2006 Shepherds’ Conference

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I am traveling this week to the Shepherds’ Conference in California. Along with a couple of men from the church I serve, I will be manning the Founders Ministries booth in the exhibit area. Founders will also be giving away copies of Dear Timothy, Letters on Pastoral Ministry to all those who attend. If you…



A Plea for Church Discipline

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Church discipline is a topic that has been too long ignored by evangelicals in general and Southern Baptists in particular. The time has come for us to face up to our failures at this point, to repent of our neglecting God’s Word and to begin reinstituting discipline in our churches. This is a subject on…



Founders Breakfast at the SBC–Hear Mark Dever

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Here is yet another reason to attend the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, NC this summer. Before the opening session, at 6:30 AM, Tuesday, June 13, the Founders Fellowship Breakfast will feature Dr. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He. will be speaking on “Election, the Gospel and Evangelism.”…



Whither Southern Baptists?

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Whither–not “wither.” It is a question, not a prediction. I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, so I try to stay out of the prediction business. But I am concerned about the future of the churches that comprise the Southern Baptist Convention. That concern has led me to pray about and…



What should we discuss for an encore?

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My previous post on the presidency of the SBC (“Johnny Hunt to be nominated for President of the SBC“) generated such interest that I have wondered what should be discussed next. Actually, I would like to continue (or recapture) the main points that I originally raised in that post and the one that followed it….



Jerry Rankin, President of the IMB, speaks candidly in interview

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Jim Smith, editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, has released a transcript of a Q & A session between Baptist state paper editors and Jerry Rankin. The question of “private prayer language” and the new IMB policy came up and Rankin responded with refreshing candor. The new baptism guideline also was addressed, though more briefly….



The North American Mission Board critique

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The Georgia Baptist’s Christian Index published today a very straightforward critique of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). The folks at NAMB have responded with charges that the article is biased and misrepresents its work. Both of these articles are worth reading, particularly for those who are thinking seriously about the future of the SBC.



IMB trustees propose change in course in dealing with Burleson

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The Florida Baptist Witness has just released a report that states that the Executive Committee of the IMB trustees are proposing that the full board withdraw their motion for the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, NC to remove Wade Burleson from his duties as a trustee. This is not surprising. It may be revealing….



More thoughts on the SBC presidency

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The comments about the process of electing the president of the Southern Baptist Convention (as well as the suggestions about who would make good candidates) have been very informative. After reflecting on them I want to set out some further thoughts in hopes of extending the dialogue. Some have asked, “Is this even worth thinking…



Johnny Hunt to be nominated for President of the SBC

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According to this blog, Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, will be nominated to be president of the SBC in Greensboro, NC this summer. The announcement, reportedly made by Jerry Vines as he was flanked by Paige Patterson, Paul Pressler and Bailey Smith, raises questions in my mind that I think…