Monday, March 24, 2014

BLOGS & PAGES I RECOMMEND -- CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY & MINISTRY:

I have a selection of blogs and web pages I check or read on a semi-regular basis when studying issues regarding CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY & MINISTRY, and I'd like to recommend these to you if any of the subject matter interests you, or for future reference in your study.  Some of the writers of these blogs I know, others I "know" only by reputationA few are even former colleagues or former students.  I'll try to give you a little information about each of the blogs/pages underneath each address so that you'll know what you're looking at for the sake of reference.  





      
My friend, Peter Lumpkins, currently serving as Vice President of Communications for Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia, has long been one of the best bloggers, reporters and deeply devoted ministers in the Southern Baptist Convention, giving the "inside scoop" on many of the ministry developments, theological controversies and deepest needs and concerns of the SBC.  I highly recommend Peter's work, and the files he has archived.  Great writing!  Oh -- and pick up the books in his bookstore as well!


Matt Pinson – www.matthewpinson.com 

 I've known Matt Pinson for nearly 20 years.  He was a young, free-thinking, kinda rebelliousminister (in another life -- though it wouldn't pay for him to admit it now).  He currently serves as President of Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College), which is where I taught from 1998-2001.  He began his tenure there in 2002.  Matt knows much about Baptist Church History and Theology, particularly with regard to General or Arminian Baptists -- which is what ORIGINAL Baptists were. 


The Helwys Society Forum - http://www.helwyssocietyforum.com/

       The Premise of the Helwys Society Forum is simple:

         Believers need a venue from which to engage deeply with the issues that matter most to them..... And so with this basic but simple thought, the Helwys Society Forum (HSF) was born.

The venue exists fundamentally to promote theological dialogue within the life of the Church, rooted especially within a Classical Arminian framework.  The Forum hopes to encourage a holistic approach to theological dialogue and to demonstrate that Christian thought and practice involves the whole person and has implications for every dimension of life.

        Several of the original HSF contributors, as well as occasional guest contributors, are former students or colleagues at Welch College.  They address matters relating to Christian theology, spirituality, ministry, and culture. They do this through researched essays, book reviews, biographical sketches, and interviews, which post each Monday. Their writing is scholarly, yet personable, and formal, yet accessible.

      I borrowed heavily from their own description of the site to explain where they're coming from -- excellent reading.  Worth regularly checking out.



     More specialized in nature, this is for the ministers and scholars among my readers who know Biblical Languages or who have an interest in the field of textual criticism.  Jim Leonard is a friend -- I can't call him a colleague for 2 reasons: (1) we've never actually worked together, and (2) he's WAY beyond me in the field of languages!  This Blog, and it's companion blog, www.arminianbaptist.blogspot.com when Jim has that one active, are both good works worth checking out.



The Society of Evangelical Arminians - http://evangelicalarminians.org/

     I am a member of the SEA.  The purpose of the SEA can be summed up as follows: "The Society of Evangelical Arminians (SEA) is an association of evangelical scholars and laymen who adhere to Arminian theology and are united in order to glorify God, edify his people, protect them from error, and foster the proper representation of our magnificent God to the world by lovingly and respectfully (1) promoting and advancing sound, biblical Arminian theology, and (2) refuting Calvinism and diminishing the number of its adherents, through the concerted, strategic effort of Arminians networked through the society for the accomplishment of these goals as well as (3) mutual encouragement, support, and growth in the truth of God’s word."

         Too often, Calvinists have simply misinformed or blatantly lied about what Arminian Theology is, what it teaches, and what the Scriptures say.  The best source online to find resources answering Calvinism, and explaining the Biblical foundations of Arminian Theology are at this site.  Check it out!


          According to the blogs editor, Ben Henshaw:
        "The purpose of this blog is to discuss the very important topic of soteriology (study of salvation) within the theological framework of Arminianism. This blog will serve as both an apologetic for Arminian doctrine and a polemic against the teachings of Calvinism. I hope that you will enjoy my posts and any interaction that they may generate. May God Bless you as you seek His truth (Jn. 17:17)."

       This is probably one of the most consistently good, productive, on-point, solid, and Biblical blogs I check on a semi-regular basis.  He does a great job putting his stuff together, he's disciplined and coherent, and most important, his authority is scripture. 

Baptist Center for Theology & Ministry - http://www.baptistcenter.net/


From the Baptist Center site:
"The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry exists to provide theological and ministerial resources to enrich and energize ministry in Baptist churches. Our goal is to bring together professor and practitioner to produce and apply these resources to Baptist life, polity, and ministry. The mission of the BCTM is to develop, preserve, and communicate the distinctive theological identity of Baptists.

We believe that theology should define and undergird ministry in the Church. The mission of the BCTM is to assist churches realize this vision. We pray that the resources on this website bring glory to the Living God as we strive to strengthen our Baptist churches."

This is a ministry of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary -- one of the two best "official" SBC Seminaries today (and not coincidentally it has NOT been overrun by Calvinists).  One can find numerous articles, papers, interviews and other media on Ministry, Mission, Theology, document from Baptist History, as well as church interaction and forums there.  One can also find past issues of the Journal of Baptist Theology & Ministry.

EXCELLENT resource for all Baptists!


I hope this helps you in some way -- if for nothing else than a reference guide for future study. 


Blessings,

Dale
 

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

BIBLE TRANSLATION CRITICS BY STEVE FINNELL

Did you ever notice that the self appointed arbiters of Biblical translation accuracy spend their time criticizing various translations. Ninety-nine percent of all translations give an accurate, trustworthy account of the gospel of Christ. The problem is not that men cannot find a translation that tells men how to become saved by accessing the blood of Christ. The difficulty occurs because men reject the clear teaching of Scripture.

God's message in 99.5% of all Bible translations is the same.

TRANSLATION COMPARISON

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (NKJV)

Ephesians 1:7 So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved. (The Living Bible --Paraphrased)

Ephesians 1:7 By whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his favor, (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, in accordance with the riches of his grace (The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible NIV 1983)

All of these translation say the same thing. All men need to do is believe the message.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(NKJV)

John 14:6 Jesus told him, "I am the Way---yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except through me.(TLB---P)

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(TTC-RB NIV 1983)

All of these versions of the Bible say the same thing. Why would any one criticize God's translations.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive the gift, the Holy Spirit.(TLB--P)

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (TTC-RB NIV 1983)

All of these translations say the exact same thing. Repentance and water baptism are essential in order to have sins forgiven, and following that, men receive in indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit Himself.

There is no problem with the translations. The problem is that men reject the clear teaching of Scripture.

YES, GOD IS SMART ENOUGH TO GIVE MORE THAN ONE ERROR FREE TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.

TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS, MEN WHO READ THE BIBLE WITHOUT ASKING GOD TO REVEAL HIS TRUTH TO THEM

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