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Lectureship!

January 19th, 2015| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 9

Lectureship!

Dr. Mark Bailey, President of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), described W. H. Griffith Thomas (1861–1924) as “one of the founding minds and hearts of Dallas Theological Seminary … with a passion of a new approach to theological education, where the central text of study would be the scriptures, and where Christ especially would be honored.” You might be surprised to know the man was an Anglican; but, then again, the two other co-founders of DTS were a Presbyterian

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Bryan Chapell: How I Preach

January 15th, 2015| Topic: aBeLOG, How I Preach | 0

Bryan Chapell: How I Preach

Bryan Chapell: And this is How I Preach

[Few preachers have been in the forefront of homiletics as the thought-leader of the field featured in this post—Bryan Chapell. His books, blogs, sermons, and talks have all had a great influence on preaching and how preaching is thought of and taught. We shared a speaking engagement together at the Evangelical Homiletics Society’s Annual Meeting recently, and, of course, I tried to snag him in for How I Preach

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Genesis 6:9−9:29

January 2nd, 2015| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 2

Genesis 6:9−9:29

The intercession of the righteous, who themselves escape God’s judgment for sin, precludes further judgment on the world, and the empowerment of mankind to act on God’s behalf keeps ongoing sin under check.

Thus far, while God’s reaction to sin had been somewhat muted, here sin is punished and retribution visited upon all sinners with full intensity—for the first time in Scripture. This narrative, also for the first time, depicts divine choice and the salvation

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Hot!

January 24th, 2015| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Hot!

Everybody seems to be doing it. Kraft has habanero peppers in some of its sliced cheese. Bumble Bee has canned tuna with jalapeños or chipotle. So does Hamburger Helper. Kraft’s Mac and Cheese has a sharp cheddar and jalapeño version. Kind Bars has a roasted jalapeño almond bar. There’s Oscar Mayer Jalapeño hot dogs, Chipotle Philadelphia Cream Cheese spread, and so on ….

Apparently all this spicy stuff releases endorphins (from “endogenous morphine”

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Knowledge?

January 17th, 2015| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Knowledge?

The world is coming to an end. Soon.

How else can you explain the fact that some folks have spent decades studying a single word? And especially if that word is “Huh?”

I know, that’s what you’re asking: “Huh?” But it’s true.

Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, recently published the fruit of their arduous work: “Is ‘Huh?’ a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure

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Rhythm!

January 10th, 2015| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Rhythm!

Apparently, not only do we have GPSs in our systems (last week’s blog), but they say we have an internal metronome, too.

A study published last year in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine argued that the human heart quietly marks the entire rhythm of our lives, not just that of blood flow. Whether it ticks at 40–100 beats a minute, in three-quarter time, or in triplets, or erratically, it’s influencing more than the red stuff in our arteries.

In “The Heartfelt Music

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • January–May 2015 Spring Semester, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • February 3−6, 2015 Griffith Thomas Lectures, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • March 4, 2015 Ockenga Lectures on Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
  • July 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2015 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • September 18−20, 2015 Chinese Independent Baptist Church Camp, Mt. Hermon, California
  • October 6−8, 2015 Northcutt Lectures on Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

Past Speaking Engagements

  • January 25, 2015 Crossroads Baptist Church, Woodlands, Texas
  • August–December 2014 Fall Semester, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • December 7, 2014 Bayside Community Church, Tampa, Florida
  • November 19−21, 2014 Presentations, Annual Meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, California
  • October 9−11, 2014 Plenary Lectures, Annual Meeting, Evangelical Homiletics Society, Chicago, Illinois
  • October 7−9, 2014 Rom Lectures on Preaching, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
  • August 24, 2014 Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
  • August 21, 2014 New Student Orientation, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • August 3 & 10, 2014 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
  • July 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2014 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • May 25, 2014 Immanuel Baptist Church, Madrid, Spain
  • January–May 2014 Spring Semester, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • May 7, 2014 Preaching Seminar, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • March 23, 2014 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
  • February 13, 2014 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • February 10, 2014 Southwestern Christian Fellowship, UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
  • February 6, 2014 Moody Founder's Week, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois

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