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

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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Saturday, 10 June 2017 21:00

More than a Business Meeting (But Not Less)

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My children have been attending the SBC Annual Meeting since they were born. I have a picture (somewhere) of Jim, my oldest, holding up a ballot in Phoenix, AZ, in 2003—just four months after he was born. He has missed one year. This is his fourteenth SBC Annual Meeting to attend.

My...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Shane Hall

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The SBC Pastors’ Conference begins tomorrow evening.  I’m on the ground in Phoenix, and we’re busy making final preparations for this historic event.  I hope you are planning to join us Sunday evening and all day Monday.  We have 12 preachers from 12...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 23:33

Voices Dinner at the SBC Reminder

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Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the SBC Voices Dinner at the Hotel San Carlos on Tuesday night.  The menu is pizza, salad, drink, and dessert.  The cost is $10.  You won’t find a better deal for dinner Tuesday night.  We will be meeting in the Governor’s Room...

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For a people as tied to numbers as the Southern Baptist Convention, another statistical report such as the one we hear is coming in the next week here in Phoenix is inevitably going to lead to the rending of garments and great weeping and wailing, accompanied by gnashing of teeth on an enamel...

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Not really, but to hear some leaders comment on the latest Annual Church Profile report you would think so.

Baptisms are down. Membership is down. Average attendance is down.

But, the number of churches is up. Giving is up.

Calls for self-examination, prayer, more witnessing are issued.

Here is a...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Bart Barber

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is almost here.  My flight leaves for Phoenix, AZ in just a few hours.  I hope you are planning to join us Sunday evening and all day Monday.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 21:00

Loved and Not Forgotten

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This is a guest post from John Ambra, Director of Development, GuideStone Financial Resources

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In 21 years of working with our Mission:Dignity ministry at GuideStone, I’ve gotten thousands of thank-you notes from the retired ministers, workers and their widows we assist...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 04:30

Lottie Moon takes a $12.8 million hit

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The final total for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions for 2016 has been released by the IMB: $152,982,560.94. Round it up to $153 million and the 2017 total is a staggering $12.8 million lower than last year’s record $165.8 million. Read BP on it here.

This is...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 01:30

SBC PC: Pray for Michael Allen

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is almost here.  Social media posts are beginning to pop up with people making their way to Phoenix.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona Sunday evening and all day Monday.  We have 12 preachers...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 18:00

Paint on some stripes

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I learned something from the Internet this year, even though it came from a few years ago. The National Air and Space Museum has a post about D-Day where they explained the stripes painted on Allied aircraft during the Normandy Invasion in World War II. (It’s here. I thought about...

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Someone asked me today, are you going to be glad when this is over. I wasn’t sure how to respond. Being president of the Pastors’ Conference has been one of the great adventures of my life. When Todd and I sat in the green room last year ready to be introduced, I was excited and...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Spencer Plumlee

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than a week away.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 22:56

The Resolutions Committee Report for #SBC17

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In years where there is no major issue scheduled for a vote, the report of the Resolutions Committee is one of the things most worth watching.  Last year Southern Baptists passed a resolution “On Sensitivity And Unity Regarding The Confederate Battle Flag.”  It was...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Jose Abella

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than a week away.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 02:56

Faith in America to Protest #SBC17

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Last week I became aware that Faith in America (FIA), a pro-LGBT advocacy group, plans to protest the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention being held next week in Phoenix, AZ.  Yesterday a story regarding their plans was published in Baptist Press.  This group desires to...

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This article was originally posted at my site. I’m married with four children, an SBC pastor, a PhD student at SBTS, and an average Southern Baptist. I’ve authored two books. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Udemy, YouTube, and iTunes (Podcast).

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Paige Patterson is...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Jamar Andrews

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than a week away.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they...

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Here’s all you need to know about the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix. Adam Blosser has done a good job prepping folks for the meeting but there are a few things left to cover. Here you go…

The 2017 SBC app

I’m all apped up and it’s actually pretty...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Ryan Rice

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference kicks off one week from today.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 08:52

2017 SBC Voices Dinner

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imageEach year the SBC Voices blog hosts a dinner during the Southern Baptist Convention for contributors and commenters. We usually meet at a local restaurant and everyone buys their own meal. Because we are expecting a larger crowd than usual and because the restaurant selection in the immediate...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Nathan Rose

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is only a week away.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they preach...

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I’m married with four children, an SBC pastor, a PhD student at SBTS, and an average Southern Baptist. I’ve authored two books. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Udemy, YouTube, and iTunes (Podcast).

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Kevin Ezell has served as President of the North American Mission...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Jimmy Meek

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is a little over a week away.  I hope you are planning to join us in Phoenix, Arizona June 11-12.  We have 12 preachers from 12 average-sized Southern Baptist Churches who will be lifting up the name of Jesus as they...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 22:55

No Neckties in Phoenix!

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I’m not really in the know like some of the others here at Voices, but I’ve got my ear to the ground as we prepare for #SBC17.  I’m hearing now that Bart Barber and Dave Miller will be the only two guys in Phoenix wearing a suit and tie.  President Gaines has issued an...

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