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It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

May 23, 2016 by


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 sides as something of a weak and anti-intellectual compromise. But arriving at this Antinomist position […]

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February 4, 2015 by


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, Miss., when I was twelve. I then drifted from that calling toward a career in […]

Old-Earth Compromisers: Preconceived Skepticism Shrouded in ‘Open-Mindedness’

January 30, 2015 by


by Ken Hamrick Old-Earth Creationists, who accept the evidence-based claims that the earth is billions of years old, ought to honestly acknowledge that their view does not rest on natural evidence, but upon their own prior skeptical denial of creation by divine fiat (or, command). It is dishonest to put forth such a view as […]

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

January 12, 2015 by


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) — Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this year was the year during which we live as […]

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

January 8, 2015 by


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 even, all? Contrary to the popular Evangelical party line these days, that cannot be established. […]

4 Considerations for Every Southern Baptist Church in 2015 | Ronnie Floyd

January 5, 2015 by


As we near the coming of the Lord, we should be more focused than ever before. As our 50,000 plus churches and congregations partner together in gospel causes, the time is now for us to rise up like never before. I want to ask you to consider these four things with me in 2015. 1. […]

Pastors see need amid culture of ritual sacrifice | Baptist Press

January 3, 2015 by


SOUTH ASIA (BP) — A group of Southern Baptist pastors squeezed their way into a small area with crowds of Hindu faithful to watch the ritual slaughter of goats at the Kali temple in Kolkata, India. Those with cameras were swatted with batons by temple security guards adamant the group not capture images of the […]

U.S.-Cuba diplomacy sparks hope & wariness | Baptist Press

December 19, 2014 by


NASHVILLE (BP) — President Obama’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba may fuel an already-vibrant evangelistic movement there, or it may fuel a repressive regime, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said in voicing divergent opinions to Baptist Press. “Our prayer is that the Cuban church planting movement continue to expand. The Cuban people are very […]

Day of Service: NAMB gives back to community | Baptist Press

December 18, 2014 by


ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — The phrase “Whatever it takes” is one of the North American Mission Board’s operating values. Staff members are reminded that the mission agency exists to serve Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches. Giving back to the community in service was a tangible demonstration of this value as staff participated Dec. 12 […]

Floyd calls Baptists to racially reconcile | Baptist Press

December 16, 2014 by


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) — Southern Baptist pastor Terry Turner has a newspaper clipping from the early 1900s telling of a family member taken from jail by a mob of southern whites and lynched, never tried or convicted of a crime. Turner’s memory of growing up as an African American under Jim Crow segregation laws in […]

CALL TO PRAYER: Our grand vision | Baptist Press | Ronnie Floyd

December 13, 2014 by


SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) — As a local church pastor, I am thrilled when I get to share the vision of how Southern Baptists are praying and working to reach the world for Jesus Christ. When I share with our people this grand vision and how our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is significant […]

CALL TO PRAYER: Anticipating Jesus’ coming | Baptist Press

December 9, 2014 by


NASHVILLE (BP) — Not long ago, I was reminded again that our view of evangelism is closely tied to our view of eschatology. If we really believe Jesus is coming again soon, it will motivate us to tell as many people as possible about Christ. The Week of Prayer for International Missions, an annual event […]

World AIDS Day: Love sent to Africa in buckets | Baptist Press

December 2, 2014 by


NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) — Rosemary opened up the five-gallon plastic bucket and pulled out gifts, including a set of new bed sheets. She clutched them to her chest. Her eyes filled with tears. Rosemary wouldn’t even let her visitors help her put the sheets on her mattress. She wanted to clean her entire house before […]

I Don’t Understand the Evangelical Response to Ferguson | SBC Today

December 1, 2014 by


Dr. Randy White | Pastor First Baptist Church, Katy, TX **This article was previously posted by Dr. Randy White on his website and is used by permission. Ferguson, MO has erupted in barbaric violence that should cause all law-abiding citizens to demand the restoration of the rule-of-law, but the Evangelical world is preaching kum-ba-ya […]

Ferguson and the Path to Peace | Moore to the Point

November 25, 2014 by


The mood in Ferguson, Missouri, is tense, after a grand jury decided against indicting a police officer for the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. The tension ought to remind us, as the church, that we are living in a time in which racial division is hardly behind us. That reality ought to motivate […]

Observations on the Ferguson Tragedy | SBC Voices

November 25, 2014 by


Confession time – many of you have followed the events in Ferguson, Missouri, a lot more carefully than I have. I have followed the story but not delved into every eyewitness report or followed the debates closely. I did, however, follow the news coverage Monday and watched the St. Louis County DA’s press conference. I […]

Obama’s actions on immigration called ‘unwise’ | Baptist Press

November 22, 2014 by


WASHINGTON (BP) — President Obama’s new executive actions to change immigration policy imperil the growing, widespread agreement on reform, said the Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist. Obama announced in prime time Thursday (Nov. 20) his orders, which include most controversially a plan to protect an estimated five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The president’s actions […]

How Pastors Can Avoid the Sin of Pride | Ronnie Floyd

November 20, 2014 by


When pride walks on the platform, God walks off. Under major conviction from the Holy Spirit in 1995, in the early morning on a night when I could not sleep, God revealed this truth to me. It was not a truth about someone else, but a truth about me. During those early hours, God began […]

“Can Your Church Help Me with My Rent?” | SBC Voices

November 19, 2014 by


My church has a benevolence fund, and it is my great joy as pastor to be the one who delivers checks to those in need. We’ve been able to give and give generously to those in the church family who lose a job or have some other family hardship. That is a pastor’s joy. It […]

3 Minutes at Sunset or Sunrise Can Turn Your Church Around | Ronnie Floyd

November 17, 2014 by


I think every church in the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond would want their people to engage in preparing weekly for the worship services of their church. Just imagine the power that would be upon God’s preachers and the power that would come upon worship services around the world if the church consistently prepared for […]