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
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.” Continue reading
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: Continue reading