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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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Why Plant Campuses, When You Can Plant Churches Intsead?

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One of the most frequent objections I get to our multi-site approach is this: “Why do you plant more campuses when you can plant churches instead?” Since our church is committed to church planting, I take this objection very seriously. And at first glance, the objection seems rather intuitive—people and money you could be investing … Read More »

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Sanctification is a Community Project

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Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and … Read More »

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On Trying to be a Missional Family

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The Finns want to be a missional family. Leah and I desire for our family ethos to reflect a key truth that is helpfully summarized in the “Missional Manifesto“: “God is a sending God, a missionary God, who has called His people, the church, to be missionary agents of His love … Read More »

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How To Stay Christian in Seminary

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Satan is alive and well. One of the ways the enemy wreaks havoc in seminaries and Christian colleges is by causing young men and women to grow personally numb to the spiritual truths they are studying in their classes. We’ve all met seminary graduates who felt like they had to … Read More »

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The Benefits of a Church Membership Class

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Though Baptists are most often identified with believer’s baptism, I would argue that our view of church membership is our core distinctive. Baptists affirm the doctrine of regenerate church membership, which is the principle that a church’s formal membership should be comprised only of professing believers. My colleague John Hammett … Read More »

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A New PhD Track for Worship Leaders and Worship Theologians

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Worship leaders and worship theologians are of the greatest significance to our churches and seminaries. For this reason  we at SEBTS are more than a little excited to introduce a new PhD in Theology & Worship which does not require the student to move to SEBTS’ campus. Students will come to campus … Read More »

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On Evangelicals and Race: Two Recommendations

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Yesterday, my fellow contributor Bruce Ashford published an important blog post titled “On Affirmative Action and ‘Wishing You Were Black.’” Bruce accurately points out what I’m just beginning to learn: it is difficult for caucasians to understand exactly how minorities view racism because our position of cultural privilege so informs … Read More »

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I Got Rhythm, I Got Margin (Who Could Ask for Anything More?)

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For those of us in ministry, fatigue can often seem like a badge of honor. “Look at me! I’m so sold out for God that I’m burnt out all the time!” But God didn’t design us to be perennially run down. It is possible—and far preferable—to steward our bodies and minds, living healthy … Read More »

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Should You Pursue a Ph.D.?

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I knew from the time I was a senior in college that I wanted to earn a Ph.D. in either church history or theology. I felt like this was the right course for me whether I ended up as a professor, a vocational pastor, or both. I have never regretted … Read More »

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