It didn’t take long after the Josh Duggar story hit the news for one of my Facebook friends put up a post chiding evangelicals for our lack of outrage about the situation. “Where is the outrage about the Duggar scandal among conservatives?” This man is a former Southern Baptist who “went out from us” and sometimes […]

A Word from Baptist Global Response

I was delighted to see William Thornton’s post about Baptist Global Response on SBC Voices  — and the many positive comments that were made. I wanted to offer a word from BGR and open a line of communication for those who want to know more. Our mission statement says Baptist Global Response “connects people in […]

The Journey (a little project I’ve been working on)

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I had back surgery in March and the number 1 thing I discovered with it–when you have that kind of surgery, you have plenty of time to lay around and…write. At least that’s what I did (between catching up on the Price is Right and Family Feud). I’m much more mobile and active again now, […]

A Tip For Seminary Students

Disclaimer: This works for me. It might not work for you. If you flunk out of seminary after taking my advice, I’m sorry. I came to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2009. I was excited to be able to learn from some of the world’s greatest professors. I figured I would […]

Do you know much about Baptist Global Response?


One of the more recent creations connected with Southern Baptist life is Baptist Global Response. Although it was created in 2006 and has almost a decade of history, I never hear much about it but the reason for that might be that I don’t get all the usual mailings that go to Southern Baptist churches. […]

A Model for Charitable Theological Discussion: 4 Take-Aways


As long as there are Southern Baptists, there will be disagreements about doctrine. The Baptist Faith and Message unifies us around a common core of gospel imperatives and Baptist distinctives. At the same time, our statement of faith allows for a variety of views on important aspects of church practice, eschatology and soteriology. Because of […]

Trying to Find the “Private Only” Option in Scripture

My position makes sense to me. I think it would be wrong to forbid speaking in tongues. I just have never encountered anyone actually doing that, as I understand the biblical gift: miraculously speaking in an actual language (a system of meaning-conveying sounds used to communicate ideas) that one has not naturally acquired. And so, […]