Posts From Bruce Ashford

Pence Is Right About Constitutional Interpretation

In this week’s news about the 2016 election race, one of the many interesting sub-plots is an opinion-column fracas concerning constitutional interpretation. It started with an anti-Trump editorial in USA Today, continued with Mike Pence’s response to that editorial and, most recently, was perpetuated by Linda Greenhouse’s commentary on Pence’s article in the pages of [ Read More ]

I Am an Alien Resident of the United States of America

In the midst of the turbulent times we are now facing in our nation, Americans are advocating any number of responses ranging from ordinary to outrageous: making peace with the status quo, walking away from public life in resignation, expressing outrage via social media flash mobbing, calling for revolutions, and urging anarchy. These responses are [ Read More ]

4 Things to Look for in Tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate

Vice presidential debates draw far less viewers than the presidential contests. They tend to be drastically less interesting and significantly less important. Yet tonight’s vice presidential debate could be more significant and more interesting than vice presidential contests in the past. I’m not saying that tonight’s contest will be exciting, but I also don’t think it [ Read More ]

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 ]