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) In light of the recent immigration crisis, Bruce Ashford, Provost at Southeastern, explains the need to balance justice and mercy in our Christian response to real people in need. The ERLC’s Canon and Culture published his essay.

2) Walter Strickland, Special Advisor to the President for Diversity & Instructor of Theology at Southeastern, talks about the challenge to enjoy the diverse tapestry of God’s church. The post appeared on July 17 at Ed Stetzer’s blog.

3) Speaking of Ed Stetzer, he wrote a helpful piece on how churches can avoid the pitfall of syncretism.

4) Jeff Iorg, President of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, writes about the new normal on T.V. amounting to no more than “pixilated porn.” See the post from July 14.

5) Selma Wilson, President of B&H Publishing Group, discusses the real leadership test. Who leads when you’re gone?

6) Chuck Lawless, Dean of the Graduate Studies and Professor of Missions and Evangelism at Southeastern,  lists 10 reasons why church members don’t invite others to church. From thomrainer.com.

7) Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of Lifeway’s Gospel Project and PhD Student at Southeastern, describes the nature of true repentance.

 

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J.D. and Veronica Greear on Parenting

Every Thursday afternoon at Between the Times we highlight the writing of Southeastern alum, J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durahm, North Carolina. This week J.D. and his wife Veronica talk with Southeastern PhD student Trevin Wax about parenting and their new Bible study book, Ready to Launch. 

Here’s an excerpt from their conversation:

The gospel, you see, only makes sense when it is taught in the context of mission. Many kids in evangelical churches are bored because parents look at kids like furniture for the completion of their houses and churches like classrooms to fashion them as “Christian” pieces of furniture.

 

Children are arrows, and arrows are designed to be launched out.

You can read the full interview here.

 

July 4 and the Church’s Witness

Today is July 4, Independence Day in America. The holiday means most of us are off work, enjoying time with family and friends, and thinking about the weekend. For Christians, the holiday may also bring questions about the relationship between patriotism and worship. This week a couple of well-known bloggers addressed the issue, and we thought it well to point you to their work. We pray it helps you think through how to be a faithful Christian and citizen of the US of A.

SEBTS student and managing editor of Lifeway’s Gospel Project, Trevin Wax, discusses why many younger evangelicals may feel uneasy in a patriotic worship service. Here’s an excerpt:

Taking pride in one’s hometown or the beauties of one’s homeland should not be seen as a betrayal of God’s kingdom but a foretaste of the future, when God’s kingdom will indeed come on earth as in heaven. Too many of us look upon our situatedness with Nathanael’s skepticism: Can anything good come from Nazareth? The testimony of the Gospels is, of course, yes.

Read his full post here.

Also, over at the ERLC, Russ Moore considers whether churches should display the American flag in their sanctuaries. His post is a link to a three-veiws debate in which he participated (in 2012) for Christianity Today. Moore puts some of the key questions to us:

If you’re for displaying an American flag, how do you keep from nationalizing the gospel? Does it suggest to, say, a Christian brother or sister from Dubai or Dublin that this worship service is an American event rather than a kingdom of God happening? For those of you who are opposed to American flags in church sanctuaries, do you think this is a proverbial hill on which to die?

You can find his blogpost, and a link to the CT article, here.