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

That’s what is being reported by numerous sources – here, here, here. Excerpt from WaPo:

The Republicans’ bill would make it legal for ministers and other religious leaders to endorse candidates from the pulpit but stops short of allowing other political participation such as...

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image I was engaged in a Facebook discussion today with two eminent Southern Baptist scholars who said some of the most inane, silly things in defense of the National League’s refusal to join the 20th Century (yes, I know it’s the 21st Century) and adopt the DH. They were not even persuaded...

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imageWhy did Jesus need to be filled with the Spirit?

Luke 4 records the temptation of Christ and the beginning of his ministry here on earth. In verses 1-2 we are told, “Then Jesus left the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days to be...

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Suppose, beloved pastor, you wanted to know how much money your church had on hand today. How would you find out?

You could ask the financial secretary and she would give you a number but how do you know this is accurate? (Hint: You don’t).

You could find the latest financial report given to...

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I’ve read quite a few articles lately about something sociologists are calling FOMO. That’s short for “fear of missing out”. It’s why you keep your phone with you all the time and are almost constantly checking out social media. But I can save you from FOMO…at...

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Tennessee Baptists have drawn their line in the sand and have taken their stand against rallies scheduled for Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee tomorrow, October 28th. From the Tennessee Baptist and Reflector:

FRANKLIN – A mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 21:48

A bit of the Lost Cause and monuments

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In sorting out some of my material I ran across a folder with the April 26, 1912, local paper, The Athens Banner. The Titanic had just sunk. My parents had not been born. The last member of my family who served in the Civil War had died three years earlier and numerous other CSA veterans had died a...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:43

What Should We Think about Pastor Platt?

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David Platt, the President of our International Mission Board, recently became the preaching pastor at the Mclean Bible Church, a megachurch in the DC area. There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about the whole process, and there many who are troubled by this development. Platt is a...

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Jim is an attorney (don’t hold that against him) and a frequent reader of Voices. 

I was born in 1947 and attended integrated Army schools.  I learned about white supremacy while visiting family in Alabama.  My cousins would trick me into drinking from “colored only”...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 04:51

Pent up irascibility

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Doesn’t take much to stir me up these days. Consider these.

Who will be the first brave pastor who bans service dogs from his church service? I see these dogs around and read about them being everywhere – airplanes, businesses, schools – you name it. Now, I’m seeing one...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 20:35

One Essential Mark of Church Revitalization

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There is a type of shrewdness that is pastoral. There is another type of shrewdness that is Satanic. Knowing the difference is key to church revitalization.

Pastor Jim normally threw away all the ads that piled on his desk on Monday morning. Most of them frustrate him. He’s been pastoring this...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 08:40

The Rub

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Driving home in my car just now I turned my radio on to the local Christian talk station just in time for the Jay Sekulow Live program. The topic of discussion for today was tax reform. Even though it is not the topic I want to write about, nor what I really want to discuss here, I will come out...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 11:07

A Great Book that Shouldn’t Need to Be Written!

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We arranged with Jews for Jesus to have a full seder at our church on the Wednesday night before Easter and they sent a man named Avi Snyder to lead us. Sometimes you hit it off with another and that is what happened that night. He showed up early and we talked. We arranged to go out for breakfast...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:30

Are Unhappy Christians a Poor Witness?

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In a sense a depressed Christian is a contradiction in terms, and he is a very poor recommendation for the gospel. –Martyn LloydJones (Spiritual Depression)

I’ve labored over this quote for quite some time. I battle depression. So when I read statements like this from a pastor I revere...

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Pia Desideria. By Philipp Jacob Spener. Leipzig: Karl Franz Köhler, 1841. 211 pages.

Philipp Jacob Spener was a Lutheran parish minister in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany. He was born near Strasburg in 1635. Devout from childhood, Spener devoured Puritan classics and lived a careful and strict...

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Would that it was not so, but controversy drives SBC blogs.

We try to write on a variety of topics here. I am doing a series of posts on the Holy Spirit, which is not exactly breaking records – but I forge ahead! We write devotional posts, theological posts, political posts. We write about...

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Guarranteed to stir the clergy masses into paroxisms of righteous indignation would be if congress, as a part of a comprehensive tax reform, attempted to make changes to our Sacred Clergy Tax Break, the minister’s housing allowance.

It’s a little early to speculate but, as pundits are...

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Those were the last words Jesus spoke before he was taken up into heaven, a promise of power that was fulfilled ten...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:53

A Greek guide for the book of Luke and a FREEBIE too!

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imageHow’s your Greek? I’ve got a book review as well as a freebie that might peak your interest.

Christmas will be here before you know it, and taking the effort to work through the Greek text of the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke might help kickstart a habit that will bless you and...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:22

Are You Celebrating the Reformation?

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Evidently, it’s nearly 500 years since old Martin defaced the door at Wittenberg. image

A lot of Baptists are celebrating this anniversary of the Reformation. There have been conferences and symposiums (symposia?) honoring and studying and analyzing every aspect of the work of Luther, Calvin,...

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There are others who know more. I’ll link their stuff as I see it.

Basic facts:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing over this question:

The question in this case is whether Congress may give a subset of religious employees an income tax exemption for which no one else qualifies....

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…and that’s good news. It’s not up by much, 0.71%, but an increase and the third consecutive such increase has to be mildly encouraging to Southern Baptists. The CP total received by the Executive Committee was $197.1 million. The total CP, including the majority share that state...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 23:15

The strange world of gender

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*******’s mother told the AJC they had attempted suicide two years agoand had battled depression for most of their life.

This line from a story in my local paper about a sad case, and this is the media phrase for it, of “suicide by cop.” An individual was in a confrontation with...

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I have revised this because my original question was answered. I am told that the automatic weapons that Paddock had were already illegal and were likely illegally modified. Fine.

I am going to take my question one step further.

image I have heard most of the arguments about the Second Amendment (armed...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 03:20

When the Serpent Rages: Pray for Las Vegas

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What do you say on a day like today?

  • image Predictably, many are calling for stricter gun control in America – that is a given every time there is a shooting like this. Why does anyone need the firepower to cause this kind of damage?
  • Others will be talking about mental illness. Stephen Paddock must...

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