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Lord’s Day Meditation

Lord’s Day Meditation: “The Iniquity of the Holy Things” by C. H. Spurgeon

What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there! Read more

On Books, Old and New

On Thomas S. Kidd’s George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father

George Whitefield, by any estimation, was a sensation, and by Kidd’s estimation, he was America’s spiritual founding father. In life he was a titanic figure, owning a transcontinental following. In death, his appeal persisted, even prompting grave robbers, who would repeatedly enter his tomb for relics and talismans. Read more

Blog Post

Why I’m Encouraged about the Future of the SBC

In spite of statistics that show decreases in certain key denominational metrics—including baptisms—I am actually encouraged about the SBC. My encouragement is not rooted in some political calculation, nor in the assurance of a near-term reversal in trend lines. My encouragement is rooted in what God appears to be doing in at least five key areas of our convention. Read more

Essay

Ready to Preach (For the Church Conference)

There is so much a minister is to do, so much he is to undertake, and so much he is to do well. But the irreducible task of the minister of the gospel is to preach the Word. It is unsurprising that preaching the Word is coupled here with the call to readiness. Read more

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Carl Trueman, the Osteens & the Quest for Evangelical Identity

Just like false teachers in the early church provoked councils and creeds that proved to strengthen the church, I pray the Osteens will, unwittingly, prompt an evangelical gag-reflex that catalyzes a pan-evangelical movement towards clearer doctrinal identity and conviction. Read more

Spurgeon Room Conversations

A Conversation with Donald Whitney about Bible Intake

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What I don’t do is wake up and say, “Am I going to read the Bible today?” That decision was made half a century ago. That’s just part of my life, part of my routine. It’s just whenever I can. I may be on an airplane, but by God’s grace it is going to happen sometime in the day. Read more

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Duke McCall at 100 & Why He Still Matters

According to McCall, the seminary’s constituency unequivocally would be Southern Baptist churches. Faculty with ears to hear had been fully apprised at McCall’s inauguration of where he intended to take the seminary. Read more

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Radical: Reflections on David Platt & the IMB

Like every other corner of the SBC, in recent days all eyes in Kansas City have been on David Platt and the International Mission Board. When I announced in chapel Dr. Platt’s election as president of the IMB, the room filled with applause from our students, faculty, and staff.

Since the IMB’s announcement, I’ve been asked countless times how I think Platt’s leading the IMB will play out. With pun intended, I’ve said, “It will be radical—in one of two directions.” Let me explain.
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Heaven is for Real: Why I’m Skeptical of the Afterlife Industry

In the years past, I simply shrugged my shoulders at such books, seeing them as nonsensical and unhelpful. Yet, afterlife books and resources have congealed into something of an industry — an industry of books, paraphernalia, and movies — with a consequential and costly underbelly. And this new industry is generating massive revenues for those with a compelling afterlife story. Read more

Audio

A Conversation with Russell Moore about Religous Liberty*

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Religious liberty is simply an application of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render unto God that which is God’s,” which is saying there are some things that belong to God that do not belong to the government; they do not belong to Caesar. Read more

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A Conversation with Frank Page about Bi-Vocational Ministry*

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Statistically, probably a majority of Southern Baptist churches are pastored by a bi-vocational pastor. In the state of Missouri, it is more than 50 percent. In most states, it is more than 50 percent. Out west and up north, high percentages of our pastors are bi-vocational. I will tell you, they are my heroes. Read more

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A Conversation with Danny Akin about Family, Faith, and Football

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I still remember phrases I heard you say in seminary. Things like, “Gentlemen, I’d rather you get a C in my class and an A at home.” And things like, “You can have a great marriage without having a great ministry, but you cannot have a great ministry without having a great marriage.” Things like that just ring true. Read more

Essay

For the Church: Theological Education, the SBC & the Future of Midwestern Seminary (III)

Since Southern Baptists founded their first seminary in 1859, the denomination has experienced an uneasy relationship between her seminaries and the churches that own them. Though the year 2013 finds the seminaries very much in line with the denomination’s confessional statement—the Baptist Faith & Message 2000—such has not always been the case. Moreover, a survey of the history of theological education indicates the need for churches to keep an ever-vigilant eye on the seminaries they own. Read more

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