Understanding Orthodoxy

September 24, 2011Nathan Finn, Orthodoxy

By Nathan Finn This week marks the beginning of the fall semester at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This post is adapted from one my early lectures in my Church History I class. Nothing like explaining to several dozen Southern Baptist students that there is great value in the Patristic creedal tradition! If we are going … Read More

Jesus the Measure of Men

September 24, 2011Christology, Fred Zaspel, Sanctification

By Fred Zaspel B.B. Warfield loved to boast of the perfections of Christ, and he did so in many places throughout his works. His 1894 article, “Jesus the Measure of Men,” provides just one sample. He begins with a brief consideration of the idea of “straight,” citing the Greek proverb, “By the straight is judged … Read More

This Week’s Book Notes

September 24, 2011Book Notes, Matthew Barrett

        By Matthew Barrett Galileo. By Mitch Stokes. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011. Was Galileo a hero or heretic, a genius or blasphemer? Mitch Stokes uncovers the Galileo of history and seeks to demonstrate that Galileo had a sincere faith in God. Essentially Stokes aims to dispel the myth that Galileo’s heliocentricity “stood … Read More

The Final Judgment

September 24, 2011Judgment, Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett The Scriptural Affirmation of a Final Judgment In many respects, the world we live in today is very much like Sodom and Gomorrah, both of which were destroyed by sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven (Gen 19:24). Sinners do not take the threat of coming judgment seriously. When two … Read More

Studying the Church Fathers

September 24, 2011Early Church Fathers

This week marks the beginning of a new academic year at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Every semester, I teach at least one section of Church History I and at least one section of Church History II. The latter is my wheelhouse—my areas of expertise are Baptist historical theology and twentieth century fundamentalism and evangelicalism. But … Read More

What More Could We Ask?

September 24, 2011Uncategorized

By Fred Zaspel One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4). There is something deeply refreshing about this … Read More

Learning the Language of Zion

September 24, 2011Luke Stamps, Preaching

By Luke Stamps One of the subtle temptations of Christian ministry is the tendency to assume that all of our teaching must be immediately and specifically applicable to our hearers. This statement needs qualification. To be sure, all of our teaching and preaching should be ultimately applicable to our hearers. The Christian faith is not … Read More

This Week’s Book Notes

September 24, 2011Book Notes, Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett A Scribe Well-Trained: Archibald Alexander and the Life of Piety. Edited and Introduced by James M. Garretson. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011. Garretson’s little volume is in the Profiles in Reformed Spirituality series, edited by Joel R. Beeke and Michael A. G. Haykin. This entire series is worth your time and … Read More

Losing Our First Love: Revelation 2:1-7

September 24, 2011Revelation, Thomas Schreiner

By Thomas Schreiner Charles Spurgeon says the following about losing our first love in his sermon on Revelation 2:1-7, “When we first loved the Saviour how earnest we were; there was not a single thing in the Bible, that we did not think most precious; there was not one command of his that we did … Read More

More Valuable than Sheep

September 24, 2011Fred Zaspel, Pastoral Ministry

By Fred Zaspel In Matthew 12:12 Jesus exclaims, “How much more valuable is a man than a sheep.” Now, on one level that is not profound at all. We all instinctively recognize that a human being is more valuable than an animal. Looking at this passage B.B. Warfield poses the simple question, “Why?” What is … Read More

Preaching through Nehemiah

September 24, 2011Preaching, Prophets

By Tim Raymond Recently I finished preaching through the entire book of Nehemiah. I thought that while the experience was still fresh in my mind, I might chronicle some reflections that you might find helpful if you are ever preaching or teaching this book. Lord willing, in my next post I’ll point you to some … Read More

What is Analytic Theology

September 24, 2011Analytic Theology, Luke Stamps

By Luke Stamps Theological movements come and go. They wax and wane. This is as true in popular contexts as it is in academic contexts. For example, just when the emerging/emergent church was starting to show up on some people’s radars, others were claiming that the movement was already in decline or perhaps altogether dead … Read More

On Owning a Confession of Faith

September 24, 2011Creeds and Confessions, Nathan Finn

By Nathan Finn Baptists have always been a confessional people. John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, the founders of the General Baptist movement, each wrote personal confessions of faith that provide us with a glimpse into their convictions and probably the convictions of their churches. Seven Particular Baptist Churches in London adopted the First London Confession … Read More

Augustine at 18: The Love of Wisdom

September 24, 2011Augustine, Early Church Fathers, Paul Helm

By Paul Helm This is the first of three posts on Augustine and pagan philosophy, using his Confessions. Aged eighteen, Augustine was top of his class, learning rhetoric so that he could function as an advocate in the law. He believed that even at this time, long before his conversion, God was chastening him for … Read More

Don’t Let the Title Scare You

September 24, 2011Dogmatic Theology, Reformed

By Reid Ferguson Back in my early 20’s, having come out of a church tradition that was not Reformed, and to be honest, somewhat anti-intellectual, six of us jumped in the car one Saturday morning to drive from Rochester, NY – about two and a half hours, to Herkimer, NY. A sleepy little town in … Read More

The Roman Catholic Debate Over Sensus Plenior

September 24, 2011Hermeneutics, Roman Catholicism

By Brent Parker One of the thorny issues regarding the task of hermeneutics and interpretation involves the problem of sensus plenior, the fuller sense. The topic has been debated among evangelicals during the past few decades, and before that the sensus plenior was controversial among Roman Catholics especially during the 1940s-60s. For this post we … Read More

The Great Awakening from the Perspective of Its Critics

September 24, 2011Great Awakening

By Chris Cooper The Great Awakening that swept across New England and the Middle Colonies during the early 1740s produced a heightened spiritual awareness and many conversions. However, the innovative methods used by revivalists and the emotions displayed by the awakened attracted criticism from more traditional clergymen and laity, leading to a division among churches. … Read More

Shoddy Scholarship or Dishonest Scholarship

September 24, 2011Ardel Caneday, Bible, Revelation

By Ardel Caneday Perhaps it is my age, perhaps not, but I seem vexed daily, not that I am unpleasant, unhappy, miserable, of churlish. No. Actually, I am quite happy, pleasant, and cheerful. My vexation is not prompted by ailments, body pains, or anything within me. Rather, my vexation comes because I encounter others, I … Read More

The Grace of Place in Redemptive History

September 24, 2011Redemptive History, Todd Miles

By Todd Miles I love living in America in the 21st century. The list of reasons runs from the profound to the banal and includes such things as automobiles, internet, supermarkets (and convenience stores), golf courses, little-league baseball, communication technology, ice cream, and not dying from infection if I accidentally cut myself or catch a … Read More

What is the Fundamental Reformation Legacy

September 24, 2011Luke Stamps, Reformation

By Luke Stamps What is the fundamental Reformation legacy? Is it a matter of content or method? Did the Reformation leave us a deposit of truth: the recovered content of the biblical gospel? Or did the Reformation provide us with a theological method: a willingness to part ways with tradition in order to give Scripture … Read More

Wisdom from Pastoral Ministry from Abraham Booth

September 24, 2011Uncategorized

By Nathan Finn Abraham Booth (1734–1806) was a longtime London pastor and leader among the British Particular Baptists in the eighteenth century. Among his most famous books were The Reign of Grace, The Death of Legal Hope, and An Apology for the Baptists. You can find these works (and most of Booth’s writings) in the … Read More

Christian Hedonism

September 24, 2011Christian Hedonism, Paul Helm

By Paul Helm Hedonism of whatever kind implies a calculus. In the case of John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, the calculus is in terms of utility or satisfaction or pleasure, a ‘felicific calculus’ as his disciple Jeremy Bentham called it. Bentham worked out this idea in some detail. So we may ask, how does one calculate … Read More