Are There Certain Groups of People with Whom We Shouldn’t Share the Gospel?

It’s been brought to my attention that some people in our churches point to Jesus’ exhortation in Matthew 7:6 to not “cast your pearls before swine” to justify withholding the gospel from some groups of people. Particularly in a climate with heightened concerns about terrorism, some it seems make the argument that Matthew 7:6 precludes […]

Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole

This is a review of Eric Mason’s book Manhood Restored: How the Gospel makes Men Whole. We want to thank Jason Wright, MDiv student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, for doing this book review at the request of Baptist21. This book is available for purchase here.  “Another book on manhood?” I wasn’t sure I wanted to delve into another […]

from here to Harran

Harran is an ancient city in Upper Mesopotamia that was the center of trade, travel & commerce in its day. It was also the ancient location where God initiated the Abrahamic covenant which ultimately resulted in the Messiah, Jesus, and His Church’s mission to spread the Gospel to all peoples. Jon Akin, of Baptist21, and […]

Resource Recommendation: Tim Keller’s “Preaching the Gospel”

Years ago I was introduced to this resource. At the time, I really didn’t know Tim Keller or anything about his ministry in NYC. My brother recommended this resource to me and it was particularly helpful during a time of trial in my life. At Baptist21, one of our main focuses is on “gospel-centrality.” I […]

Radio Interview with B21′s Jon and Nathan Akin

Baptist 21’s Jonathan and Nathan Akin sat down with Chad Bresson to do a radio interview for THE PATH FM during this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando. The Path is a Christian radio station that broadcasts out of Cedarville University. Bresson asked about Baptist 21, the SBC, youth movements in Evangelicalism, local church ministry, the […]

Killing the Fuzzy Gospel – Moving Forward (Pt. 2)

My previous post dealt with the need for our churches to kill the “fuzzy gospel” – the imprecise understanding of Christ’s work on the cross being meant only to save the sinner rather than sanctify the saved as well. Here are five practical ways that I believe we can kill the “fuzzy gospel” in our […]

The Gospel of Jesus in the Life of Asa

2 CHRONICLES 14-16: ASA When reading a narrative a reader must look for clues, themes, etc that foreshadow what will happen at the end of the story. After reading the whole story, those clues and themes make greater sense, and are read in light of the rest of the story. When reading stories like Romeo […]

Why Scholars don’t Understand Amos? The Gospel.

Most scholars agree with Julius Wellhausen that the conclusion to the book of Amos (Amos 9:11-15) is not authentic and was not written by Amos. The reason they believe it cannot be authentic is that the tone of Amos’ message changes drastically from merciless judgment to merciful blessing. He spends nine and half chapters aggressively […]

Jihadist Suicide Bomber? The Gospel and Samson

I remember having a conversation with my brothers and a friend of theirs in which the subject of Samson’s salvation came up. Their friend exclaimed, “I don’t even know if that guy was regenerate!” Of course Samson broke his Nazarite vow on several occasions, made multiple rendezvous with pagan women, cohabited with one, and committed […]

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