A Model of Christian Scholarly Dialog

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary recently hosted their annual conference. This year’s topic was “Baptist Spirituality: Historical Perspectives.” Much of the conference audio is available online. I want to particularly recommend that you take the time to listen to the dialog between Michael Haykin and Malcolm Yarnell titled “Reformed and Anabaptist: Strengths and Shortcomings of Two Traditions.” Though they disagree concerning elements of Baptist identity and the best way to resource some of our theological forebearers, their discussion is a model for Christian scholarly dialog. Furthermore, it becomes clear that, real differences notwithstanding, what these two brothers share in common is greater than those issues wherein they differ. As someone who resonates with Dr. Haykin’s soteriological convictions, but shares many commonalities with Dr. Yarnell when it comes to Baptists’ varied theological roots, I was pleased to hear them engage in this very fruitful conversation about Baptist history and identity. I commend it to you.

Some Recommended Links

Doug Baker asks Robert George and Greg Thornbury if morality is past its prime in the latest Insight Podcast from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Nathan Lino has some provocative thoughts about what would happen if churches lost their Non-Profit, 501(c)3 Status–I think he’s right.

In the latest issue of First Things, John Green wonders “What Happened to the Values Voters?” in the 2008 presidential election.

Russ Moore weighs in on “Love, Sex & Mammon: Hard Times, Hard Truths & the Economics of the Christian Family” in the latest issue of Touchstone.

In Baptist Press this week, Ben Mitchell offers his perspective on “Why the Stem Cell Policy is Wrong,” while Malcolm Yarnell opines on “The Revelance of the Word of God.”

Michael Spencer argues that America is facing a coming evangelical collapse; I hope he’s wrong.

If Spencer turns out to be right, I suspect Carl Trueman is on to one reason why such a collapse is imminent–our obsession with evangelical celebrities.