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

Thursday, 28 July 2016 04:00

Theological Famine in the Majority World

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By Nick Moore  

From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, the biblical storyline significantly involves the topic of leadership. A brief survey of the Old Testament shows that God’s plan of redemption seems to hinge upon those He calls out as leaders. Whether prophets, priests, or kings, throughout history God is setting apart those He calls...

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 16:04

The Gospel Is for Culture

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by Bruce Ashford

Because God is the Creator and King over all that exists, Christians seek actively to demonstrate his kingship in every dimension of human culture and across the fabric of human existence. If we do not “embody our faith in the shapes of everyday life,” we limit our witness. Therefore, we endeavor to proclaim and embody...

Thursday, 21 July 2016 04:00

Learn How to Mentor from Augustine

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by Edward L. Smither

Twenty-first-century Christian leaders ought to consider seriously Augustine’s thoughts on mentoring in a trinitarian community of Christian friends. The peoples of the Western world are largely in a hurry to accomplish and pack more into their schedules. This race, aided by the speed of increasing technology, tends to...

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 06:31

7 Reasons to Sing the Psalms

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by Douglas Bond

1. If you wish you prayed better, with more heart, with words worthy of God, learn the psalms.

What is it we do so poorly in our Christian lives? Most of us would admit that we pray all too infrequently and badly at our best. This is true in large part because we are so unfamiliar with the content and eloquence of the psalms. The...

Thursday, 14 July 2016 17:53

4 Ways to Fulfill the Great Commission

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by Dave Earley and Rod Dempsey

There are four ways to fulfill the Great Commission.

1. Go

The Great Commission cannot be fulfilled without intentionally pursuing the lost. Just as He was sent by His Father, Jesus has sent us out in a deliberate quest to win nonbelievers to faith in Christ (John 20:21, 31). Those who are sent are disobedient...

by Tony Merida

Expository preaching is an approach that is founded on certain theological beliefs, such as the role of the preacher according to Scripture, the nature of the Scripture, and the work of the Spirit. Therefore, many of the benefits for doing exposition are hard to measure. However, nine practical-theological benefits are worth noting.


Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:44

Build Credible Relationships for Evangelism

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by Will McRaney

A significant part of evangelism in a postmodern context is building credible relationships with those to whom you are attempting to communicate the message of Christ.

This involves building bridges, befriending lost people, and living a credible life.

Build Bridges

Our natural desires are to pursue selfish ambitions and personal...

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:21

D. A. Carson on the Power of the Gospel

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by D. A. Carson

We tend to overlook how often the gospel of Christ crucified is described as “power.”

Paul is not ashamed of the gospel, he declares, “because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). Writing to the Corinthians, Paul insists that “the message of the cross is...

Thursday, 30 June 2016 17:49

Three Things Every Pastor Simply Must Do

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by Dave Earley

Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). If anyone can offer insight into that on which an effective spiritual shepherd should concentrate, it is Jesus. So what did Jesus focus on in His ministry? Did He attend board meetings, visit hospitals, or do counseling? So what did He do?

Pray, teach the Word, and lead leaders.

1. Pray


Tuesday, 28 June 2016 07:00

Is God Active in the World Today?

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by Gary Habermas

Not only is God very active in the world today, but it could even be that He is more frequently involved than ever before. Since doubters often report two important aspects here, I will limit myself to a few comments about each. Some wonder if God still performs supernatural feats in the world today. While perhaps still being...

Thursday, 23 June 2016 15:53

Around the Web (June 2016)

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Check out these recent reviews and interviews of several popular B&H Academic titles and authors.

“Keeping current” is a must in New Testament Greek grammar. With a publication date of 2016, Going Deeper with New Testament Greek is sure to have the latest information on key grammatical and syntactical concepts. I am especially...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 04:00

Spurgeon on Vacation

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by Ray Rhodes

What is your plan for communion with God during your vacation? Charles Spurgeon often visited the coast of France for rest and healing. He wrote:

Go forth, beloved, and talk with Jesus on the beach, for He oft resorted to the sea-shore. Commune with Him amid the olive-groves so dear to Him in many a night of wrestling prayer. If ever...

Thursday, 16 June 2016 20:06

The SBC and the 21st Century

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by Jason Keith Allen

Southern Baptists do not call councils; those are the pope’s business. Throughout our history, however, there have been times when wisdom demanded that Southern Baptist leaders come together to consider our collective work and how best to conceptualize our future together.

That is why I invited key Southern...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:48

Russell Moore on the Southern Baptist Future

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by Russell Moore

Novelist William Faulkner once famously told students at the University of Virginia that the southern evangelicals so prevalent in his Bible-Belt ecosystem were not religious. Surprised, the students asked, “If they’re not religious, then what are they?” Faulkner replied, “Well, they’re Southern...

Thursday, 09 June 2016 14:53

Why is Theological Education Needed in Malawi?

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by Philip W. Barnes

Malawi is a highly Christianized nation.  In fact, according to the Operation World website, the country is 76% Christian and almost 20% Evangelical.[1]  My family and I live in the capital of Malawi – Lilongwe, and hardly a day goes by that I don’t see signs for a revival or prayer meeting.  When we...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 18:22

Luther’s Last Words

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by Timothy George

In early January 1546, at the age of sixty-two, Luther returned to the town of his birth, Eisleben, to settle a political dispute (really a family quarrel) between the princes of Mansfeld.

The journey from Wittenberg to Eisleben was eighty miles. Luther, in extremely poor health, was accompanied by his three sons, Hans, Martin, and...

Thursday, 02 June 2016 13:41

What Is Worship?

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by Franklin M. Segler and Randall Bradley

 Christian worship defies definition; worship can only be experienced. For the Christian, theology is an attempt to describe the experience of God’s grace applied in a redemptive relationship. A living experience may be analyzed, but it can never be completely contained in formulas, creeds, and...

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:17

Learning Greek Is a Lifetime Journey

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by Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle, and Robert Plummer

 The authors of this textbook are on a lifetime journey to read, study, and teach the Greek New Testament (GNT). We hope you will join us. Below are a few suggestions to help make this journey a success:

  1. Read the GNT as part of your daily devotions. Don’t be afraid to use...