I wrote this essay as a term paper for a course on the theology of prayer taught by Professor Don Sailers at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In the paper, I examine the strengths of spontaneous prayer, but ultimately argue that the prayers offered in public should be prepared in order to maximize the use of a Baptist cultural-linguistic framework. Such prayer will best engage the affections of the passive participants.
This essay is a term paper written for a course on The Evangelical Tradition in America under Professor Dominic Erdozain. The paper examines the work of Baptist theologian E.Y. Mullins and the historical roots of his conception of Soul Competency. I argue that the concept has historical Baptist roots, but it does undermine authority within the church, which has led to trouble for Southern Baptists in the 21st century.
I delivered this sermon on Reformation Sunday 2016. It was a season in which the country (the US) felt divided in a contentious election season. I felt the need to remind everyone that there are no differences between us when it comes to our need and access to the gospel. I write my sermons in full manuscript, but it is written in order to be spoken. Therefore, there might be incomplete sentences, or ones that start with a coordinating conjunction, etc.
This sermon was delivered to Briarwood Baptist Church on July 23, 2017. In it, I explored the idea that our hope and faith has a foundation in the historical occurrence of Jesus’s resurrection.