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February 5, 2012

How did the Arminian and Calvinistic beliefs help shape the doctrine of salvation in the Southern Baptist Convention today? The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has published its most recent edition of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (JBTM), on the theme of “Calvinist, Arminian, and Baptist Perspectives on Soteriology.”


In the first part of this edition of the journal a panel of scholars examine the work of one of Baptist’s earliest theologians. Last spring, the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry sponsored a panel discussion on Thomas Grantham’s View of Salvation. The keynote speaker was Dr. J. Matthew Pinson, President of Free Will Baptist Bible College, who presented his paper, “Thomas Grantham’s Theology of the Atonement and Justification.” The panel respondents were Rhyne Putman (PhD Candidate, Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), Clint Bass (D.Phil, Oxford), and James Leonard (PhD Candidate, Cambridge).

In the second half of this edition, four scholars discuss various aspects of Calvinism and Baptist soteriology. Dr. Kenneth Stewart makes an historical examination of the doctrine of regeneration from the Reformation to the nineteenth century. Heather Kendall builds a case for biblical storylines in relation to salvation. Dr. Glen Shellrude addresses issues surrounding traditional Calvinistic readings of the New Testament. And Dr. Eric Hankins proposes a middle path between Calvinism and Arminianism.

This edition also features ten book reviews and, in “Reflections,” a tribute to Dr. Alan Day.

Click on the link to access the complete new issue, or click on the articles and reviews below to read individual articles or book reviews.
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Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum 2012 – A dialogue between Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Gary Habermas.

February 3, 2012

What happens when we die? The answer depends on who you ask. If you ask an atheist, you’ll hear a completely different answer than if you ask a Christian. These two worldviews are often polar opposites. That is especially true with this question.

On April 13 and 14, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is hosting the 8th annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, a dialogue between Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Gary Habermas. They will be debating “Is There Life After Death?” This event is open to the public; and kicks off on Friday night with the main debate followed by a book signing, and continues on Saturday with the presentation of a series of papers and responses on the subject.

For more information on the Greer-Heard forum and to register, click here.

DIALOGUE PARTICIPANTS

Dr. Michael Shermer (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Shermer has written several books that discuss where God, evolution, and science intersect:

Dr. Gary Habermas is Distinguished Research professor at Liberty University. In the last 12 years he has given over 1,500 lectures in about 100 universities, seminaries, and colleges. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Religion from Michigan State University as well as an MA in Philosophical Theology from the University of Detroit. He currently acts as ‘Distinguished Research Professor and Chair’ in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, where he has taught for the past 26 years. His main areas of research include the philosophical study of miracles, near-death experiences, the historical Jesus, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus.

Dr. Habermas has authored or co-edited many books defending the Christian worldview, including:

Other featured panelist include:

  • Peter Kreeft,
  • J.P. Moreland,
  • Keith Parsons,
  • and Victor Stenger

Plan to come early and experience the events leading up to the Friday night Greer-Heard Point Counterpoint Forum:

Friday Morning

  • Apologetics Conference “Apologetics in the Local Church”
    • The featured panelists will hold a discussion and Q&A from the audience
    • This event is sponsored by the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry
  • A special chapel service featuring Bryant Wright
    • His sermon will model Apologetic Preaching

Friday Afternoon

  • Pastors’ Lunch with the SBC President, Bryant Wright
    • This will include a Q&A time with the SBC President
    • Register quickly, there are only 200 seats available

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The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists

January 19, 2012

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.
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