ERLC, Moore call for integrated churches…but… (by William Thornton)

William Thornton is the SBC Plodder. Southern Baptist Leaders call for integrated churches Russell Moore, our leader for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, The ERLC has a conference coming up  in March in Nashville on “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation”. Speakers include Moore, Frank Page, Danny Akin, along with […]

Is Suffering Always the Trump Card?

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15) I’ve always thought the hard part of this verse is what comes after the comma. In fact most of my focus on this passage has centered around obeying the second half of this verse. We’ve all had experiences of insensitive people who refused […]

The Good Life: Enjoyment

Here is a question that I have often wondered about our current world: Is it possible to enjoy something merely for what it is and not for what its outcome will be or what good it serves? Are there some things that are enjoyable just because they are good and you need not explain why? It’s […]

God, Don’t Bless America: Thoughts on the 2015 State of the Union Address

Last night President Obama gave his annual State of the Union Address. The occasion undoubtedly aroused political gurus and, well, everyone on social media to parse the speech whilst sharing their thoughts. There is always a torrent of talking points, but there is one line that is included in every State of the Union Speech that I think deserves more attention […]

So, You Want to Change the SBC?

There are a lot of people who are very upset about the direction of the SBC – different people have different complaints and we’ve all got some, I’m sure. I just had a long twitter exchange with a man who asked the question why LifeWay was still selling a book after there was resolution passed […]

Dr. Ergun Caner Has Resigned at Brewton-Parker College

Dr. Caner has announced his resignation. I will copy the text of both his resignation letter below and the resolution of the trustees of the college, from Peter Lumpkin’s press release. ***************** In an early morning meeting with the full trustee board of Brewton-Parker College, Dr. Ergun Caner briefly addressed the packed room informing them […]

The SBC, Leadership, and Criticism

On the nearly interminable red-eye flight from Dakar, Senegal to Dulles yesterday, I watched the movie Invictus to pass the time. It is the story of Nelson Mandela, the Springbok Rugby team of South Africa, and the 1995 Rugby World Cup. After the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1990, Mandela was released from […]