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Thursday is for Theological Terminology:
The Study of Specialized Words relating to Theology


Thursday is for Theological Terminology:
The Study of Specialized Words relating to Theology

by Ron F. Hale, Minister of Missions, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN

Total Depravity or Total Inability

Bernd Brandes was a person with a passion for pain.

This bizarre mania caused him to respond to an internet ad placed by another German man by the name of Armin Meiwes.  This spine-chilling internet ad declared that Meiwes was seeking “a young, well built man who wants to be eaten.”

Brandes responded and became the menu of Meiwes. This modern day cannibal was later sentenced to serve eight years and six months in prison. How would you like being the sleepy-eyed cell mate of Meiwes?

This story reveals the ever-present wickedness of mankind, that we are not deprived but depraved sinners. Forever and a day each of us will always fall short of the glory of God due to this sin nature.

Under the statement on Man, the following sentences taken from the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 enlighten us on our depravity:

By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation.

Throughout God’s Word, we see man’s devious and depraved nature has an explicit bias toward evil resulting in our certainty to sin; therefore, it cannot be escaped since our human nature has been corrupted by sin.

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The Phantoms and the Facts

By Tim Rogers, Pastor, Ebeneezer Baptist Church, Indian Trail, NC

In a recent “SBC Discussion” article for Baptist Press Trevin Wax discussed how Southern Baptists were needed by evangelicals in order to overcome splintering within the evangelical community.  I have many concerns about this approach, but the main concern is a denominational employee suggesting Southern Baptists move into areas many are not willing to go. Lest we forget, Wax is employed with Lifeway, which is an entity charged with producing educational material.

In Wax’s article, Being Southern Baptist among & for Evangelicals, he relied on some phantoms as he presented his facts.  It is the phantoms and facts that I want to address in an effort to offer an objective critique of the article.


1. “Many Southern Baptists looked outside the SBC for energy and support in the “battle for the Bible

While I would agree with respect to “energy,” I would argue that “support” is his phantom.  Certainly there were evangelical scholars, such as the ones Wax named, that were very articulate in debating inerrancy, and many of these were in print at the time.  However, the support for this battle did not come from outside of the SBC; it came from within. Grass roots Southern Baptist pastors and laymen were the catalysts. Men like Bob Tenery, who was willing to jeopardize his own ministry and who invested his own money to begin the SBC Advocate, gave the underlying support needed. The SBC Advocate was a periodical that informed pastors and laymen about the issues. Pastors of churches large and small realized if they did not make a move, it was just a matter of time before we were going to have neo-orthodoxy filtering from pulpits to the people in the pew. In some cases, such was already happening. This “support” came from many pastors whose churches could not afford to send them to conventions, yet they came on their own nickel and voted.

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A Further Explanation about GCR

By Dr. Ted Traylor, Pastor, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL

Dr. Ted Traylor, Pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida and member of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, shared his perspective about GCR on the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary campus recently in a GCR Pastor’s Conference, an event sponsored by the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health of NOBTS. Traylor made his presentations in 3 one-hour settings, each of which is different in content.  Dr. Traylor’s remarks probably address questions or concerns you might have had about GCR.

Traylor, whose church hosts an NOBTS extension center, also preached an excellent sermon at the NOBTS Missions Commissioning service, as has become a tradition for the last few years.

Some have asked for these videos, and they have been provided by the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, with Dr. Traylor’s permission.  You can see these three presentations and Dr. Traylor’s Missions Commissioning service sermon by clicking the links below.  These are rather large m4 video files, so please be patient while they download.  It may take a minute or more, depending on your connection speed.

Here are the links to the three videos:

The Missions sermon —
GCR Presentation #1 —
GCR Presentation #2 —
GCR Presentation #3 —

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

By Nelson Price, former Pastor Emeritus, Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta, GA

Our President has advised Israel and the Palestinians to go back to the 1967 borders between the territories where Jews and Arabs dwelt. Don’t plan on it!

What is in those territories now is not what was there before 1967. An example of this is the Golan Heights in Northeast Israel. Before 1967 it was a vast undeveloped area other than as a military buffer. When I went to Israel first in 1969 at night the lights of one small settlement could be seen at night from Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. Now the entire range is aglow with villages.

The vast expanse of the Heights was basically a mine field left over from Syrian occupation. Sitting in those fields were rusty burned out Syrian vehicles all facing toward Damascus to which they were retreating when destroyed. Today they are lush orchards, vineyards, and highly productive agricultural land. Recently developed Israeli villages dot the area.

Before 1967 Jerusalem was a divided city. An idea of how developed the two sections were is illustrated by traffic lights. The Arab section was so lacking in modernization they had no traffic lights. When the border went down young Arab boys would stand on the street corner in the Jewish section and applaud the traffic lights when they would change. Last week while there I marveled that a rapid commuter rail line was being tested along much of the route of the former border.

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The Top Blog Posts of the Week

This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting. That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss  any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to

About the SBC

What Makes Us ‘Southern Baptist’?” by Brad Whitt on his blog, identifying three major cornerstones of what he deems to be essential to a Southern Baptist identity.

A Rose by Any Other Name:  It’s Time to Drop the Name ‘Southern” from the SBC Name,” by Dave Miller in the SBC Impact blog, with Miller’s arguments for changing the name of the SBC.

The One World Missions Ministry: IMB and NAMB Officially Joined in Marriage or Just Engaged?” by Peter Lumpkins in the SBC Tomorrow blog, expressing concerns about rewording the IMB and NAMB mission statements such that both are assigned to missions in North America.

Minor Adjustments Leading to Major Changes?” by Tim Rogers in A Southern Baptist in North Carolina blog, expressing concerns about the possibility of an IMB/NAMB merger, particularly in light of “Myth #8” from the GCR presentation.

The New NAMB:  Bad Precedents and Unanswered Questions,” by Howell Scott in the From Law to Grace blog, expressing concerns about the trajectory of NAMB and about whether these changes will diminish financial support for NAMB from churches.

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