“Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory” Preaching?
If all expository preachers differ in their style, structure and approach to preaching, is one specific way of preaching that we ought to be aiming for?
A hermeneutical principle can never take the sole place in a homiletical method. This danger can occur with systematic theology as well. We have to integrate the redemptive-historical elements into the sermon as they are naturally highlighted in the immediate context of the text. This is not always an easy task. We have to give ourselves to a... Continue Reading
John Stonestreet Named President of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Author, speaker and Colson colleague assumes role immediately
Stonestreet is the co-author of three books-the latest being Restoring All Things (with Warren Cole Smith). He remains a featured faculty member of Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and has engaged deeply in collegiate life, lecturing frequently on college campuses and formerly serving on the teaching faculty of two Christian colleges. Lansdowne, Va.... Continue Reading
Shower for an Unknown Baby
If you are wondering what to do in the wake of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood, perhaps a simple act would be to gather some friends and throw a shower for your local pregnancy resource center.
All the gifts donated went to Charlotte’s Pregnancy Resource Center. It’s a wonderful organization that helps and supports women in a variety of ways. They provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They also have mobile units that offer free ultrasounds. Hundreds of babies are saved every year by these vans that... Continue Reading
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Loses Union University
The Tennessee school’s decision to leave the coalition of Christian colleges could have a ripple effect
Union, founded in 1823 and located in Jackson, Tenn., is the oldest Southern Baptist–affiliated university in the country and could serve as a bellwether for other schools. The university will now look to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the Family Research Council to provide its representation in Washington, D.C. ... Continue Reading
Court Denies StemExpress Request To Access, Block Aborted Baby Part Videos
The requested injunction would have violated CMP's First Amendment rights.
Judge Joanne O’Donnell argued that the requested injunction, which would have prevented CMP from releasing some of their undercover footage featuring high level StemExpress employees, would violate CMP’s First Amendment rights. The ruling comes two weeks after O’Donnell issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing CMP from releasing further undercover video footage taken at a... Continue Reading
Douglas Kelly to Retire From RTS in May 2016
Dr. Douglas Kelly will retire from his position as the Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, effective May 31, 2016.
Dr. Michael Kruger, president of the Charlotte campus, said, “It is difficult to find words to express what Doug Kelly has meant to Reformed Theological Seminary. He is one of our most beloved professors, one of our brightest minds, and of one our finest preachers. While he will be dearly missed, we are grateful that... Continue Reading
You Want to Move Up in Ministry?
Don't see ministry as goals to be achieved and conquered, rather than as a privileged calling
A common approach to advancing in position is to start in children’s ministry or youth ministry and “moving up” to young adults, then Associate Pastor, and then one day to be Lead or Senior Pastor. I can’t even count how many times I was asked as a youth minister, “When do you think you’re going to move past youth... Continue Reading
Meet The Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood
How a 26-year-old founded the undercover operation to take down the abortion giant
“The videos, which claim Planned Parenthood profits from selling fetal tissue, caused public outrage and launched nationwide rallies. As many as seven states, including Texas, have planned hearings or investigations into Planned Parenthood.” For years, a group of pro-life activists and politicians have waged a fierce political and brand war with the Planned Parenthood... Continue Reading
The Calvary Option?
Ministry will continue to be made up of the same elements as that of our spiritual forefathers: Word, sacraments, prayer
Despised and mocked by all around him, he plods towards death, faithfully doing that to which he has been called. But the Calvary Option is surely too grand a name for just doing my job. So I suggest we call it simply ‘the traditional pastoral work in an ordinary congregation option.’ Inelegantly phrased, I know,... Continue Reading
The Future of Evangelicalism: Stronger, Smaller, and Stranger
We'll be left with a church of upstream swimmers, people who cling to their faith identity despite a powerful counter current of anti-Christian sentiment.
Nominal Christians have long been the church’s “warm market.” They don’t have major obstacles to faith and are the most likely people to become committed believers. Yes, their exodus will purify the church. But, to continue with the marketing terms, when people are rushing to shed your label, it means you have a branding problem.... Continue Reading