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The Fuller Controversy and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This post contains the original videos (in order) from Jon Harris and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pertaining to the Fuller Controversy.

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Dominick S. Hernández

 

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Jonathan T. Pennington

 

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Jarvis J. Williams

Matthew J. Hall

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Complementarianism Methodology Scripture

A Quick and Dirty Critique of Al Mohler’s “A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity”

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. writes, “theological seriousness and maturity demand that we consider doctrinal issues in terms of their relative importance. God’s truth is to be defended at every point and in every detail, but responsible Christians must determine which issues deserve first-rank attention in a time of theological crisis.” We can understand this claim to refer to different areas of doctrine. For example, Mohler writes, “Third-order issues are doctrines over which Christians may disagree and remain in close fellowship, even within local congregations. I would put most of the debates over eschatology, for example, in this category.” But if someone claims Jesus already returned, physically, shouldn’t that eschatological issue be categorized as a first-level theological issue? Alternatively, Mohler allows room for disagreement over something he would categorize as a first-level theological issue, like the doctrine of the Trinity, at least with respect to, for example, the affirmation or denial of the eternal functional subordination of the Son.

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Christology SBC Author

The Glory of the Cross (Stephen Wellum)

In this article, Stephen J. Wellum writes, “It would be an understatement to say that penal substitution has come under attack today. From voices outside of evangelical theology to those within, the historic Reformation view of the cross is claimed to be a ‘modern’ invention from the cultural West, to be too ‘legal’ in orientation, to sanction violence, to privilege divine retributive justice over God’s love, to be a form of divine child abuse, to reduce Scripture’s polychrome presentation of the cross to a lifeless monochrome, and so on. None of these charges are new, and have been argued since the end of the sixteenth century with the rise of the Socinians and liberal theology.”

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Gender Homosexuality Intersectionality Non-SBC

The Gospel and Self-Conception (Daniel Schrock)

In this podcast episode of Christ the Center, non-SBC author, “Daniel Schrock speaks about self-conception in light of the Revoice movement and the Nashville Statement.”

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History Methodology SBC Author Scripture

9/11: A Decade of Studying Islam (Mark Coppenger)

In this article, Mark Coppenger mentions, “the school of Thumper, who was pressed to recall his father’s instructions in Bambi, ‘If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.’ I fear that many of us have studied too long there.”

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Christology Critical Race Theory Critical Theory Gender Intersectionality Non-SBC Racism Social Justice

Choose this day whom you will serve: Jesus or skin color (Lisa Spencer)

In this article, non-SBC author Lisa Spencer asks, “Does Jesus really need to look ‘just like us’ in order to be acceptable to us? Do we really need to circumvent the reality of sin so that it doesn’t offend our sense of ethnic affirmation? We don’t have to dismiss ethnicity, nor should we, but we certainly can’t let it govern our theology.”

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History Methodology Scripture

The Role of the Seminary in Today’s World (Albert Mohler)

In this podcast episode, Christ the Center welcomes, “seminary presidents Albert Mohler and Peter Lillback to discuss the role of the seminary in today’s world.”

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Gender Homosexuality Non-SBC

The Gospel and Self-Conception: A Defense of Article 7 of the Nashville Statement (Daniel Schrock)

In this article, non-SBC author Daniel Schrock comments at length on an objection raised when, “the 47th General Assembly opted (after a lengthy and impassioned debate) to ‘declare the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood’s ‘Nashville Statement’ on biblical sexuality as a biblically faithful declaration and refer the ‘Nashville Statement’ to the Committee on Discipleship Ministries for inclusion and promotion among its denominational teaching materials.'”

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History Methodology Missions Scripture

Why Educational Institutions Naturally Drift Left

The conservative resurgence (CR) of the Southern Baptist Convention was a movement to reclaim institutions for a conservative theology and mission. Preeminent among those institutions marked for reclamation were our six seminaries, which had, to varying degrees, come under the influence of a left-leaning theology in the decades preceding the CR, which began in 1979. As a result of the CR, the seminaries have now been under the leadership of conservatives for a few decades, but state Baptist colleges and universities continue to represent a much wider theological spectrum that includes left, right, and middle. The reason for this discrepancy between seminaries and colleges is, of course, because the CR operated at the level of the national convention, to which only the seminaries are directly accountable. The CR was not an organized movement at the level of state conventions, to which state Baptist colleges and universities are directly accountable.

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Critical Race Theory Critical Theory History Intersectionality Methodology Racism Social Justice

Finding Fault Lines in the Southern Baptist Convention: The Battle for the Bible and the Insignificance of Inerrancy

God blessed the Southern Baptist Convention with victory in a battle for the Bible during the Conservative Resurgence. But theological giants from that era now warn of a looming threat outside of the concern for defending the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture. Two of the most prominent figures in the SBC and leaders during the CR are Thomas J. Nettles and R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Both of these men took uncompromising stands on the doctrine of inerrancy during the CR. But both of these men now warn of a new threat in the SBC and evangelicalism.