When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow-up to be Pat Benatar.
What wasn’t to love about my favorite pop singer? A sultry voice, sky-high stiletto heels, and rockin’ 80’s eye shadow. Countless hours of my youth were spent singing into a hairbrush microphone, entertaining an imaginary sold-out crowd in my bedroom with Pat Benatar hits like Hit Me With Your Best Shot and We Belong. But the most powerful lyrics belonged to my favorite song, Invincible…
We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible
I didn’t grow-up to be Pat Benatar. Thankfully, the Lord had better plans for me than I had for myself. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theological Matters and is used by permission.
Let me begin by making a claim that many will find rather contentious: Apologetic ministry—the ministry of commending and defending the “faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3)—is a vital and essential part of Gospel-centered, New Testament ministry. To many evangelical laity and non-laity alike, this claim not only lacks the clear ring of truth, but it is much too strong, as it needlessly saddles “ordinary” followers of Christ with the responsibility of being seriously intellectually engaged with ideas. Here, I briefly underscore the Scriptural grounding of apologetic ministry, and why the consistent New Testament witness is that such ministry is an essential component of impactful, Gospel-centered ministry. Continue reading
Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
The recent SBC Today post entitled Helps For the Baptist Search Committee is already making a significant impact in fostering greater understanding between churches and candidates. This article pointed to a resource entitled Questions For Non-Calvinist SBC Pastor Search Committees. The following is a brief testimony showing how effective this questionnaire can be in preventing yet another theologically-driven church split tragedy.