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Three Tips As You Share Christ With Your Muslim Friend

When engaging Muslims with the gospel, your message cannot be simply a defense of Christianity and an attack on Islamic beliefs. You have to get beyond Muslims’ minds into their souls. You not only have to understand what they believe but why they believe it. You have to understand what is important … Read More »

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Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

Each spring semester the Bush Center for Faith and Culture sponsors the Carver-Barnes lectures, a lecture series intended to assist the Church in its mission. In February, C. John “Jack” Collins of Covenant Seminary in St Louis, MO gave this year’s lectures. His first lecture was entitled “Did Adam and … Read More »

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A Letter From the President: Reflections On Ten Wonderful Years

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

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

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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The History of Christian Spirituality: Recommended Resources

Over the past couple of years, I have become increasingly interested in the topic of Christian spirituality. While I have always cared about spirituality from a personal and pastoral perspective, I have had a growing interest in the study of spirituality from a scholarly (mostly historical theological) perspective as well. … Read More »

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Dragged Into the Kingdom, Kicking and Screaming

C. S. Lewis has one of the more intriguing stories of conversion. In his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, he called himself “the most dejected, reluctant convert in all of England . . . drug into the kingdom kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape.” … Read More »

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Business, Vocation, and the Great Commission

This week the Bush Center, along with the Acton Institute, hosts the “Business, Vocation, and the Great Commission” conference. The meeting addresses three important subjects: 1) a biblical approach to a free market economy; 2) a practical approach for Christians to do workplace ministry; and 3) developing a missiological strategy … Read More »

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New SEBTS Online Course on Islam

Many if not most Christians need to understand Islam, both as a religion and a culture, in order to pursue faithful witness to Christ in the 21st century. Questions about Islam’s origins, iterations, practices, and its relation to Christianity must be considered in the effort to understand and witness. To … Read More »

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The Bittersweet Blessing of a Missionary’s Parents

The more that the vision of church planting catches on at a church, the more young people find themselves in an all-too-common dilemma—feeling God’s call to missions while facing parents who are opposed to the idea. I still remember the difficult conversation I had with my parents soon after I … Read More »

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