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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Friday, 23 June 2017 16:14

Bruce Ashford series on the alt-right

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Bruce Ashford has written an incredibly helpful 4-part series on the alt-right movement and how evangelicals should respond to it. Not only is this worth your time for reading and your own understanding, but many church members will likely have questions about Resolution 10 and what the SBC meant...

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

This article is also featured on my Coram Deo Podcast. The audio is available there if you would like to listen to me read it, rather than read it yourself.

Context

This past week has been very...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:28

SBC Presidential Politics: Let Them Run

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I’ve had this article rolling around in my head for several months now.  I wanted to write it months ago, but I didn’t want to sound as if I was suggesting that someone should run against Steve Gaines for SBC President this year.  My goal was to get it up in the small window...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:33

Lost in Translation…To CSB or Not to CSB

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Since the Protestant Reformation (remember to celebrate it’s 500th anniversary this year!) and the invention of the printing press, translations of the Bible have abounded in multiple languages around the world. This fact is good news. That the Good News can be made accessible to as many...

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All of the sermons from the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference are available here.  Over the next few weeks we will be posting the video from each sermon here at SBC Voices along with the text for that sermon from the CSB and some notable quotes from the sermon.  Let us know in the...

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Several years ago I sat in an associational meeting where a trio of pastors sang “In Christ Alone.”  It’s a wonderful hymn, and I was excited to hear it sung in our meeting.  That is until they got to the end of the second verse where the song—as written by Stuart...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:35

Social Media and our SBC Annual Meeting

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A lot could be said about the effects of social media on the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.  But my purpose here is to focus on one particular dynamic that I find interesting.  I’m interested to know your thoughts concerning how social media has affected our...

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So recently the Southern Baptist Convention met in its annual meeting.

And there was some hubbub about the SBC’s position on what is commonly called the Alt-Right.  As someone unenthusiastic about the the state of religious journalism in general I suspect all this sound and fury was...

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Messenger Orientation

Monday, June 124:30–5:30pPhoenix Convention Center, North 228B

There will be a free orientation regarding messenger participation in the annual meeting for anyone wishing to attend. The session will include an explanation of “high interest” times, program...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 20:59

Seven Take-Aways from SBCPC17 (part 1)

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imageIf you’ve been following the blog this year, you know about our work on the SBC Pastors’ Conference and the vision that Dave cast for a different focus this year. If you missed it, the entire session is available online at http://live.sbc.net/ondemand.html. I was privileged to serve...

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In the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, Aaron Burr sings about a deal struck between political rivals Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison concerning where the permanent capital of the United States should be located. Burr laments that, “no one else was in the room...

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In May 2017, Pastor Dwight McKissic published to the Internet a proposed resolution in condemnation of the Alt-Right. At some time before the deadline mandated in the Southern Baptist Convention’s bylaws, Dwight submitted that resolution to the convention’s Committee on Resolutions....

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:41

Passing The Evangelism Test

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The SBC Annual Convention just happened in Phoenix, and I’m sad I missed it. One that that is always discussed at the convention is the lack of evangelism that unfortunately is happening. Our friends at Lifeway report in an article entitled “Churchgoers Believe in Sharing Faith, Most...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 05:02

Some Quick #SBCPC17 Reflections

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I am on my way home from Phoenix after visiting Sedona and the Grand Canyon yesterday with my lovely bride.  We had a great time in Phoenix.  Our parents kept our kids for us, and we were able to spend the whole week together.  It’s always good to get away, but we are also very...

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Joel Rainey is the lead pastor of Covenant Church in Shepherdstown, WV.

For more than 4 decades, I’ve been in denial.

It’s not as though the signs weren’t there for me to heed.  My mother has been on blood pressure meds for three of those decades.  My grandmother died of a...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:26

Winners and losers, #SBC2017

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We’re done for another year. Let’s try some winners and losers for the week.

Winners

Steve Gaines. He did a very good job presiding and conveyed confidence and humility in the job.

The Pastor’s Conference. Dave Miller and team conducted the first genuinely grassroots, average church...

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This has been an interesting convention. Yesterday’s events during the Resolutions Committee’s report were a black eye on the Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution that the committee brought out today was an attempt to make things right.

The resolution passed with very little...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 00:41

The Alt-Right resolution – Did we get it right?

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A late-night session, calls and tweets to get back in the hall, through creative procedural maneuvers we are able to schedule a vote against the “anti-gospel, alt-right, white supremacy” movement – the hall was packed to overflowing and the vote was made – unanimous! Not a...

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You’ve read about the Resolutions Committtee’s decision not to bring a resolution on the alt-right and white supremacy to the floor.  You’ve read about a messenger’s attempts to bring the resolution out of committee.  You’ve read about some of the ensuing...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:26

An Historic Moment Surprises Us at the SBC

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Dwight McKissic was at our Voices pizza dinner today (wonderful time, thanks Adam) and he was a bit stirred up. Oh, he was his normal self, but wounded by battle with the Resolutions Committee. He tried to bring his resolution on the alt-right out of the trash bin and was told in front of everyone...

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I’m a little early, big mistake, since eager exhibit workers have pent up ferocity to inflict on unsuspecting browsers.

One church growth type ministry has smiling workers in lab coats, very clinical. “Are you a pastor?” I’m asked. “Sorry,” I reply while putting...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 13:47

Awe and wonder at #SBCPC17

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I have a generational aversion to employing the word “awesome” about anything, so I’ll just say that the Pastor’s Conference was pretty doggone good.

  • Grass roots, bottom up. No big names. No marquee personalities. Perfect.
  • PC prez Dave Miller, The Man of Vision, was a fountain...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 23:19

SBC seminary statistics, 2015-2016

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If that sleepyhead Southern baptist Rip (Bubba) Van Winkle dozed off around 1980 and was just now rousing himself from his slumber, he would be surprised at the situation of our beloved denomination’s six seminaries.

Here are a few items from the book of reports this year.

Total SBC Full-Time...

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Wow! I found myself in awe of what God has done in bringing this all together as we gathered this morning with the speakers and leadership team for the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference.  The theme of the conference is “Above Every Name.”  The goal of the conference is to...

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Here are the two most important numbers for SBC financial statistics (2015-2016, the latest year available, as reported by Baptist Press):

  • 5.16%     Cooperative Program gifts as a percentage of undesignated church offerings,
  • 59.92%  Percentage of Cooperative Program gifts kept by...

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