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A time to be resolute in the face of challenges

Since 1880, most United States presidents have sat behind a desk made from timbers of the HMS Resolute. That British naval vessel journeyed to locate the explorer Sir John Franklin, but became trapped in ice near the Arctic Circle in 1853. An American whaler found the ship adrift just two years later and returned it…

Christian Resolve on the Secular Campus

The excitement of a new chapter in life was palpable as Mark crammed his backpack on the tile floor between his chair and the next. He sat spellbound among nearly 100 other eager freshmen philosophy students as the department chairman opened the semester. The bearded professor lowered his black-rimmed glasses and began the lecture with…

Don’t Just Stand There: Say Something

Don’t Just Stand There: Say Something The Sin of Silence in a Time of Trouble Alumni Memorial Chapel August 20, 2013   The history and purpose of the academic convocation is explicitly Christian. There will be many institutions across this land and beyond that will hold a convocation ceremony such as this, but what will…

Expository preaching and the recovery of Christian worship

Evangelical Christians have been especially attentive to worship in recent years sparking a renaissance of thought and conversation about what worship really is and how it should be done. Even if this renewed interest has resulted in what some have called the “worship wars” in some churches, it seems that what A.W. Tozer once called…

What’s at stake on Sunday mornings?

I remember where I was in our home in Missouri when my wife looked at me in frustration and said, “Do you realize what’s at stake?” I had just finished directing and leading the music and worship activities of a large church through a busy Christmas season. Her comment was directed to my lack of…

The Recovery of True Worship

Worship is the purpose for which we were made — and only the redeemed can worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

The Pastor in the Digital Age – A Forum

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, four pastors answer questions about preaching and leading a church in the digital age. Each of the participating pastors are also on faculty at Southern Seminary. What technology have you found helpful for sermon preparation? Denny Burk: The two programs that I use the most are Bible study software. I…

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):…