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
Friday, 12 January 2018 03:50

Would You Have Stood With Dr. King? Or Been Silent?

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Monday is the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. I thought I’d post a section of his writings.

An excerpt from “A Letter From the Birmingham Jail”

But despite these notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:28

A Word about Comments and Moderation (and Grumpiness)

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I have been running SBC Voices now since my birthday in 2010. I’ve written 1276 posts, 13,596 comments (not counting the ones I’ve trashed) and I’ve seen this thing grow far beyond what I imagined. I have also sinned more times than I care to recount – losing my cool in...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 20:00

Andy Savage, Sexual Assault, and the Church

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Let’s keep talking about sexual assault.  We must.  The problem is pervasive.  It is not just Hollywood.  It is not just Washington, DC.  It’s the church too.  Hence the #churchtoo hashtag on Twitter.  While I maintain my point from my article on...

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Last night was the Golden Globe Awards.  I am of all men the least qualified to opine on the worthiness of the winners.  I have no list of losers who were robbed.  I don’t even know who the winners and losers were.  I haven’t looked.  Truth be told, as I scanned...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 19:01

Nine Shining Moments in the SBC in 2017

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image‘Tis the season for looking back over the past year and remembering significant moments. I thought I’d review a few of what I thought were great moments in the SBC in 2017. These are my own observations from my limited scope, but were to me evidences of grace in the denomination I call...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:53

Another denominational election war?

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I’m not up for another Conservative Resurgence kind of denominational war where the lines are drawn, candidates are classified, willing nominees are prearranged,  and votes are sought for “our guy” and not the other guy.

I’m not up for a system where there is a Calvinist...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 06:37

What Does It Mean When Icons Fail?

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I read a story in Baptist News Global today and was discussing it with the guys. Judge Paul Pressler is asking for summary judgment in the lawsuit against him based on the fact that the statute of limitations has passed. We were batting around the ramifications of that strategy, and an idea...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:46

Nine less than stellar moments in the SBC in 2017

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SBC blog touts lawsuits against SBC entities. It’s one thing for someone who believes they have been aggrevied to sue some SBC entity. People do that. It’s one thing to report that someone is suing us. It’s newsworthy. But it is an entirely different thing to tout the lawsuits and...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 21:39

10 Myths About Lust

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*This article was discussed on the author’s podcast, All Truth is God’s Truth, recently. You can find the episode here (iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher). Subscribe for more interaction with culture from a consistent Christian worldview.

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:02

Better Baptist Blogging in 2018

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It is not likely that 2017 will be remembered as a great year for Southern Baptists – not our worst, I suppose, but not our best. We had a good time putting on the Pastors’ Conference and the Annual Meeting seemed to come off without a lot of controversy (we managed to reelect Steve...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 22:05

Scare headline of the year

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CLERGY MAY SOON FIND TAXES SOARING AS RESULT OF AN UNDER-THE-RADAR RULING

Yeah, that’s under-the-radar if you are The Rev. Rip V. Winkle who slept for the last decade or so and just woke up.

The article is about the clergy housing allowance. Other than the screaming, vein popping headline...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:25

The Reader’s Bibles are here!

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A few years ago a Kickstarter project raised over a million dollars to produce a high-quality, multi-volume Bible without chapter or verse numbers. The idea was to create a distraction-free reading experience. I was taken in and ponied up $25 for the volume on the New Testament. Then I waited. And...

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I think alliteration is silly…except when I use it.

The lawsuit against LifeWay over Glorieta (the sale of which was over four years ago) continues to hang by a thread. It’s like the wierd uncle that won’t go away. The underlying issue is a complaint about compensation of one...

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I’ll be uncharacteristically brief, here. While the whole universe is speculating about what lessons Republicans or Democrats ought to learn from Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama, I’d like to turn the conversation away from politics and ask what lessons we who are pastors and other...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:13

What Do These Flags Mean?

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imageIt’s a decades long tradition in my church. Every year in December, our auditorium gets decked out with an array of flags from all over the world. It’s an awesome thing that I really enjoy, especially as it gives us a chance to explain to visitors and newcomers what they represent while...

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imageI was browsing Twitter a few days ago and came across a tweet retweeting a quote from a source I generally ignore. I make active use of the block and mute functions on social media. What good comes from arguments in 140 characters (or 280)? When someone is hostile or belligerent, I exit them from...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 03:48

The Day After: Random Thoughts in a Weird World

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Random thoughts after the divisive Alabama Senate race and the tragic story about Judge Pressler.

1. It is time that character becomes an issue once again in American politics. 

The truth is that sin, hypocrisy, and all kinds of darkness have always been a part of the American political...

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NOTE: I made a correction in my original post. I had said that no accusation had been made against Dr. Patterson of a cover-up. I was directed to page 33 of the lawsuit where in fact such an accusation is made. The accusation is not proof of course, but my assertion that there was no accusation was...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:40

Pro Choice Heretic

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*This article was discussed on the author’s podcast, All Truth is God’s Truth, recently. You can find the episode here (iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher)....

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 23:29

Brave excursions in language

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I always appreciate little language nuggets and interesting things I haven’t thought about. While they are rather scarce among us, here are a few I’ve run across (trigger alert: political hot topics included):

Let’s face it: the Roy Moore situation is a sticky wicket. This...

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The Baptist Faith and Message says, in part, about the Bible:

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:51

To Be Like Christ: When the Knife Sinks Deep

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After nearly four decades in this job, I believe it is fair to say that the ministry presents unique challenges.

No, despite what we like to say when we are together boasting about who is the busiest, we preachers don’t work harder than anyone else. Every job has its stress and the people in...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 21:30

Anybody mess up predicting SBC things this year?

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Back in January I did a “things to watch in 2017” piece.

Here’s my list:

  1. What will be the response to the revamped Pastors Conference in Phoenix?  I thought it was very well done and well received.
  2. Will we start to see leadership transitions in southern states? ...

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