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

SBC Voices - Apologetic Report

I hear it all the time.

During the election, when I expressed my angst or my disgust about the actions of my former political party, the GOP (technically, due to laziness, I haven’t taken the time to officially change my registration), I would immediately and consistently be met with a chorus...

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Last night in Arlington, TX, Cornerstone Baptist Church hosted a joint worship service with churches of various races/ethnicities the region and featuring local and national leaders in “A Kingdom Conversation on Race and the Alt-Right.” The service was quickly put together in response...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:44

Confederate Monument Mayhem

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In the early 21st Century a paroxysm of rage and indignation arose against the symbols and statues of the Confederacy that was expressed by the defacing of graves, widespread destruction and vandalism of Confederate monuments on both public and private property, in parks, on battlefields and even...

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Most southerners my generation go back four or five generations to get to their ancestors who served in the Civil War. With a half century of genealogy as a hobby, I can say with some confidence that most Americans would be at a loss to name even a single great-great grandparent much less convey...

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We had a discussion today on our private “editorial board forum.”  That’s a fancy term for our private Facebook group that started out as our Pastors’ Conference advisory board. Now it’s where we gather to solve the world’s problems, talk about sports, and...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:14

King David Bible Uncovered

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A team of archaeologists recently unearthed a new scroll containing 2 Samuel 12. It is now being dubbed the King David Version, as it presents the king as not incurring all the guilt for his murderous affair with Bathsheba. Randy Hogan, chairman of the Super Convenient Archaeology...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 02:11

Beyond Conservatism and Toward God’s Kingdom

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Conservatism is not Christianity. Pursuing the kingdom of God and His righteousness includes both conserving what is good and progressing in what is lacking.

When it comes to politics, we religious conservatives are quick to point out that much of what the world calls “progress” is...

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This article was posted at Kyle Howard’s website and is cross posted here with permission.

I will never ever understand why people can’t condemn white supremacy as is, without having to give qualifiers regarding black people. No black person ran over an alt-white racist today. White...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 00:07

Denouncing Racism Is Easy, Loving Racists Is Hard

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As the nation watched in horror this weekend, racial violence emerged yet again, this time in Charlottesville, Virginia, as white nationalists, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK and others met to “Unite the Right.” The whole scene was evil and anti-Christ. Saturday’s violence...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:26

Robert Jeffress and Romans 13: Troubling Comments

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We Southern Baptists are back in the news this week, and it isn’t for our gospel efforts.

image A few days ago, in a statement to the Brody File, Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, made this statement.

When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 09:30

Attitudes About Evangelism (by Tony Jones)

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Tony Jones is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Rich Hill, MO. This post first appeared on his blog.

Thom Rainer at www.evangelismrenewal.com is encouraging its churches to have more gospel conversations this year. They have set a goal of one million gospel conversations this year. There are, as...

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Here are a few items that have accumulated regarding our venerable Cooperative Program.

CP receipts by the Executive Committee through July are up. About $1.9 million more than for the same period last fiscal year. With two months to go in the fiscal year it’s almost certain that the Executive...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:02

On Prayer (by Stephanie Bergman)

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Stephanie is the wife of Voices contributor Mike Bergman. These thoughts on prayer were originally posted at her blog.

Lately I’ve been thinking about spiritual growth; the two main things that come to my mind are Bible study and prayer. Reading and studying the Bible is (for me), easy. I love...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 07:02

We’re Flattered, But…

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I read a few tweets on the SBC Voices Twitter feed last night and I realized that there is a misperception out there among some about who we are. I know you regular SBCers know this, but there are some things I need to make clear.

We’ve been “blessed” recently to have some of our...

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GuideStone, our chief purveyor of advice on ministerial compensation, hates the compensation system expressed by the two sentences above.

Better said, the professionals there and in our state conventions and LifeWay prefer a different approach to ministerial compensation that most SBC churches are...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:09

Trustees and the SBC: A Key to Our Future

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Trust the Trustees.

It is not just a suggestion for Southern Baptists, it is a way of life. You can gripe and moan and rage and resolve and move, but in the end, the direction of the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention is set by the Trustees. Even our actions at the SBC Annual Meeting have...

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I am preaching through 2 Timothy and last week’s message covered 2 Timothy 2:8-13. I believe in eternal security, but I have to admit that this passage seems easier to explain if you take the other side. As I studied the commentaries, most of them just finessed the topic and few actually...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 20:22

“…because churches are too trusting.”

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That would be the brusque answer to the question, “Why do so many churches have money embezzled from them?” The fuller answer would be that most churches are small, depend on volunteers for financial matters, and are far too relaxed about the handling of contributions and disbursements...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:35

Most weddings not in a church these days…

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…so how’s that working out for the few, the called, the already beleaguered pastors?

Getting married? Chances are it won’t be in a church is a splendid article in the Wichita Eagle by Katherine Burgess. Bobby Ross, Jr. the excellent Get Religion writer (who really...

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This past Sunday, I preached the final sermon in a 12-week journey through Ecclesiastes. In 13+ years of pastoring, it marks the fifteenth book that I have preached all the way through, and the tenth in seven years at my current church.**

Growing up in the same church for the first twenty years of...

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“Can you tell us a little about your call to the ministry…”

I’ve gotten that question, I believe, in every church interview I’ve had. And every time I talked about how the Lord called me to himself and then a bit of jumbled mess about not being sure in college but...

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SBC This Week is a great site. It is described as “a weekly news roundup from around the Southern Baptist Convention” and has “guest interviews from today’s top church leaders.” The podcast is hosted by Amy Whitfield, Director of Communications for SEBTS, and...

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SBC Voices is a leading source for information, opinions, and discussion of matters of concern for the Southern Baptist Convention. We appreciate the position and popularity that we have here and consider it both a privilege and responsibility to be able to have such a forum. In doing so, we...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 21:33

Dear Jim

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I imagine that you have some big milestones in mind, looking in life from the vantage point of a fourteen-year-old. There’s a date with the driver’s license people coming up early next year. Eventually, there are other dates—you know…DATES—on the horizon. College may...

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“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

My young immigrant friend keeps calling me. He knows that I work with churches and groups on...

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