But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Apologetic Report - SBC Voices

As a pastor, I’ve had many unfortunate encounters with domestic violence and its consequences.  I’ve sat in my office across the table from a woman wearing sunglasses to hide the bruises.  I’ve tried to comfort children as their father was handcuffed and taken from their...

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I plan to present a “Resolution On Kingdom Unity In The SBC And The Nation” to the SBC June 2017 Phoenix Resolutions Committee that if accepted and adhered to will advance the Southern Baptist Convention toward the goal(s) of reconciliation, healing, unity, cross-cultural respect,...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:00

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Jimmy Meek

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This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 03:00

What it Means to be Someone’s Pastor

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I was in my thirties before I understood what it meant that I was someone’s pastor. This is saying a lot, because I’ve pastored since I was twenty years old, and I’m now thirty-three. I understood pastoring in an intellectual sense, but it took a decade before I understood...

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imageWhat are we going to do about Dr. Russell Moore and the ERLC?

It seems that the main question has been answered, at least for now. The Board of Trustees of the ERLC has spoken forcefully that they are behind Dr. Russell Moore and a chastened Moore has announced his intention to go forward as...

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As a pastor, I often ponder how my church can be more effective at sharing the love and gospel of Jesus with our community. Ours is not a large town. We are a community of roughly 1700 people in a county of around 18,000. This presents certain challenges to evangelism: many people are commuters, we...

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On Monday the Executive Committee of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and its President Russell Moore released a statement entitled “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention.”  Brent Hobbs wrote a post here at SBC Voices extracting some of the most notable quotes...

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We’re about 80 days out from the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference. This year’s conference is designed to highlight expository preaching from 12 pastors of average-sized SBC churches. This hasn’t been tried before, but as plans have come together I’m even more...

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Editor’s Note:Each of the speakers for this year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference in Phoenix, AZ was nominated by someone.  I have asked each speaker’s nominator to answer a few questions about the person they nominated.  Jose Abella of Providence Road Church in...

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This afternoon the ERLC posted an article called Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention which includes separate statements from the ERLC Executive Committee and Russell Moore.

I recommend reading the entire article here, even as I’ve tried to pull some of the more notable...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 05:07

Last Week in SBC Tweets

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I am testing a new thing here at SBC Voices.  At the beginning of each week, we will publish a post containing some interesting or notable tweets from the previous week.  I tried to find tweets from each of our entities with a few extras added in.  What kind of tweets would you like...

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Being a Southern Baptist is a joy in my ministry. I am thankful to be a part of this diverse group of Christians that have chosen to partner with one another to do together what we could not do alone.

I understand that sometimes we will have differences in the ways we see theological issues,...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:29

The Great Things About Being a Pastor

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It happened again several weeks ago, and it made me want to punch a hole in my computer screen. Thankfully, I had the restraint not to do so. Computers aren’t cheap. I was perusing my Facebook feed, and there it was—that link staring me in the face: An article at some blog talking about...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:52

More vocabulary notables

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I love the way Doug Hibbard labels the roofing materials needed for a church replant, stout, and he’s not talking about how sturdy or durable they are. He means the cost. Tippling Calvinists probably drool when running across this word but there’s nothing about beer in this one....

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:47

SBC PC: A Video Interview with John Onwuchekwa

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This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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The backdrop of opinions on the Bible vary from contempt to celebration. Some are bothered by passages they don’t understand; others are troubled by the ones they do. Scripture is seen by some as a stumbling block in the path of progress, while others see its meaning widen and deepen over the...

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At the conclusion of a recent Chapel service at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on March 8th, I stood in line to shake Judge Paul Pressler’s hand—an iconic and venerated figure in Southern Baptist Convention life. Judge Pressler greeted me warmly, as he always does. I...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:00

Aren’t We Blessed?

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The stories of Donald and Iris have reached perhaps their final installment. It’s nothing more than an examination of what it means to be human – and redeemed – in a world that has largely forgotten you, unless it’s to ensure you suffer and doubt.

“We’re so...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 23:00

The Only Winning Move is Not to Win

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Nearly 35 years ago, the world nearly came to an end because Matthew Broderick messed around with his 9-inch floppy disks and played a game of “Global Thermonuclear War” on a government super-computer named Joshua. Fortunately, Joshua was designed to explore all the possible scenarios...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 09:18

Screwtape Letters: SBC Edition (Anonymous)

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I (Dave) am doing something today I’ve never done before. I have previously published anonymous or pseudonymous articles for reasons I thought were valid, but I always knew the identity of the author. I received this submission today, ran it past Adam and others, and decided to go ahead and...

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This morning a Washington Post article detailed the history of the opposition to Russell Moore. The article contained a summary of the situation and a look at the current dynamics at play. In many ways, the article fairly represented the situation. However, there was at least one...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 08:09

A Bit of Nonsense

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Well, there’s all kind of seriousness going on in Southern Baptist life. As well there should be. A quick run-down for today would include:

  1. 10 million people as “members,” meaning we acknowledge them as believers, but absent from church.
  2. A remarkable lack of ethnic diversity in too...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 06:29

Important Statements of Support for Russell Moore

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The past week has seen several notable statements of support for Dr. Moore’s continued leadership at the ERLC. We’ve covered most of them in individual posts but I thought it might be helpful to compile some of the most important here together.

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Friday, 10 March 2017 08:28

More SBC vocabulary notables

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Dwight McKissick asks Black Baptist churches who are “considering affiliating with the Southern Baptist Convention to take a probativeand aggressive approach…” Very fine term, probative and perfectly legitimate to encourage such efforts of any church considering changing or...

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David Roach at Baptist Press reported this evening that Byron Day released an open letter calling for reconciliation between Russell Moore and his critics (Article: NAAF pres. urges ‘reconciliation’ among Moore, critics). Day is the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel, Maryland...

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