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The Dean Recommends: Call yourself a Christian? Start talking about Jesus Christ.

By Ed Stetzer
May 19, 2016

“Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words,” Saint Francis of Assisi is supposed to have said.

The aphorism, often quoted, expresses a well-meaning viewpoint of many Christians today. They are concerned that we’ve been too loud, demanding and angry. Now, they say, we need to show the gospel by our lives.

It’s a good sentiment, and I certainly agree that we need to demonstrate the gospel change in our lives by caring for others. But there are two problems with the Assisi quote.

First, he never said it.

Second, it’s really bad theology.

You see, using that statement is a bit like saying, “Feed the hungry at all times; if necessary, use food.” For Christians, the gospel is good news — it’s what the word literally means. For evangelicals, our name speaks of the commitment to evangelism that defines us. The good news needs to be told. Read the rest at Washington Post.

Ed Stetzer is a graduate of Beeson.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: My idols vs. Jesus

By Michael Kelley

May 19, 2016

Deep within us all is a manufacturing process whether we know it or not: Slowly but steadily, we craft our idols, linking them together based on our own thoughts, desires and preferences until one day they take full residence in our hearts.

We should know these idols are just that -- idols. They're our own creations. They do not speak. They do not feel. They are mere fabrications to which we willingly bow down to instead of the living God.

If we're truly honest, there are a few reasons why we are prone to treasure these idols -- even more than Jesus.

They tell me what I want to hear.

Because idols are fashioned around our preferences and desires, we can rest assured that our idols are always going to tell us exactly what we like to hear. That we are right. That everyone else is wrong. That our sin is no big deal. That the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment, no matter what it is.

But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to. Jesus, who knows our hearts more fully than we know ourselves, will cut through our web of self-deception, look us squarely in the soul, and tell us the uncomfortable, unvarnished truth about ourselves, Himself and the world. Read the rest at Baptist Press.

Michael Kelley is a graduate of Beeson Divinity School.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Friday, May 20, 2016
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Beeson Divinity School to Offer New Missions Certificate

By Kristen Padilla

May 19, 2016

Samford University has announced a new missions certificate through Beeson Divinity School beginning in fall 2016.

Students interested in intentional training in cross-cultural ministry and who pursue a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree can now earn a missions certificate. To complete the certificate, students will be required to take three missions courses and complete two cross-cultural practicums in addition to meeting all other components of the M.Div.

“The missions certificate is designed to work within Beeson’s existing curriculum to provide maximum impact for cross-cultural ministry,” said David Parks, director of Beeson’s Global Center. “We aim for this certificate to help students better bridge the gap from seminary to the mission field.”

Beeson Divinity Associate Dean Grant Taylor said, “We are confident that Beeson’s faculty, evangelical convictions, and personal approach will prepare students for a lifetime of effective cross-cultural ministry. The missions certificate reflects that confidence.”

Those pursuing a missions certificate also will be able to take advantage of Beeson’s Global Center, a hub of resources to equip the student for missions and to build awareness of the global Christian cause and community. The Global Center does this in many ways, most notably through its two annual, mission-focused lectures: Go Global and World Christianity Focus Week. The center also provides weekly opportunities to learn about missions through Global Voices and to build relationships with internationals through International Lunch Club.

For more information about the missions certificate and Global Center, visit or contact David Parks at

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Thursday, May 19, 2016
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