A Thanksgiving Prayer

In lieu of our normal Thursday offerings, we offer this prayer for Thanksgiving: Old 100. That’s Psalm 100 (from the NASB): 

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

Happy Thanksgiving from Between the Times and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The EQUIP Workshop on Weddings

Every Thursday morning, we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Spurgeon Center. Since this week is Thanksgiving, we moved the post to Wednesday afternoon.

Each semester the Spurgeon Center hosts an EQUIP Workshop to discuss both theological and practical concerns related to common ministry events.  This fall, Drs. John Ewart, Steven Wade, Robert Jones, and Marty Jacumin discussed questions related to preparing for and conducting weddings.

Watch the video here.

Be sure to check the Spurgeon Center’s website for more recommended resources & videos like this one.

Greg Mathias on (Not) Fearing the Beard

Every Wednesday morning we highlight the writing and work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. This week, Associate Director Greg Mathias writes about evangelism and mission to Mormons by way of a bearded case study.

Here’s an excerpt:

Yes, our Mormon friends are in the news again. This time it is not for multiple wives, celestial planets, or sacred undergarments. It’s not even a news flash telling us of the changing fashion trends of your favorite Mormon missionary on two wheels. It is a brouhaha over facial hair choices often associated with No Shave November.

 

A growing group of BYU students are petitioning to have the beard-ban lifted on campus. What’s wrong with beard glory, you ask? Well, from the 1970s onward, the beard is a spiritual faux pas since it is identified with hippies, protesters, revolution, immodest fashion trends, and lack of spiritual cleanliness.

 

While the battle of the beard wages on the BYU campus, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the beard is not to be feared. Mormons too often try and cozy up to Christianity, but the beard ban is just another example of the incongruity between these two worldviews.

Read the full post here.