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5 best books on apologetics

Bryan Baise — June 24, 2015

Trying to come up with 5 of my favorite apologetics books is like asking me to name my 5 favorite moments as a University of Kentucky sports fan. 1998 National Championship? Yes, but 1996 was a lot fun too. 2012 Title team? Ok, but beating #1 LSU in football was right at the top as … Continued

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A Guide to Church Revitalization

Brian Croft — June 15, 2015

Editors Note: The following excerpt is from Brian Croft’s chapter titled “Clear the Runway: Preparing Your Church for Revitalization” in A Guide to Church Revitalization. This new title from SBTS Press is available for download Monday, June 15, 2015. _____________________ It was a cold Wednesday evening when I walked into this struggling church. A young, … Continued


5 reflections on church revitalization

Timothy K. Beougher — June 12, 2015

  In my early years of ministry I was involved in several church planting efforts. I had embraced the axiom, “It is easier to give birth than to raise the dead.” I still believe in church planting and am a passionate proponent of starting new churches. But if 80-85% of the churches in America are … Continued

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How to get things done in seminary: The 5 keys to productive scholarship

Matt Perman — June 4, 2015

In my first year as a student at Southern Seminary, I took 48 credit hours in nine months: six classes in the fall semester, one class over J-term, six more classes in the spring semester, and three more in the month of June. (I would have taken even more if I could have, but that … Continued

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Eight trends about church members on social media

Thom Rainer — May 29, 2015

On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles for good or harm. In this post, I address eight trends related to church members who use social media, … Continued

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Practice true spirituality

Don Whitney — May 22, 2015

  In our quest for a more simple spirituality it’s important to define the term. I’m writing from the belief that spirituality is the pursuit of God and the things of God, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with God’s self-revelation (that is, the Bible). The words of the … Continued


5 moves to integrate theology into your ministry

Hershael York — May 14, 2015

  1) Saturate your preaching and conversation with Bible truth. If, as Paul says, those Old Testament stories were given to us as examples, then we should use them that way. When you are addressing deacons, elders, students or any group in the church, learn to work in Bible narratives and show how they apply … Continued

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Praying for Southern mission teams

Jim Stitzinger — May 8, 2015

A Bible, passport, some gear and a change of clothes. That’s about all Southern Seminary and Boyce College students need as they venture out to support missionaries serving throughout the world. For ministry leaders in training, missions teams are not tourism, they are training, they are not vacation but preparation for a vocation, less about … Continued

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‘A flame of pure and holy fire’: The life and ministry of George Whitefield

Michael A.G. Haykin — May 7, 2015

In 1835, two prominent English Baptists traveled to Newburyport, Massachusetts, to view the tomb of George Whitefield. The “grand itinerant” had died on Sept. 30, 1770, at the home of Jonathan Parsons, pastor of the town’s First Presbyterian Church. Whitefield had been interred two days later in a vault below what is now the center … Continued


The gospel is better than amnesty

Jonathon Woodyard — May 1, 2015

Good paintings tell stories. Think of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. It tells the story of Jesus and his disciples sitting down for the final meal before the crucifixion. Jesus would drink the Passover cup before being sacrificed as the Passover lamb. The good news of Jesus is more than a story. But … Continued