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
Monday, 18 September 2017 20:28

Is God Judging America?

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image I hear there is another hurricane brewing in the Atlantic.

That means there will also be another bevy of voices pronouncing God’s judgment on this sinful nation. It happens every time there’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, snowpocalypse, or any other natural or man-made disaster....

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:00

Our IMB and conservative fiscal management

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The IMB’s report of their recent trustee meeting included information about their budget for the coming fiscal year, October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The total budget is $262 million. The Board’s budget is by far the largest of all Southern Baptist entities and is slightly...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 22:20

A post-Labor Day SBC smorgasbord

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My church had a big anniversary celebration this past Sunday. In what was likely the SBC culinary outrage of the year, there was not a single piece of fried chicken available but there was plenty of bbq.

Here’s a smorgasbord of SBC items of interest:

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is going...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 02:44

Tell Your 9/11 Story

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I am back from Africa with a souvenir virus/bacteria/parasite that my doctor will try to ID today. I hope to add some real stuff soon.

But I was reading social media posts where people were giving their 9/11 stories. I remember exactly what I was doing when I heard about JFK.

On September 11, 2001, i...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 10:17

Baptist in the Spirit, Part 2: Overview

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We Baptists have some genuine strengths. We tend to love and (in theory, at least) be moored to the word of God. We have programs, curricula, and ministry resources that are unmatched in the denominational or parachurch world. Our Sunday Schools, VBS ministries, youth and discipleship ministries...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:53

Natural Disasters, God’s Judgment, and Our Response

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My heart has been breaking over the scenes that have come out of Houston and the surrounding areas in Southeast Texas from Hurricane Harvey. I’ve kept up with friends there on social media and have prayed as flood waters have risen around their neighborhoods. I praise God for the thousands of...

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As much as I love humor, I generally avoid any kind of joke involving the Divine. God’s glory inspires many emotions, but amusement does not seem to be an appropriate one. However, there is a corny old joke that makes a valuable point.

A man was trapped in a flood on top of a barn. He prayed,...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 07:06

Blinded

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“I KNEW it!” she crowed, as if she had found a discarded scrap of paper containing coded instructions from LBJ to Lee Harvey Oswald.

She was, by all appearances, a lovely lady. Tall and slender, dressed beautifully, with a meticulously groomed head of white hair framing a face befitting...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 05:49

False Criticisms of Large Churches

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I attend a smaller SBC church. Up until recently, I was pastoring a smaller membership church. Throughout my time in ministry, though, I’ve found myself being an apologist for the large churches in the areas where I serve. In Northwest Indiana, where I live now, there are a number of large,...

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Did you read the Baptist Press story on the survey of local Baptist associations?  Survey Weighs Value of Baptist Associations.

Perhaps the most salient quote coming out of this recent study might be this one,

“When asked to describe the most exciting aspect of their local Baptist...

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Once again, I heard disturbing news today. Immigrant Dreamers (those brought here illegally as children who have previously had certain protections under the DACA program) are going to lose their protections in the near future and become susceptible to deportation. But, even more than that,...

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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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