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, 11 May 2017 04:25

Does CP Giving Matter for SBC Officers?

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I want to be clear.  This is not a post about any particular candidate for any particular office within the SBC.  In writing this piece, I am not intending to call into question the Cooperative Program giving of any particular SBC church.  But this seems to be a discussion worth...

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Dr. Michael Lewis, Pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, GA, has announced to Baptist Press that he will nominate Jose Abella for the office of 2nd Vice President of the SBC at the 2017 annual meeting.  This news breaks just over a month before we convene in Phoenix, AZ for...

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Rev. Otis Moss III, the eloquent and winsome young preacher who succeeded Rev. Jeremiah Wright as Pastor of The Trinity Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, posted on Facebook a brutal response—tantamount to a rebuke—of the five Preaching professors at SWBTS, and by extension, a rebuke...

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Dr. James Merritt, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced to Baptist Press that he will nominate Walter Strickland for the office of 1st Vice President of the SBC at the 2017 annual meeting.  This is exciting news as we plan to gather in Phoenix, AZ in just over a...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 21:00

The 2017 SBC Pastor’s Conference

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Has there ever been an SBC Pastor’s Conference with more positive buzz surrounding it than this year’s conference?  We all know that the Pastor’s Conference was once an important tool used by the leaders of the Conservative Resurgence to rally the troops to elect conservative...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 23:45

My ordination was a joke

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Thus spake one senior pastor, referring to the ordination process used by his church but more specifically of his examination by an ordination council. Seems the council just assumed he was a good guy and fit for the Christian ministry. Why ask a bunch of questions?

Paul Powell, in “The New...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:16

SBCPC Scholarship Recipients (Round 2)

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We’re glad today to announce the second and final round of recipients for the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference Scholarship. Round two includes 30 pastors and church planters who will, along with 30 in the first round, receive $1,000 for travel and other expenses to attend all sessions...

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One of the signs that the SBC Annual Meeting is fast approaching is the announcement in Baptist Press of the nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards — International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:00

Grace, Racism, Social Media, and THAT Photo!

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Monday night in Boston, a despicable act of racism took place. There are not two baseball teams I like less than the Orioles and the Red Sox, and there are few players I cheer against more than Adam Jones. There’s a reason for that. He’s a confirmed Yankee-killer. Just brutalizes Yankee...

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Go visit around the churches in your area. If the article below is to be believed you would encounter more gray hair (and presumably experience and wisdom) in pulpits than the high and tight or undercut tonsorial looks (along with youth and inexperience). You would find more senior pastors who are...

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When the suggestion was made by one of the preaching professors at SWBTS to dress in “gangsta rap garb,” while brandishing a pistol and displaying gang signs—someone on the preaching faculty should have gently pushed back. Immediately and intuitively the inherent pitfalls in...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 21:00

Pastor – Why You Need Space To Breathe

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Four years ago, I was a youth pastor, sign language interpreter, wedding photographer, radio host, husband, and father.In that order.Long days...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 04:00

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Jose Abella

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This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:24

Was Timothy the First Blustery Blogger?

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It is almost time for the SBC, at which it is normal for speakers to make derogatory remarks about bloggers. It always gets me a little angry and defensive when they do, but the fact is that we have, through the years, earned our bad reputation, haven’t we? It is easy to say that it’s...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:47

BP Reports Prestonwood to Continue CP Giving

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This afternoon Baptist Press reported that Prestonwood Baptist Church would resume their Cooperative Program giving. The article specifies their giving will be without designation, meaning there will be no redirection of funds away from any specific entities. This is a welcome resolution to an...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:28

Of Course Evangelism is a Spiritual Gift

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Every so often I hear someone make the statement that evangelism is not a spiritual gift.  Usually this is said in an effort to keep Christians from thinking that they are off the hook when it comes to sharing their faith just because they do not feel particularly gifted in...

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The article had the headline, Beware work that’s your ‘calling.’ The subheading was, You could be prime for burnout, risks to health.

OK, that gets my attention.

See if you think these quotes make sense:

Churches need to help staff temper their passion and “deal...

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We need a Southern Missiology combined with faith in Christ and manifesting in personal sacrifice for the sake of the gospel and the people among us.

We all know about the flatlining and then declining numbers of the SBC related to baptisms, church membership, and worship attendance. We’ve...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:30

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Nathan Rose

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This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 23:18

SBCPC Scholarship Recipients (Round 1)

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Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference Scholarship. Each of these 30 recipients will receive $1,000 for travel and other expenses to attend all sessions of the SBC Pastors’ Conference and SBC Annual Meeting. These recipients pastor average-sized...

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I like the concept and execution of the 2017 SBC Pastor’s Conference and plan to be present for some of it, probably the Monday sessions.

My question is this: Is the 2017 PC the best expression of what the Southern Baptist Convention is supposed to look like? Not in a racial or demographic...

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Editor’s Note:Each of the speakers for this year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference in Phoenix, AZ was nominated by someone.  I have asked each speaker’s nominator to answer a few questions about the person they nominated.  Chris Davis of Groveton Baptist Church in...

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I spent part of Holy Week in Nashville visiting with pastors, church leaders, and missionaries who are working to minister to refugees and immigrants who have come to the area from all around the world. I heard about what churches were already doing, their plans for the future, and why they cared...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:33

SBC PC: A Video Interview with Ryan Rice

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This year’s SBC Pastor’s Conference is June 11-12 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference will feature 12 preachers who all come from average-size SBC churches.  They will be preaching through the book of Philippians over the course of the two day conference.

As you know, the...

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A few days ago Brother Dave Miller presented, what I thought, a very good article on the recent actions of President Trump and the response to Syria’s chemical attack on its own people. His ultimate conclusion was that he saw the argument from both sides of the perspective, and that there...

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