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New Blog: ‘Between the Times’

Some professors from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary have just started a new blog that you may be interested in reading. It is called “Between the Times,” and I’m certain it will be must-read material for all of my fellow Southern Baptists. Contributors include Danny Akin, Nathan Finn, Bruce Ashford, David Nelson, and Ken Keathley.

The first post is already up, and it is entitled “Toward a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: Part One” by Bruce Ashford.

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Africa’s Messiah of Horror

I haven’t mentioned Joseph Kony on this blog since 2005. Maybe it’s because he’s someone whom I would rather forget. His crimes are so horrifying that it’s hard to let yourself imagine that it’s real. But it is.

Michael Gerson of the Washington Post writes today about Kony and about what the U. S. and the international community might do about him. Gerson warns,

We are seeing the second coming — surrounded by an army of children and trailing clouds of death — of Joseph Kony. If this is not a cause for horror — and a justified cause for international action — it is difficult to imagine what would be.

Gerson’s piece is not for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned as you pray with me, “Maranatha.” Continue Reading →

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Dockery at the Southern Baptist Convention

This post is a follow-up to my previous one about Dr. David Dockery, author of Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal and president of Union University. He will be making some appearances at the Southern Baptist Convention in a couple of weeks. He’s doing a book-signing, and he’s addressing the messengers in a plenary session. If you plan to attend the convention in Indianapolis, you’ll want to make your way to both of these.

Monday, June 9 (4-6pm) – Book-Signing (I guess this will be at the Broadman & Holman display)

Tuesday, June 10 (3:30pm) – Plenary address to the convention on themes related to Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal

While we’re at it, I should mention that Dr. Jerry Johnson interviewed Dr. Dockery on Wednesday on the radio program “Jerry Johnson Live.” You can listen to it below. The interview with Dockery begins at 28:00.

[audio:http://www.dennyburk.com/JJL/2008_05_28.mp3]
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Adoption and China’s One-Child Policy

Two stories appear in the news this morning that are related to one another only in this sense that they are likely to be of interest to pro-life readers.

First, as many of you know, the pro-life movement has become increasingly pro-adoption in recent decades. This is a wonderful development that we can all be thankful for. The New York Times reports, however, that the “color blind” approach to some adoptions is coming under criticism.

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Tornado Video

Tornadoes never cease to amaze. That was certainly the case with these images that were captured by a man who got a little too close to a recent touchdown in Kansas.

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Ca. Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

Here’s a link to the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the statewide ban on gay “marriage.” Here’s the report from the Associated Press:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.

The justices released the 4-3 decision Thursday, saying that domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage in an opinion written by Chief Justice Ron George.

The cases were brought by the city of San Francisco, two dozen gay and lesbian couples, Equality California and another gay rights group in March 2004 after the court halted San Francisco’s monthlong same-sex wedding march that took place at Mayor Gavin Newsom’s direction.

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Baptist Press on the Criswell Decision

Gary Ledbetter of the Southern Baptist Texan has more on the news that I wrote about yesterday. He writes:

“A rumor that Criswell College, started in 1975 by First Baptist Church of Dallas, would become part of nearby Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was laid to rest by the college’s trustees during their regularly scheduled board meeting April 10.

“As the college and the church continue to discuss their future relationship, some had suggested that Criswell College might become part of the seminary’s undergraduate program. That was apparently the motivation for the Criswell College trustees’ vote, which was without dissent, that the college would not become part of the seminary in the future.”

The article also contains a statement from Criswell College President Jerry Johnson. You can read the rest of the story in the Baptist Press or in the Southern Baptist Texan.

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Criswell College Not Going to Southwestern

I have some news to report concerning the college at which I am a professor. There have been rumors floating around the Southern Baptist Convention to the effect that Criswell College would be moving to Fort Worth, Texas to become a part of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. There was such a proposal before Criswell College’s trustees. But today Criswell’s trustees voted unanimously against making Criswell College a part of Southwestern Seminary.

Criswell College will not be going to Southwestern but will continue in Dallas under its current governing structure. There should be an official press release sometime today or tomorrow.

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