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A Gospel Imperative – Christian Leadership in a Digital Age

The digital age is upon us. In the span of less than three decades, we have redefined the way humans communicate, entertain, inform, research, create and connect — and what we know now is only a hint of what is to come. However, the greatest concern of the church is not a technological imperative, but…

From the radio waves to Twitter

Today, one cannot truly follow the happenings of the Southern Seminary community without keeping an eye on the school’s various social media outlets. Both professors and students develop their own personal social webs. The community uses social media to make announcements, praise friends, entreat prayers, recommend articles or sermons and provide simple updates about life…

iPhone, iPads and Christian parenting

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the following, Russell D. Moore writes about one of the most pressing implications of parenting in the digital age. Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.  Here’s what I just don’t understand: the trend among professing Christian families to give unrestricted Internet access to their pre-teen children through iPhones…

Don’t Just Stand There: Do Something

  Opening Convocation – John 9:1-7 The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary August 26, 2003 Alumni Memorial Chapel The convocation ceremony and service is now very much a part of American academic life.  This is an inheritance from the medieval era, when in the day of the rise of the university, Christian scholars gathered together faculty and…

Don’t Just Do Something: Stand There

The 1993 Convocation Address delivered by R. Albert Mohler, Jr, President The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Charting the new digital engagement: the gospel and your iPhone

We have all seen it. The father, surrounded by t-shirted kids clamoring for his attention, lost in the alternate universe of his iPhone. “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” they shout, little arms straight up in the air, as if they can physically pull his attention back to them. It’s enough to make a casual bystander want…

All about the Bible’s sufficiency: Lambert talks about his book, Counseling the Hard Cases

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, Heath Lambert talks with SSM contributor Josh Hayes about Counseling the Hard Cases, a book Lambert co-edited with Southern Seminary’s Stuart Scott. Lambert is assistant professor of pastoral theology at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern. JH:What trends in the counseling world compelled you to put together Counseling the Hard Cases?…

Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture

(B&H Academic 2012, $32.99), Stuart Scott and Heath lambert, eds. “The Bible isn’t a scientific text book, right?” Such a statement carries the commonly held notion that because the Bible speaks primarily to theological and spiritual matters — in pre-modern, non-scientific language — it does not provide the church with resources sufficient to handle the…

The Digital Divide: A Wake Up Call To Christian Leaders

Retailers have no choice but to go where consumers are. The Wall Street Journal recently looked at a typical American family, the Ulitcans of Columbus, Ohio. The 50-something parents have four children, ranging in age from 10 to 27. The parents do their shopping in local stores and shopping malls. Their children do not follow…

Preach Christ from the Gospels

In the gospels, the biblical storyline moves from the Old Testament promise of a messianic kingdom to the presence of the messianic King

Church Necessarily: Allison Discusses His New Book

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, Southern Seminary Magazine writer Craig Sanders talks with Gregg Allison, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, about his new book, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church (Crossway 2012). CS: Of all the topics in systematic theology, what made you want to write about ecclesiology? Gregg Allison (GA):…

Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church

(crossway 2012, $40) Gregg R. Allison  Gifted theologians offer much guidance in areas like biblical theology, Christology and ethics, but resources that set forth ecclesiology are rarer, particularly from a robust Baptist perspective. Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, fills that void with his latest book, Sojourners and Strangers. “The church…

Letters From a Jericho Ditch: God, Neighbor and the Questions We Ask

Most celebrities are known to carry with them very specific requests in their contract riders used for public appearances. These requests are there to protect them from things they want to avoid. But contract riders are not limited to celebrities only. We all have our own contract riders, don’t we? We all have those kinds…

Overwhelming Evidence for the Trustworthiness of the New Testament

The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ

(crossway 2013, $15.99), Bruce A. Ware Did the baby Jesus know the quadratic formula? Many among conservative evangelical churches might respond to the question with a quick, emphatic “yes.” After all, Jesus is God, and God knows everything, math included. However, the answer to the question is more complex than this. To give the “yes”…

Follow in his steps: Ware talks about The Man Christ Jesus

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, Bruce A. Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, dis- cusses his new book, The Man Jesus Christ: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ (Crossway 2013), with contributor Josh Hayes. JH: How does a biblical understanding of Christ’s humanity shape our understanding of the Christian life and what…

Newsweek vs. the New Testament: A Case Study in Clashing Worldviews

All readings of the Bible are based in some faith, and deeply grounded in some set of presuppositions. For the many people engaged in academia today, that faith is some form of ideological secularism. A Christian reading should always be absolutely transparent and clear about confessional commitments. And, we should never allow that those who…

Gospels as the Archway into the Canon

There was a time in the not so distant past when many conservative Christians were suspicious of any preacher or professor who emphasized the Gospels too much. On the surface this seems like an odd thing to say and an odd position to take. After all, are not the Gospels Holy Scripture and indeed the…