In this edition of Exploring Hope, Keith Whitfield talks with Tony Merida, pastor of Imago Dei Church and professor of preaching at Southeastern, about the church: why does it matter for the Christian, especially the seminarian? Why does it matter for salvation?
1) At the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, Andrew Spencer writes about how seminary president Danny Akin spoke with facilities worker Mr. Eugene about calling, work, and service to God.
2) Tony Merida discusses the idea and importance of Christ-centered preaching at the SEND Network blog.
3) From Think Theology, Matthew Hosier describes the next great moral shift in Western society––the transgender shift––and how the church can prepare to minister to those impacted by it.
4) At Desiring God, Christian George, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, tells the story of how Charles Spurgeon almost quit the ministry.
5) To mark its 150th anniversary, Justin Taylor posted a very interesting visual FAQ of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
2) At SEND Network, Josh King describes the worthwhile difficulties of church revitalization.
3) Ed Stetzer interviews SEBTS prof and Pastor of Imago Dei Church Tony Merida about his new book, Ordinary.
4) From Think Theology, Andrew Wilson provides a good list of tips on proper (or loving) Twitter use.
5) At Public Discourse, the blog of the Witherspoon Institute, Katy Faust–daughter of a gay parent–writes an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Kennedy. She winsomely argues that the redefinition of marriage will, in fact, harm children.