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

The article had the headline, Beware work that’s your ‘calling.’ The subheading was, You could be prime for burnout, risks to health.

OK, that gets my attention.

See if you think these quotes make sense:

Churches need to help staff temper their passion and “deal...

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We need a Southern Missiology combined with faith in Christ and manifesting in personal sacrifice for the sake of the gospel and the people among us.

We all know about the flatlining and then declining numbers of the SBC related to baptisms, church membership, and worship attendance. We’ve...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:30

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Nathan Rose

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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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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:18

SBCPC Scholarship Recipients (Round 1)

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Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference Scholarship. Each of these 30 recipients will receive $1,000 for travel and other expenses to attend all sessions of the SBC Pastors’ Conference and SBC Annual Meeting. These recipients pastor average-sized...

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I like the concept and execution of the 2017 SBC Pastor’s Conference and plan to be present for some of it, probably the Monday sessions.

My question is this: Is the 2017 PC the best expression of what the Southern Baptist Convention is supposed to look like? Not in a racial or demographic...

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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.  Chris Davis of Groveton Baptist Church in...

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I spent part of Holy Week in Nashville visiting with pastors, church leaders, and missionaries who are working to minister to refugees and immigrants who have come to the area from all around the world. I heard about what churches were already doing, their plans for the future, and why they cared...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:33

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Ryan Rice

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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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A few days ago Brother Dave Miller presented, what I thought, a very good article on the recent actions of President Trump and the response to Syria’s chemical attack on its own people. His ultimate conclusion was that he saw the argument from both sides of the perspective, and that there...

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When I was elected president of the Pastors’ Conference, the first thing I was told was that I could not do the job. The man who told me that was absolutely right. I was totally incapable of effectively planning and managing the PC. What he didn’t know is that I had two great officers...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 01:00

Pastors’ Conference Scholarship Application

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Apply here for the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference scholarship. More information available here.

Authors: Brent Hobbs...

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I love the scene in “O Brother, Where Art Thou” when Pete and Everett are arguing about who should be in charge and decide to take a vote.

Pete: Suits me. I’m voting for yours truly. Ulysses Everett McGill: Well I’m voting for yours truly too. [Everett and Pete look at Delmar...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:40

Lottie Moon looks to take a big hit this year

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Last year, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions was a stupendous $165.3 million infusion into our flagship SBC mission board which had been struggling financially with serious and continuing deficits. Over 1,000 personnel, mostly overseas workers, took the early retirement...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 03:00

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Chris Davis

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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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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 23:14

Think Like a Church Planter

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There’s something I’ve noticed about my church planting friends.  They work hard.  They are constantly knocking on doors, hosting outreach events in their community, and teaching people the Bible wherever they go.  Sometimes I get tired just reading their Facebook posts.

Th...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 21:00

In Defense of Open Mic Time at Funerals

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Yesterday William Thornton wrote about The Bizzare Cases of Strangers Speaking at Funerals. William recommended against “the growing trend of an informal, almost ad hoc service where various family members and friends may speak as well as the minister or ministers”....

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Monday, 03 April 2017 21:00

Pence, Women, and Ministry

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imageVice President Mike Pence made news in 2002, though no one noticed until last month. Pence invoked the Billy Graham rule about dining alone with women, and the internet had a bit of fun with the discovery.

Others came to Pence’s defense, wondering just what the problem was.

 

Christians are not...

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Consider it part of the ministerial macabre but stories about death, dying, and funerals interest me mainly because I figure I’ve seen or heard it all when it comes to funerals. It never fails that I run across stories that show that I haven’t. Check this story of a recent funeral:

Family...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 21:00

WHO IN THE WORLD IS “BOBBY BAPTIST”?

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Introducing Bobby and Othello Baptist

“Bobby Baptist” is a term that I recently encountered in an article written by Brad Reynolds, who serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Christian Studies at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA. His article is...

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imageGod brought Shane and I together. Back in 1999, when I was a young church planter, I attended my first SBC annual meeting. While there, I went to the mic and asked some question about insurance for planters, identifying myself, my church, and the town in which I was planting.

 

A few months...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 21:00

Pastor Billy Bob thinks Bobby Baptist is wrong

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On Wednesday, I read an article by Brad Reynolds on the Christian Index website called Bobby Baptist and the ERLC.  Dr. Reynolds begins the article by reminding his readers of the well-known sermon, “A Baptist and his Bible,” preached by Dr. Jerry Vines.  In that sermon...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:00

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Jamar Andrews

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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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We’ve got some big news to announce today. Our team has been working to maximize the benefit of this year’s SBC Pastors’ Conference for those of us who pastor average-sized churches. Our speakers are drawn from that demographic. The Caskey Center, our major partner for this...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 03:00

Easter Visitors at a Plateaued Church

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We have all heard the data, the majority of churches in the United States are plateaued, not growing, or in decline. Statistically speaking, most of the pastors and leaders in the United States are in churches that are not growing. The numbers are even worse when you look at the percentages of...

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As all informed SBCers know, the Southern Baptist Convention employs no one, fires no one, has no CEO, and doesn’t exist except for a couple of days each year when in annual session. The SBC has, though, a number of entities: mission boards, seminaries, Executive Committee, ERLC, etc. that...

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