- In “The Burden of Perverse Assumptions” Tim Challies examines the profound affect that the sexual revolution has had and will continue to have on nonsexual same-sex relationships as he reflects on Al Mohler’s recent book Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance.
- Early last month Dr. David Sills, of SBTS, posted a fantastic article, entitled “The Brain Drain,” in which he looks at contemporary evangelicalism and how our desire to prepare missionaries has taught missions well but failed to model it and is in some sense counterproductive. From the article:
It is amazing to me that the most eloquent Bible expositors and scholars who exegete so beautifully the missionary journeys of Paul have often never been on one themselves. . . . They model a ministry that talks about the nations but does not walk among the nations.
The brightest and best aspire to follow and emulate these godly teachers, preachers, Bible scholars, and theologians who unfortunately do not model missions as a worthy life investment. As much as young people want it to, missions does not seem to fit into any responsible, biblical expression of ministry because none of the leaders or inner circle members is missions focused in anything but talk. After a time of confused struggling, young people pack away their passion for missions as misguided zeal.
I would love for you to read this article and then share your thoughts.
- In “What is a Baptist? Nine Marks that Separate Baptists from Presbyterians,” a recent article by Dr. Steve Lemke published in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Steve Lemke argues for “four streams of Calvinism in contemporary SBC life.” There are indeed times when this article is helpful and I appreciate his comparison between the BF&M, The Westminster Confession, and The T4G Statement; however, I think there is much that is not helpful. I, and I am sure you, would expect to see individuals demonstrate a lack of scholarship in a blog entry that took all of five minutes to write or to find unreliable information on Wikipedia but to see a theological journal published by an accredited institution containing such misinformation is a shame and calls into question the scholarship of all parties involved. The Dr. Lemke’s article can be read here and a three-part response by Timmy Brister can be found below.
- Todd Burus has recently posted Calvinism in the SBC- An Open Letter to Johnny Hunt and Jerry Vines in response to the John 3:16 Conference among other things, see here and here for an example. If you are a Baptist or a Calvinist then I would highly recommend Todd’s posts he tackles the problem issues and does so in a charitable tone.