To Ph.D or Not to Ph.D?

This sponsored post was prepared by Dr. Todd Chipman of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you’ve ever wondered whether pursuing a Ph.D. in your theological training would be worth it, there are lots of factors to consider aside from wondering how it might impact your career aspirations. If you’re sorting through whether Ph.D studies are for you, think and pray through the following questions. 1. Can you be single-minded and voracious in your studies? The Ph.D allows students to devote their …

Family Worship Has Fallen on Hard Times

This sponsored post was written by Joel Beeke on behalf of the Family Worship Bible Guide. Family worship has fallen on hard times. Parents often say they are too busy to do it. Or else they don’t know how to do it because their parents never did it. When my parents commemorated their fiftieth anniversary, all five of us children decided to express thanks to our father and mother for one thing without consulting each other. Remarkably, all five of …

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3 Things I Learned Filming “Is Genesis History?”

This sponsored post is provided by Thomas Purifoy Jr on behalf of Is Genesis History. Today the full documentary releases on streaming, download, & DVD at IsGenesisHistory.com. This post was written by the producer, writer, and director; at the end of it, he’s provided a look at the first fourteen minutes of the film. The idea for a documentary on Genesis came from a conversation I had with my then 10-year-old daughter. She was watching a creation-evolution debate and was …

Why Easter Matters to Marriage

This sponsored post was prepared by Barbara Rainey on behalf of Ever Thine Home. One of my greatest faults that shows up too often in our marriage is my firstborn perfectionism. When my husband tells a story but doesn’t get the details right, I file away the errors to sort out with him later. I’ve also found plenty of necessary reasons to correct his mistakes in pronunciation or in how he eats. The mother in me fixes his hair, straightens …

Confronting the Lies when Suffering Leaves You Lonely

This sponsored post was provided by Sarah Walton for Hope When It Hurts. Many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones. I remember when we began realizing that my eldest son struggled in ways that other children seemed not to. From a young age, he began displaying behavior that was defiant and destructive, and has caused a decade of confusion and chaos in our home. Countless doctors, tests, and evaluations seemed to leave doctors shaking their heads. As the struggles turned …

Why An 81-Hour MDiv?

This sponsored post was prepared by Jason G. Duesing on behalf of MBTS. In an effort to ensure the health of the types of trees that outlive most humans, often the best course of action an arborist has is counterintuitive. Instead of leaving a century old oak tree alone to weather the elements as it has for decades or attempt to survive encroaching modernity, the life of the tree is best prolonged after careful pruning or even replanting. Yet, such …

The Story Behind The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon

This sponsored post was provided by Christian George on behalf of The Lost Sermons on C.H. Spurgeon. Before the U.S. Civil War, Southern Baptists burned Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and even threatened to murder him. In 1860, a prophecy was uttered against him in The Christian Index: “Southern Baptists will not, hereafter, when they visit London, desire to commune with this prodigy of the nineteenth century. We venture the prophecy that his books in [the] future will not crowd the shelves of …

The Importance of Staying Curious in Bible Study

This sponsored post was provided by Dr. Michael Bird, Lecturer in Theology and New Testament at Ridley College, on behalf of the NIV Faithlife Study Bible. The new NIV Faithlife Study Bible, created in partnership with Faithlife Corporation, creators of Logos Bible Software, is now available in print and is full of eye-catching graphics, charts, and timelines built for curious readers. With contributors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, Ed Stetzer and Lee Strobel, the study Bible presents innovative insights and multiple points …

Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma

This sponsored post, a Q&A with Trevin Wax, was provided by the Christian Standard Bible. People care greatly about their Bible translations. Some believe there is only one “right” translation. Others, even those sitting next to you in church, may not have a grasp on the differences between all the Bible translations. Trevin Wax, author, pastor and Bible publisher, talks at length about short-comings he sees in most Bible translations and why he’s both preaching from and giving away the …

For The Church, With The Church

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It’s a common dilemma for every young student considering residential seminary education. You know God has called you to vocational ministry, and you’ve been eager to begin putting some mileage into answering that call for a while. After 4 years of college studies, though, you’re reluctant to further delay getting in-the-field ministry experience for another few years of ministry study. Unable to disrupt or delay local ministry commitments, this is …