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It’s not easy being green: Christian conscience and Earth Day

Here we are again. It’s Earth Day and, if you’re anything like me, I suspect you wrestle with how to make some sense of the day. Chances are we’re not about to go out on a Greenpeace expedition or going to retrofit our cars to run off used cooking oil. But does the gospel have…

How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part II

  Third, in God’s plan of redemption, God not only demonstrates that he is sovereign over sin and evil, but also that in his sovereignty, holiness, justice, and grace he is rooting out sin and evil in the cross work of Christ, thus demonstrating that he is perfectly good and trustworthy. Scripture teaches that in…

How Easter relates to suffering: five reflections on living in light of sin and evil – Part 1

  First, as an important apologetic point, it is not only Christian theology which must wrestle with the problem of evil; every worldview, Christian and non-Christian alike, must also wrestled with it, albeit for different reasons depending upon the specific view in question. For example, naturalistic/atheistic viewpoints must first explain, given their overall view, how…

Why does the IRS get my taxes even when Jesus has my heart?

  Over the next couple of days, millions of Americans will endure the filing and, in some cases, the payment of taxes. Taxation has never been particularly popular among Americans, having once incited several dozen Bostonians to dress up as Mohawk Native Americans and toss tea into a harbor. Even in the months that followed…

‘Doing theology’ on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Mark Dever arrived on Capitol Hill in 1994 to pastor a church of primarily 70- to 90-year-old people that was weary after nearly a half century of decline and weighed down with pouring its limited funds into the maintenance of a block of real estate. It also had a deeper problem. Members of…

The preachers responsibility: frame a biblical understanding of the Christian life

  [tweetable]Preaching — the practice of expositing God’s Word to God’s people — has fallen on hard times.[/tweetable] On the one hand, the large number of evangelical pastors I know who remain committed to faithful biblical exposition greatly encourages me. These men know the purpose and the power of preaching God’s Word. On the other…

Seven questions about economics and the economy with Barry Asmus

  When studying in seminary or serving in a church, students and pastors often find little time for topics such as economics. And yet economics, as a reality, is all around. Towers editor Aaron Cline Hanbury asks Barry Asmus, speaker, writer and consultant on political and business issues and a senior economist with the National Center for…

Expository ministry: A comprehensive vision

  When God speaks, creation obeys. When he spoke the universe into existence, it happened (Gen 1:3-26). When he speaks into the cold, dead hearts of sinners, a new creation appears (2 Cor 5:17). When preachers exposit the Word of God and announce that Jesus is the Christ, the church is built (Matt 16:16-18). Whenever…

Finishing strong: persevering through your mid-degree crisis

  Higher-ed institutions across the country are filled with exhausted, irritable and weary students searching for light at the end of the academic tunnel. Southern’s master of divinity degree is a behemoth 88-credit hour program, no small feat for anyone. Academic exhaustion and burnt-out enthusiasm aren’t reflective of a lazy spirit, but if not properly…

The long and winding road: collected wisdom on maturing in seminary

  A couple weeks ago, four pastors from the Louisville, Ky., area held a public conversation about seminary students and church membership. Sitting on the panel were Timothy J. Beougher, senior pastor of West Broadway Baptist Church and Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth; Ryan Fullerton, the lead pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church;…

Memphis, Miami, Milan and Mumbai: Why every Christian needs to be globally minded

  [tweetable]Authentic Christian ministry often comes in a context of danger and risk.[/tweetable] We want to be a generation ready to live dangerously for the gospel: ready to go, ready to witness, ready to serve, ready to live and ready to die. We are geographical people. We know the apostle Paul largely through letters with…

How to reach Hispanics around you without Rosetta Stone

  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino population in the United States  was 53 million in 2012, making up 17 percent of the overall population — the largest minority group in the nation. So, whether you are Hispanic like me or you are from a different culture, eager to share the gospel with…

3 questions with Nancy Pearcey

  How should Christians prioritize personal holiness in their engagement of the art and entertainment of an unbelieving culture? Christians often think we can avoid being “conformed to the world” (Rom 12:2) by avoiding worldly ideas. But as G. K. Chesterton said, ideas are more dangerous to the person who has not studied them. He…

How to have a rich seminary journey

  If seminarians will learn the habit of thinking about God’s truth as a means of enjoying him, then they will not waste their theological education, said John Piper during a special, pre-convocation chapel service, Jan. 23, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “[tweetable]God gave you doctrine for delight[/tweetable],” he said in the beginning of…

A witnessing community

  [tweetable]Effective evangelism is measured not by individual responses, but by the clarity and accuracy of the message proclaimed.[/tweetable] Whether in a large gathering or from one soul to another, a church functioning at maximum evangelistic capacity will saturate its areas of influence with the gospel of Jesus Christ. If your church ceased to exist,…

Inerrancy: a modern definition of an historic view

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, discusses the new book, Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, to which he contributed, with Towers book review editor Matt Damico. MD: Why is this book necessary? RAM: Well, on the one hand,…

Leadership: innovate or stagnate

  Recently I was asked how I was doing as a “creator.” I’ve been asked similar questions before, but this time it startled me because it was tethered to Genesis 1:26 and what it means to be made in the image of God. As spiritual beings, our creativity comes from being fashioned in the image…

Three reasons why pastors should preach about the public square

  Christian pastors find themselves in an odd position today. There isn’t really a clear model of how to engage the broader public conversation about morals, laws, cultural developments and the spirit of the age. Not many of the young and restless crowd aspire to be culture warriors, and the Moral Majority looms large in…