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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Monday, 23 October 2017 21:00

What to expect when pastoring your first church

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So you’ve walked down the aisle with hundreds of your colleagues after several years of blood, sweat and tears. You hold in your hand a sheet of paper that says you have “mastered” theology in such a way that qualifies you to lead, in some capacity, in church life.

In your mind,...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 21:00

7 elements every worship service needs

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Whether it’s an intricately written document providing guiding principles and goals or it’s a “shotgun” approach of firing off new ideas and hoping you hit the target, every pastor has a ministry philosophy.

The same is true for worship ministry.

Too often, a culturally-shaped...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 22:00

Do I have to call myself a Calvinist?

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Authors: Tom Schreiner...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Where is He Who is Born King of the Jews?

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Authors: Hershael W. York

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Maybe it has something to do with turning 40 over the summer, but I have spent a lot of time this year thinking about what it means to live a joyful life. I have become convinced that one of the greatest enemies to joyful living is our constant addiction to technology.

Because we spend so much time...

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Our neighbor looked more than a bit puzzled at my daughter’s answer.

“I bet you’re looking forward to October 31, aren’t you?” she asked. My precocious 12-year-old didn’t bat an eyelash: “Of course. We love Reformation Day. We get to eat candy, sing hymns,...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:02

A God-Orchestrated Friendship

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One of Craig Parker’s regular prayers is for God to bring people to support Southern Seminary.

“When you are working in development in a faith-based organization, you are always looking for people who will have a passion for your mission,” said Parker, Southern Seminary’s...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven

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Authors: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:22

A Legacy of Church-Focused Scholarship

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imageA. T. Robertson’s Greek class of 1906

Three core markers of Southern Seminary’s identity are rooted in an 1856 address delivered by James Petigru Boyce titled “Three Changes in Theological Institutions.” This address, delivered upon the occasion of Boyce having joined the...

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The primary Reformers — Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli — all lived during the same time period and were certainly aware of the Reformation movement. How did they view each other?

Luther’s antagonism toward Zwingli is quite well-known. At the Marburg Colloquy in 1529, the goal was to...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

Feature review: Greek For Life

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Greek For Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek (Baker Academic 2017, $19.99)by Robert L. Plummer and Benjamin L. Merkle

In seminary culture, most students are intimidated at the task of mastering the biblical languages. It takes hours of memorizing...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

From Pulaski County to Podolsk, Russia

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Most of the time, when you hear about someone joining a college faculty, it’s a thoroughly happy occasion. For Melissa Tucker, though, it was mixed with tragedy.

Tucker’s mother died after battling cancer for several years. The loss of her mother brought her home. As Tucker prayed about...

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Soon after Martin Luther made public his 95 Theses in 1517, he found a sympathetic ear in Desiderius Erasmus, perhaps the most notable scholar of the Renaissance who made a monumental contribution to biblical studies with his various publication of the Greek New Testament. Erasmus took the...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:17

3 Questions with Rod Dreher

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imageRod Dreher Author of The Benedict Option and senior editor at The American Conservative

What is one argument you make in The Benedict Option that has been broadly misunderstood or misrepresented in media coverage?

Oh, this one is as easy as it is frustrating: People thinking that I’m calling...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:16

Plummer invites you to retool your Greek

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, Robert L. Plummer, professor of New Testament interpretation, talks with Towers writer Annie Corser about his new book, Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek.

AC: How did this book come about?

RP: This book, like most books...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:14

Luther’s timely discovery of a merciful God

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In the late 1880s, the church historian Philip Schaff (1819–1893) noted that the “Reformation was a republication of primitive Christianity, and the inauguration of modern Christianity. This makes it, next to the Apostolic age, the most important and interesting portion of church...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:00

Is there an age of accountability?

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Authors: Stephen J. Wellum...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 21:00

6 habits every aspiring missionary needs today

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I will never forget the time as a teenager when I first told my parents that I felt called to missions. Their response was both encouraging and measured. They expressed initial happiness but also cautioned with the words, “Let’s wait and see.”

Years later, now as a former...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 04:43

Southern Seminary Magazine – Fall 2017

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On October 2017, Protestant churches around the world will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In doing so, these churches are not celebrating any particular individual, but God’s work in reawakening the church to the central truths of the gospel. We remember God’s...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 22:21

A (Photo) Tour of the Land of Luther

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imageR. Albert Mohler Jr. preaches from Romans 3:21-26 at All Saints’ Church (Schlosskirche) in Wittenberg, Germany.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has preached through the Book of Romans before. But not like this.

“One of the most moving and humbling experiences of my life as a preacher was to preach...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 22:21

The Reformation Isn’t Over

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image n this eve of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, diverse voices sound out in response to the question, “Is the Reformation over?” For example, Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston University and an apologist for Roman Catholicism, maintains, “What...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 22:21

Luther’s Battle for Sola Scriptura

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The Protestant Reformation was a time of great discovery, and rediscovery, of essential biblical truths lost or muted for centuries. Intense and passionate people like Martin Luther (1483-1546) rediscovered the...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 21:00

Abandon the Reformation, abandon the gospel

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“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where he is there I...

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