It’s that time of year again, where everyone wants to reflect on the near term history. So, what mattered most in 2008? What impacted you – was it a news story, a personal event, SBC issue or something else? Leave your comments below.
This Christmas, my church purchased ESV study Bibles for Sunday School teachers. The thinking was to give them an all-in-one resource to help them work out sticky passages and better grasp the meaning of the Bible. But there is a downside to these type of Bibles, even if they are very well done. I’ve often […]
I was listening to a sermon by John Piper on my iTunes the other day when he said something that really intrigued me. Now, Dr. Piper often says things which I find stimulating and inspiring, but this little blurb hit me harder than most. He said, “Following Jesus is first and foremost not heroic!” Not […]
The centrality of preaching has been on my mind lately. Mainly because of some conviction God has been giving, and also because of some excellent books I’m reading. For example, I read this statement by Dr. Mohler in his contribution to the book Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea For Preaching. “This is not to […]
Once upon a time, Southern Baptists believed the church had a mission. We held that our aim and authority came from the mouth of Jesus himself when he said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20). So, churches were specialists in one thing. That one thing was proclaiming the Gospel so that the […]
I was about to post a video that used satire to highlight some flaws in contemporary preaching, but something stopped me. While the video made some great points, I began to think about the hubris it takes for me to scoff at God’s ministers. Who am I to pass judgment on another congregation’s shepherd? At […]
LifeWay Research is constantly releasing new data and helpful insights. But the most interesting part of their latest study was the purpose of the research. This new study was “conducted on behalf of the SBC’s Executive Committee.” I would like to address the purpose of this research. Here is the stated purpose of the XComm […]