Jim Hamilton on Daniel 1

Jim Hamilton preached to the students of Boyce College on Monday night and knocked it out of the park. His exposition of Daniel 1 was faithfully exposited and powerfully delivered. You can download the audio here or press the play button below.


Jim is Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Seminary and the Pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church here in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a long-time friend, and I am grateful for his faithful ministry to our students.


Earle Ellis, RIP

UPDATE 3/5/10: Southwestern Seminary has posted its news release and tribute to Dr. Ellis here.


I received news today that E. Earle Ellis passed away last night. He was research professor of theology emeritus at Southwestern Seminary, and a prolific scholar of the New Testament. As Russell Moore notes, “he believed the Bible when that wasn’t cool in the SBC.” We were all waiting for the appearance of his commentary on 1 Corinthians for the International Critical Commentary series. He was the consummate scholar and widely respected in the worldwide guild of New Testament Studies. He will be missed.

SWBTS will be issuing a statement in due course. In the meantime, here’s a brief biographical piece from last year on Dr. Ellis. The following is an excerpt:

Ellis was born to Lindsey Thornton and Lois Belle McBride Ellis on March 18, 1926, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was raised in the nearby town of Dania. After serving in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946, Ellis began to show his academic capabilities as he completed his pre-law Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Virginia (UVa) in 1950, with concentrations in law, economics, political science and history. Although Ellis spent a year in the University of Virginia School of Law and intended to enter into a career in law, he began to develop a God-given thirst for Scripture that supplanted his desire to study law. He then studied for a time at Faith Seminary in Wilmington, Del., but soon moved to the Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill., where he received his M.A and B.D. degrees by 1953. Two years later, he was awarded with a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh…

Ellis has made significant written contributions to New Testament scholarship, specifically in the areas of Pauline studies, the history of the apostolic church, and the formation of the New Testament. But he also founded the Institute for Biblical Research and the International Reference Library for Biblical Research.


Russell Moore on Misguided Christian Outrage

Russell Moore has a must-read at The Resurgence website. In it, he asks whether Christians should be outraged by the new “We Are the World” single that was recently recorded after the Grammys. He writes:

“Well, yes, I am outraged. Willie Nelson should have been invited to participate. He’s still every bit as talented as he was in 1985, and if Nick Jonas can be invited, then certainly Willie should’ve been too.”

Okay, there’s actually more to it than that. Go read it here.


A National Shame

It is a great national shame that we send women off to fight our wars. I understand that saying such a thing is terribly non-PC these days. The general egalitarian spirit of the age looks askance at the idea that women are to be protected, not deployed. Nevertheless, that used to be the consensus view in the Christian West. But we have fallen a long way from that integrity. That is why I am surprised to see Mary Eberstadt’s OP-ED in Friday’s Washington Post. It goes decidedly against the egalitarian grain. She writes: Continue Reading →


Ryken’s Defining Challenge for Evangelicals

Christianity Today asked Philip Ryken last week what he expects “to be Wheaton’s greatest ‘identity challenge’ in relating to trends in American culture?” His answer:

“I think the issue of homosexuality will for the foreseeable future be a defining challenge for the evangelical church generally, and, therefore, also for the college.”

He calls homosexuality a “defining challenge” not just for Wheaton, but for all of evangelicalism. There are a number of reasons that I agree with this assessment, but let me just give you a few thoughts to consider. Continue Reading →


David Platt in SBTS Chapel

I believe David Platt (@plattdavid) to be the most passionate and compelling missions-mobilizer in Southern Baptist life today. He brought a powerful and convicting message in Southern Seminary’s chapel service that I think everyone needs to hear. His text is Luke 9:57-62, a text which he argues presents us with three questions about our priorities:

1. Are we going to choose comfort or the cross? (Luke 9:57-58)
2. Are we going to settle for maintenance or are we going to sacrifice for mission? (Luke 9:59-60)
3. Are our lives and ministries going to be marked by indecisive minds or undivided hearts? (Luke 9:61-62)

Don’t listen to this if you don’t want your world shaken-up. Don’t miss this one.

Audio of Sermon:


Take Heed Lest You Fall

I preached a message on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 in Southern Seminary’s chapel yesterday. Video above, and audio below.

Take Heed Lest You Fall

In my conclusion, I referred to an old sermon titled “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection,” and I mispoke by attributing the sermon to Thomas Cranmer. I meant to say that the sermon comes from Thomas Chalmers. If you are interested in reading it, you can do so here. Chalmers’ sermon is a meditation on 1 John 2:15. His basic point is this:

The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one; and by the love of what is good to expel the love of what is evil.

I couldn’t agree more. May God give is the grace to replace the love of our idols with the love of Christ.


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