Kenya is a beautiful country. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the green fields and mountains I saw. As we flew from Nairobi into Kisumu at sunrise, we were taken aback by the sheer beauty of it all. I knew that Kenya bordered Lake Victoria, but I wasn’t aware that we … Continue reading What Does the American Church Have to Offer Kenya?
This past month, I had an opportunity to minister in Western Kenya by leading a pastor’s conference alongside my friend, fellow ETBU-alumnus, and fellow two-time SWBTS-alumnus, John Schultz. John leads a non-profit called Equip the Nations, inc and had reached out to me several months ago, asking if I would be interested in helping lead … Continue reading Trusting his Unseen Hand
As a student of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) since 2008, I’ve spent eight years living on campus. We moved away in 2017. Recently, I got to spend two weeks on campus. There are five big changes on campus worth noting: The Student CenterFrom 2008 to present I’ve seen Naylor student center go from Victorian … Continue reading Five Noticeable Changes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Atonement: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ. By David L. Allen. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019. 352 pp. $34.99 Several years ago, I found myself at pastor’s conference attended primarily those of a particular theological persuasion. Unsurprisingly, the theme of the conference celebrated the theology of the Reformation which turned … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW and Giveaway: The Atonement by David L. Allen
As I speak with pastors, one topic that comes up again and again concerns the difficulties faced when leading change in the church. Whether it entails the adjustment of a service time, the elimination of a beloved program, or changing a curriculum, or any other deeply-entrenched facet in the church, change is hard. So I … Continue reading Leading Change in the Church
Join the Caffeinated Theology crew as we discuss the steps to finding a pastorate. How do you find a new pastorate? What do I need to do to submit a resume? What to expect in the interview process. What to do when you go in view of a call. Link: 30 Questions to ask a … Continue reading Episode 10: Pastoral Interviews
Nostalgia has a powerful effect on the twenty-first century. Having loosened the moors of Western traditions which long held our culture from drifting, we now find ourselves looking back not to our forefathers but to our fore-child: we ask our childhood to answer the adult questions of our present. Nostalgia cannot answer the hardest questions; … Continue reading Nostalgia and Why We Can’t Even
Lately, I've found myself in that position where I’ve been praying for something specifically. Now, this is beyond regular prayer or daily prayer. This is that heavily-sighing, crying-out-to-God prayer that rises up from the deepest parts of the soul. And yet, when it comes to this prayer, God often just seems silent. I can see … Continue reading Gratitude and Unanswered Prayer
Join the Caffeinated Theology crew as we speak with Carl Bradford about this year's Crossover efforts in Birmingham, AL. Carl is an assistant professor at SWBTS and is married to Andrea (who apparently makes a mean Shrimp Po'Boy). Together they have two children: Carl Jr. and Abigail. He earned his PhD in Evangelism.