They Loved Not Their Lives

The news of the murder of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS in Libya reminds us all of the sacrifice these saints, and their families, made for the King and his kingdom. Yet, their sacrifice testifies to their overcoming faith in the King who will, one day, overcome all his enemies. Will Taylor, assistant program coordinator for college students at the CGCS, connected the death of these 21 to the testimony of martyred Karen Watson (Iraq 2004). Here’s an excerpt:

Amidst sadness and heartbreak for families and those affected, I’m also challenged to reflect about my own devotion to Christ. Take a moment and read Karen Watson’s own Epithet. An IMB missionary, she was killed by unknown assailants in Iraq in March of 2004. You can find her whole story in this free resource made possible through the IMB. Before going, she left this note to her pastor enclosed in an envelope.

Read the full post here.

In Case You Missed It

Each Friday at Between the Times we point you to some of this week’s blogposts we think worth your time. Some are written by Southeastern faculty, alumni, or students. Some are from others outside Southeastern who have something to say. Either way, we want to keep you updated in case you missed it.

1) Ed Stetzer discusses (and links to) the panel discussion on salvation and mission at SBC 2014. Well worth your time (also features David Platt, Trevin Wax, and Frank Page). 

2) First Things contributor and Princeton law professor, Robert P. George, has created an online plea for the victims in Iraq. Sign the plea here.

3) Does God view the Spirit wrought good works of Christians as “filthy rags”? Michael J. Kruger says No at TGC.

4) Russell Moore, President of the ERLC, addresses the violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the quest for racial justice.

5) SEBTS PhD student and managing editor of Lifeway’s Gospel Project, Trevin Wax, also discusses Ferguson, ripping the bandages off our racial wounds.

6) Chuck Lawless, Dean of Graduate Studies at SEBTS, gives 10 reasons why bi-vocational ministry matters at thomrainer.com.ctj rjgbhfqnth

In Case You Missed It

Each Friday at Between the Times we point you to some of this week’s blogposts we think worth your time. Some are written by Southeastern faculty, alumni, or students. Some are from others outside Southeastern who have something to say. Either way, we want to keep you updated in case you missed it.

1) On Tuesday at thomrainer.com, Southeastern’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Missions and Evangelism, Chuck Lawless wrote about the 8 ways the enemy attacks the church.

2) Over at SEND Network, SEBTS alum and church planter Trevor Attwood discusses how a small church develops substantial leaders.

3) The foolishness of an Ebola doctor was actually part of God’s wisdom, says Collin Garbarino at First Things.

4) Selma Wilson, President of B&H Publishing, explains the top needs of teenage girls.

5) At CT magazine, Kate Tracey with an eye-opening piece on the world’s top church-destroying countries.

6) From last weekend, but a great reminder from Mark Movsesian on how we must, somehow, help Iraq’s Christians.

7) Alan Noble, assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, asks: “Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?” topodin