Dear Pastor, Let me first clarify that this letter is for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pastors in general. I am well aware that what you are about to read does not include all pastors – at least not in totality. I also write this from the perspective of having been a pastor myself and therefore include myself as an addressee. I look around the SBC and see, hear, and read about how the SBC is in decline. Resolutions come out saying regenerate membership must be our focus. Conferences are convened that decry the faults of various theological models of soteriology. Mission boards … [Read more...] about Open Letter to All Pastors of Churches in the SBC
You woke up on November 5th and you weren't very happy with your newly elected official (insert whoever YOU voted for if he wasn't the guy the rest of the free world chose) that the majority of the People elected to lead our great country. What happens now? Do you rant and rave about how ignorant those other folks were? Do you let fear and worry set in about what might happen to your future, or your children's future? We might be tempted to lean in that direction but if we are smart then we will dig into the Word of God and let Him be our guide. The first thing you have to remember is that … [Read more...] about After the Election
...are you the cause? I was reading Ephesians and it said, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption.” Eph. 4:30. Preceding that verse there is a list of things that are quite offensive to the Holy Spirit: foul or polluting language, evil words, unwholesome or worthless talk. In fact, it states that our conversation be “only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a … [Read more...] about WHEN GOD GRIEVES…
My family grew up watching Billy Graham specials around the television. The nights that he was preaching were the only nights that the children were allowed to stay up late on a school night. My husband and I have continued that tradition with our own children. If Rev. Graham is on, we watch him. Several years ago, Rev. Billy Graham did a sit down interview before one of his sermons. Out of everything he said, the one thing I most remember was "I wish I'd prayed more." I was in awe that he would humbly admit that and I wrote the quote and the date on a piece of paper and stuck it on my … [Read more...] about I Wish I’d Prayed More
Les Puryear is not president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He's just an ordinary pastor who God has been using in an unusual way over the last year to encourage other ordinary pastors. Les is the kind of SBC voice that we want to amplify in the life of the denomination. >> Download Mp3 here << You can learn more about Les on his blog titled "Joining God In His Work." He also writes for SBC Impact. You can also check out the 2009 Small Church Leadership conferences. See more links at the bottom of this post. Why You Should Listen To This Podcast Although he was … [Read more...] about Interview With Les Puryear
I was excited to learn about a new podcast for Southern Baptists being produced by the Baptist 21 blog. Their first interview is with SBC president Johnny Hunt is now online, you can listen to it here. Also, I have several original podcast in production for SBC Voices - watch for the first one later this week you can now listen to my interview with Les Puryear Listen To Other SBC Podcasts NC Baptist Insight Imonk Podcast Said at Southern Podcast achieve Founders Ministries Podcast LifeWay Research Podcasts … [Read more...] about Podcast Interview With Johnny Hunt
I am grateful for the strong tradition of social conscience among Southern Baptists. This is seen clearly in nearly every state Baptist convention, NAMB and globally in our World Hunger Fund. It's even written into our Baptist Faith & Message, in article XV The Christian and the Social Order: All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the … [Read more...] about Are We Still Leading The Fight Against Poverty?
In my last post I talked about how we ought to celebrate the diversity within the SBC when it comes to philosophy of ministry. In this second post I am going to talk about the theological diversity of the SBC. Again, we must approach this with great humility. There is always going to be theological differences and we will kill our churches if we proceed in arrogance. No one wants to hear angry, mean spirited men argue about theology. People do want to hear humble, grace fulfilled discussion about the truths of Scripture. We, as Southern Baptists, disagree on more theology than any … [Read more...] about Diversity in the SBC: Finding Common Ground
My family, along with our church, recently participated in an annual song service held by the Atlantic Baptist Association. Each church choir or praise team presented two of their favorite songs as a musical gift to the rest of us. The host church and the association quartet did several specials in between the other groups. Oh, it was glorious! The spirit of God filled up the sanctuary and the hearts of all who were in attendance! As a lover of good Christian music, my soul was stirred more than once during the service. Typically I am not a raise your hands kind of gal but there are … [Read more...] about Are You Self-Conscious In Worship?
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