Theology on Mission: What is Preaching and Why Bother?
Big Idea: Preaching = Announcing the new world has come in Jesus Christ. In an image driven culture, why do we still have sermons? What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week long? What is preaching for anyway? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about what preaching as proclamation (different than teaching) and how the "imagination" is essential…
Theological training a critical need in Africa, Chitwood says
JINJA, UGANDA (BP)—There’s a deacon in Uganda who will gladly pray for church members who pay a few shillings; another preacher says God will bless them with a car or house if they are willing to give him some money. Another preaches John the Baptist was born of a virgin birth. These are a few examples International Mission Board missionaries in Uganda and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa have shared on why theological training is so critical. “The prosperity gospel is alive and…
How Much Theological Knowledge Does a Church Need to Be Healthy?
Theology is one of those words that provokes various reactions from different people. For some, it's impractical, abstract speculation. Not true.
The Baptist Faith and Missions: Why Theology Matters for Missions
Regardless of how you feel about theology, sound doctrine is critical for missions. Here's part one of why the Baptist Faith & Message matters.
What Is Missional Theology? 5 Aspects of a Mission-Centered Approach to God and Life
While the term “missional theology” can be easily mishandled, God’s missional heart for his people cannot be overplayed.
How Theology Drives Missions with Zane Pratt
Theology is often viewed as overly abstract or somehow irrelevant to Christian obedience when in fact the opposite is true.
Why Theological Education Is a Priority for Missions in Africa
Southern Baptist missionaries have been going to Africa since the 1850s. Much has been done, but we can’t say “mission accomplished” yet.
Why Church Planters Need a Theology of Suffering
When Christ calls a man to plant a church, he bids him come and die. Every church planter, therefore, needs a robust theology of suffering.
When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure
Saints sometimes say daring things. Today, on the feast of St. Bonaventure I’d like to reflect on a saying by him. First, though, let’s consider a certain idiom he used, drawn from biblical times. In Scripture there is an “absolute” way of speaking that many of us moderns misconstrue. For example, Jesus says (quoting Hosea 6:6), For I … Continue reading "When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure"
The Mission Year…A time to learn…a time to grow.
Brother Gustavo serving Mission Year at Our Lady of Soledad Parish in Coachella, CA During their years of theological studies, our seminarians have a “mission year” where they serve at one of our missions, giving them an opportunity to see our work first-hand. It also allows us to evaluate their abilities as they experience the meaning of becoming a Trinity Missionary Brothers Eder and Gustavo, both…
LTR: 3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Allowed to Be Theologically Dumb
See? Even Oprah says so. And goodness knows she’s a theologian Everyone’s a theologian because everyone thinks something about God, even if your thought about him is that you think he’s not real. Everyone operates with a theology. There are Christian theologians, Buddhist theologians, Muslim theologians, Atheist theologians, and all other sorts You’re a theologian. For the Christian, that means something unique. The Christian cannot be…
Why Camp? + NEW Director of Missions + Lots More in this Week's Enews
On Sunday, Pastor Alex introduced and prayed over David Bass, our new Director of Missions, and his family David has served with his family in cross-cultural ministry leadership in the Muslim world for the last 14 years. A Greensboro native and graduate of NC State University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, David has a passion to equip people to live out the Great Commandment, while fulfilling…
Why we need Member Care » SYZYGY MISSIONS SUPPORT NETWORK
This month’s guest blogger is Jonathan Ward, Director of the Entrepierres Centre for the Care of Francophone Christian Workers in France Back in 1997, the ground-breaking research in Too Valuable to Lose suggested that on a world scale, 5% of missionary personnel leave the field every year, and that 3% (representing 12,000 per year) of the attrition was deemed to be permanent, premature and preventable. That…
Recent Trends in Theology
In Recent Trends in Theology, Louis Berkhof offers an appraisal of current topics and thinkers in early nineteenth century theology. He delivered an address on this topic in the spring of 1943 at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and repeated his lecture at Calvin Theological Seminary later that year. He explores and interacts with thinkers such at Friedrich Schleiermacher, Albrecht Ritschl, William James, Ernst Troeltsch…
What He Opens No One Can Shut: Redefining UBC’s Mission Partnership In NYC
--Posted by Steve Laufer-- If you’ve followed our global missions involvement at UBC for any length of time, then you probably already know about former UBC staff member Sterling Edwards’ church planting efforts in Long Island, NY. Crossroads Church of Long Island has gone from being a brand new church plant to a two-campus church that reaches several hundred worshippers in the communities of Farmingdale, East…
Why We Must Be Unapologetically Theological
If I’m not mistaken, our church has a reputation for being quite theological. I know this is why many people have come to our church. And I imagine it’s why some people have left, or never checked us out in the first place. But no church should apologize for talking about and loving theology. Now–and this is an important caveat–if we are arrogant with our theology, or if our doctrinal passion is just about intellectual gamesmanship, or we are all out of proportioned…
How Are We Saved?
What is the role of faith and works in the mystery of our salvation? What does Jesus say? What does St. Paul say? What do we teach about these issues as Orthodox Christians?
What is the Theology of the Cross?
The theology of the cross directs us away from all attempts to speculate about God as he is hidden behind nature or the clouds of our imagination. The theology of the cross directs us to God in human flesh, God on the cross, God raised from the dead.
Dogma, Doctrine, and Theology: What Are They?
What is the difference between dogma and doctrine? What is the difference between doctrine and theology? For that matter, what is the difference between dogma and theology? We have a sense that all three of these terms are connected with […]
Reformation Relevance: How to study theology
In the preface to his published German writings, Martin Luther explains why people should concentrate especially on reading the Bible.