In Case You Missed It

1) Justin Taylor offers a bio of Clementa C. Pinckney, the slain pastor of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. Let us pray for God’s comfort and healing for this church and city.

2) At RNS, Trevin Wax discusses the declining numbers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. What do they mean in light of other numbers and trends?

3) The editors of The Stream, a helpful new website covering theology, politics, economics, and culture, describe 11 things you won’t hear from the media about Pope Francis’s recent encyclical.

4) At First Things, Timothy George describes the gimmicks that do not fit within ministry of the gospel of God.

5) From the Baptist Press, the current and several former SBC presidents united in a joint statement on the nature of Christian marriage.

 

In Case You Missed It

1) Baptist Press reported on the “reset” of the IMB’s structure and strategy, unveiled by IMB president, David Platt. We note this as a reminder for all of us to pray for this work.

2) At TGC, Mark Mellinger points to the story of Matt Trexler as a powerful testimony to the grace of God in the life of a believer who openly struggles with same sex-attraction.

3) Preaching can be scary. Chuck Lawless, Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern, discusses ten reasons why.

4) From Ed Stetzer’s blog, SEBTS PhD Jakson Wu discusses the four keys to evangelism in honor-shame cultures. Worth reading a post that begins, “I’ll never forget when an atheist, Chinese taxi driver shared the gospel with me.”

 

Mark Driscoll Unplugged

This is an interview for those who like their coffee strong. In light of the little fracas this past week surrounding Baptist Press and Mark Driscoll, BtT provides you an interview with Mark Driscoll. David Nelson interviews Mark on a variety of topics. If you would like to listen to the interview, click here.