Nice profile here on SEBTS’s Dr. Danny Akin. Some gems:
“I don’t want to stand before God and say I did very little with what you gave us,” Akin said.
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Of the many sights he has seen on his travels, one keeps him up at night. On a trip to Thailand with wife Charlotte, he and a couple of missionaries were on their way to a restaurant when their car passed a half-mile-long strip of prostitutes, many who apparently were between the ages of 12 and 15.
“Buddhism isn’t going to do a thing to stop that,” he said. “Hinduism isn’t going to do a thing to stop that. What could change the hearts of the pimps and the men who exploit these girls is the gospel.”
But Akin knew that less than 3 cents of every dollar given to his denomination goes abroad. So he set about to change that. Although the Great Commission Resurgence has no financial mandates for change, its approval set the wheels in motion for more money collected in donations to the Southern Baptist Convention to flow to international missions.
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“It’s always easier to dig a well than to look someone in the face and say ‘Can I share the Gospel of Jesus Christ?'” Akin said.
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For Akin, it comes down to the exclusive message of the gospel: “If I believe there is a hell rushing at you, I do you no favor by saying, ‘In the end we’ll get to the same place,’ ” Akin said. “I don’t believe that. My assignment is to help you avoid that crisis in eternity.”
Read the whole thing.
HT: SchreinerPatrick and Nathan Finn
Awesome. Sometimes I swear we lose the gospel in our deep theology. When I was youth pastor at FBC Texas City Dr. Grayson Glass preached a sermon on hell and one of our older teenage girls came and told me she had been in that church her whole life and never heard a sermon on hell.
Onetime I sent a copy of Jonathan Edward’s “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” sermon to my friend Marty who was in the Roach Unit in TDC, one of the worst prisons in the state of Texas. They allow the vilest pornography in but that little sermon was returned to me with an angry note from one of the guards. Maybe we need to preach hell because the devil feels threatened when we do.
“I don’t want to stand before God and say I did very little with what you gave us,” Akin said. Now that is a quote to live by.
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