The Scandal of Secularism

In 2001, John Mullins, Superintendent of the Arab City School System in Alabama, was approached by a group of students requesting the opportunity to offer a prayer before the home football games in the fall.  He enthusiastically encouraged the prayer and it was well received by the fans that season and for the next ten... Continue Reading →

I want to be like Harry…you should too!

Take time to read this article concerning the story of Harry, the young slave who gave his own life to save the students of Howard College and secure the future of Samford University!

Dr. Kevin Blackwell

“As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, give them a warning from me.”  Ezekiel 33:7

Around midnight on October 15, 1854 the students of Howard College, now Samford University, lay in their beds asleep. No one knows how the fire started but in a matter of minutes the only dorm on campus was engulfed in flames. The first person to notice was a 23 year old slave named Harry. He was employed by the college as a janitor and had a meager room in the 4 story dorm. Without regard for his own safety he rushed upstairs to awaken the sleeping students. As he raced toward the rooms someone grabbed him and told him to leave or he would be overtaken by the flames to which Harry responded, “not before I wake…

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Is your Youth Ministry failing in the most crucial areas?

A majority of twenty-somethings—61% of today’s young adults—had been churched at one point during their teen years but they are now spiritually disengaged (i.e., not actively tending church, reading the Bible, or praying). -George Barna Over 2/3 of the teens who are active in our youth ministries will completely drop out of church after their... Continue Reading →

Is there a growing theological chasm between SBC seminary grads and the local church?

For years SBC churches have depended on our 6 seminaries to adequately train pastors and ministers for the work of ministry.  For the most part, our seminaries have done (and are doing) an amazing job to this end.  Our 6 seminaries are among the finest theological training grounds in the United States. Students often leave... Continue Reading →

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