But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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How long should a pastor serve the same church? The Bible doesn’t answer that question. The average length of service for pastors in Protestant churches in America is down to about four years. For that to be a true average, think about how many pastors must serve far less than four years....

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Editor’s Note: Two years before his famous March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. visited Southern Seminary and spoke in chapel. His address, titled “The Church on the Frontier of Racial Tension,” was a prophetic challenge for the church to shut down the old age of...

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Dr. Howington, members of the faculty, members of the student body of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, ladies and gentlemen, I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be on the campus of this great institution of learning and to be part of this chapel period. I have looked forward to...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:00

Does my church have to confirm my call to ministry?

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When it comes to evaluating the call to pastoral ministry, a personal sense of calling isn’t enough. The subjective sense of calling must be objectively validated by others. External assessment is an essential cord that tethers you, and your church, to safety.

Why is this kind of assessment...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:00

6 reasons every Christian should study theology

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Abstract of Systematic Theology, the systematic theology textbook written by Southern Seminary founder James P. Boyce (1827-1888).

The advantages of studying theology systematically are several.

1. We thus ascertain all that nature and the...

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Our world is full of gods, powers, and the demonic. Recently I visited an ethnographic museum in Ethiopia and stumbled upon a small section describing the activity of evil spirits in that country. The exhibit explained that even though the 20th century brought skepticism about the reality of such...

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Once each quarter I teach a new members class for people interested in joining our church. It’s become one of my favorite responsibilities as a pastor. I’m a believer in church membership, no question. But I’ll be honest: every time I teach the class I cringe a bit along with my...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:06

5 attitudes every new pastor needs

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Throughout the year, young men (and sometimes older men) anxiously waiting for their first pastoral charge receive the call, pack up their belongings, and move their family to a new community. I remember that first pastorate, too. Having begun serving a small church in rural southwest Mississippi...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 20:00

Most-read resources of 2017

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In this pilot year, God has used Southern Equip to train hundreds of thousands of pastors, missionaries, counselors, and other gospel leaders – both current and future – for more faithful service. Here is a compilation of our most popular resources.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:00

Why Christ’s birth was an act of war

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Wars and rumors of war.

Throughout the world right now, armies are planning and preparing for various military operations. Closer to home, domestic abuse, interpersonal strife, and political injustice continue unabated. Just this week, I learned that a man was shot and nearly killed less than a...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:00

Should Christians celebrate Christmas?

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Authors: Hershael York...

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Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:00

5 things your kids need to know about death

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It wasn’t the first thing to enter my mind, but it might have been the second: How am I going to tell the kids?

The doctor had just laid out the cold, hard truth: “Your friend, Ken, has passed.” Ken was a dear family friend, a man my kids adored. A longtime staff member at the...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 21:00

Do Old Testament commands apply today?

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Authors: Tom Schreiner...

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A few weeks ago, I preached Nehemiah 3. It’s a chapter that lists the various men and women who rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Here’s a taste:

“…Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired....

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 23:00

Far as the Curse is Found

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Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:00

Why your church should support less missionaries

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Like many families, churches are trying to balance their monthly budgets and make those valuable dollars stretch in a way that best honors God. Churches that are involved in missions want to make a huge impact in global outreach and be good stewards of God’s resources. As churches explore...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 20:00

Why you need Advent more than you realize

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As a culture, we can’t wait to get to Christmas. Retailers can’t wait to put out the Christmas decor and prep you for their “must have” Christmas deals. Children can’t wait for presents, and parents can’t wait for the extra vacation time. Everything in our...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 02:59

Hold the Chicken, Hit the Gym

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Southern Seminary founder John A. Broadus was a vocal proponent of bodily health and discipline within the seminary community, even recommending muscular exercise to preachers in his influential book The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons (1870).1 During his tenure as seminary president, Broadus...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 02:59

The Body: Why your soul is not enough

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Early in my career of teaching systematic theology, a student arranged an appointment with me in my office. After the customary small talk, he cut to the quick: He was experiencing multiple physical problems, plagued by insomnia, digestive and excretory problems, blood in his urine, lethargy, and...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 02:58

Sing We Now of Christmas

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Thomas R. Schreiner

James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament  image I would choose Hark the Herald Angels Sing. The carol bursts with joy, which is fitting at our Savior’s birth. We also see why Jesus came: “God and sinners reconciled.” The truth of the incarnation...

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Almost everyone commits to finally getting serious about that at the start of a new year. Lainey Greer is the group fitness coordinator at the Health and Recreation Center at Southern Seminary and Ph.D. student in systematic theology, and she has 15 years of experience working as a physical trainer...

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