The 1 Thing That Could Tip the Balance in the First Presidential Debate

There is one thing that could tip the balance in an increasingly tight race for the presidency, and it is the one thing that probably will not be mentioned—much less emphasized—during Monday night’s presidential debate. Here’s to hope. How the Nominees are Preparing for the Debate The debate is the most significant head-to-head since Carter [ Read More ]

Building a “Great Commission” Seminary (3 Core Convictions, 5 Academic Competencies, 5 Faculty Expectations)

[Note: This post provides a glimpse into the life of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I serve as Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture. Written as the opening presentation of our 2013 Faculty Workshop, it gives voice to Southeastern’s aspiration to be a “Great Commission Seminary.” The first portion of the essay articulates 3 core convictions [ Read More ]

Liberty, Justice, & the Economy: An Interview with Political Scientist Hunter Baker

Recently, I had the happy opportunity to interview evangelical political scientist Hunter Baker. Dr. Baker teaches political science at Union University, holds doctoral degrees in both law and political science, and is one of the foremost political scientists in the evangelical world. During the interview, I asked him about his conversion, why he ran for Congress, why [ Read More ]

Why Evangelicals Should Oppose the Politically Correct Stifling of Free Speech on College Campuses

Any person with a pulse and even a modicum of cultural awareness knows there is a movement afoot to stifle free speech on college campuses. Controversies related to free speech have rocked the campuses of many universities, including Yale, Scripps, Oberlin, and Wesleyan. A number of colleges are authorizing “safe spaces,” “speech codes,” and “trigger [ Read More ]