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5 Lessons from the Life of Stephen

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One of the outworkings of the gospel is that it will inevitably reorder your value system. This is exactly what we find in the book of Acts, in the life of an ordinary man name Stephen – he realized the value of the gospel and was willing to risk everything … Read More »

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Ten Reasons to Read Jonathan Edwards

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When I teach church history courses at Southeastern Seminary, I always encourage my students to pick a favorite saint from bygone days and allow him or her to become a “traveling partner” throughout the students’ own lives and ministries. I tell them my traveling partner is Jonathan Edwards. No other … Read More »

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A Letter From the President: Reflections On Ten Wonderful Years

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On January 15th of this year I celebrated my 10th year at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  For Charlotte and me, this is almost impossible to believe!  And yet at the same time, we have experienced so many things.  As I pen this letter from Istanbul, Turkey, where we have the … Read More »

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Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow’s Experimental Preaching

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Octavius Winslow (1808–1878) was one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the English-speaking world during the Victorian era. Like his more famous contemporary, Charles Spurgeon, Winslow was famous for his experiential Calvinism that in many ways embodied the older puritan spiritual tradition. Winslow also had one of the more … Read More »

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Why Multi-Cultural Matters More Than Multi-Colored

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Most churches say they want to be “diverse,” but it wasn’t until recently that I began to see the difference between two types of diversity—multi-color and multi-cultural. Most pastors who talk about diversity imply that they want a multi-colored church. Their ideal is a bunch of different colored people, but the … Read More »

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St. Patrick and the Great Commission

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When most Americans think of St. Patrick’s Day, they probably either think of the legend of Patrick driving out all the snakes from Ireland or they think about all the drinking and partying that takes place on this day. This is likely just as true for Christians as for non-Christians. … Read More »

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Four Ways You Should Pray for Your Pastors

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One of the greatest joys in my life is serving as pastor. But ministry can be both messy and exhausting. That’s why I am so thankful for the prayer warriors in our congregation. I truly believe that one of the main reasons the Summit has grown is simply that God … Read More »

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Guest Post (Andrew Spencer): Review of Andy Davis’ “An Infinite Journey”

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[Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Andrew Spencer. Andrew is a PhD Student in Christian Ethics at SEBTS.]  As David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell note in their recent book, How to Stay Christian in Seminary (Crossway, 2014), one of the hardest things in seminary is being a good Christian during … Read More »

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Four Ways to Win the Battle Against Busyness

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I’m a busy person. I interact with busy people all the time. Chances are, you’re a busy person (which is why you’re not even reading this introduction…you’re already skimming my four points below). Busyness is just in the air in our society. Not many of us like it, but few … Read More »

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Shouldn’t I Love God More by Now?

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Pastor J.D., I’ve been thinking a lot about something you mentioned in a sermon a few weeks ago. You said that you went through the motions of “Christian activities” for years, but that you weren’t saved until you finally realized that the gospel was about a personal relationship with Jesus. … Read More »

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