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

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:01

Doctrinal Evolution (Jonathan Leeman)

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In this Twitter thread, Jonathan Leeman warns of how, when we undergo doctrinal drift, “people outside of us began to notice a shift in tone and emphases. If they say something, our initial response can be defensive. ‘I haven’t changed. Look, same doctrines!’ Yet something...

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imageOn this episode of The Sword and the Trowel, “Dr. Coppenger shares his insight as an elder statesman into the the current state of the Evangelical world in North America.”
 

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:08

On How We Speak of Sin

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imageIn a 2013 essay, Thabiti Anyabwile wrote regarding same-sex marriage, “Turns out that being civil about indecency actually hurts the traditional cause.” His point was that polite discourse about abominable behavior plays a role in normalizing such behavior. It is not difficult to see...
 

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imageEgalitarians base their argument for indifference with respect to gender in society, the home, and the pulpit on the idea that men and women are created equally. This post series has argued that when it comes to creation order and its implication for ‘gender roles’ in the church,...

 

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In case you missed it, here is an open letter from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Board of Trustees to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and here is a Baptist Press article that includes the EC’s response.

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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In this article, Tom Nettles responds to a post wherein, “Oklahoma Baptist Pastor Wade Burleson has attacked (again) the idea the Bible prohibits women from holding the New Testament position of pastor-bishop- elder.”

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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imageIn his 2006 article, “After Patriarchy, What? Why Egalitarians are Winning the Gender Debate” (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 49, no. 3, September 2006, pp. 569–76), Russell D. Moore describes how, “Egalitarians are winning the evangelical gender...

 

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:42

“Fundamentalist church rejoins Southern Baptists”

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This article is about a church seeking, “affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention, based on the denomination’s trend toward fundamentalism.”

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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There’s a common misconception going around in some circles that anyone who professes Christ yet believes women can be called to the pastorate or preach to men cannot be a true Christian. This is demonstrably untrue. When people believe that women can be preachers called by God it...

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imageThis Baptist Press article contains the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s recommendation to the 2020 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference and states, “The Executive Committee also requested that its staff develop written guidelines for future use of the meeting...

 

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imageToday the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention posted a string of announcements via Twitter. These decisions affect several current hot-button issues within the Convention. Take a look:

We are back into general plenary. Chairman Mike Stone announced the follow actions taken in...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 00:58

B21 Podcast Featuring Dr. Al Mohler

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imageBaptist21 interviews R. Albert Mohler, Jr. on:

  • The current state of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Dr. Mohler’s candidacy for SBC President
  • The newly announced Conservative Baptist Network
  • Critical Race Theory and more.

 

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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imageThis article speaks of the incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who, “represents a conservative-fundamentalist element within the denomination.”

 

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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image…hardly a week goes by without shining more light on the dark corners of the SBC. It gives a whole new meaning to “progressive revelation.” It’s like watching the curtain being pulled back on the Wizard of Oz.” – Tom Ascol, writing on The Founders...
 

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:15

New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention

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imageThese are the first five posts in a series addressing New Liberalism and the Southern Baptist Convention. “New Liberalism” is a catch-all term for what some see as a theological threat similar to the liberalism of the previous century. This series does not assume that New Liberalism is i...

 

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A group of Southern Baptists have launched a new network with a “common goal of heralding the inerrancy and sufficiency of God’s Word and reaching the lost for Christ.”

“The Conservative Baptist Network is a partnership of Southern Baptists where all generations are...

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In this post, Tom Nettles introduces a new edition of the Founders Journal featuring an article from Timon Cline on Critical Race Theory, explaining, “Timon’s work in law at Rutgers introduced him to critical legal theory. Soon he became aware of the far-reaching impact of Critical...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 19:30

Concerns raised over SBC Pastors’ Conference lineup

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In this article, the Texan addresses concerns over the 2020 SBC Pastors’ Conference, reporting that, “Mike Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, Georgia, and current chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, told the TEXAN, ‘Southern Baptists have spoken clearly...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 00:00

Punching Right While Slipping Left

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If we care about conservative theology, then we will take care to hold our own ‘side’ accountable regarding orthodoxy and orthopraxy, as a bare minimum. But sometimes, holding our brothers and sisters accountable comes about through difficult words of rebuke. As Proverbs 27:6 reminds...

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If you are tired of talking about issues related to Beth Moore, that means you are a sane and rational person. I know it’s exhausting, but we need to care about Beth Moore preaching, and here is why.

Those seeking to shift the SBC theologically liberal are counting on you getting tired of...

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R. Albert Mohler, Jr. writes, “theological seriousness and maturity demand that we consider doctrinal issues in terms of their relative importance. God’s truth is to be defended at every point and in every detail, but responsible Christians must determine which issues deserve first-rank...

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Friday, 07 February 2020 02:50

Romans and Critical Theory (Ryan Fullerton)

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In this two-part sermon series, Ryan Fullerton preaches on Romans and Critical Theory.

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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Todd Benkert’s recent piece on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT|I) at SBCVoices.com is helpfully clarifying in at least three ways. First, Benkert straightforwardly admits that both he and others within the Southern Baptist Convention are using Critical Race Theory and...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 22:05

Seven Points of Clarification (Carl F. Ellis, Jr.)

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In this statement, non-SBC author Carl F. Ellis, Jr. offers seven points of clarification on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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In this article, “members of the 2019 Resolutions Committee sought to shed light on both their purpose in addressing the topic and the process by which the resolution was developed, with the goal of clarifying any misconceptions.”

Authors: Chris Bolt...

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