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Flame on hip hop: ‘Be bold about declaring the truths of the gospel’

Christian hip hop artist Marcus “Flame” Gray, a 2010 graduate of Boyce College, released his seventh album, Royal Flush, earlier this year. In the following, the native of St. Louis, Mo., answers questions about the new album.   How does this album fit with your other albums? Sonically, the album is a return to the raw hip…

G3 conference on the Church

Headed to the G3 conference near Atlanta in January? There is a special rate for Southern students and also the opportunity to earn a scholarship of at least a $1000 towards a degree at Southern. You can learn more about this scholarship here. The conference will be held on January 23-25 in Atlanta, Ga. and…

Finals week, first things and unfavorable times

“Seminary is so busy,” we’ve all said. Work, family, school, church and everything else presses for our time. As a student, this never feels more true than finals week. But as soon as finals are over, the narrative goes, then we’ll get things back in order, then we’ll make up for the neglect we’ve shown…

How to use thankfulness to fight sin

Today is Thanksgiving Day. And what a wonderful day it is. The holiday stirs up wonderful thoughts of turkey, pumpkin pie, family gatherings, football, The Macy’s Day parade, pilgrims and — sometimes — even thankfulness. If we’re honest, we might consider that last item on the list less frequently than we want.  Thanksgiving, like Christmas,…

In praise of thanksgiving and the cultural liturgy of “You’re Welcome”

It’s been interesting to think about our culture in terms of its celebration of holidays.  Here in Louisville, Halloween has become a big deal.  Several streets now feature weeks-long decoration parties, as families and residents try to outdo one another by putting up the most zombies, vampires, and cobwebs.  My wife and I, working from…

In season and out of season – expository readiness (part 4)

Editors Note: This is the fourth post in a series on Expository Readiness. You can read the other parts of this series here: part 1, part 2, and part 3. Persist in This The third imperative in 1 Timothy 4:16 is “persist in this.” What is “this?” “This” is paying attention to your life and doctrine.…

Seven questions about C.S. Lewis with Alister McGrath

Fifty years ago, Nov. 22, 1963, 20th century author and English scholar C.S. Lewis died. Five decades later, his influence continues to grow. Towers editor Aaron Cline Hanbury asks Alister McGrath, theologian, intellectual historian and apologist at King’s College London, about the legacy of Lewis and his new books, C.S. Lewis — A Life and…

The tale of C.S. Lewis’ imaginative legacy

C.S. Lewis is to evangelicalism what Elvis is to rock music. It is doubtful that you will find a multitude of Lewis impersonators if you visit Las Vegas; it would certainly be comical if you did, but in the same way that Elvis is an unavoidable figure in the history of American pop culture, you…

In Season and Out of Season – Expository Readiness (Part 3)

Editors Note: This is the third post in a series on Expository Readiness. You can read part one of this series here and part two here. And To Your Teaching Pay close attention not only to yourself but also to your teaching. This is the second imperative in 1 Timothy 4:16. My observation is that most ministers aren’t…

3 Questions with Mark Dever

 Can you briefly describe your sermon preparation?   I take two days to prepare. The first day is exegesis. I need my sermon outline, both the exegetical outline first, and then homiletical outline by the first day. On the second day, I write the introduction and work on application with some friends. I’ll get a…

Southern at ETS

This year’s annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Baltimore, MD) focuses on “Evangelicalism, Inerrancy, and the Evangelical Theological Society: Retrospect and Prospect.” You can download a PDF list of faculty and others from Southern Seminary who are presenting papers at ETS along with their paper titles, room locations and times here. Students can also attend…

God’s Providence in the Steps of Life

David Sills never thought he would minister to indigenous people in Ecuador. He wanted to go to law school. But God’s providence led him in another direction. Sills grew up in a family that faithfully attended a Southern Baptist church. As a child, Sills asked his mom how a person is baptized, which led to…

In season and out of season – expository readiness (part 2)

Editors Note: This is the second post in a series on Expository Readiness. You can read part one of this series here.  The Exhortations Pay Attention to Your Life The first imperative of 1 Timothy 4:16 is to “keep a close watch on yourself.” Why does Paul say this? Because the first priority of a man…

Review: What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk

At the risk of stating the obvious, sex is a big deal. Not only is it a big deal, but it’s currently the source of much confusion for both Christians and non-Christians alike. One need only turn on the television to see the moral confusion regarding homosexuality, marriage and a host of other issues related to…

In season and out of season – expository readiness (part 1)

I have a confession to make: I never feel fully prepared to preach. In fact, I’m not sure I know what it would mean to be fully prepared to preach. I suppose it might mean coming to the pulpit with a complete manuscript thoroughly highlighted in several colors. It would mean I had the sermon…

Engaged Leadership at Home | Guide to Biblical Manhood Giveaway

*Editors Note: With this post, Southern Seminary is re-launching the Southern Blog. Through this channel, we hope to provide relevant, gospel-centered, scripturally grounded material that is useful for your ministry, whether you’re a pastor, layman or even a stay-at-home mom. The following is an excerpt from A Guide to Biblical Manhood, one of our most popular…

A Word-Centered Culture Instead of a Man-Centered Culture

The danger is that we will become man-centered instead of Word-centered, so that we prize the preacher more than what is preached.

Resolute in a Gender-Confused Culture

From no-fault divorce to gay marriage, our culture has undertaken an enormous social experiment on issues of gender and sexuality. All manner of sexual dysfunction has become quite mainstream. As resolute Christians, our response cannot simply be to curse the darkness and to stand aloof from the culture. God calls us to be in the…