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At The Peoples Next Door, Keelan Cook discussed where the Kingdom of God is in disasters. Keelan writes:

The kingdom of God is already here, but not yet here fully.


By no means is this concept new. You have heard it mentioned in a sermon, a Bible study, or in a classroom somewhere. One of the mysteries of the kingdom is the fact that it is both here and now and not yet fully established. It is inaugurated but not yet consummated. In other words, we already see the effects of this kingdom come to earth in the life of the church, but the total rule and reign of the kingdom is clearly not fulfilled. Evil still lurks around every corner, even the dark corners of our own hearts. The kingdom awaits its final consummation, that moment when Christ himself comes back to fully establish his reign. Then and only then will all wrongs be made right.


That the kingdom is not yet fully established is painfully obvious in the weeks after a disaster like the one here on the Gulf Coast.


Christy Britton shared a post at the Intersect Project discussing what it’s like to come back from a hurricane.

Friendly warnings from meteorologists progress into evacuation orders from government officials. Clear, calm skies become dark. Gentle breezes transform into harsh winds. Dry air morphs into torrential downpours. Houses become quiet as the electricity goes out.


Those of us who live in coastal areas are familiar with hurricane season and its signs. We watch our television and refresh our Twitter feeds to track a storm’s progress. The words “contraflow” and “displaced” are a part of our vocabulary. We know why families keep axes in their attics.


My husband, my kids and I were living on the north shore of New Orleans the summer of 2005. In August of that year, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast and more than one million people were suddenly homeless — including my family.


At the Center for Great Commission Studies, Greg Mathias shared a missiological reflection on 9/11.

I still remember where I was and what I was doing on that morning 16 years ago today. As my co-workers and I gathered around a television to see what was going on, we watched with a mix of confusion and horror as the second tower of the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground. The moments after that were a fog of bewilderment as we tried to make sense of what we were seeing. May we not forget that there are many today still trying to make sense of the events surrounding 9/11.


No matter the tragedy, trying to make sense of tragedy is elusive. Even though difficult, we are called to love God and love neighbor everyday, even on tragic days.


Here are a four thoughts on dealing with tragedy from a missiological perspective.


Dr. Amanda Aucoin posted at the Intersect Project about five Christian women who have shaped culture.

Culture is a word we hear a lot in Christian circles these days. We hear of a “cultural malaise,” ponder “culture wars,” talk about how America has ceased to be a “Christian culture” and are encouraged to be “culture makers.” All of these uses of the term are helpful for thinking about how Christians can cultivate and contribute to the world we are called to serve.


Because we as men and women are created in the image of a creative God, we will be forming culture in our own world, however big or small its impact may seem at the time. And sometimes that’s the problem. We feel discouraged because our world does seem so small. What contributions could we possibly make? Do we really think the small culture we create could make a difference now, influence the larger culture, or (even more of a long shot) affect culture in the future?


Thankfully, we don’t need to look far for inspiration. Key women throughout history, some who held positions of influence during their own lifetime and many who did not, have impacted culture in ways they did not think likely or even possible at the time. What could a barbarian woman, runaway nun, a slave, a handicapped woman and the women in your life have in common? They have shaped culture, in big and small ways, to the glory of God.


In a guest post at Thom Rainer’s blog, Jonathan Howe discussed when it’s time to redesign your church website.

Depending on who and what you read, you can find different opinions on how often you should redesign or refresh your website. If it’s a website design company, the answer is probably “six months ago.” They like the business, after all.


I don’t think you should have a timeframe for website redesigns, though. It’s an as needed event and also one that should be carried out with much planning and intentionality.


Website redesigns should be carried out strategically and to meet a need. So if your church has one of these needs, then it may be time to refresh your site.


At his personal blog, Chuck Lawless shared eight reasons why spiritual disciplines matter. Dr. Lawless writes:

I know it sounds like a basic, simplistic matter in our Christian walk, but I’m writing this post to encourage all of us to do spiritual disciplines like Bible study, prayer, fasting, and solitude. Here’s why.

An Invitation to Study History at Southeastern

Christianity arose within human history and inevitably is set within the flux of history; and Christian theology and ministry are inevitably done within historical and cultural context. For this reason, Southeastern offers undergraduate courses in global history, Western history, and American history; and offers both undergraduate and graduate level courses in church history and Baptist history. In so doing, we provide students the opportunity to explore the place of Christian persons, institutions, ideas, and movements within history, and to comprehend the social, cultural, and institutional factors shaping the church throughout history.

Toward that end, students may study with the following instructors at Southeastern:

Brent Aucoin (Ph.D. University of Arkansas) is Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean, The College at Southeastern, the author of A Rift in the Clouds: Race and the Southern Federal Judiciary, 1901-1910 (University of Arkansas Press), and has published articles in the The Historian and The Arkansas Historical Quarterly. He is a specialist in post-Civil War American History and in LSU football, Les Miles being his favorite orator. Dr. Aucoin is known for his dry wit, as well as for being an impeccably well-prepared classroom instructor.

Nathan Finn (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies and is the co-editor of Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution (Mercer, 2008), assistant editor of The Journal of Baptist Studies, and editor of Strictures on Sandemanianism in The Works of Andrew Fuller (Paternoster, forthcoming). He has also contributed to Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue (B&H, 2008) and Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009). Dr. Finn teaches courses in church history, Baptist history, and historical theology. He is known for many things-beards, bowties, Bulldogs, etc.-but none more significant than his being extraordinarily gifted as a writer and a classroom instructor.

Keith Harper (Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is Professor of Baptist Studies and is the author of The Quality of Mercy: Southern Baptists and Social Christianity, 1890-1920 (The University of Alabama Press) and co-author with Steve McKinion of Then and Now: A Compilation and Celebration of Fifty Years at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), and is the editor of several works including American Denominational History: Perspectives on the Past, Prospects for the Future (The University of Alabama Press) and Send the Light: Lottie Moon’s Letters and Other Writings (Mercer University Press). Dr. Harper is known as a meticulous researcher, a top-shelf historian, and a publishing machine.

Steve McKinion (Ph.D., King’s College, University of Aberdeen) is Associate Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies and the author of Words, Imagery, and the Mystery of Christ: A Reconstruction of Cyril of Alexandria’s Christology (Brill), the Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Isaiah (IVP, forthcoming), and Invitation to Historical Theology (Kregel, forthcoming), and the editor of Isaiah 1-39 in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Series (IVP) and Life and Practice of the Early Church: A Documentary Reader (NYU Press). Dr. McKinion is the pastor of New Covenant Fellowship. Furthermore, he is the Doogie Howser of the theological world, having finished his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in just over a year’s time, being hired to teach at SEBTS when he still looked like he was 14 years old. He is known as an excellent preacher, classroom instructor, and writer.

Amanda Aucoin (Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is Adjunctive Professor of History in the College at Southeastern and expert in Russian history. Her dissertation, entitled “Deconstructing the American Way of Life: Soviet-American Cultural Relations and the Soviet Response to American Information Activity in the Khrushchev Years” equips her as an expert teacher in Russian History, 20th Century Europe, and Western Civilization; she also teaches in the Women’s Studies track. She is also a fan of the purple and gold tigers, but of the Ouachita Baptist (her alma mater) variety.

The College at Southeastern is distinctive for its emphasis on history. The core curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is highlighted by the History of Ideas sequence – 12 hours dedicated to the development of the great ideas of civilization and the most pertinent works in that development. On top of this strong base, the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and History double major teaches the student to comprehend and critically evaluate the present through a biblically-informed understanding of the past. The student will examine the story of humanity, develop reading, writing, and research skills, and learn how to study history from a Christian perspective. In the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies one can also minor in History to obtain a foundational knowledge of American history and the history of Christianity in the West.

The core of the M.Div. at Southeastern includes two courses in Church History spanning the Patristic to Modern eras and a course in Baptist History. The tracks within the M.Div. then build upon this historical base to equip students for vocational ministry. The M.Div. with Pastoral Ministry is the flagship degree of Southeastern and is centered in theology in biblical and historical perspective. Its intent is to prepare students for pastoral ministry with the sort of training befitting that call. The M.Div. with Christian Ministry is the most flexible program at Southeastern and prepares one to serve in a number of contexts of full-time ministry. Another example is the M.Div. with Missiology which includes a course in the history of Christian missions. Thus, Southeastern recognizes the significance of historical context for right study and application of theology, mission, and ministry.

The Th.M. at Southeastern is a post-M.Div. degree designed to build leaders through personal mentoring by the faculty and can be taken in a thesis or non-thesis track. The Th.M. in Theological Studies with a specialization in Church History prepares one either for doctoral study in church history or for ministry in a local church or on a mission field.

The Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Church History prepares students to teach church history in general and specific eras of that history (Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, Modern) in particular to college or seminary students, and to write at the scholarly level and for the church on church history from an explicitly evangelical perspective. SEBTS PhD students determine their research focus by way of their supervisor in the area of church history. The Southeastern library holds a large collection of early American and British works, especially in Baptist history making it an excellent resource for primary source research in history.

We invite you to study with our History faculty in the B.A., M.Div., Th.M., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website ( or and check out the Admissions and Academics links.for java