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
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:10

Quotes of interest to Southern Baptists

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Russell Moore, “I think gun control proponents are misguided in trying to persuade others of their position in the way they usually go about it,” Moore wrote in an email. “There are not two sides here about whether shootings should be stopped, laws enforced, and criminality...

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imageThis may be the most difficult blog post I’ve ever written. My brother, Shane Hall, is with the Lord. I’ve been given the task of writing this post in honor of Shane and representing all of us here at SBC Voices as we mourn his passing, pray for his wife and girls, and express our love...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:00

Contrasting Views on a Future IMB President

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The various perspectives on a new IMB president fascinate. I’d like to summarize and contrast three distinct perspectives that have been posted on SBC-oriented sites. If I am citing your work, authors, please note I could not possibly hit every nuance of your original writing; readers, please...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:21

An Appeal for Honesty in References

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I’m appealing to all our readers to be honest and forthright in the references we provide. What prompts this appeal? An unforgettable experience does. Some years ago our church called a new youth pastor. He applied for the position at our church, and he supplied several references from the...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:42

A Reflection on Love

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Originally written for my church blog as a devotion on Valentine’s Day

Many of us know the passage well. People quote it, read it at weddings, hang it on plaques on the wall—Paul’s famous words on love from 1 Corinthians 13.

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:28

Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs

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Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, signing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16 (CSB)

A recent blog post by Mark Terry addressed the sad reality that what were once...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 19:50

I’ve Had Enough: I Am Leaving (the Country)

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At 2:30 AM on Friday I will begin a trek to Dioher, Senegal for what I believe is my sixth time since I first traveled there with Bart Barber. God is doing a great work in the Bayot villages that Bart’s church labors in and I am hoping that some of that will spill over into the much newer...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 06:56

David Platt’s Administration in Retrospect

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In the interest of full disclosure—I am a retired IMB missionary. My wife and I served 24 years with the IMB in Southeast Asia. I have taught missions at Southern Baptist Seminary and now at Mid-America Baptist Seminary. This post reflects my personal opinions, and they do not represent the...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:49

Another Missionary Perspective on Platt and the IMB

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For security reasons, this post must remain anonymous. 

As someone currently serving on the field, I am disappointed to see Platt go. However, I don’t want to see a pendulum swing in response. Platt led us well, and his strategy forced us to reevaluate many of our on the field practices...

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IMB President David Platt asked the trustees of the IMB to begin searching for his replacement.

I could stop there, get some popcorn, and open up the comments section. I never thought I’d outlast the Energizer Bunny. We assumed Elliff’s brief presidency would remain an aberration, and...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:59

The Perfect IMB President

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Few jobs in the Southern Baptist Convention could be considered more demanding than leading the International Mission Board. To say the least, the post has grown somewhat since James Barnett Taylor took the helm in Richmond in 1845. Starting with him, every candidate for the job has been a...

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My original post said “Platt resigned.” The IMB released claims he has not resigned but simply asked the IMB to begin a search for a new president. I think that is a distinction without a difference. But there are people who get hyper-picky and easily offended about stuff like this, so...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 01:39

How about telling what your church pays you?

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About 14,000 SBC staff did so in the 2016 LifeWay/GuideStone Compensation Study. Take a look at the summary chart. If you as a full time senior pastor had an annual pay package less than $76,492 you were below the SBC average. But don’t get depressed about that. You’re not in it for the...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:46

Interview with JD Greear on Running for SBC President

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JD Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC, is running for President of the SBC at our Annual Meeting in Dallas in June. As is tradition here at SBCVoices, we like to interview presidential candidates with a few questions to get a deeper perspective on why they are running and what...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:18

Can We Not Aim Higher? Charting a Course toward Dallas

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I will admit two things at the very start of this post.

  1. I not neutral in the presidential race for the SBC. I hope JD Greear is the next president of the SBC.
  2. I have never met Dr. Hemphill. He came to SWBTS after I graduated and I’d not heard much from him until the recent announcement. I...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 06:57

Resurgence in Church Discipline (Mark Terry)

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When I was a doctoral student at Southwestern Seminary, I took Dr. Leon McBeth’s seminar on the History of American Christianity. During the seminar one of my classmates, Gary Snowden, presented a research paper on the history of church discipline in the SBC. He explained that while...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 04:36

Brothers, Don’t Make Us Flip the Sign

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I try to stay out of most of the discussions in the SBC on Calvinism. It’s been my experience that more heat than light is delivered in these debates. So, it’s with some trepidation that I even write this article. Or rather rewrite this article and update it a bit for our Voices...

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What do you get when 2 Southern Baptist pastors seek to engage movies with the gospel? The Answer, our new podcast, Pop Culture Coram Deo. We’ve engaged 8 movies so far. You can subscribe on iTunes, Google PlayStitcher, Tune InacastPlayer.FM, and other podcast...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 05:01

The 21st Century IMB

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I’ve been to IMB headquarters in Richmond just once, some years ago for a couple of days. I came away with the view that all of the people there were highly committed and very fine servants of SBC churches but also that the organization had a distinct subculture, somewhat mysterious with more...

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My heart says yes.

But does the sin of cheering for NE rise to the level of denominational exclusion?

Tough issue.

What say you?

Authors: Dave Miller...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 00:15

The New Progressive Agenda

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You may have heard that some among our Southern Baptist Convention are intent on bearing false witness against Russell Moore and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.  Dr. Moore is accused of pushing a progressive agenda at the ERLC.  He must be stopped, it is argued.

Well, the ERLC...

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image I follow the women’s gymnastics team every four years when the Olympics take place. I don’t know if I’d ever heard of Rachael Denhollander until a couple of weeks ago when her victim impact statement against uber-pervert Larry Nassar went viral. Now a 33-year-old lawyer, she...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:40

SBC President Steve Gaines Is Doing the Right Thing

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In the heat of the moment in St. Louis in 2016, Steve Gaines made a statement about nominating JD Greear at the Dallas convention in 2018. When JD’s announcement came a couple of days ago, it was observed that Ken Whitten and not Steve Gaines was going to make the nomination. Some speculated...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 00:34

10 Worldly Myths About Sex in Marriage

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*This article was discussed recently in Episode 12 of the author’s podcast, All Truth is God’s Truth. You can find the episode here (iTunesGoogle Play, or Stitcher). Subscribe for more interaction with culture from a consistent Christian worldview.

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Five years ago, the SBC in their annual session passed a resolution “On the Sexual Abuse of Children.” The resolution was offered by a blogger, Peter Lumpkins, and an amendment was added which was offered by a frequent blog commenter, Bob Cleveland. It is my observation that the issue...

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