By Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Center for Theological Research at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“What do America’s leading Megachurch Pastor, a highly-esteemed Mennonite historian, and an icon of the Conservative Resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention have in common?” At first the listener narrows his eyes, looking for the punch line; then he realizes that the question posed is a serious one. For there is a major conference scheduled at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, which features those three different Christian leaders alongside others.
So, what do these major leaders from diverse arenas of evangelical Christianity have in common? They each share a passion to learn from those oft-misunderstood radical Christians of the sixteenth century, the Anabaptists! Rick Warren, Abraham Friesen, and Paige Patterson will join with leading scholars from Germany, Ukraine, Georgia (the state, not the nation), New York, and Texas to explore the history of the Anabaptists and discuss their importance for Baptists today.
If you have interest in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is offering a Defend the Faith School of Christian Apologetics Conference next week (January 8-13) that will whet your interest. The conference is sponsored by the Institute for Christian Apologetics at NOBTS.
Defend the Faith is a week-long (5 nights, 5 days) school in Christian Apologetics training that features quality biblical, philosophical, and theological instruction and outstanding worship, highlighting some of the best-known Apologetics speakers in the country. Topics covered include Science and Christianity, the New Atheism, the Resurrection of Jesus, the Reliability of the New Testament, Islam, World Religions, Mormonism, New Age Spirituality, Postmodernism, the Historical Jesus, the Problem of Evil, and other issues related to the defense and proclamation of a biblical worldview. For more information, see http://nobtsapologetics.com/magazine/2010/09/03/26/.
There is a conference fee of $120, which includes the registration fee and an MP3 recording of each session. However, you can attend the following plenary sessions without charge:
|Sunday, Jan 8th @ 7:00 p.m.||“New Atheists, Old Atheists and Old Apologists”
Dr. Timothy McGrew, Western Michigan University
|Monday, Jan. 9th @ 4:15 p.m.||“The Resurrection Evidence That Changed a Generation
Dr. Gary Habermas, Liberty University
|Tuesday, Jan. 10th @ 7:00 p.m.||“An Open Dialog with an Atheist”
Mary Jo Sharp, Confident Christianity ministry
|Wednesday, Jan. 11th @ 7:00 p.m.||“Why I Take Students to Berkley, and What I Have Learned”
Brett Kunkle, Stand to Reason Ministries
|Thursday, Jan. 12th @ 8:15 p.m.||“‘It’s All Relative’ and Other Such Absolute Statements”
Dr. Paul Copan, Palm Beach Atlantic University
President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society
The complete schedule for the conference is here. The following is the lineup of plenary and breakout session speakers:
Breakout Session Speakers
MP3 recordings of all the conferences sessions are available through the Institute for Christian Apologetics.
To the Readers of SBC Today:
As we end 2011 and begin 2012, the contributing editors of SBC Today want to express our thanks to you for your readership of SBC Today. Over the last year, SBC Today has increased from being an inactive blog to being consistently one of the Top 100 religion blogs in the English-speaking world (as rated in Technorati and Google rankings). We now average about 10,000 visitors a month and between 15,000 and 20,000 page views a month. One Southern Baptist blogger site even listed the emergence of SBC Today as one of the Top 10 Events that motivated SBC blogging in 2011.
Obviously, we could have achieved none of this without your help. Thank you for your readership and your participation in our comments sections. Your input and feedback have helped make us better. We hope our articles inspire, inform, and (occasionally) irritate you, but most of all that you are edified through reading our blog regularly.
We pray that the Lord blesses your service for Him in this new year!
The Contributing Editors of SBC Today
The Arlington Baptist College announced a number of new initiatives at the annual World Baptist Fellowship meeting at the Texas campus today.
Upon the recommendation of President D.L. Moody, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to call Dr. Ergun Caner as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Along with his administrative duties, Caner will also teach Theology, Church History and Apologetics.
Founded by Dr. J. Frank Norris in 1939 as the Fundamental Bible Baptist Institute, the Arlington Baptist College is affiliated with the World Baptist Fellowship (WBF). In addition to Dr. Norris, the school has been led by such Baptist luminaries as Drs. Louis Entzminger, Earl K. Oldham, Wayne Martin and David Bryant. Dr. Moody was elected President in 2009.
The SBC Today blog will be reactivated in the next few days to provide a forum for we who identify ourselves as Baptists to dialogue about how best to fulfill God’s calling in our lives. We want to expand the pool of our regular participants.
We would love to know the topics you would like to discuss at SBC Today — Worship styles? Apologetics? Effective preaching? Biblical theology? Missions? World religions and cults? Baptist polity? Theological books? Methodology? Convention issues? We would love to hear from you what you’re interested in discussing, and what you’re interested in. Let us hear from you!