thanksgiving hymns

Where’s our Thanksgiving music?

Don Whitney — November 25, 2015

I miss the traditional Thanksgiving hymns. I’m talking about songs such as “We Gather Together,” “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” and “Now Thank We All Our God.” Perhaps you don’t know them. But for nearly all my life, those were the songs of November—especially on the Sunday before Thanksgiving—in my local church experience. In the … Continued

responding from a bad sermon

What if I preach a bad sermon?

Brian Croft — November 23, 2015

Every preacher has preached a bad sermon.  If you think you haven’t, then you probably have preached a bunch of bad sermons.  It will happen to all of us.  Sometimes it won’t just be bad, but a disaster!  When a sermon doesn’t go well, most of us get very discouraged and if the despair is … Continued

pastor and scholar

Am I a pastor or am I a scholar?

Jeff Robinson — November 20, 2015

Can I be both a pastor and a scholar?

Jeff Robinson & Tom Schreiner — November 17, 2015

For 17 years Tom Schreiner has walked the delicate line of serving as both a full-time academic and a preaching elder in his local church. He has written numerous important books and commentaries, including Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ (IVP Academic, 2006); New Testament Theology (Baker Academic, 2008); The King in His Beauty (Baker Academic, 2013); Commentary on Hebrews (B&H Academic, 2015); and his … Continued


Striking the balance: Shepherding the family and the flock, Part II

Hershael York — November 13, 2015

Editors’ note: Part I of this article was published earlier this week. Be fun to live with “Joy” is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If your Christianity makes you dreary and dull, you don’t understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit nor what Christ has done. If pastors would reflect the joy of … Continued


Striking the balance: Shepherding the family and the flock (Part I)

Hershael York — November 11, 2015

“They made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept” (Song of Songs 1:6). The PBS documentary “Carrier” is a fascinating look at life on board the USS Nimitz, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that bestowed its name on an entire class of ships. More than five thousand sailors and marines … Continued

Matt Bevin

3 ways to pray for Governor-elect Matt Bevin

Andrew Walker — November 5, 2015

Elections aren’t everything, but they matter. And while Christians should caution themselves from banking all their hope in any one candidate’s agenda, elections, in fact, really matter. With every candidate comes a platform of policies that he or she hopes to see implemented. But policies are never relegated only to the abstract; no, policies have … Continued

Reading J. C. Ryle

Why every seminary student should read J. C. Ryle

Ben Rogers — November 3, 2015

Editors’ note: This article is part of on occasional series on the SBTS blog, Why Every Student Should Read . . . This series is intended to spotlight and commend for further investigation pastors, teachers, theologians, books, sermons, and figures from church history as well as from the current evangelical scene. ___________________ When I was asked … Continued

food allergies

Living with food allergies and longing for heaven

Matt Haste — October 30, 2015

Perhaps you have heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to make trick-or-treating safe for kids with food allergies. Lay aside whatever convictions you may have about the holiday in question for a moment and consider the theological truths behind those odd-colored pumpkins. While I might have paid little attention to this a few … Continued

Advice for seminarians

Another important piece of advice to seminarians

Jon English Lee — October 28, 2015

Every new school year there seems to be published several articles (e.g., here and here) with lots of very good advice for new seminarians (or college students in general). I heartily affirm everything in those posts. However, I do have one other piece of advice that I was given in my first semester of seminary … Continued