Apr

11

2014

 
 
 

Apr

11

2014

Trevin Wax|1:10 am CT

SBC Panel Discussion on “Salvation and the Mission of God”

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In recent years, Southern Baptists have been involved in numerous discussions related to Calvinism, its rise among young evangelicals, its place in Southern Baptist life, and how it affects our mission. I've written about this topic from time to time:

At this year's SBC, I'll be joining Ed StetzerFrank PageDavid Platt for a discussion on how differing views of salvation impact the way we do mission:

  • Does one's belief on the extent of the atonement affect their understanding of mission and the offer of the gospel?

  • Can two Christians disagree on soteriology and partner in ministry?

  • Does the order of salvation affect how one does evangelism?

  • When it comes to the theological particulars of salvation, what is the difference between compromise and
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Apr

11

2014

Trevin Wax|1:05 am CT

Know Your Southern Baptists: Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.Name: Mike Huckabee

Age: 58 (born August 24, 1955)

Why you've heard of him: Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 presidential candidate.

Position: Currently, he is the host of the talk show Huckabee on Fox News.

Previous: Before entering into politics, the ordained Southern Baptist pastor served in Arkansas churches for 12 years and was also elected as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. In politics, he went on to become the lieutenant governor and governor of Arkansas.

Education: Huckabee graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Books: He has authored 10 books, including four New York Times Best Sellers: A Simple Government, Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas, and Can't Wait Till Christmas. His...

 
 
 
 

Apr

10

2014

Trevin Wax|12:10 am CT

Have Evangelicals Inflated the Orphan Crisis?

KnowOrphansRecently I had the chance to catch up with Rick Morton about his latest book on orphans and what churches need to know about the topic. His new book is KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology.

In the first part of our conversation, Rick discussed where the church has come from in the adoption and orphan care movement and what we need to do now.

Today, he responds to some of the critiques of the evangelical adoption movement and where we go from here.

Trevin: Evangelicals have been criticized for inflating the orphan crisis by increasing the demand for adoptable children in developing nations. Explain this critique a little more and why it doesn't apply to us.

Rick: The line of logic is this: rich westerners (particularly evangelicals) have caused the orphan crisis to become worse by creating a...

 
 
 
 

Apr

09

2014

Trevin Wax|12:10 am CT

Learning from Our Mistakes: The Orphan Care Movement Matures

Rick MortonRick Morton is Vice President for Engagement for Lifeline Children's Services in Birmingham, Alabama. He is an international advocate for adoptions and orphans.

He is the co-author of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care, which I reviewed here, and he has recently written a new book entitled KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology.

Rick was kind enough to answer some questions about his book and the way Christians and churches can engage in orphan care.

Trevin: The adoption and orphan care movement in the U.S. has flourished in recent years. You take a look at where we've been and where we are today. What are some mistakes we've learned from as we've promoted adoption and orphan care in the past decade?

Rick: There are several key mistakes we can...

 
 
 
 

Apr

09

2014

Trevin Wax|12:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.9.14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKindle Deal of the Day: My book for group leaders and teachers, Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture is available for $2.99 as part of T4G's promotion.

Together for the Gospel 2014 continues today. Watch it live here.

The Incredible Story of a Rwandan Genocide Survivor:
My name is Alphonsine Imaniraguha.  I was born and grew up in Rwanda, a country flowing with honey and milk in the heart of Africa. "Alphonsine" is a French name meaning "a noble warrior," and "Imaniraguha" is a Kinyarwanda name meaning "God gives you." I was the second-born of five siblings.

Gavin Ortlund - When You're Waiting in the Wilderness:
Of course, it'd be nice if ministry meant 1 Kings 18 fire-from-heaven power from start to finish!
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Apr

08

2014

Trevin Wax|12:10 am CT

The Uselessness of the Twitter Battles

twitter-contextIn recent months, we've seen the rise of "the Twitter Battles" around hot-button issues like Hobby Lobby, gay marriage, religious freedom, evangelical orthodoxy, etc. They tend to develop this way:

  • A well-known person with a large following from a particular tribe says something shocking or inflammatory, intended to provoke a response from his or her ideological opponents.

  • Or the battle begins when one well-known person engages another well-known person on a hot-button issue where emotions run high.

  • The two ideological opponents banter back and forth a few times, reducing the complexity of their views into 140-character soundbites.

  • The followers from both tribes act like fans in the stands, cheering on their hero either by praising them or by bashing their opponents.

  • Everyone gets properly outraged and the conversation ends wearily.


I know what a Twitter battle is because I've engaged in them a time...

 
 
 
 

Apr

08

2014

Trevin Wax|12:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.8.14

WorthALook1Kindle Deal of the Day: How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture by Michael Williams. $3.99.
By explaining each book's theme and raising pertinent questions about the contemporary importance of that message, author Michael Williams sets readers on a path toward purposeful, independent reading and application of the entire Bible.

3 Tips on Being a Friend of Sinners:
If Jesus was a friend of sinners, we should be too, it seems — somehow, someway. And instantly, this discussion can drift into a much bigger one about Christians and culture and all that. But instead of going there, let's just talk friendship for a minute. Friendship, which is not without its implications, is more practical and relevant than a
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Apr

07

2014

Trevin Wax|12:10 am CT

Famous First Tweets

I'm heading up to Louisville today for Together for the Gospel. My favorite part of this conference is hearing thousands of voices singing the greatest hymns of all time.

My second favorite part of conferences like this one is the opportunity to meet people face-to-face who I've only interacted with through email, blog comments, or social media.

Twitter is a big part of social media. It's amazing to think of the ways this platform has changed the way we receive and communicate information.

Late last week, a co-worker of mine, Todd Adkins, who oversees Ministry Grid told me about Twitter's new function for discovering your first tweet. I looked up mine and, lo and behold, found a Star Wars reference!

I decided to look up a few other people...

 
 
 
 

Apr

07

2014

Trevin Wax|12:05 am CT

Worth a Look 4.7.14

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKindle Deal of the Day: Adoniram Judson by Jason Duesing. $0.99.
This volume seeks to honor the life and mission of Judson while retelling his story for a new generation.

Serving Appetizers - Worship Services That Keep Their Promises:
If we only acknowledge the "already" aspect of the kingdom, then our worship services will become ever-escalating spectacles of excitement, celebrating themes of victory and inevitable success.

Millennials and the False Gospel of "Nice:"
One might argue that young evangelicals aren't fleeing core conservative institutions, but flooding them.

Perhaps the doom and gloom story seems familiar - if also wrong - because we've heard it so many times before. As young scholar Matthew Lee Anderson puts it, the "change or die narrative is presented as a perennial problem."

From Mozart to Dickens - How History's Greatest Thinkers Managed...