Category: Guest Author

And That’s When the Fight Started

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore is president and founder of Awe Star Ministries, a student, mission-sending ministry. For more info, go to www.awestar.org.

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A while back, a series of “And that’s when the fight started” jokes made the emails rounds across the Web. Allow me to share a few:

My wife walked into the den and asked, “What’s on the TV?”

I replied, “Dust.”

And that’s when the fight started.

I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?”

It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time,” she said.

So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?”

And that’s when the fight started.

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The Image of God in Man:
A proposed working definition

By Dr. Ronnie Rogers

Author of the book, “Reflections of a Disenchanted Calvinist,” Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

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I believe the most important conviction that a person can have is his belief about God, and second to that is his supposition about man. These two beliefs influence all other ideas and actions. By beliefs about God and man, I do not mean what one claims to believe, but rather what one actually believes to be true about each. My focus in this article is the image of God in man. In our quest to be consistent Christians, our view of the image of God in man should affect our theology, ministry, philosophy, evangelism rubric, politics, pedagogy, penology, criminology, parenting, sociology, psychology, jurisprudence, etc. In reality, these discussions are, whether stated or unstated, pedestaled upon one’s view of man.

For example, most of us are aware of the battles in jurisprudence between those who view criminals as responsible for their crimes (while other variables may have influenced them, they did not make them commit their crimes) and others who portray them as victims of irresistible antecedents. These two perspectives are based upon opposing views of the nature of man. The former is historically known as the classical view as formulated by Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794), and the latter is known as positivism, a school that was composed of several Italians that is now most associated with Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909).[1] Beccaria emphasized things like the free will of man and punishment should fit the crime whereas Lombroso argued for a biological theory of crime; therefore, he replaced the theory of man being both material and immaterial with a more naturalistic view of man (no image of God), and replaced free will with determinism. Consequently, punishment should fit the criminal rather than the crime, i.e. indeterminate sentences.

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Busy Bodies or Busybodies?

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.


2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

Introduction

Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia, celebrated her 116th birthday Sunday, August 26, 2012.  She recaptured her position as the world’s oldest living person; bestowed upon her in January 2011.  She relinquished the title after someone found that Maria Gomes Valentim was 48 days older.  She regained her title in June 2011 after Valentim died.  She received a plaque from Robert Young, senior consultant of gerontology for Guinness World Records marking this milestone.  She reported, “The secret to her longevity was not eating junk food, and [she confessed] ‘I mind my own business.’”[1]

Someone said, “2000 years ago the Jews were looking for a Lion and got a Lamb.  2000 years later, Christians are looking for a Lamb and will get a Lion.  When Christ returns He’s no longer on a throne of mercy. . .  He is on a throne of justice!”

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The Nudge

By Walker Moore

Awe Star Ministries, headed by Walker Moore, will celebrate its 20th birthday next year. In those two decades, ASM has ministered on every continent but Antarctica, and has planted more than 40 churches. Many of ASM’s alums serve in significant ministries around the world. Visit www.awestar.org for more info.

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My grandfather, Walker Winfield Scott, was a tall, lanky Irishman. I always thought there was something special about hanging out with a man who shared my first name. He and my grandmother lived on a small farm outside of Miami, Mo. I often spent the weekend at their home. In the summertime, I stayed for weeks at a time. For a small child, there’s no place like a farm with a hundred-plus acres–especially if that child has a vivid imagination.

Some of my fondest childhood memories come from time spent on that farm. For some reason, it seemed that whenever I was around, Granddad needed my help. We all have a need to be needed—even little boys. Everywhere he went, I went. When I rode with him into town to load his truck with cattle feed, we never seemed to get back home without making a side trip. My grandfather never ate much candy, but when he did, it was Spangler Circus Peanuts. As a child, I found these treats mysterious and delicious all at once. In case you’re never had one, they’re a marshmallow treat made in the shape of a large peanut, banana-flavored but orange in color. To this day, I wonder what circumstances or events caused someone to dream up this candy. I guess it’s just another of life’s mysteries that will remain unsolved for years to come. I remember silently chewing the candy peanuts as we drove back to the farm. I didn’t think life could get any better.

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Judson’s Bridge:
Reflections On Contrastive Contextualization

Dr. Keith E. Eitel

Dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, Professor of Missions, and Director of the World Missions Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (2005 to present).

For nearly 10 years, Keith Eitel taught missions on the mission field in the late 70s and early 80s as missionary professor and academic dean at Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary in Cameroon, West Africa. This missiological practitioner served as dean of undergraduate studies, dean of students, and chairman of the missions and evangelism department at Criswell College (Dallas) before moving to Southeastern Seminary (Wake Forest), where he was professor of Christian Missions and director of the Center for Great Commission Studies.

Seminary students preparing for international missions owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Eitel as he designed and implemented the first 2+2 Program (M.Div. International Church Planting) in partnership with the International Mission Board.

SBCToday is pleased to present the writings of this prolific author, knowledgeable professor and compassionate missiologist.

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Comparative techniques for cross-cultural bridging, and Gospel communication, are commonly presumed since the middle of the 20th century.  Naturalistic world-view shifts in the West, along with rising universalistic thought, have influenced our assumptions about cultures, religions, and communication of ideas that are different from our own.  Naturalistic world-view patterns presume that all cultures, inclusive of religious assumptions, are the by-product of human imagination and need.  Cultural relativism thrives in a “closed universe” that has no room for the idea of one true God.  Arrogance puts forth a religion’s exclusive claims (especially Christianity’s) in our postmodern world.

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