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

My apologies to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, from whose 1992 speech I borrowed the Latin phrase.  The royal family had a number of personal difficulties that year…and Windsor Castle caught fire. Sometimes royalty, even in the SBC, has difficulty.

In the Grand Old Southern Baptist...

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I am deeply grieved by what I am reading online about the crisis at my alma mater, Southwestern Seminary.  It is devastating to me learning of the women who have been hurt through this crisis. I have been a Southern Baptist (SBC) my whole life, all 44 years. Born and raised in a Southern...

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I have submitted the following resolution, On Repudiating Predatory Behavior, to the SBC Committee on Resolutions for their consideration. I am hopeful that this will be reported out by the committee to the messengers gathered at this year’s annual meeting in Dallas as it is, or...

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17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:27

Southern Baptists, This Is a Time for War

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imageI guess you know, this means war.

How many times did Bugs Bunny utter those words to one of his antagonists in the cartoons of my youth? I believe the words are apt today. We are at war. The Southern Baptist Convention, its entities, its churches, and its people are at war. It is a long and...

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Do you remember Wordle? It was a fun little app we played with for awhile that made word clouds. About a decade ago Thom Rainer asked the question of many people what they thought of when they thought of Southern Baptists. This is what he got:

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Looking at this Wordle it is pretty clear that those...

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It’s been a little quiet around here since Tuesday evening. We closed comments temporarily and thought it was best to allow things to settle some before jumping back into the conversation. A lot has happened on social media and these articles have been widely shared. I think all three are...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:57

D.A. Horton on Patterson and SWBTS

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D.A. Horton is the lead pastor at Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, CA. His is a voice we need to hear. Read the whole thread.

Dear #SBC18, I’m deeply grieved how power & privilege inside our convention are used to build walls of self-preservation & systemic protection.

This results in...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 04:28

Lord, Send a Revival, and Let It Begin…

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Things are a mess in the SBC right now, aren’t they? I don’t think I have to argue that.

  • The convention held its breath for 13 hours yesterday while the trustees of SWBTS debated the future of Dr. Paige Patterson as president. Their decision is a matter of debate throughout the SBC and...

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We have received word that Dr. Paige Patterson has been transitioned  to the president emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, effective immediately, after a lengthy Board of Trustees meeting today. Jeffrey Bingham is Interim President. Baptist Press has more detail.

We realize...

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imagePassage: Ephesians 4:7-10

 Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. For it says:

When he ascended on high,he took the captives captive;he gave gifts to people.

But what does “he ascended” mean except that...

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This afternoon, SEBTS released this email to seminary students to address the steps they have taken and are taking as a result of information that’s recently come to light in today’s Washington Post story. 

Dear SEBTS Students:

Today an article was released in the Washington Post...

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The Washington Post has just released a story with disturbing allegations against Dr. Paige Patterson. Patterson is accused of pressuring a rape victim not to report the rape during his tenure at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

You can read the story at the Washington Post. The article...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:49

Pray for the Trustees of SWBTS

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The Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are meeting today in a special session to deal with the very public issues that have been discussed recently about Dr. Paige Patterson and the future of the seminary.

I am sure each of us has an opinion about these things but ultimately the...

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We share our opinions and insights at SBC Voices, but we believe that the Voice that matters most is the one that comes from God’s Word. We present these daily expositional devotions, beginning with a tour of Ephesians called, “Walk Worthy,” in hopes of encouraging our readers to...

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Tomorrow the full trustee board of Southwestern Seminary will meet to discuss what action, if any, will be taken in light of the recent controversy surrounding the seminary’s president, Dr. Paige Patterson. No one knows what to expect. The Baptist Press story linked above indicates that...

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Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Expositional Devotion:

We...

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The Traditionalist quips, “The Calvinist God chose to unconditionally elect some, saving them, and leaving the rest to burn in Hell for all eternity. That’s not a loving Father.”

To which, the Calvinist responds, “The Traditionalist God foresaw the free-choices of everyone,...

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For this reason I kneel before the Father 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, ...

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There’s a presumption rolling around among SBCers that the Resolutions Committee has what they want to do in mind before the convention and sloughs off or dismisses all resolutions that get submitted from individual SBCers. Not so. Those individuals who properly submit a resolution according...

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 imagePassage: Ephesians 3:8-13

 This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ, and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 03:16

Do What You Do Well

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We’re always trying to figure out how to “do church better.” We have, after all, communities of people surrounding us many of whom have little to no connection to a church (other than, maybe, “oh, I attended VBS there as a kid!”). My shelf is filled with books and...

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This is the third in what has become a three-part series. Section one lightly sketches some reasons why IMB missionaries don’t frequent many churches, with the main thesis being churches no longer request missionaries as speakers. Part two is a more in-depth treatment of that initial...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:00

Ephesians 3:5-7 “Gentiles in the Body”

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One of the quirks of this effort to highlight the “Voice that Matters Most” here on SBCVoices is that we divided the text based on the CSB translation. The goal was to provide some standardization and for you readers to be able to open a Bible and track with us. Some of the (other)...

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Guest post by K.V. Paxton, Lead Pastor at Grace Baptist Church, Quinlan, Texas.

The following resolution “On Praying for the Plight of Arab Christians” will be submitted to the Resolutions Committee to be considered at this year’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Allow me to share...

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