Patterson & chapel speaker address topic of Calvinism

 
Paige Patterson stated his personal views on Calvinism in a blog post in light of a chapel speaker's critique of the doctrinal system and "rude behavior [in response] on the part of a few students." The speaker, Rick Patrick, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Ala., spoke about salvation in Christ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in a Nov. 29 message titled "The greatest thing that ever happened to me." Patrick, a 1993 Southwestern master of divinity graduate, spoke of his ...

New York Times op-ed on transgenderism & the Old Testament refuted

 
A New York Times op-ed suggesting the Old Testament supports transgenderism has been classified by Southern Baptist seminary professors as a mischaracterization of Hebrew grammar and theology. "It should not surprise any of us that if we want to find something in Scripture, then we will twist it to say what we want it to say," Paul Wegner, professor of Old Testament studies at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press. "[Op-ed writer] Mark Sameth has pointed ...

Baptists defend doctrine of hell amid National Geographic's challenge

 
The doctrine of hell, claims an article in National Geographic, "isn't as popular as it used to be." But evangelist David Stockwell apparently hasn't received the memo. He has preached on hell at every single one of his evangelistic meetings through 45 years of fulltime evangelism and told Baptist Press he sees people respond "with conviction and a great desire to get right with God." Stockwell, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, is among evangelicals who defend the traditional ...

Men's & women's roles are biblical 'battle' among Southern Baptists

 
While previous generations battled over the inerrancy of God's Word, a current debate among Southern Baptists deals with the sufficiency of Scripture to define the distinct roles of women and men. "The big battleground today is not that the Scripture is inerrant and absolutely true—though that's still a battle ongoing—but among evangelicals and among Baptists the real battle today is whether Scripture is sufficient," Dorothy Patterson, a theology professor in women's studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological ...

Study looks at pastors' views on end times

 
Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse. A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the Antichrist will appear sometime in the future. A surprising number think the Antichrist has already been here or isn’t on his ...

Evangelical leaders esteem Reformation heritage at T4G

 
The legacy of the Protestant Reformation must endure in the doctrine and ministry of the church, evangelical leaders said at the 2016 Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Ky., April 12-14. Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517, 10,000 attendees from 43 different countries and 20 denominations filled most of the KFC Yum! Center to hear preaching from the biggest names in Reformed evangelicalism. Over 4,000 attendees identified as members of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. R. Albert Mohler Jr., ...

Judas documentary critiqued as heresy, revisionism

 
A BBC documentary suggesting Judas Iscariot wasn't purely a traitor has drawn criticism from evangelicals as, among other things, "an attempt to undermine the Christian Gospel." "This is nothing new," said Jerry Vines, a former Southern Baptist Convention president who has written and preached on Judas. He noted attempts since the second century to portray Judas more favorably than he is presented in Scripture -- as a traitor who delivered Jesus to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver. Revising Judas ...