Volume 9 / Issue 9 | September 2022
The Apologetics Newsletter
of the Missouri Baptist Convention
In this issue:
A promised deliverer ... The error of Balaam ... The angel of the Lord and a talking donkey ... Apologetics for kids ... and more!
A Promised Deliverer
Perhaps more than any other Old Testament passage, Exodus 23:20-23 serves as a backdrop against which we may view the record of the angel of the Lord's visits to human beings. We see this as Moses meets Yahweh on Mt. Sinai, receives the law, and prepares for a journey to the Promised Land.

The Error of Balaam
As we learn in the tragic story of the "mad" prophet, the error of Balaam is using God-given gifts to feed fleshly desires. False teachers in the church today often seek to enrich themselves, as Balaam does, to satisfy their lustful passions -- all the while claiming God as the source of their messages. It ends badly for Balaam, and for false teachers.

Article III of The Baptist Faith & Message: Man
Human beings are God's crowning act of creation. By making us in his image, God sets humanity apart from the rest of creation. Therefore, his work of redemption is directed specifically to men and women whose "imago dei" has been tarnished by sin.

The Angel of the Lord and a Talking Donkey
In Numbers 22, the angel of the Lord appears in a most curious scene involving a cursing king, a prophet for hire, a sword-wielding angel, and -- strangest of all -- a talking donkey. As Old Testament theologian Gordon Wenham notes, "The narrative is at once both very funny and deadly serious."

Now Available: New Resource
High Street Press, the publishing imprint of the Missouri Baptist Convention, has just released a new resource for personal and group study: Understanding The Baptist Faith & Message. The 300+ page resource unpacks the Southern Baptist Convention's confessional statement, exploring its history and 18 articles of faith.

Yes, God is Real! Apologetics for Kids
Help kids know God is real with this new children's apologetics curriculum! There's nothing else like it on the market! It may be used in Sunday school, homeschool, or Christian school. Hanna Sims, a member of the Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network, is a co-author.

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