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, 20 March 2017 23:30

Selah … Pause and Think of That!

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The world is such an uncertain place. We are awash in political, economic, even religious uncertainty. Currents of circumstances crisscross one another in endless complications. Terra firma is difficult ground to find in these days of turbulent turmoil. It seems the one certainty in every area of...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 23:30

The time has come to read old books

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Each fall, when I begin my survey of church history, I take the time to read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ now famous introduction to Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. Lewis is fascinated by this classic treatment of the incarnation from one of the champions of fourth century Christian...

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Drawing stick figures can be a spiritual act of worship. That statement may sound childish to you, but it can become a gateway into engaging your children with your pastor’s weekly sermon. And, you might be surprised at how often it causes you to engage more as well.

In elementary school, I...

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Let me begin by making a claim that many will find rather contentious: Apologetic ministry—the ministry of commending and defending the “faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3)—is a vital and essential part of Gospel-centered, New Testament ministry....

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Monday, 20 February 2017 22:30

Do You Need and Desire Revival?

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We are living in a time of spiritual and political unrest. As believers, we should be comforted by the reality that we serve a sovereign God and resurrected Savior. It seems that there are many even within the church who are in a continual state of fear and anxiousness or anger and bitterness. I am...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:30

Words to Live by

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They were pretty while they lasted, I suppose. For Valentine’s Day, I had given Pamela an arrangement of flowers. The florist had included some red roses, a few pink carnations, and, since it’s one of her favorite colors, a selection of lavender flowers. She liked them. Onto her desk at...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:30

Let’s Talk

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Let’s talk. Let’s talk in our families, in our churches, and in every venue where we spend a portion of our lives.

Let’s talk about God’s Word. Let’s talk about it personally, deeply and frequently.

Let’s select a Scripture passage, perhaps one per month, and seek...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 06:30

Marriage, No-Fault Divorce, and Children

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Last month, Matt Krause, a state representative from Fort Worth, introduced a bill to ban no-fault divorce in Texas, “a process that now lets a couple end their marriage without assigning blame to either spouse.”[1] Now, in Texas, it takes only one spouse to divorce, based upon...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:30

A Prayer for Partners in the Advance of the Gospel

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“I want you for U.S. Army.” “We do more before 9AM than most people do all day.” “Be all that you can be.” Most of us will recognize these statements as maxims used in the past by the U.S. Army. One of the Army’s more recent slogans was, “An army of...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:30

The Virtue of Suffering

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Last year saw the release of the film “Me Before You,” a movie about a man who ends his life after an accident leaves him disabled. In response, Christian radio host Joni Eareckson Tada raised very serious concerns with the message of the film. An article on theblaze.com reports on her...

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One of my worst moments in seminary happened when I missed two weeks of Church History class. Why? Because the day I got back to class, I had no idea what we were talking about! My timeline of a historical narrative was fragmented, and without taking that into account, understanding the latter part...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:30

Religion is for Old People

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When I lived in Central Asia, it was very interesting to see how many of the young Muslims viewed their religion. They said that at their age, they could enjoy life and wait until an older age to get serious about religion. Their thinking was that God is more interested in the afterlife, and that...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 10:59

The Third Time is a Charm

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The Dec. 17, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News carried a shocking headline: “Conservative Belief Spurs Church Growth.” The story recounts the astonishing discovery of David Millard Haskell, associate professor of religion, culture and digital media and journalism at Wilfrid Laurier...

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It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. As I reflect on last year, I am amazed at the events that took place throughout the world. While I am saddened by many of the things I have seen and heard, I am aware that the Lord is still at work. The condition of marriages, families...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 06:30

Popular articles of 2016

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TheologicalMatters.com provides a range of helpful articles written by Southwestern faculty addressing topics such as preaching, ethics, apologetics, current events, church history, marriage, family, ministry and more. Below, you’ll find excerpts from some of our most popular articles within...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 06:30

Fake news, false ideas, and the knowledge of God

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The latest buzz word since the 2016 election is “fake news.” Just what is fake news? Well, like a lot of words in pop culture, there’s no precise definition. Here’s what we know. Fake news is, according to most, a bad thing. Sometimes it is even used to say, “Well, you...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 06:30

Don’t Miss the Star

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Away from the busy city filled with lights, the dark winter nights are bright with stars. The celestial configurations enrapture, and the stillness captivates. The lesser lights of the busy city streets can be distracting. The light below veils rather than unveils the natural lights of the night....

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:30

Why I Read Matthew’s Gospel on Christmas Eve

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I will never forget one Christmas Eve many years ago when my family decided to read the account of Jesus’ birth in Mathew instead of Luke. It’s a tradition among my extended family, as I’m sure it is with other families, to read Scripture at this special holiday gathering, and we...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:30

Resisting the Sacred vs. Secular Divide

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As Christians, we affirm Christ’s lordship over all of life—or at least we know we’re supposed to. Should our lives be separated into distinct spheres, with our secular interests and pursuits—what many think of as the ordinary humdrum of day-to-day life—belonging in a...

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Many of us have received a phone call from an unknown number and, upon answering, found out that the person calling is a random salesperson from a different state attempting to sell the next revolutionary product on the market. When these calls come to our cell phones, many people get annoyed and...

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Recently, a speaker in chapel at Southwesterndealt in a portion of his message with the subject of Calvinism (link to original chapel message). He presented his views on the subject, as would be expected at a Southern Baptist seminary in view of the current discussions in our denomination. At the...

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 06:30

Advent: Waiting, Remembering, Rejoicing

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It is that time of year again, or, as we sing along, “the most wonderful time of the year.” The so-called Holiday Season is a joyous time for many people, as it is for me and my family. The ability to travel and rekindle relationships with family and friends is always treasured. It is a...

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As all Americans reflect on what they’re thankful for and especially the way God providentially brought the Puritans to settle this great nation, I wanted to write something personal and from the heart. An ode of gratitude to God for America, if you will. However, this article is also a...

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Arriving in Cameroon, West Africa, to teach at a Baptist seminary for six years beginning in 1976 was quite a journey. This was true physically because of the long travel, emotionally due to cultural adjustments, and spiritually because of an awakening as to how Africans generally see spirits...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:30

A Powerful yet Dangerous Tool

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It is probably safe to say that I am not the only one glad Election 2016 is now complete. Let me assure you that this is not going to be a political post, except to say I was compelled to write on this subject because of the most recent political cycle. It has little to nothing to do with the...

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