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

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Apologetic Report

Fact and fiction are intertwined in the modern recounting of the story of St. Valentine and his surmised connection with romance. However, he is remembered each year on February 14, a day considered to be a day of love.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated with cards, candy, and flowers given to...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 23:00

The Strength of Love

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Authors: Matthew J. Hall

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Monday, 12 February 2018 16:00

Do I have to join a church to be be a Christian?

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I have heard many versions of this notion over the years, phrased as both a question and a declaration: “I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, do I?”

More often than not, it’s put this way: “I love Jesus and the Bible, but I don’t love the church.”...

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There are commonly two extreme—and opposite—answers to this question. The first is a pastor who carelessly sees his role to pastor women as no different than men.  This pastor thinks the same blunt conversations he has with men in the church can take place with women.  This...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 23:00

Shepherd the Flock Among You

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Authors: Randy Stinson

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:44

Homosexuality and the Bible

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 21:30

Is using birth control a sin?

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Authors: Ken Magnuson...

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Since the day of Pentecost and the beginnings of the Church, persecution against the church has been a reality. Stephen, the first martyr, was stoned to death for his bold proclamation of the gospel. The apostles were threatened not to “preach in this name,” which is to say the name of...

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Friday, 19 January 2018 01:56

Why does God allow missionaries to suffer?

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If God is sovereign and all powerful, he must not be good. Or if he is good, then he must not be sovereign and all powerful.

So reason many who believe that there should simply not be any suffering in the world. But even if they understand some suffering in the world, surely an all-powerful and good...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:14

Can Christians get tattoos?

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Authors: Mark Coppenger...

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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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