pulpit. This means that an unchurched person can have as much fear at entering one of our church buildings as you would visiting a Muslim Mosque in Detroit by yourself. Secular people view the church through the prism of their experiences, upbringing, and prejudices. Many secular people view the church in one of the following ways. They see the church as a:
by Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor
FBC, Oxford, Miss.
Recently I had the privilege of preaching the chapel service at Southern Seminary and participating in a Q&A with Dr. Al Mohler afterwards. In many ways, those events completed an arc that began for me almost two years ago. In January of 2012, my article, “Beyond Calvinism and Arminianism: Toward a Baptist Soteriology,” was published in New Orleans Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, which, when turned into a series of blog posts at SBCToday, generated quite a bit of discussion. I argued that most Southern Baptists are neither Calvinists nor Arminians in the classical sense and that we have our own unique approach to soteriology. The article raised a simple question that I felt needed an answer: “If we aren’t Calvinists or Arminians, then what are we?”
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
The majority of contemporary commentators affirm that the group described in Heb 6:4–6 are genuine believers. The ablest defender in recent times of the viewpoint that 6:4-6 speaks of false believers is Wayne Grudem, who argued the terms alone are inconclusive as to whether the people referred to were genuinely converted. Grudem correctly recognized that until the mention of what he calls “apostasy” in v. 6, “there is nothing negative in the description: the terms all indicate positive events that are generally experienced by people who become Christians.” He then argued that in spite of what is said about them in Heb 6:4–5, the group described possessed none of the signs of saving faith.
by Walker Moore, Founder/President
AweStar Ministries www.awestar.org
I attended the 107th Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Annual Meeting. I’ve been a Baptist all my life and have often attended these meetings. I’m never sure what we’re meeting about, but the singing is good and you get a couple of good sermons to take home. My church members always knew when I’d been to one of these conferences because my preaching improved greatly, at least for a few weeks.