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Wayne Grudem coming to SBTS

Wayne Grudem has to be one of the most significant figures in the evangelical movement. He has published more books than I could attempt to count off the top of my head. But the one that he is known best for is his Systematic Theology, a text where innumerable young students have cut their theological teeth. That has certainly been the story on the campus of Southern Seminary and Boyce College where I teach. It would be difficult to overstate the influence of Dr. Grudem on an entire generation of theological students.

That is why I am so excited that Dr. Grudem will be in town later this month to lead a conference on the campus of Southern Seminary. Dr. Grudem has recently co-authored the book The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution with Barry Asmus, and the conference will be an elaboration of the themes in this work. Grudem and Asmus contend that the solution to poverty “lies in a comprehensive development plan that integrates the principles of a free market system with the Bible’s teachings on social ethics.” They take their first principles from scripture and make a compelling case for developing the wealth of nations in order to alleviate poverty in the world. Both Dr. Grudem and Asmus will be on campus to speak at the conference. Continue Reading →

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The absurdity of dividing God’s word from God’s work

The integrity of God’s word has always been under assault, from “hath God really said” until now. For this reason, Jonathan Akin highlights two recent instances in which well-known Christians have made statements that cast doubt on that integrity. He writes:

First, Andy Stanley tweeted a link to an article where a young lady who has renounced Christianity talks about how much she misses being a Born-Again Christian. Along with the link, Stanley tweeted, “Why we must teach the next generation the FOUNDATION of our faith is an EVENT not a BOOK.”

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“God and the Gay Christian” on MSNBC

Matthew Vines appeared on MSNBC last week promoting his book God and the Gay Christian (video above). There is nothing new here in terms of argument, and I still stand by my previous critique of this work.

Having said that, it is interesting to see that Vines’ views are received as unassailably obvious. The interviewers give no place to the entire 2,000-year consensus of the Christian Church on sexuality. Instead, Vines’s recent revision is treated as if it were the only plausible perspective to reckon with.

The ground is moving beneath our feet.

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Do infants who die go to heaven?

Several years ago, Danny Akin and Albert Mohler wrote a short article explaining why they believe children who die go to heaven. Today, Danny Akin offers a revised version of that argument, and you can read it here. Akin writes:

I believe that there are good reasons biblically and theologically for believing that God saves all who die and who do not reach a stage of moral understanding and accountability. Scripture may not speak to this issue directly, but there is sufficient evidence that would lead us to affirm that God receives into heaven all who have died in infancy. Some evidence is stronger than others, but cumulatively they marshall strong support for infant salvation. I will note six of them.

Read the rest here.

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Kent Brantly’s remarks upon his release from hospital

I can’t tell you how full my heart is at the news of Dr. Kent Brantley’s recovery. I can only imagine how his family must be feeling to have him back after thirty very dark days of uncertainty and perhaps even of despair.

The video above is the statement that Dr. Brantly made upon his release earlier today. It’s fantastic. Among other things he describes how he cried out to the Lord as the illness descended upon him, “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.” How grateful we should be for this dear brother’s life and for that of his colleague Nancy Writebol. God is merciful.

I am reminded of the lines from John Piper’s poem about Dr. Brantly and Ms. Writebol:

Fly back to us, our joy, our crown…

They are back… all the way back. Thanks be to God!

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What about the Birds and Bees? – Family Life Today

In this third and final episode of the interview with Family Life Today, we discuss talking to children about the birds and the bees. We also discuss our culture’s changing definition of marriage. Can Christians have fellowship with one another while having differences over the definition of marriage? Can pastors be neutral on the issues of marriage and homosexuality? You can listen to the episode below or download it here.

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Sex for the Glory of God – Family Life Today

Here is the second episode of my interview with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine of Family Life Today. I’ll post episode three tomorrow. You can listen to today’s episode below or download it here. Here’s the description of the show:

What did God have in mind when He created male and female? Denny Burk, a professor at Boyce College and an assistant pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, reminds listeners that sex exists for the glory of God, which means that our sexuality puts God’s glory on display. Burk talks about God’s purposes for sex: consummation, procreation, an expression of love, and pleasure. [Source] Continue Reading →

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God’s Purpose for Sexuality – Family Life Today

I am very grateful for the ministry of Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine at Family Life Today. These are faithful men running a top-notch ministry aimed at strengthening marriages and families. I recently had a chance to sit down for an interview for three episodes of their daily radio program. It was a joy to be with these brothers to talk about sex and gender issues. I will post all three episodes as they are released over the next couple of days. You can listen to episode one below or download the audio here. Continue Reading →

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5-year old Noah Ritter “apparently” gets songified into pop culture greatness

Here’s some lighter fare for your Saturday morning. 5-year old Noah Ritter’s man-on-the-street interview went viral this week for obvious reasons. It also got songified into what may very well be my favorite Songify rendition yet. It’s a classic. The original video is above. The songified version is below. (HT: 22Words) Continue Reading →

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5 Reasons to consider buying the “ESV Reader’s Bible”

I have been reading my new copy of the ESV Reader’s Bible over the last week, and I have to say that I am really impressed with this work. If you are thinking about purchasing a reader’s Bible, there are at least five reasons that you really ought to consider this one.

1. Fine Translation: The most important thing about picking a Bible is the translation. There are many fine translations on the market today, and the ESV is leading the pack among the more literal versions on offer. As a revision of the RSV, the ESV does not use archaic expressions like “thee” and “thou.” Nevertheless, the ESV is in the King James family of translations and as such retains the literary elegance of that tradition. The ESV translation committee is committed to the ongoing work of keeping the translation up to date. Indeed, this volume contains the “ESV Text Edition: 2011.” Continue Reading →

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