Friday is for Photos…so is Saturday

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Five cases of books moved to tables in my study to protect them from waterPhoto by Rebecca AscolDamage done to our facilities the last two years during hurricane season has left us in a long, ongoing effort to have repairs completed. The roof above my study was damaged and patched and damaged again and repaired…



Confessional integrity and theological education, part 3

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As the previous two posts have shown, those who drafted the Abstract of Principles as well as those responsible for setting the course of theological education in the Southern Baptist Convention clearly intended that the professors in our institutions be held to a strict doctrinal accountability. In his “Three Changes in Theological Institutions” address, James…



Confessional integrity and theological education, part 2

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When Al Mohler was elected President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993, he began working on the recovery and restatement of Boyce’s vision of theological education for Southern Baptists. He reasserted the importance of the Abstract of Principles as the doctrinal covenant between the school and the Southern Baptist Convention. Faculty members were…



Confessional integrity and theological education, part 1

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A crisis in Baptist doctrine is evidently approaching, and those of us who still cling to the doctrines which formerly distinguished us have the important duty to perform of earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. Gentlemen, God will call us to judgment if we neglect it. These words were spoken by…

 

Reforming theological education

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One of the great results of the conservative resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention the last three decades has been the impact made on our theological seminaries. Whatever doubts there may have been about the confessional integrity of those institutions has been, for the most part, removed. Now there is reason to believe that most…



Pulpit Masters update–it’s really happening

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Last year 0n July 19 I wrote about a new reality show that was in development. Given the working title, “Pulpit Masters,” it was being produced by Original Productions, the same folks who have given us “Monster Garage,” “Monster House” and “Plastic Surgery Before and After.” Now, 900 auditions later, the final 10 will have…



Brief update

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Thanks for your prayers for my family and me the last week. We are still navigating the medical maze in seeking tests and consultations for my wife. She is doing well, able to be up and about her normal activities for the most part and has begun physical therapy for a nerve impingement in her…



Out of pocket for awhile

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I have been preoccupied with family matters the last week or so, resulting in very little time given to the blogosphere. That will continue to be the case for the next week or two, as well. Though I have often failed, I have consciously tried to live by a set of priorities that has served…



Of statements of faith and wax noses

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Al Mohler recently reemphasized this point when*****CHECK LINK*** he wrote, “Denominations and churches have every right and responsibility to hold the institutions they sponsor and fund accountable to their commitments.”