Three Principles for Becoming a More Productive Ministry Leader – By Braxton Hunter

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Utter apathy! That was my feeling as I sat there running my index finger around the circumference of my plastic water bottle. To my right was Roy Fish, Professor of Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. To my left was a seasoned veteran of evangelism. Both of these well-dressed men seemed enthusiastic about the event. Both of them had previously been asked to serve in this same capacity many times. I had not. Why was I so disinterested? After all, this would be good for my career. It would look good on a resume. My own organization would get better exposure. Yet, in the midst of all of the fanfare, I was painfully bored. It was 2010 and the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE) was on the verge of electing a new president. At twenty-nine I was the second youngest member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s outreach arm of itinerant speakers. I should have been thrilled to be asked to speak. I wasn’t. Then it happened. Continue reading

The statement, “Christianity is not about a bunch of do’s and don’t’s,” is a bit ridiculous… – By Johnathan Pritchett

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I find troubling statements like “Christianity is not about a bunch of do’s and don’t’s.” Sadly (for some, not me), the Bible protests against such statements, however popular they are. Avoiding the whole relationship between “Law and Gospel,” or “Law and Grace,” or “Biblical commands or principles,” or however one wants to deal with the related issues of Old Covenant and the New Covenant, or to there being New Covenant commands and how they function in and for believers, and just sticking to the New Testament in general; those under grace are given a whole bunch of “do’s” and “don’t’s.” There is no way around it. There is nothing wrong with it either. The “do’s and don’t’s” are from God. Continue reading

Coptic Christians – By Harold Hunter

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I am very saddened by the barbaric murders of the Coptic Christians. This vile deed has struck me especially hard because a few years ago the Coptic Diocese of Canada chose Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary as its school of choice for their leaders and laymen after evaluating many other seminaries. As the president of Trinity, I traveled to Canada and was thoroughly impressed by the humility and dedication of the Coptics in their ardent love for Jesus. The Canadian Diocese is the second largest in the world exceeded only by the Egyptian Diocese. Many of the Coptics in Canada were there because of their having fled persecution in Egypt. They told me horrible stories of torture. Because of the generosity of many supporters of Trinity, we were able to provide education for many of these dear people. In fact, I had been invited to have a meeting with their previous world leader in Egypt before his untimely death. I encourage you to pray for Coptics everywhere, and I urge you to contact your senators, representatives and the president to express deep concern that immediate and strong action be taken to protect people of faith worldwide, be they Catholic, Protestant or Jew…as well as the Coptics with whom we mourn at present.

Trinity Produces Graduates Who Make A Difference!

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Here is a list of just a few of our graduates and what they are doing:

Dr. B. Rick Curtis, West Region Mobilizer for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Dr. Larry D. Soderquist, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School

Mr. Kim Hammer, Arkansas House of Representatives

Dr. Gil Stafford, former President of Grand Canyon University and baseball coach at GCU

Rev. Yaahn G. Hunter, Superintendent for COGIC

Dr. Dean Doster, former Executive Director of Louisiana Baptist Convention

Dr. James L. Clark, President of Calvary Bible College & Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO

Mr. Harry Samual Seamans, Bishop / Reformed Episcopal Church

Dr. Kevin Pat Parnell, Father of former Lt. Governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell

Dr. Joel Southerland, Executive Director of Evangelism Strategy at North American Mission Board

Dr. Mark Deckard, Faculty at Faith Theological Seminary & Adjunct Professor at Lancaster Bible College & Graduate School

Dr. John D Fozard, President of Mid America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Larry W. Jordan President of Maple Springs Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Capital Heights, MD

Dr. Tracy Marx, Faculty at Louisville Bible College, Louisville, KY

Dr. Kenneth Beding, Faculty, Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Dr. Mark Carroll, Professor of Youth Ministry at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Ronald J Kovack, President (ret.), Knox Theological Seminary

Dr. Ed Bulkley, Faculty, Veritas Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Bauta Motty, Provost, ECWA Theological Seminary

Dr. Daniel Chadwick, Professor, Taylor University Online

Dr. Paul Madtes, Jr., Professor, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Dr. Mark Isaacs, Professor, UTS

Dr. John Noe, Author

Dr. David L. Owen, Faculty at Pacific Islands University

Mr. Steven Stinnette, Faculty at Pacific Islands University

Dr. Hun Sung Park, Faculty at International Reformed University and Seminary

Dr. Bryan Hughes, Faculty at Montanna Bible College

Dr. J.D. Davis, Pastor, Dublin Baptist Church, Ohio

Dr. Steven Collins, Faculty, Veritas Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Charlie Wilson, Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Crandall, TX. Former pastor of Sunnyvale First Baptist Church, Sunnyvale, TX

Dr. Danny Burnley, Pastor of Laurel Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. Former President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention

Mr. Stephen Goode, Pastor, Author, Host of The Biblical Counseling Moment podcast

Dr. Bruce Guckelberg, Pastor, Lombard bible Church, Lombard, IL

Dr. Eddie Leopard, Pastor, Fairview Baptist Church, Greer, SC

You Make Us Proud!

What is Life All About In This World? – By Rachael Dingis

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Ecclesiastes is a philosophical essay on the meaning of human life. Throughout, the book indicated all the actions of man are fundamentally vain, futile, empty, meaningless, temporary, transitory, fleeting, or mere breath; as the lives of both wise and foolish people on earth. Selfish pleasures mean nothing eternally. Life is considered between the skylines of birth and death. Without the creator in our lives, we are worth nothing; not sentimental and complete. Life is vanity in this judgment that, it is unable to give us the fundamentals to itself. Everything is considered vanity in Ecclesiastes, because there is nothing well-meaning outside God. Continue reading

Insight For Dealing With Fools – By Gregg Grossman

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“Do not answer a fool according to his folly. Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves.” (Prov 26:4-5).

How does one discern when to press Prov. 26:4 or Prov. 26:5 into service?

As i approached these two verses, I can see how Solomon, who was the wisest man on all of the earth could be perceived as uttering contradictory words. Wait a minute! First he tells me to not to respond to a fool then immediately in the next verse he states that I should respond, giving the fool what he deserves. These polar opposites are not meant to confuse the reader, however, he advocates the two extremes to help the reader understand that we shall encounter verses 4 and 5 with people, both inside the Church and outside of the Church. Continue reading

Is Speaking in Tongues Needed to Receive the Holy Spirit According to Acts? – By Lincoln Burruss

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Speaking in tongues is mentioned in three chapters in the Book of Acts. The first time it is mentioned is in Acts 2:4 which states, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” To fully understand one must examine what happen and the impact it had. Keeping the verse in context, the Spirit came and the people heard the sound of rushing wind and saw tongues of fire according to verse 2. In verse 3 it states that Spirit baptized and filled the believers, and then spoke as they spoke in various languages. Reading on in the chapter we find out that there are people present who spoke different languages. Acts 2:9-11 lists sixteen different nations that spoke sixteen different languages and all we amazed to hear the Gospel in their own language. Looking back in Genesis where God’s judgment of Babel by making the people speak different languages to scatter them, now uses speaking in tongues to bring them together through the Gospel. According to Acts 1:8, we are to take the Gospel to the utter most parts of the world and through tongues here, the Gospel starts to spread. Continue reading