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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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Race & Faith (5): Concluding Reflections

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Race matters, and it matters to God. In this blog series I have attempted to address a less-than-optimal situation that often exists in conservative evangelical (e.g. Baptist) circles. In this situation race and racism are not given much attention, and our limited discourse about race and racism often are shaped … Read More »

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Race & Faith (4): The Life of Christ

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As noted in the previous posts, secular models fail biblically and properly to point the way forward in creating an environment hospitable to racial unity-in-diversity. They fail for various reasons, but they especially fail to understand human depravity, which underlies racism. They also fail to account for the life of … Read More »

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Race & Faith (3): Mutual Responsibility

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In the first installment of this series I articulated a desire for God’s people (especially his Baptist people) to foster a healthy racial unity-in-diversity as a way of reflecting the gospel and previewing his future kingdom. It recognized that we have a long way to go in this area, and … Read More »

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Race & Faith (2): Four Secular Models for Dealing with Racism

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In the previous installment of this series, we noted that evangelicals have not quite made the progress we might think we have in terms of overcoming racism. One reason is that many of us have not crafted a biblically informed and conceptually clear model for understanding race and racism. If … Read More »

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Race & Faith (1): A Prayer for Racial Unity and Diversity in our Churches

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Over the course of the past twenty years, I have filled the pulpit of several hundred churches in the United States. Those churches belong to more than 20 denominations, though most are Southern Baptist. During this twenty-year stretch, I cannot remember more than, say, 20 churches that were multi-racial. Although … Read More »

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On Russell Moore and Convictional Kindness in the Public Square

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The wickedly keen theologian and ethicist Russell D. Moore will arrive on SEBTS’ campus December 3 in order to preach in chapel, speak to the faculty, and serve on a panel for the general public that evening. In preparation for his visit, I’ve had opportunity to re-read his inaugural address … Read More »

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Calling All SBC Students: Join Us for Crossover Baltimore 2014

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In May of 1991 I graduated with my PhD. At the time I served the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as the head of evangelism. The next month the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting came to Indianapolis, and with it a great opportunity for our city called Crossover. For … Read More »

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Bruce Marshall on “The Theologian’s Ecclesial Vocation”

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Among life’s better experiences is an unhurried reflection on whatever is the most recent edition of First Things, a magazine that publishes short pieces on issues at the intersection of religion and public life.  In the October 2013 edition, Bruce D. Marshall’s “The Theologian’s Ecclesial Vocation” caught my attention.[1] Marshall, … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: David Jones’ “An Introduction to Biblical Ethics”

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In case you missed it, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is an emerging and burgeoning epistolary powerhouse, with David W. Jones’ An Introduction to Biblical Ethics as one recent and exemplary instance. Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at SEBTS, also is the author of Reforming the Morality of Usury and … Read More »

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