Although we are still two weeks away from the official start of the winter semester at TBS things are already busy with the "J-Term" courses that are underway this week and next. This week my brother Dr. Stephen Wellum is teaching apologetics and Dr. Peter Gentry is teaching Isaiah. Both men are professors at South Baptist Theological Seminary are Louisville, Kentucky and both are experts in their fields. Next week we are pleased to have Rev. John Crotts teaching an introductory course on biblical counseling. All three courses represent TBS's commitment to provide high quality biblical, theological and practical training to Christians in the context of local church ministries. Ours is a day when Christians need to be ready to explain that hope that they have. There are so many ideas, some good and others not-so-good, that are floating around out there. We need to understand God's word and his gift of love revealed in Jesus Christ. Please pray that God would give us a good semester together and that much would be accomplished for the sake of the kingdom.
Last evening when I was on my way to pick up my daughter from university I heard a portion of the CBC radio show called "Ideas." The guest last evening was a British historian of ideas named John Gray who was calling for a new human realism that recognized the flawed nature of humanity and our inability to bring about utopia in spite of many failed attempts. Without in any way endorsing his secular worldview, it was an interesting academic admission in a world that has largely turned it's back on the Christian solution to the human predicament and has tried in vain to fix what is wrong by the application of reason, science and re-education. Could it be that some are now ready to admit that man's problems defy human solutions? Knowing the darkness of the human heart I am sure that this conclusion will be resisted. But nonetheless it may be another indicator that we may have wonderful opportunities to proclaim the gospel message in the days ahead. Which is another reason why we need to be ready to bring every thought captive to Christ.