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

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So, we have a good discussion going on about the pitfalls of Study Bibles over at this post. I did chime in on the pitfalls that I found, for me, when preaching out of a Study Bible. My first pastorate I had a tendency to chase rabbits, even in the pulpit, and given my restricted prep time as...

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As you know, each of the speakers for this year’s SBC Pastors’ Conference in Phoenix, AZ was nominated by someone.  I asked each speaker’s nominator to answer a few questions about the person they nominated, and we have been posting their responses here at SBC Voices over the...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 02:56

Confessions

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The scripture tells us that we need to confess to one another, that it brings healing. If you look in our world, in our nation, our churches, and our lives it’s clear we need healing. I want to encourage you today to confess by taking some initiative today. I’m going to put myself out...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 21:16

About that lawsuit against NAMB

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I’d guess that most reasonably informed Southern Baptists are aware that our North American Mission Board is being sued by a former state convention executive.

Baptist Press reported the suit here and summarized the allegations against NAMB:

– NAMB leaders made “false and...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 03:00

Just Preach the Word

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This past Sunday was Mother’s Day.  I preached on The Beauty of Biblical Womanhood from Titus 2:3-5.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,and so train the young women to love their husbands and...

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I spent Mothers Day with my Mom. It was a great chance to spend some time with her, and we’re both at the ages to know that those chances are a finite set.

Talking with Mom these days involves a lot of reminiscing about the past. We talked about my childhood (none of those stories will be a...

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Editor’s note: This article was written by Roger Simpson. Roger is a regular commenter at SBC Voices, a retired software engineer, and decades long Southern Baptist.  His statistical analysis in this post is very much appreciated.

I. Introduction

The International Mission Board is...

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image No, smart-aleck whippersnappers! I didn’t say that I don’t study the Bible. I said I don’t use a study Bible. I have a couple of them. One of my first Bibles was the original, inspired, Scofield Reference Bible. I’ve had a Thompson Chain. The ESV Study Bible is on my phone...

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Grant Gaines announced today to Baptist Press that he will be nominating his father, Steve Gaines, for a second term as President of the Southern Baptist Convention when we convene next month in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is expected news, but is certainly worth noting.  I look forward to hearing...

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imageThe Following is a guest post by Dr. David Allen:

Pastors love to preach and love to listen to preaching! Every year Southern Baptists converge at the annual Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference to hear good preaching.

This year’s Pastor’s Conference will be a first!...

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image Trevin Wax has published an article at the Gospel Coalition blog, entitled “Southern Baptists and Conventional and Cosmopolitan Cultures” in which he lays out the cultural divide in the SBC in a clear, concise, understandable, and fair way. Any attempt to summarize a divide such as...

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Last week the news broke that H. B. Charles would be nominated for President of the 2018 SBC Pastors’ Conference. It was big news and widely welcomed in news and social media. Brad Graves, who had previously been announced as a nominee withdrew his name from consideration in support of...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 22:15

The Blessings of Resistance to Change

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In a few weeks we will convene the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. The year 2017 marks the first time in my life when I have spent far more time thinking about the Pastors’ Conference than the Annual Meeting itself. Without bothering to do actual numeric research, I’ll offer...

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One of the things I like about our Executive Committee is their straightforward reporting of giving. The current issue of SBC Life, the EC’s “Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention” sent to churches and pastors and published online several times annually, has a nice...

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The ERLC controversy of a month or so ago has thankfully died down.  I do not wish to revisit that controversy except to say that I am thankful for an open letter that was released today by the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Executive Board.

This letter was written because a motion was...

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It was announced today in Baptist Press that H.B. Charles Jr. will be nominated to serve as the president of 2018 Pastors’ Conference in Dallas, TX.  He will be nominated by Ken Whitten.  It was previously announced that Brad Graves would be nominated for the office, but he has...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:25

Does CP Giving Matter for SBC Officers?

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I want to be clear.  This is not a post about any particular candidate for any particular office within the SBC.  In writing this piece, I am not intending to call into question the Cooperative Program giving of any particular SBC church.  But this seems to be a discussion worth...

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Dr. Michael Lewis, Pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, GA, has announced to Baptist Press that he will nominate Jose Abella for the office of 2nd Vice President of the SBC at the 2017 annual meeting.  This news breaks just over a month before we convene in Phoenix, AZ for...

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Rev. Otis Moss III, the eloquent and winsome young preacher who succeeded Rev. Jeremiah Wright as Pastor of The Trinity Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, posted on Facebook a brutal response—tantamount to a rebuke—of the five Preaching professors at SWBTS, and by extension, a rebuke...

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Dr. James Merritt, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced to Baptist Press that he will nominate Walter Strickland for the office of 1st Vice President of the SBC at the 2017 annual meeting.  This is exciting news as we plan to gather in Phoenix, AZ in just over a...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 21:00

The 2017 SBC Pastor’s Conference

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Has there ever been an SBC Pastor’s Conference with more positive buzz surrounding it than this year’s conference?  We all know that the Pastor’s Conference was once an important tool used by the leaders of the Conservative Resurgence to rally the troops to elect conservative...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:45

My ordination was a joke

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Thus spake one senior pastor, referring to the ordination process used by his church but more specifically of his examination by an ordination council. Seems the council just assumed he was a good guy and fit for the Christian ministry. Why ask a bunch of questions?

Paul Powell, in “The New...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:16

SBCPC Scholarship Recipients (Round 2)

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We’re glad today to announce the second and final round of recipients for the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference Scholarship. Round two includes 30 pastors and church planters who will, along with 30 in the first round, receive $1,000 for travel and other expenses to attend all sessions...

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One of the signs that the SBC Annual Meeting is fast approaching is the announcement in Baptist Press of the nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards — International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:00

Grace, Racism, Social Media, and THAT Photo!

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Monday night in Boston, a despicable act of racism took place. There are not two baseball teams I like less than the Orioles and the Red Sox, and there are few players I cheer against more than Adam Jones. There’s a reason for that. He’s a confirmed Yankee-killer. Just brutalizes Yankee...

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