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Guest Editorial: Rob Bell and liberal theology, part 2

(Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion (Part 2) of Southern Seminary President Al Mohler’s comments on Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. Part 1 appeared in the April 7 Baptist Messenger.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—He (Bell) also argues for a form of universal salvation. Once again, his statements are more suggestive than declarative, but he clearly intends his reader to be persuaded that it is possible—even probable—that those who resist, reject...

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Guest Editorial: Rob Bell and liberal theology, part 1

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The novelist Saul Bellow once remarked that being a prophet is nice work if you can get it. The only problem, he suggested, is that sooner or later a prophet has to speak of God, and at that point, the prophet has to speak clearly. In other words, the prophet will have to speak with specificity about who God is, and at that point, the options narrow. For the last 20 years or so, a movement identified as emerging...

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First Person: Mission and Metropolis: The church and the city

Evangelicals now face the great challenge of these massive Western cities, filled with populations marked by great diversity in terms of ethnicity, language, worldview and culture. Thankfully, there are standout examples of faithful church planting and ministry in many of these cities, but the populations remain overwhelmingly secular and unevangelized. The human future is an urban future. In one of the greatest social shifts of all...

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Guest Editorial: This man was no moderate: The legacy of Cecil Sherman

We are not likely ever to see the like of Cecil Sherman again. No one will be able to understand the history of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in the 20th Century without reference to him. No one who had a meaningful encounter with him will ever forget him. Sherman may have led the moderate movement in the SBC, but this much is clear—Sherman was no moderate. Some men leave an indelible mark on their times. Sherman was one. He...

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The Great Commission Resurgence: Southern Baptists aim to do more, together, for the glory of God

God’s people are never without an assignment, and the Southern Baptist Convention came into being more than a century and a half ago as a means of answering the call of the nations and mobilizing Southern Baptists for the Great Commission. Thankfully, we are still focused on that call. Strategically, we must ask if there is a way to do even more. When Baptists came together to form the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, they left...

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