I believe this is helpful historical context for understanding the current tensions within the SBC. While some in the SBC are concerned about progressive drift, they seem more like the denominational fundamentalists of the 1960s than the resurgent conservatives of the 1980s. Institutional mistrust, populist concerns about leaders, the attraction to conspiracy theories, and the influence of far-right views of culture echo mid-20th century denominational fundamentalism in the SBC. More important, they reflect current trends in the wider culture. To be sure, there are real progressive threats out there. But the SBC doesn’t need a new Conservative Resurgence.
#SBC21 is in the books and it’s a convention we’ll all remember for years to come. I went in unsure of what to expect, and came home encouraged. Here are eight key victories I believe we saw last week in Nashville. 1. Motion for convention-wide voluntary assessment of abuse Leading up to the convention, most […]
In a bizarre parliamentary situation, the nomination speeches for SBC Recording Secretary were given near the end of the business session this evening, but the vote will not take place until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. Messengers tomorrow may not get to hear the speeches again. We think it’s important for you to hear why a vote […]
On Tuesday afternoon I’ll be nominating Pastor Ramon Medina for the position of Second Vice President of the SBC, and I hope you’ll prayerfully consider voting for him. With all the significant issues facing our convention right now, it’s vitally important for the newly elected SBC president to have qualified voices surrounding him to help […]
Recently the SBC Executive Committee announced that they had hired Guidepost Solutions to conduct an “independent process assessment” in response to “recent accusations of the inappropriate handling of sexual abuse claims.” Response was varied, from affirming to skeptical to critical. The first question was about the firm they hired. Guidepost has handled some high-profile abuse […]
We’re only a few days away from the SBC Presidential Election. It’s the time of year when people who aren’t paying much attention the rest of the year begin to consider the choices they’ll make at the Annual Meeting. I know many people have already made up their minds about who they’ll be voting for […]
This report and letter were released earlier today by Phillip Bethancourt to confirm the accuracy of events as described in Russell Moore’s letters that were made public last week. June 10, 2021 To: Mike Stone, Ronnie Floyd CC: Rolland Slade, JD Greear Mike and Ronnie, I am writing to you in regard […]
May 31, 2021 J.D. Greear President Southern Baptist Convention The Summit Church Durham, North Carolina Dear J.D., As I said to you the other night, you have my prayers as you go into your last Southern Baptist Convention meeting as president in a historically long—and even more historically accomplished—presidency. One of the great joys […]
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For the 2017 Pastors’ Conference, one of the most edifying experiences (out of many) was being able to provide scholarships for 50 61 pastors to attend the Conference and Annual Meeting in Phoenix. We’ve had people ask about the possibility since and this year we decided to do something about it. We’re raising money to […]
As SBC 2021 draws near, don’t miss this message from Ed Litton, who will be nominated for SBC President by Dr. Fred Luter. Litton lays out his positive vision for our convention, including three priorities: Unity – A great commandment heart and a great commission determination; commitment to the Baptist Faith & Message Gospel Engagement […]
Big news last night for the SBC and larger evangelical world: Russell Moore is leaving our ERLC to take on a new role with Christianity Today. Moore’s resignation is effective June 1, with VP Daniel Patterson serving as acting president at that time. In an article at his own website, Moore says, “I am excited […]