J.D. Greear on Engaging People Outside the Faith

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Every Thursday afternoon at Between the Times we highlight the writing of Southeastern alum, J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durahm, North Carolina. This week J.D. offers 5 insights to engage people outside the Christian faith.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Jesus asked a question when he was on earth. It wasn’t, “Does this make sense?” or “Do you agree?” It was the most important question any of us would ever consider: “Who do you say that I am?” The real God comes not by clever explanations, but by divine illumination in the person of Jesus Christ. Truth did not come to us through a group of philosophers speculating idly on a hill in Athens; truth came in a God dying on a hill for us outside of Jerusalem.

You can read the whole piece here.

An Impassioned Plea from a Modern-Day Abolitionist

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Amber Lehman is a 21st-century abolitionist. She has been on the front-lines of the abortion controversy for the past eight years, and Amber directs First Choice Pregnancy Solutions.Amber_Lehman She has seen–up close and personal–the horrors of deception and evil taking place each day through the abortion industry. On April 30th Amber gave a talk at a Bush Center faculty luncheon entitled “From Pro-Life to Abolitionist.” You can access an audio of her speech here. Her passion for her cause comes through clearly. As you listen, it will become equally clear that being “merely pro-life” is not sufficient. If one has the ability to stop (or at least hinder) a horrendous evil, it is not enough merely to lament that evil. Amber argues that Christians have the moral obligation to act, and then lists possible options for action.

Amber graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the College at Southeastern, and she currently is completing her MA in Christian Ethics with a focus on Non-Profit Management Best Practices for Pregnancy Center Ministries. God has given Amber Lehman a unique prophetic role in today’s Church and society. Please remember to pray for her and for First Choice. First Choice

This blog has been cross posted at www.theologyforthechurch.com

The Center for Faith and Culture and Oxford

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Every Tuesday morning at Between the Times we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Center for Faith and Culture (CFC). Directed by Dr. Ken Keathley, Professor of Theology at Southeastern, the Center seeks to bring the Christian faith to bear upon all areas of life through helping others to think and to act Christianly in both private and public discourse. To this end, the Center hosts numerous conferences, guest lectures, debates and study tours throughout the year. Recently, Dr. Keathley and others completed the annual Oxford Study Tour. Here is the first of several posts on their time in England. 

Regents Park is a Baptist college in the Oxford University system. This year Dr Malcolm Yarnell (Professor of Theology at SWBTS, and my very good friend) and I have taken a study group from Southwestern Seminary and Southeastern Seminary on a 18-day tour of England and Scotland. Regents Park has been gracious enough to let us once again stay with them. They have welcomed Southern Baptist students every summer for more than two decades, and they are wonderful hosts. We challenged their hospitality by bringing a group of over 70 students, faculty, and others. They rose to the task above and beyond expectations. David Harper, the college’s bursar, has moved heaven and earth to provide us with excellent accommodations. Some of us are staying at St. Johns College which is across the street from Regents Park.

Regent's ParkOxford has more history per square inch than any other place I know. Want to see where Latimer and Ridley were burned at the stake for the sake of the Gospel? That’s about a quarter of mile from where we’re staying. Want to buy something from the candy store where Alice (as in the Alice of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) used to get her candy? About a mile from here. In between St. John’s and Regents Park is a pub called The Eagle and the Child. For decades a literary group call The Inklings met there. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were members. On Thursdays Tolkien would read to C. S. Lewis and the other attendees portions of a little tale he was writing called Lord of the Rings.

Michael Travers is teaching on the apologetics of C. S. Lewis, David Allen on British Preaching, and Nathan Finn and Malcolm Yarnell are team-teaching on Baptist History. What’s not to love?

For Dr. Keathley’s full series of posts on the tour, and more on the CFC, check out his blog here