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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Monday, 17 August 2015 18:35

Maybe We Should Shift our Focus

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I hang out in blog-land a lot, I write and read and comment. As bloggers, we know how to argue and disagree and say some pretty harsh things. Especially on some hot button issues. I would list them, but then someone would hijack the post to talk about them. On second thought, that will happen anyway, so let’s list them. Calvinism Vs

Monday, 17 August 2015 08:30

Did Saul Kill Himself or Was It an Amalekite?

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“Your Bible is full of contradictions…”

As a good Bible-believing Christian you hear such a statement and balk. And then in the quiet of your bedroom you stumble upon a few of these “contradictions”. As a bit of shame fills your heart, you begin to wonder if maybe those who deny the Bible might have a point.

After all,

Friday, 14 August 2015 15:10

Should a Pastor Look at Giving Records?

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Sometimes I realize how insulated my life has been.

  • I was born into the home of a Southern Baptist preacher and missionary. My grandpa (maternal – Dr. Eugene Pratt) was an SBC pastor, professor at SWBTS, and head of evangelism for the Missouri convention until his death in 1965.
  • I’ve been attending Southern Baptist churches regularly

 The Cooperative Program is now in its tenth decade of existence. For many Southern Baptists, their memory of it does not include any time when it was a thriving, increasing measure of Southern Baptist denominational health. The general narrative concerning it has been negative in that churches, relentlessly and depressingly, have

Thursday, 13 August 2015 04:33

As the Pendulum Swings: Let the Deacons Do It

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History has always been a series of pendulum swings, but the individual doesn’t have to get caught in that. –Robert Johnson

A pendulum, if you remember, is a weight that gets displaced on one side. Due to the force of gravity the weight will swing from one side to the other—losing a bit of force each time, before finally resting

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:54

To Trade Love for Discernment is Not Love or Discernment Featured

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This article was originally posted at my site. I’m married with four children, an SBC pastor, a Teaching Assistant for Bruce Ware & Greg Allison and 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).

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:22

The Manifest Presence of God

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The manifest presence of God. I’ve heard this phrase used quite a bit these past few years. Studying church revitalization, I’ve been told that one of the reasons why churches lack growth and vitality is that people just don’t feel the manifest presence of God. And so we need to seek more to bring people to experience his

I’m going to be straight with you: nothing of eternal import follows.

I get these odd spirituality-related thoughts that will never improve lives.  My first wife* has little patience with my non-salient rumination, preferring to stick with matters that help us know God more intimately and – in her mind – relevantly.

*First out

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:29

Southern Baptist Fanboys (Melissa Edgington)

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It’s always good to hear from the distaff side (if that hasn’t become a hopelessly sexist term how – if it has a) I’m sorry and b) I’m old!). I received this a few days ago from Melissa Edgington, a pastor’s wife and blogger. Thought you might enjoy it. Melissa blogs at “Your Mom Has a Blog.”

This author is a friend, who has good reasons that he needs this post to remain anonymous.

I have watched with interest as Southern Baptist Churches are finding a renewed interest in the topics of Church Authority and Church Discipline.  Our own church is looking at these topics currently.

I agree that in SBC life it appears in the post war

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 05:27

Haiti, Jesus, and the Church

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**This is the report Andy Williams shared with his church after his first mission trip to Haiti. This small SBC church (about 215 average attendance) has sent teams to Haiti since 2009. There is much to discuss here, especially the question of mercy ministry versus evangelization in the context of

Russell Moore, head of our Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has a new book, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. The book was given to attendees at the Send Conference last week, courtesy of our North American Mission Board.

Here are a few quotes from his chapter on religious liberty:

The church’s witness on these

This week’s Send North America Conference, the joint North American Mission Board and International Mission Board event in Nashville that was designed to help participants find their place in everyday missions, had, as SBC events always do, a means for folks to respond.

Of the 13,607 registered attendees, Baptist Press reports that about

Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:42

Where Do You Go When You Die?

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This article was originally posted at my site. I’m married with four children, an SBC pastor, a Teaching Assistant for Bruce Ware & Greg Allison and 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).

Where do

Thursday, 06 August 2015 04:38

Merritt’s Misunderstanding

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Jonathan Merritt’s recent RNS article, “Southern Baptists Cozy Up to GOP after Pulling Back” entirely misunderstands, I think, the nature of what happened with the Ben Carson matter earlier this year and with the SEND North America conference. At least, as someone who had some involvement in the former matter, I can say that

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:47

Hanging With Sinners

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If you start thinking about thinking you aren’t thinking anymore. I believe C.S. Lewis said something similar about worship. If you start thinking about the fact that you are worshipping then suddenly you aren’t worshipping anymore.

I believe the same thing is true about mission. And with all our talk about going on mission and living a

Many people have pointed out the different dynamics of the SEND North America conference going on right now in Nashville and the annual meetings of the SBC which occur annually in cities around the USA.

  • SEND had to close registration at somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,500 (I’ve not heard an actual number) for the two day conference.
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