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Briefly Noted: On Affirmative Action and “Wishing You Were Black”

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In a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education Angela Onwuachi-Willig argues that many whites do not understand affirmative action because they do not understand racism.[1] Moreover, she claims, some whites do not understand race itself. The occasion for Onwuachi-Willig’s essay is the recent Supreme Court decision on Fisher … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On Intellectual Snobbery

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In a recent edition of The Chronicle Review, Rey Wojdat, chairman of the hospitality programs at Broome Community College (NY), argues for mutual respect between the intellectual and vocational disciplines within the academy.[1] In the article, Wojdat is pushing back against a tendency for those within the more intellectual disciplines … Read More »

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Some Reflections on the Seminary, the Church, and the Academy

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Should the theological school be considered an “academic” enterprise? Or is it a “churchly” endeavor? Yes and yes. Or, so says Richard Mouw in his recent monograph, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship. In the next-to-last chapter, “The Seminary, the Church, and the Academy,” Mouw argues that the theological school is … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: John Hammett on “What Makes a Multi-Site Church One Church?”

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We at BtT want to make you aware of an article recently published by SEBTS theologian John Hammett: “What Makes a Multi-Site Church One Church?” The thing that makes this article interesting, IMO, is that Hammett does not give a sweeping approval of multi-site models, on the one hand, or … Read More »

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“Are Pastor Search Committees a Sign of Great Commission Failure?”

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* This article was run a few weeks ago but was “lost” in our blog conversion.  Many have written in trying to locate it.  Thanks for spreading the love.   Much has been said about the shrinking tenure of local church pastors in recent years. Pastors retire. They move on … Read More »

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Pastorally Speaking: Andy Davis on “Gossip and Slander: Poison in the Lifeblood of the Church”

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A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends. Proverbs 16:28 And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. 1 Timothy 5:13 How delightful it is that God saves sinners by His grace, cleansing them by the … Read More »

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Seven Reflections on the Dangers of Seminary

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This post is a confession of sorts, a confession that I hope will be beneficial to some who read it. In essence, it is about one thing-the fact that God’s grace toward me has been overwhelming and that at the same time I often have not lived in a manner … Read More »

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Doing Theology as a Servant of Jesus (4): Theology is Not Primarily for Professors or Preachers.

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At one point in my life, I thought “theology” was for only for eccentric religious professionals who wore hounds-tooth jackets with elbow patches, smelled like papyrus, smoked hand carved pipes, sported Santa Claus beards, and talked a lot about topics such as Second Temple Judaism and revelational epistemology. In other … Read More »

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Theology & Culture (7): Why Vocation Matters to God

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The notion of vocation (calling) is significant to any discussion of theology and culture because all of a Christian’s vocations are at the intersection of theology and culture. In our recent Theology & Culture seminar, which was the impetus for this blog series, our discussion centered on Gene Veith’s God … Read More »

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Why We Believe the GCRTF Report is Good for the Future of the SBC (2d): Making Our Values Transparent

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By: Danny Akin & Steve McKinion The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has proposed the adoption of eight Core Values. We wrote about why we believe the first six of those are important in earlier posts. In this article we want to demonstrate why the final two Core Values are … Read More »

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