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  • FIRST-PERSON: Is church membership biblical?

    by Bill Connors, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (14 days ago)

    Though some Christians object to the idea of formal church membership, Bill Connors notes that the concept is biblical. "Each born-again believer should enter into a covenant relationship with a particular local church," he writes. Read More

  • Ancient DNA said to support Bible's Babel account

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    TANANA, Alaska (BP) -- Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of Scripture's claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel.

    A study published Jan. 3 in the journal Nature claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia, across a frozen land bridge, to North America.

    After scientists extracted the DNA, they dated it to approximately 11,500 years ago, according to common evolutionary dating methods, and discovered commonalties between the harvested genome and the DNA of modern Native Americans. Researchers also found the ancient infant girl had ancestors in East Asia some 35,000 years ago according to evolutionary dating methods. Read More

  • Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

    by WORLD News Service and Baptist Press, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (one month ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Robert Charles "R.C." Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher, and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including "The Holiness of God," died Thursday (Dec. 14). He was 78.

    Sproul was known for delivering uncompromising messages on the holiness and sovereignty of God in his writing, video teaching series, and as a regular speaker at Ligonier's national conferences in Orlando, Fla. Ligonier's mission is "helping Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it and how to share it," he once said. Read More

  • Pope critiques Lord's Prayer translation

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    VATICAN CITY (BP) -- Pope Francis' comment that "lead us not into temptation" is a poor translation of a famous line from the Lord's Prayer has generated discussion of Bible translation and the differences between Protestant and Catholic beliefs about Scripture.

    Theologians R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Benjamin Merkle of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary both said the pope made a good theological point in denying God tempts humans to sin. But Mohler called it "almost breathtaking" that Francis would suggest revising a time-honored ... Read More

  • Baptist view of theology to mark new B&H series

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new series of theology resources conveying a distinctly Baptist perspective has been launched by B&H Academic.

    The new series, "A Treasury of Baptist Theology," is edited by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Jason G. Duesing, provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "With plans for over two dozen volumes, this series will feature the work of Baptist theologians and church leaders on a wide range of topics written from a Baptist perspective," Duesing said. "The vision for the series comes from Paige Patterson, and I count it an honor to join him as the 'Treasury of Baptist Theology' series editors." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Obviously God

    by Dan DeWitt, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

    The creation, Dan DeWitt writes, reveals both God's glory and His wrath. "It's a matter of vantage point. The believer sees glory. The unbeliever sees wrath," he writes. Read More

  • Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new edition of the Greek New Testament, biblical scholars say, may help pastors and other Bible students gain new insight on the way early manuscripts rendered Scripture.

    Released Nov. 15 by Crossway, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) aligns with the wording of previous Greek New Testament editions more than 90 percent of the time. But it utilizes unique spellings, book order and methods of indicating paragraph breaks that mirror the earliest available manuscripts and depart from the rendering of other modern editions. Read More

  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 1987 debate on Christ's atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had "greater significance" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence than some have thought.

    That's the conclusion of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provost Jason Duesing, who has published an essay to commemorate the debate's 30th anniversary in the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More

  • Protestant unity is new confession's focus

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A confession of faith aimed at expressing "interdenominational unity" among Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has drawn endorsement from professors at all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and staff members at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The "Reforming Catholic Confession" also has been signed by professors from at least eight colleges affiliated with state Baptist conventions and by Southern Baptist pastors including Matt Chandler, J.D. Greear and James MacDonald. ERLC President Russell Moore was the only SBC entity president among some 930 ... Read More

  • Pew: Reformation theology waning among Protestants

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Five hundred years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, a majority of U.S. Protestants reportedly reject the Reformation doctrines of sola fide (the belief men and women are saved by faith alone) and sola scriptura (the belief Scripture is the only infallible guide for faith and practice).

    That's the finding of the Pew Research Center, which also found a majority of western European Protestants reject sola fide and that theological differences between Protestants and Catholics seem to be narrowing in many cases. Read More