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“Christian Concern” Hebrews 10:24 — Dr. Jimmy Draper, SWBTS Chapel (October 17, 1975)

While rummaging through some of the many resource materials we have in the Center for Preaching at Southwestern Seminary, I came across the transcript of a sermon that had been preached in chapel at Southwestern on October 17th, 1975. The sermon was on Hebrews 10:24 and was preached by the associate pastor of First Baptist   …Continue Reading


Answers to Bible, Theology, History, Pop Culture Quiz!

ANSWERS TO FRIDAY’S QUIZ ON THE BIBLE, THEOLOGY, AND POP CULTURE   What year did the popular TV show “Friends” begin? [1994] Where in the Old Testament is the famous passage on the New Covenant? [Jeremiah 31:31-33] In Greek grammar, who is the implied agent when a Theological Passive is used? [God] What famous author always   …Continue Reading


Bible, Theology, History, Culture Exam

Test your general knowledge in the areas of Bible, theology, history, and pop culture. See how well you do without googling the answers! Answers Saturday!   What year did the popular TV show “Friends” begin? Where in the Old Testament is the famous passage on the New Covenant? In Greek grammar, who is the implied   …Continue Reading


My All-Time Favorite Sports Sermon Illustration!

“Let us run with endurance the race set before us . . . .” It’s a grueling 543.7 mile endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia – the world’s longest and toughest ultra-marathon. In 1983, 150 world-class runners converged on Sydney for the event. On the day of the race, a toothless 61 year old   …Continue Reading


Preaching Forgiveness? Try Philemon

Today’s church needs a good dose of preaching on forgiveness. There is no better place to do so than Paul’s one-chapter epistle to Philemon. The letter oozes forgiveness. If I were preaching a series of sermons on Philemon, one resource I would use is O. S. Hawkin’s Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges, published by   …Continue Reading


4 Keys to Prayer in Psalm 5:3

Psalm 5:3 has long been one of my favorite verses on prayer. “In the morning, O Lord, you will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to you and eagerly watch.” (NASB) “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”   …Continue Reading


Button Gwinnett and the Lamb’s Book of Life

If your Georgia family history goes back to pre-1776, you might want to ransack the attic of grandma’s house next time you’re visiting. What are you looking for? Any piece of paper that has the autograph of Button Gwinnett on it. Who was Gwinnett? He was a Georgia founding father and one of three Georgians   …Continue Reading


Don’t Ask the Universe, Ask God!

For all his brilliance, Jim Carrey made a statement in his 2014 commencement address to the graduates of his alma mater, Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, that could have come from the lips of his character “Lloyd” in Dumb and Dumber: Fear is going to be a player in life, but you get   …Continue Reading


Dancing on the Bully’s Grave

Everyone despises a bully. My first real encounter with one occurred early in the 7th grade. In those days, leaving elementary school for junior high school was a rite of passage. In the 6th grade, you were at the top of the food chain. In the 7th grade, you were demoted to the bottom of   …Continue Reading


Why I Love Commentaries, and You Should Too!

I have always loved books. When I was called to preach at age 16, a retired minister gave me 400 volumes from his library. Since then, I have been something of a collector of theological books, including hundreds of commentaries. These have served as treasured resources for my own personal Bible study, preaching, and teaching   …Continue Reading