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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Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:52

Fruit Trees and Failures

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A week from now, I leave for the Southern Baptist Convention. I know many of you who read and interact here will be doing so as well, and if you came here for the reason I first started coming here a decade ago, you might be disappointed. This isn’t going to address the latest and greatest...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:00

#SBC17

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The buzz concerning the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting is heating up.  Here are some noteworthy tweets to wet your appetite for Phoenix.

The official hashtag for the annual meeting is #SBC17.

If you’re tweeting for the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, the official hashtag is #SBC17,...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for Chris Davis

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The countdown is on!  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...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for John Onwuchekwa

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than two weeks 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, 30 May 2017 03:00

SBC PC: Pray for David Choi

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It’s hard to believe that the SBC Pastors’ Conference is less than two weeks 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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Prelude

It bothers me when churches adopt job descriptions for jobs already described in the Bible when those job descriptions demonstrate less dependence upon those biblical materials than upon corporate leadership models. That idea was in mind when I led FBC Farmersville several years ago to...

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Social media interaction can be revealing.

I retweeted a tweet by a friend – an observation about the tendency of Christians to justify any failures on “our side” (politically) by pointing out that “their side” is worse. The nearly immediate and sadly predictable...

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Resolution On The Condemnation of the “Alt-Right” Movement and the Roots of White Supremacy

Submitted to the Resolutions Committee for the SBC Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, June 13-14,  2017 by William Dwight McKissic, Sr.

WHEREAS, Scripture teaches that from one man God made every...

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We have been meeting by video conference with the 12 men who will be speaking at our Pastors’ Conference on June 11-12 in Phoenix. Each of these men is a capable, committed, and Christ-centered expositor of the word of God. I have loved hearing them share overviews of their messages. They...

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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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