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.”


The CGCS on Sam and Rachel James

Every so often you meet a person or couple who exude Christ and his love for the nations. Southeastern faculty, staff, and students met such a couple earlier this month when former IMB missionaries Sam and Rachel James visited the campus. The CGCS has a good write up on Sam and Rachel and his book.

Here’s an excerpt:

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of hosting Sam and Rachel James on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Wisdom, humility, and graciousness were the hallmark of the James family time here on campus, and of course, for over 50 years of missionary service with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Until their retirement in 2013, the majority of their missionary service was among the Vietnamese people.


When asked, “What do you need to persevere on the mission field?” Sam James responded with three things: 1) Spiritual maturity, 2) A strong sense of calling, and 3) A sense of humor. His book, Servant on the Edge of History: Risking All for the Gospel in War-Ravaged Vietnam, is replete with all three of these characteristics.

Read the full post marketing

In Case You Missed It

1) If you really (like under a rock) missed it this week, David Platt was elected was the new President of the International Mission Board.

2) Check out the reaction to Platt’s election from Russ Moore, J. D. Greear, and Paige Patterson.

3) Speaking of David Platt, he has a post on Life on Mission over at the SEND Network.

4) Chuck Quarles, SEBTS Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, writes about the devil’s lie over at B&H Academic.

5) Tony Merida, Associate Professor of Preaching at SEBTS and Pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC, writes about the essential secret of preaching.