Mark Coppenger is vice president for Extension Education, director of the Nashville Extension Center and a professor of Christian apologetics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Latest Articles by MARK T. COPPENGER
May 8, 2014
You know the scene: A troubled family member arrives at home only to find various loved ones seated in the living room. They ask him or her to sit down and hear what they have to say. One by one, they read prepared statements of love and admonition. The subject, eyes brimming with tears or flashing with indignation, endures as much as possible before caving in, pushing back or storming out.
Sep 24, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP)—The Arabic word for God is Allah, and missionaries wrestle with what to say in evangelism. For instance, should they track with the classic Campus Crusade opening, “Allah loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life”?
Dec 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (BP) — If the heartless Israelis would just let those poor Palestinians reoccupy their homeland, then all supposedly would be well. Or so goes the dominant media tripe. Pundits opine that the United Nations could move on to other vital concerns, denominations and universities could return firms dealing with Israel to their investment portfolios, and the Arab League could welcome Israel into the regional community of nations. Once the “Little Satan” (Israel) had been brought to heel, anger at the “Big Satan” (the U.S.) could subside, and we might even be able to get to our planes without TSA screening. What’s not to like?
Jul 26, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? Maybe so. If they were alive on the earth in Noah’s day, then they were included in God’s directive that Noah bring two of every kind of land animal and bird into the ark (Genesis 6:18-21).
Sep 7, 2011
Since 9/11, we’ve all been in school, studying up on Islam. But we’ve been to two different schools, one led by the likes of Joseph Esposito and Karen Armstrong, the other by Robert Spencer and Mark Durie (and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bat Yeíor, Nonie Darwish, etc.). I’ve “attended” both, and I’m urging folks to matriculate in the latter. In fact, I’m not convinced the former should be accredited.