Bruce Ashford on God’s Mission and The Incarnation of His Son

Over at the SEND Network, Bruce Ashford, Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern, recently published an article on God’s Mission and The Incarnation of His Son. It’s well worth pointing out to you (and not just because he’s the Provost) since we are fast approaching Christmas.

Here’s an excerpt:

Through Jesus, God signaled the launching of his plan to redeem worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, and his intention to resurrect the universe. Jesus undertook his ministry with both words and deeds. Through his words, he taught the need to be saved (John 3). Through his miracles, he taught that he was God and that the salvation he would bring would eventually overcome all forms of evil and pain. When he was crucified, he paid for the sins of we who are sinners, and with his resurrection, he sealed that sin payment forever. He also launched the great salvation which will eventually resurrect not only the bodies of believers but also this universe in which believers will live with him eternally.

Read the full post here.

In Case You Missed It

1) Over at The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor has been running an excellent series on “A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading.” Most recently, Russ Moore weighed in with his recommendation.

2) D. A. Horton, Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries and National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at NAMB, writes about using what you have for mission. Posted at the SEND Network blog. 

3) How does the gospel relate to the culture? Over at the Gospel Project blog, SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford describes the best kept secret in the Christian life.

4 and 5) Two significant events recently took place at SEBTS, hosted by the Center for Faith and Culture. First, the CFC hosted the “Day of Prophecy” conference, which featured Craig Blaising, Ed Hindson, Michael Rydelnik and William Watson. Topics discussed included the rapture and Day of the Lord.  Watch here.

Second, the annual Bush-Drummond Lectureship took up the topic, “Christian Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.” The lectures were brought by Dr. Gerald Smith and included a casual conversation at SEBTS chapel on the key issues.

In Case You Missed It

1) Over at Canon and Culture, SEBTS Provost Bruce Ashford evaluates the two false religions often at work in environmental ethics.

2) Do you need a mentor or do not know how to find one? SEBTS Dean of Graduate Studies Chuck Lawless provides some help.

3) Thinking about an academic ministry? Consider the advice of Alister McGrath over at bethinking.org.

4) Some really good advice from Thomas Kidd on how to survive graduate school.

5) Michael Kruger describes how the earliest Christians distinguished themselves from the surrounding culture.

6) Finally, over at The Gospel Coalition, Gavin Ortlund reminds us that Jesus did more to save us than die.