Between the Times “Q&A with the President of Southeastern”: A Call for our Readers to Submit Questions

One of the goals of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Between the Times is to be a servant to the churches. Indeed, serving the churches is a part of our mission statement as we seek to be used by God to fulfill the Great Commission. If our school is not a servant to the Church then I believe we really have no reason to exist.

In light of this reality, we are launching a Between the Times “Q&A with the President of Southeastern Seminary.” We invite persons to submit questions to “Between the Times” and we will do our best to provide a helpful response. These questions may come from any particular area of Christian life. They may relate to Biblical and theological issues. They can also be related to the life of the local church, the Seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention or the greater evangelical/Christian world. We do not promise to answer every question submitted, but we will do our best to respond to as many as possible and certainly those that we believe would be of interest to a wide range of readers. On some occasions I may pass a question on to one of my colleagues who has more experience than I on that particular topic. That being the case, I may wind up not answering many (if any) questions at all! So, feel free to begin to pass questions along our way. We hope to be helpful and have some fun along the way as well. For those of us who know, love, and serve King Jesus, that makes all the sense in the world!

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  1. Don G   •  

    I’ve got two questions:

    1) How do you envision IMB, NAMB, and local churches working together to reach unreached people groups in the States (college students, refugees, etc)?

    2) I really feel called to church revitalization. There’s an opportunity in my city to join a brother at a church in our neighborhood and start that work. My church, where I’ve been for 7 years, is not too excited about it. I really value their input, want to submit to their plans, and believe God uses the church to affirm callings, so this is a hard place for me to be in. There are 3 or 4 who are supportive and excited about it. Any advice?

  2. Roger Simpson   •  

    Dr. Akin:

    In the September 22nd edition of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger there was an insert on the book of Revelation. In this special section of the paper pastors or scholars defended various interpretive schemes regarding the book of Revelation: Progressive Dispensationalism, Historic Premillennialism, Amillennialism, and the Preterist view. Because they are different, and mutually exclusive, then at most one of these views is correct. I’ve observed that to the extent that a person has a given interpretive scheme for eschatology it seems to be based upon a persons’ background and training rather than (or in addition to) a doing an inductive study of the relevant scripture.

    I grew up in a tradition where my early exposure to the subject was from the Dispensational perspective. One problem with this view is hardly two dispensationalists agree on what to them are “important (maybe not bedrock) aspects” aspects of what dispensationalism is. For example: In my lifetime a flavor of dispensationalism – progressive dispensationalism – has come on the scene as a result of the work of scholars at certain schools such as Dallas seminary.

    Applying Dr. Mohler’s idea of “theological triage” to eschatology, then I think the “first order” items boil down to: (1) there has been and/or will be “tribulation” going forward from the first century, (2) Jesus is coming again, (3) Jesus will reign again with his saints in the future in one or more earthly/heavenly venues, (4) satin will be defeated.

    Secondary triage layers might include such items as: the number and timing of various “resurrections” [rapture, 1st resurrection, 2nd resurrection] and the timing and length of any millennial period.

    Do you think there is an “irreducible core” of eschatology? If so, would it be approximately equal to those understandings held in common between the various eschatological views?

    Roger Simpson Oklahoma City

  3. Heath Lloyd   •  

    Dr Akin:
    1. – Define “modalism” as it relates to the doctrine of the Trinity. Is it a false, heretical teaching? What, if any, major denominations or churches or pastors/teachers hold to this concept? And, if it is a false, heretical teaching, how should we as evangelicals respond to the teachers of said heresy? Thank you and I look forward to your response.
    In Christ,
    Rev. Heath Lloyd
    Reidsville, NC (SEBTS ’96)

  4. Rob   •  

    Dr Akin,

    In light of your work with the Great Commission Resurgence, what are some things, other than faithfully giving to our local churches and missions agencies, that we can do to promote giving money to reach unreached people groups worldwide?

  5. Roger Simpson   •  

    Dr Akin:

    There is a typo in my question. In the second paragraph the sentence with back to back instances of the word “aspects” should be changed to:

    One problem with this view is hardly two dispensationalists agree on what to them are “important (maybe not bedrock) aspects” of what dispensationalism is.

  6. Luis Luna   •  

    Why do baptists do not believe in speaking in other tongues?

  7. Scott   •  

    Dr. Akin,

    What do you think stands as the main contributing factor in why many men today seem to be less mature than the generations of old? What do you feel are the spiritual applications?

  8. SJF   •  

    Dr. Akin,

    There are multiple Biblical Mandate’s, from Moses onward through Hebrews, regarding a Christian’s responsibility to ‘obey’ the government, rulers, laws, authority, etc. of the State or Country in which the Christian resides. As an American who resides in the United States, the highest authority concerning civil liberties and the role of govt. is the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, however, many leaders, who vow to uphold the Constitution in their oath of office, do the precise opposite and go so far as rejecting it with the laws, ‘orders,’ and mandates, they create, and actions they take forbidden by the Constitution.

    As a Christian, what, or whom, do we obey in instances of conflict between the Constitution, and national (and state) leaders?

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  10. Bruce Ashford   •  

    Dr. Akin, who are your favorite 5-6 (living) preachers? Why are they your faves, and what can we learn from each of them?

  11. Thomas West   •  

    “Contextualization” has become a buzz word in many Christian conversations today. What does it mean? How should I contextualize a biblical truth?

  12. Thomas West   •  

    What is the “Theological Interpretation of Scripture” movement within hermeneutics? Is this the method of the future? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this method?

  13. Eric Hovis   •  

    What does it take for a pastor be intellectually vibrant and well-read in the pastorate?

  14. Jonathan Edwards   •  

    What does the spiritual and intellectual makeup of an SEBTS graduate look like?

  15. Dennis Greeson   •  

    Who are your top five favorite theologians of all time and why?

  16. Parker Griffin   •  

    What is the greatest strength of the SBC? The greatest weakness?

  17. Parker Griffin   •  

    What do you think about continuing to move the training of future pastors to the local church? In what specific ways does Southeastern support this training?

  18. Kevin   •  

    Dr. Akin,

    With the direction of American culture becoming more accepting of homosexuality and homosexual marriage, how do you think the church should respond to married homosexual couples who come to saving faith in Christ? I’m not asking about whether they will be brothers and sisters in Christ, but more so how do we address the marriage issue? My guess is that one would say that their marriage does not fit the biblical guidelines of marriage and should therefore divorce. (Perhaps how the gospel has infiltrated cultures with polygamy may be of some help in dealing with this issue, I don’t know.) Since this may be a future issue, I thought it would be beneficial to address the issue before it arises.

    Thank you,


  19. Grant   •  

    Dr. Akin,

    How do you understand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments? In particular, what would you say to the relationship between law and gospel – is there greater continuity or discontinuity, unity or disunity?

    Thanks for your time.

  20. Logan Sides   •  

    Dr. Akin,

    What should I say to my Christian friends who regularly visit casinos to gamble? Is this a matter of the conscience or can I give biblical support for my argument against visiting casinos?

  21. Jonathan   •  

    What is the role of present-day Israel in the world pertaining to biblical Christianity and the end times? Is Israel still considered God’s chosen people?

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