Video from Danny Akin’s Convention Sermon

As many readers know, Southeastern Seminary president Danny Akin preached this year’s Convention sermon. We posted his manuscript last Thursday, shortly before he preached the sermon. The message was titled “Will Southern Baptists by Great Commission Baptists? Six Marks of a Great Commission People.” The text was Romans 15:14–24.

If you haven’t yet watched Akin’s sermon, you can now watch the video below. We hope you are as challenged and encouraged by it as the folks in the Convention hall were.

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Book Notice: “Paul’s Missionary Methods”

Several Southeastern faculty members, along with SEBTS PhD student Lizette Beard, have contributed to a recent major publication in the realm of biblical studies and missions. Paul’s Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours, co-edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry (IVP) commemorates the 100th anniversary of Roland Allen’s landmark, Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours? with 14 essays on the nature of Paul’s ministry and its implications for contemporary mission methods.

Southeastern faculty members make a strong contribution to this important book. Benjamin Merkle (Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek) writes on “Paul’s Ecclesiology.” Chuck Lawless (Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Evangelism and Missions) discusses “Paul and Leadership Development.” Ed Stetzer (Visiting Professor of Missional Research) and Lizette Beard (PhD Student in Applied Theology) contribute “Paul and Church Planting.” Other contributors to the book include experts such as Michael Bird, Eckhard Schnabel, Craig Keener, and David J. Hesselgrave.

Here is the description of Paul’s Missionary Methods from the back cover:

A century ago Roland Allen published Missionary Methods: Saint Paul’s or Ours?, a missiological classic which tackled many important issues . . . Using the centennial anniversary of Allen’s work as a springboard for celebration and reflection, the contributors to Paul’s Missionary Methods have revisited Paul’s first-century missionary methods and their applicability today. This book examines Paul’s missionary efforts in two parts. First Paul is examined in his first-century context: what were his environment, missions strategy and teaching on particular issues? The second part addresses the implications of Paul’s example for missions today: is Paul’s model still relevant, and if so, what would it look like in modern contexts?

So, if you are engaged in teaching, writing, or serving in missions this is a book well worth reading. Pick it up here and dig in.

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David Alan Black on Global Missions

David Alan Black elevates from banality the description, “what you see is what you get.” Although he is a popular classroom instructor at SEBTS and is the author of more than 15 books on New Testament, Greek, and linguistics, he is perhaps best known on our campus as a passionate proponent of global missions. And he doesn’t just talk the talk. Dr. Black takes 3-4 mission trips per year, has adopted nearly ten Ethiopian children, and keeps an open office door for students inquiring about missions.

His most recent book, Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? (Energion, 2012), seeks to do the same for an even wider audience. Here is how Dr. Black’s publisher describes the book:

The church in America has come to depend on professionals to ‘do ministry.’ In many churches, the pastor, paid to do the job, is the one who is expected to carry out all functions of the church.

But it was not always this way. Jesus came as God-in-the-flesh. The pattern portrayed in the New Testament is that every Christian is part of the body of Christ, and the function of Christ’s body is to be incarnational, to be Jesus Christ for the world (John 20:21).

Dr. Black takes on this attitude of outsourcing our mission in his shortest book, yet one he has said might be the most important that he has written: Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions? Dr. Black calls for us to replace outsourcing with insourcing. Instead of looking for professionals to do the ministry while the rest of us fill the pews, he is pointing us back to the Gospel Commission and the call on every Christian life to fulfill that Commission.

Black’s book is not an academic treatise, but a personal challenge: “will you join the cause of global missions?” It is written in such a manner that it will connect not only with pastors or seminary students, but also  Sunday schools and small groups who are seeking to better apply their lives to the Great Commission.

You can pick up a copy of Dr. Black’s new book here.