In Case You Missed It

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Here are some of the blogposts to read from the week that was, in case you missed it.

1) Southeastern President, Danny Akin, writes about the Scriptural View of Marriage. This is the first post in a series.

2) At The Gospel Coalition, they are featuring some great posts from the past. Yesterday, this post by Amy Sherman on the church dropout problem (it’s a discipleship problem) caught our eye.

3) The Church Leaders blog hosted by Lifeway featured Southeastern’s Nathan Finn on why “Everybody is a Theologian.”

4) The Acton Institute, which features excellent content on the intersection of Christian theology and the rest of life, has a good post by Elise Hilton, “When Are We Going to Get Honest About Gender Issues?”

5) Southeastern alum and Pastor of The Summit Church, J. D. Greear has a new book coming out, “Jesus Continued.” Read about it and pre-order it here. 

6) From the SEND Network, a helpful post by Christine Hoover, “What Does Success Look Like for a Church Planting Wife?”

 

David W. Jones on the Benefits of Christian Marriage

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The faculty at Southeastern regularly contribute to the evangelical and SBC blogosphere. When they do, we want you to know about it. This week David Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Th.M. program at Southeastern, wrote about the benefits of Christian marriage. As an author, ethicist, and Christian husband for 20 years he is more than qualified to write on the topic. He gives sound, encouraging, and biblical wisdom for other husbands. 

The post appeared at Canon and Culture, the Christianity and Public Square blog of the ERLC. Here’s an excerpt:

Given the primacy of God’s glory and name, it stands to reason that the Lord would be jealous for his people, for they are created in order to glorify his name. Indeed, this is what Scripture records as in reference to his people God proclaims, “I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy” (Zech. 8:2). Additionally, a host of passages demonstrate the truth that when the Lord’s people begin to glorify other gods, it is then that his jealousy is most clearly aroused.

Within the institution of marriage, spouses have the unique opportunity to experience relational jealousy, thereby enabling them to understand the truth of God’s husband-love for his people, as well as the intensity of divine jealousy. In fact, the potential for jealousy in marriage is so great that the Old Testament civil law contains procedures for regulating a husband’s jealousy toward his wife (cf. Num. 5:11–31).

We strongly encourage you to read the full post here.

J.D. Greear on How God Uses Two “Gardens” to Grow Our Children

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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. Recently, J.D. discussed how it is we ought to train our children in the gospel. 

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

An inheritance is what you leave behind for future generations. So when a church thinks about what they are “leaving behind” for their city, they shouldn’t be thinking of ministry plans or church buildings, but kids. The children in our church are the first ones that God has given us to win for the gospel. They are the inheritance we are leaving for our city.

 

That means our primary responsibility for our children is to teach them the gospel—and to equip them to teach it to others. That is the most important task any parent has. And I don’t exaggerate in saying it’s the most important task of any church.

Click here to read the full post.