Grace and Truth: Reflections on ERLC 2014

The first national conference of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention was held this week from October 27-29, 2014. I was present for most of the event, entitled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” which lit up social media. I wanted to share five thoughts from my experience. 1. This [Read More...]

Christianity Today Covers the SBC Calvinism Debate

Just yesterday, Christianity Today published coverage of the recent debate over a statement on Calvinism: A statement by a non-Calvinist faction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has launched infighting within the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, and tensions are expected to escalate Tuesday as church leaders descend on New Orleans. While the election of the [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong: Martin Luther King, Jr. on “Cosmic Companionship” at Southern Seminary

This from the archival history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a site that has a lot of information on the school (including a section called “Our Lore” that has a number of fun and interesting stories): In April 1961, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was gaining national fame for his work for racial [Read More...]

Southern Baptists, the Gospel, and Ronnie Floyd

Doug Baker of the Oklahoma Messenger just did an Insight vidcast with Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas.  Dr. Floyd is a widely respected pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention and an architect of the Great Commission Resurgence. To learn more about the GCR and Dr. Floyd’s reflections on [Read More...]

David Dockery on the Great Commission Resurgence

Have you wondered what on earth the “Great Commission Resurgence” is in recent months?  You may know it’s a development in the Southern Baptist Convention.  But until now, you might have found little concrete information about it. If that is the case–and I suspect it is for a bunch of people–you should check out the new [Read More...]

Powerhouse Conference at Union University: Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominations

In just one month, from October 6-9, 2009 in Jackson, TN, Union University is hosting one of the more interesting conferences to be held in conservative Christian circles in 2009-10 (yes, I’m on the school calendar).  It’s entitled “Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominations” and it is worth attendance and attention. I would [Read More...]

The Link 7.24.09: Mark Driscoll’s Book, Tim Tebow’s Faith, and Martha’s Vineyard

1. Have you seen the new Sports Illustrated profile of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow?  If not, here it is.  This guy seems to be the real deal.  An outspoken Christian who loves preaching the gospel.  Encouraging. 2. That street vendor selling hot dogs?  According to the NYT, he’s on Twitter.  3. For those of [Read More...]

At SBTS, Fidelity Matters: A Friendly Response to Dave Doran

For those of you who did not follow my post about the Southern Seminary sesquicentennial and the subsequent discussion it sparked, Andy Naselli put together a nice blog about the two sides related to the McCall Pavilion controversy at Southern.  I’ll skip a lengthy summary and say this: Greg Gilbert and Mark Rogers agreed with [Read More...]

The Link 6.26.09: Danny Akin, Mark Dever, and the SBC’s Future

1. Just one link in this busy week.  For those who have not heard of this conference, it is worth noting: “God Exposed: Awkward Preaching in a Comfortable Age – September 25-26, 2009 — Sponsored by 9Marks and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary God Exposed will call pastors and church leader to embrace and defend expositional preaching [Read More...]

Rumbling in the SBC: 2009 Convention Dispatches

I’m in the River City (Louisville, KY) for vacation.  My trip has coincided with a number of fun events: first, the annual Southern Baptist Convention, and second, the 150th anniversary of Southern Seminary, my alma mater.  The SBTS extravaganza is tomorrow, so I’ll talk about that then.  For now, here are a few thoughts from the [Read More...]


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