Archive Monthly Archives: November 2013

Preaching at Southern Seminary, by Dr. Eric Hankins

November 19, 2013

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?” Continue reading

Interpreting and Preaching Hebrews 6.1-8, part 5

November 18, 2013

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

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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.[1] 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. Continue reading

Seven Lessons from the Cross

November 17, 2013

by Walker Moore, Founder/President
AweStar Ministries

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. Continue reading

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