Evangelism Is Not A Spiritual Gift

April 11, 2017

By Matt Queen, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Associate Dean for Doctoral Programs

      Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared at theologicalmatters.com and is used by permission.

The 1939 film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz portrays the fantasy tale of Dorothy Gale’s journey to the Emerald City in order to inquire of its wizard the way home from Oz to Kansas. While on the yellow brick road to the city, she encounters and subsequently enlists a brainless Scarecrow, a hollow-chested Tin Man, and a cowardly Lion. In addition to Dorothy’s wish to go home, the Scarecrow desires a thinking brain; the Tin Man, a beating heart; and the Lion, ferocious courage. Continue reading

Lottie Moon Giving Slumps, On Pace For Historic Drop

April 10, 2017

By Will Hall, Baptist Message Editor

RICHMOND (LBM)—The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has released data showing relatively stable Cooperative Program giving but a flagging Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that is trending toward a record single-year fall.

Comparing receipts from Oct. 2016 through March 2017 with totals for the same period a year ago, gifts through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ primary channel for funding all national causes, are down less than one percent, or about $967,597 below last year. Continue reading

Enhancing Communication between Calvinists and Extensivists

April 7, 2017

By Ronnie Rogers, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Norman, Ok

Understanding and speaking consistently about the different views of Calvinists and Extensivists regarding man’s moral freedom is essential to a thorough and correct understanding of the Scripture and any meaningful discussion or evaluation of Calvinism in light of Scripture.[1] This is because our view of man’s moral nature and ability to choose is at the heart of virtually every discussion related to the Scripture. This includes our view of God, his person, work, and ways. Continue reading