Category Archives: SBC Issues

The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ The posts in this series are not in any particular order; but it may be helpful, before reading this one, to read the following posts: “The 3rd … Continue reading

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PHILOSOPHY, THE TRINITY, AND NECESSITY [part 1]

God is beyond our finite minds to grasp and comprehend for He lives in unapproachable light. The wonder of Him who created the universe with a word is beyond us. That He is one God yet three persons who each … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of a Restrictive Foreknowledge

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ One fallacy in the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists is the idea that God’s foreknowledge makes all events necessary. Such logic insists that, since God already knows … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: God Does Good, Men Do Evil

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ It is possible to put so much emphasis on one Biblical principle that another equally important Biblical principle becomes obscured in the shadow, and eventually rejected. Baptist … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Inability of the Will is Never Literal

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ We in the middle watch with dismay as justification for the extremes of one side is claimed to be based on the extremes of the other (in … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Exegetical Problems with Corporate Election

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Dr. Eric Hankins, the leader of the Southern Baptist Traditionalist movement, sees election as strictly corporate: The idea that God, in eternity past, elected certain individuals to salvation … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: The Call to Believe is Not Without a Promise

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Imagine how sinners would react if the gospel offered no promise of eternal life to those who believe. If there were no amazing grace, no opportunity for … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Why the Middle View is Here to Stay

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Calvinists and Traditionalists have been arguing, with varying degrees of amity and enmity, since the SBC was formed. But between these two (with slight overlap of both) … Continue reading

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Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide … Continue reading

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A Story about Racism

By Mark Corbett I thank God that the SBC continues to take a clear, public stand against racism in all forms.  We have come a long ways, but tragically there are still pockets of racism in our churches and roots … Continue reading

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It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both … Continue reading

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Awakening to the End of the SBC

By Dr. James Willingham All that has taken place on the nation level, the approval of homosexual unions as marriage, political correctness (which means no more free speech, etc.), the fines and law suits against Christians for their views on … Continue reading

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Admonitions to a Disappointed Young-Earther

This article was also published at SBC Voices by Ken Hamrick Recently, I came across a paper in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry, written by Dr. Kenneth Keathley in 2013, entitled, “Confessions of a Disappointed Young-Earther.”[1] The piece is … Continue reading

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Caner’s departure addressed, trustee resigns

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated since being posted earlier this afternoon (Feb. 3). MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) — Brewton-Parker College trustee chairman Gary Campbell is the third high-profile figure to leave the college’s leadership team in the past … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics by Russell Moore | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org

by Russell Moore Tabletalk: How did you come to pursue a career as a systematic theologian and Christian ethicist? Russell Moore: I felt a call to ministry early on and preached my first sermon at my home church in Biloxi, … Continue reading

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3 Decisions a Pastor Can Make That Will Help His Family | Ronnie Floyd

My wife Jeana grew up in the home of a Pastor, and we have always worked hard together to ensure our family is our #1 priority following our personal commitment to Jesus Christ. To God’s glory, my wife did not … Continue reading

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CALL TO PRAYER: More than conquerors in 2015 & beyond | Baptist Press | Frank Page

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, is part of his ongoing call to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening for our churches, our nation and our world. NASHVILLE (BP) — … Continue reading

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Teach the Uncompromised Truth of Genesis in Church | Answers in Genesis

This month, the pastor of one of the largest churches in Northern Kentucky (and close to our Creation Museum) is conducting a teaching series going through Genesis 1–11 for the congregation. This is the same church that will be hosting … Continue reading

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Racial Reconciliation: Why Most Whites Just Don’t Get it

by Ken Hamrick There’s something insincere about any repentant admission that says, “Yes, I’m guilty—and so are you.” I do not admit to being a racist, and neither do I think most Americans—white or otherwise—are. Many are racists, but most—or … Continue reading

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Racial justice and the gospel | ERLC.COM

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this year, I was reminded of one of my favorite pictures, which sits on a shelf in my office. It’s a photograph of a line of civil rights workers—in the heat … Continue reading

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