James Bond 007 Mission Lingo: Necessary or Nuisance? Part 1

By Rony Tomo – Guest Blogger working with Muslims in East Africa Since the events of September 11, 2001, things have been done a little differently at the International Mission Board (IMB). The IMB frequently re-evaluates its methodology and protocol in order to be the most effective it can be at fulfilling the Great Commission. September 11 changed not only …

Interview (2nd Part): Pastor’s Cross and White

In this 2nd part of the interview, Pastor John Cross and Pastor Brad White deal with some hot topics of the day. They address things they are doing in their churches that more traditional churches would consider innovative. They speak about the day-to-day activities of their churches, with a major focus on evangelism. They also speak to why they are …

Church Discipline in the News, Part 2

The is the 2nd and concluding piece on the news report of the church discipline situation in Jacksonville, Florida. Part of the reason why a recovery of church discipline is essential for the church in the 21st century is because Jesus says that discipline is a practice carried out with his authority. When Jesus gives the process in Matthew 18 …

Church Discipline in the News, Part 1

A 49 year old woman in Jacksonville, Florida was in the news recently because she made it known publicly to news outlets that her church is in the process of disciplining her and is going to make her sins known publicly (something she has ironically done for them already). You can read the story for yourself. Rebecca Hancock has been …

Christmas Giving

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the opportunity to give. As long as I live I want to always have a giving mindset. As a student pastor, one of my goals is to help students understand that nothing they own belongs to them. All time, possessions, and thoughts belong to God. Everything belongs to God! Every minute of …

…When You Say Nothing At All

In a few days, my wife and I will be loading up the kids into a minivan and heading to Eastern Kentucky to celebrate Christmas with family. Not far from our holiday destination, however, there runs a little piece of history known as U.S. Highway 23, a stretch of road that has been officially dubbed “The Country Music Highway” due …

Interview with Dr.’s Rainer, Stetzer, and Waggoner Final Part: On Calvinism in the SBC, The Emerging Church, and Advice for Young Ministers

The final part of the interview with the LifeWay trio deals with issues of the Emerging Church, Calvinism, challenges for the SBC in the 21st Century, and parting advice for young ministers. The ideas shared by Dr.’s Rainer, Stetzer, and Waggoner are thought provoking and pertinent for young SBC ministers. [podcast]http://www.baptisttwentyone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/baptist-21_stetzer-rainer-waggpt3a.mp3[/podcast] Some Quotes from their Interview, part 3: On the …

Pink’s “So What” and the Gospel of King Jesus

I guess I just lost my husband / I don’t know where he went So I’m gonna drink my money / I’m not gonna pay his rent (Nope) I got a brand new attitude / And I’m gonna wear it tonight I wanna get in trouble /     I wanna start a fight [chorus]: So so what? / I’m still …

SEBTS Introduces Dr. Bruce Riley Ashford as New Dean of the College at Southeastern

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced that effective January 1 Bruce Riley Ashford will be the new dean of the College at Southeastern, the undergraduate program at Southeastern Seminary. Dr. Ashford has been serving as director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern since 2005. He teaches courses in theology, philosophy, and missions. Dr. Ashford is an active …