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The game of baseball closely resembles life in many ways. Chris Davis, emerging superstar of the Baltimore Orioles, is living out this truism, and it is leading him in a closer walk with the Lord.

Talk to Craig Reynolds and you will only find out that he is a former Major League Baseball player if you know that biographical detail coming into the conversation. For Reynolds, who played in the big leagues for fifteen seasons and now serves as pastor of preaching and teaching for the North Campus of Second Baptist Church of Houston, walking with Christ and serving as a minister of the Gospel is the self-defining reality.

When it comes to Reynolds’ baseball career, there is much to talk about. A first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Houston’s Regan High School in 1971, Reynolds played in 1,491 big-league games and was a two-time all-star who played in some of baseball’s most memorable games in the 1980s as a member of the Houston Astros.

Still, Christ, his family, and the ministry loom far larger on the overall landscape of his life. Reynolds has served on staff at Second Houston for the past nineteen years. The past three years he has been the main preaching ...

William Wilberforce

As the 2012 presidential election approaches, one of America’s most coveted blocks of voters, evangelicals, are desirable for good reason: they have never sat on the sidelines of the public square. Throughout the ages, faithful, biblical Christians have labored within the parameters of their respective forms of government to exert godly influence and seek redemptive change in ungodly social structures and societal practices—all for the glory of God.

During the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe, John Calvin sought to build a Christ-glorifying society in Geneva and believed Romans 13 supported his effort. Though he wrongly advocated a state-run church, many of his underlying principles were consistent with Scripture.

Scottish Baptist Robert Haldane, a pastor/theologian who ministered two hundred years later, saw government as a necessary product of the Fall of Adam, a reality that is also a gift of mercy from the hand of a good and sovereign God. Christians must necessarily engage ...

Being a member of one of New Orleans' professional sports teams, the Saints of the NFL and the Hornets of the NBA, is not easy these days.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 decapitated the Superdome, leaving the Saints without a home field for much of the season. In recent weeks, New Orleans Saints football has been roiled in shame over a bounty scandal that left coach Sean Payton and several players suspended for part of the 2012 season.

But as in the Bible's story of redemption, the grace of God always shines most luminously against the background of human depravity. And so it is with the New Orleans professional sports teams: amid the trouble and turmoil, the goodness of God is evident through Christian players who give of their time and means to help the poor and to spread the good news of God's redeeming love in Christ. Some have done so in cooperation with Southern Baptists.

One shining example is the relationship between players from the Saints and Hornets and the Baptist Friendship House, a transit...

Many Southern Baptists know Annie Armstrong only as the namesake of their annual offering for North American missions. But according to church historians, she was also one of the primary shapers of the modern Southern Baptist Convention.

"I tell my students that Annie Armstrong and her frequent collaborator I.T. Tichenor [longtime secretary of the Home Mission Board] were the architects of the twentieth-century Southern Baptist Convention," Nathan Finn, associate professor of historical theology and Baptist studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, said. "Most Southern Baptists think Annie Armstrong is just the name of a missions offering. They have no idea the role she played in raising money for foreign missions, championing home missions, and advocating a Southern Baptist Sunday School ministry—she was a tireless denomination-builder."

Armstrong (1850-1938) helped to found the Woman's Missionary Union in 1888 and served as its inaugural correspo...

This summer The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will play host to the Southern Baptist Convention as the denomination holds its June 23-24 annual meeting in Louisville to commemorate its flagship seminary's anniversary.

The seminary will hold several events to mark its 150th anniversary, including an alumni and friends luncheon on campus at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, in Heritage Hall and the main gym.

At 2 p.m., the seminary will hold a dedication ceremony for its new Duke K. McCall Sesquicentennial Pavilion, named in honor of the seminary's seventh president who held office from 1951-1982.

A campus-wide open house will follow from 3-5 p.m., with a book signing at the LifeWay Christian Store on campus.

SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. will host his Albert Mohler Program live radio broadcast from the Kentucky Exposition Center, site of the SBC annual meeting, on June 22 and 23. The radio show will originate from campus on...

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On a sultry July day in 1856, an up-and-coming professor at Furman University stood before his faculty colleagues and delivered his inaugural address.

In his presentation, the 29-year-old James Petigru Boyce set forth a comprehensive vision for theological education in terms of "three changes in theological education;" its seismic impact upon the Southern Baptist Convention could hardly have been imagined on the day nearly 153 years ago.

A robust theological education, Boyce argued, must be open to all men who are duly called to and gifted for ministry without a prerequisite course of study, it must produce the best-trained men in the world, and it must be lashed to a clear, fulsome confession of faith.

Boyce's three-pronged vision continues to reverberate through the halls of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. Boyce founded Southern Seminary in 1859 in Greenville, South Carolina, upon those three changes and as it celebrates its se...

Seventy-three-year-old Charles Williams is the embodiment of the famous "never surrender" speech which Winston Churchill delivered during the darkest hours of World War II.

Williams' commitment to those well-known words bore fruit yet again in December. The Monticello, Fla., native graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, receiving a doctor of ministry (D.Min.) degree in church consultation. He now holds seven degrees alongside more than forty years of experience in ministry.

"I adopted Churchill's advice a long time ago," said Williams, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. "And that is to never give up. I think the secret to success is not necessarily intelligence but perseverance."

Williams' story is one of perseverance and accomplishment. In his seven-plus decades of life, Williams has served as pastor for eight churches in Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida, attended six different colleges,...

Confronting False Teaching

When the gospel is taught erroneously within the church, the most loving action Christians can take is to confront those in error, said New Testament scholar D.A. Carson.

The evangelical church has imbibed popular culture's redefinition of love and tolerance to such a point it has lost a clear understanding of the gospel, said Carson, a renowned author and New Testament professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who lectured at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 4.

In many cases, Carson said, the church has swapped the gospel for a contrived unity based on a popular, sentimental definition of love. Whether the church is inclined to carry out discipline to ensure that a pure gospel is both taught and lived out comes down to its understanding of tolerance, he said.

"In the older version of tolerance, the idea was something like this: 'I might disagree profoundly with your argument or point of view or perspective on s...

Anointed expository preaching is abso-lutely necessary if the church is to experience true revival, Stephen Olford recently said at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Olford, founder and senior lecturer of the Stephen Olford Center for Biblical Preaching in Memphis, Tenn., was on campus in April for the annual Power in the Pulpit conference, a series of sermons intended to strengthen pastoral skills. His son, David, was also a featured speaker.

"All across the land we see men, women, boys, and girls turning aside to myths and fables," Olford said. "Every day [in America] a new cult arises. Perhaps one of the most sinister is the New Age movement with its tentacles in most every area of life, especially in corporate life.

"We need to read the times, but we need to heed the trends in light of all this. There must be a return to anointed expository preaching of the Word of God calling for a Divine verdict."

Olford, eighty-...