Monthly Archives: January 2019


10 Lessons on Preaching from Charles Spurgeon

“Give the people something worth hearing and they will listen like a woman hearing a will read or a condemned man hearing his sentence given by the judge.” The man who said that was preaching to thousands weekly by the age of 21 and had already preached more than 1000 times. His name—Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon   …Continue Reading


ALWAYS

I love the word “always.” It is one of the most important words in the Bible—“always.” So much Christian theology, promise, and hope radiates from this single word. Paul was fond of using “always” in describing so many aspects of the Christian life. In 1 Corinthians 15:58, he wrote how Christians should be “always abounding   …Continue Reading


THE ODD FIVE MINUTES

A lifetime is made up of so many years, months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes. An hour is 12 segments of 5 minutes. Most people think nothing of a short 5 minutes. The boss says, “Everybody take a five minute break,” or the coach says to his players during practice, “Take 5!” If it were 30   …Continue Reading


5 Characteristics of the Ideal Seminary Student

The fall semester begins Thursday at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I teach. I am excited about the young men and women who are new students training with us this semester. They come from at least 12 countries around the globe. Having met some of them this week has prompted me to ask the question:   …Continue Reading


Martin Luther King Jr. and the Role of Christian Love in Racial Justice

Two titanic events occurred in May, 1954 that changed America forever. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its epochal decision rejecting the doctrine of separate but equal for whites and blacks in public education. By a 9-0 vote, the court abolished segregation in public schools. In stark contrast to this monumental sea change, the second event   …Continue Reading


PREFACE TO MY NEW BOOK ON THE ATONEMENT

In March, my book The Atonement: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019) is scheduled to be released (350 pages). Here is a portion of the preface:   The doctrine of the atonement of Christ is the heart of Christianity. The cross of Christ is the heart of the   …Continue Reading


DRAGNET DEAN

Before you read this . . . YouTube an old Dragnet TV episode from the 1950’s or 60’s, cue the opening music, and play it softly in the background. . . . ________ This is the city: Fort Worth, Texas. This is the seminary: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A 110 year history. One of the largest   …Continue Reading


“LOST AND FOUND” – LUKE 19:1-10

Lost! A word with a sharp stab. Lost dog. Lost ship. Lost child. It’s the word Jesus chose to describe our spiritual condition because we are sinners: lost! Separation from God in the starless night of eternity. Lost beyond recovery. Lost—and found. Jesus came seeking the lost—the lost millionaire and lost monarch; the lost prodigal   …Continue Reading


THE LESSON OF THE THORN — 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10

Self-sufficiency is an American trademark. I suppose we come by it from the pioneer spirit of our early heroes: Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clarke, Davy Crockett. Our motto is often the line from William Henley’s poem “Invictus”: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” The essence of sin   …Continue Reading


“ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD” – GENESIS 5:24

I’m a connoisseur of old Christian books, especially the sermonic/devotional genre. Their authors plumb the depths of spiritual truth in simple yet soul-stirring language. You get the sense that their hearts flamed with love for the Savior. The words on the page are aglow with precious truths gleaned from precious hours spent with the Master.   …Continue Reading