Author: Keelan Cook

Good church leaders long for the participation of their congregation. Yesterday on the Intersect blog at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a good friend of mine posted an article that gets right to the heart of this dilemma. Greg Mathias is the associate director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, and he writes on the importance of devoted lay ministry through the example of Aquila and Priscilla. Greg hits the nail on the head by challenging churches to call for more Aqiulas and Priscillas. Go read his post here. Healthy churches want every member involved in disciple making…

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Acts 17:16-34 gets a lot of love. In my brief existence, I have heard it used as justification for all kinds of things. Growing up in my extra-conservative church as a young boy, I heard preachers use Paul’s indignation at the culture in Athens as grounds for our culture wars in the midst of godless America. Years later in my missionary training, I heard Paul’s sermon at Mars Hill touted as the quintessential example of contextualization. Paul pulls on Greek philosophy and yet never strays from the biblical grounds of the gospel. Of recent, this passage has become a slogan…

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Instead of joining the throng of commentators now that the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting is over, I thought I would share two articles that you need to read. If you, or your church, participate with the Southern Baptist convention in any way, and if you are even mildly interested in the events that took place this year in Phoenix, then these articles will provide you with insight into the last couple of days. Southern Baptists and the Alt-Right: On Being in the Room Where it Happened The first article is by Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology…

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