Salvation and Southern Baptists – Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gives his humble and sober thoughts on the recently released document by a group of Southern Baptists entitled, “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” While the document does have questionable motives, Mohler says this is not a big issue for him. However, find out why he believes this is in one way a good thing while at the same time he refuses to sign it in total affirmation. While the document feels like an attack on Calvinistic Southern Baptists, Mohler is encouraged that this debate is not about something more serious such as, the inerrancy of the Bible. Mohler also discourages tribalism on either side of this theological debate. This is an extraordinary article concerning a document signed by some of Mohler’s friends that in some ways disagrees with his own theological and biblical convictions.
Practical Discipleship from Day to Day – David Platt gives insight into disciple-making. As Christ-followers, we are all commanded by the Lord Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). What does this look like practically in our lives? Sometimes we have trouble getting past the understanding that we “should” make disciples into the practice of actually “doing” it. Hopefully this short video will move us into practical disciple-making.
Unreached People Group of the Day – The good and faithful saints at Joshua Project never cease in providing a daily unreached people group for us to pray for. Today the focus is on the Tigre peoples of Eritrea. Follow this link to learn more about the lives, beliefs, and needs of this unreached people group. Most in this group have never heard the message of the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. May this resource lead you to better identify with these unreached people. Take time today to pray for the Tigre peoples of Eritrea.
Scripture Memorization – This is a tremendous resource if you are seeking to go deeper into the Word and increase the intimacy of your relationship with God. The only place to venture to draw nearer to the Lord is in His Word. This resource provides a simple to follow, yet intensely devoted guidelines for memorizing long portions of Scripture, particularly entire books. So, if you want to memorize Ephesians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, or any other book of the Bible, this resource is a great place to get you started! Like P90x, this program of spiritual fitness is intense, yet result producing.
The Daily Dime – 10 different ways to discuss the NBA. J.A. Adande goes into detail on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first trip to the NBA finals. I must say, after watching the Thunder fall 2-0 to the experienced and talented San Antonio Spurs, I didn’t give them much of a chance to even make it a competitive series, let alone win it. As I have watched the Thunder this season and especially in these playoffs, I have seen one player be the difference in their wins and losses. I am not speaking of Kevin Durant in all his greatness, neither am I speaking of Russell Westbrook despite his impressive play. The difference for the OKC Thunder is the man with the lumberjack beard, James Harden. Kevin Durant is uncanny and slowly but surely approaching the title, “Best Player in the World.” You can always expect him to score 25-30 points and play terrific defense, while getting his teammates involved. In Russell Westbrook, you can expect a freakishly athletic guard with great shooting and driving abilities. He may take too many shots per game than I think he should, but he is a force to be reckoned with every night on the floor. However, James Harden is that dark horse who is a dagger in the back of so many opponents. This young team is slowly shaping into a “Big 3” of its own with the timely services of Harden. He is aggressive, tough-minded, competitive, and confident. These intangibles make him along with Durant, the two closers I am sure the Miami Heat wish they had one of. With the Thunder eliminating the Spurs in impressive fashion, rallying from a 2-0 deficit, their next opponent (who I predict will be the Boston Celtics), will have to deal with a three-headed, young, bearded monster who may just be poised to win their first championship. They are ready. They are willing. They are impressive. They are exciting to watch and it is hard to resist making a leap onto an increasing fan base via bandwagon.