But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

SBC Voices - Apologetic Report

Dear SBC President Dr. Steve Gaines,

We want to begin by saying thank you.  We had a great convention in Phoenix, and we believe that is due in part to your leadership.  You set the tone for the convention with your emphasis on prayer.  You also exhibited wise pastoral leadership from...

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I am old enough to have played dodgeball before it was declared unhealthy to children’s self-esteem. I have watched with dismay as many in our midst have played what seems to me to be a form of dodgeball with issues related to racial reconciliation.

Let me be clear. I believe with all my heart...

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…a book that seeks to recover the Gospel heritage that has been vastly lost since the last century.

…look back at the first generation of Georgia Baptists, filtered through the biblical Gospel…

…our labors...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:03

Moral Licensing in the SBC?

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You are on a diet. For the past week you’ve been exercising like a professional athlete and eating nothing but rabbit food. Then you walk by a kid selling strawberry pies. You buy three of them hoping to share with your family. You eat all three. But you justify this by saying,...

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imageReligion Dispatches published an article yesterday entitled “The Southern Baptist ‘All Lives Matter’ Approach to Racial Reconciliation is Spiritual Malpractice.”In that article, they mentioned SBC Voices a couple of times, which is always flattering. Unfortunately, their...

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It is against the rules just to throw a post up here on SBC Voices without the blessing of the folks who run the place. Guess how much I’m going to let that restrain me?

Someone on Twitter has declared this to be #WorldEmojiDay. Dave Miller’s LOVE for emoticons is widely known, and...

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In 1845, when the American Baptist Home Mission Society, refused the nomination of James Reeve (a slaveholder) the seeds were planted for the birth of a new denomination. By May 1845 white delegates from the deep South gathered (293 in all) together and formed a new mission society—The...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 09:34

Ridgecrest…one more time

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I’m at Ridgecrest Conference Center for the night. I’m not attending a conference but it is close to where I went today so I reserved a night. In earlier years some group from my church would go every year, mostly students in the summer, but I haven’t been here in a decade or so....

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By now, you’ve heard of what happened with Eugene Peterson, the 84 year old pastor/professor/writer when asked what he believed about gay marriage and gay relationships. I don’t want to get into all of the details of that, give links, and make arguments that have already been made. But,...

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All of the sermons from the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference are available here.  Over the next few weeks we will be posting the video from each sermon here at SBC Voices along with the text for that sermon from the CSB and some notable quotes from the sermon.  Let us know in the...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:25

Saved by the Blood of the Lamb (Ken Hamrick)

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Throughout the Old Testament, a spotless animal was permitted to die in place of the sinner. Sin required deatheither the death of the sinner or the death of an allowed substitute. No person in the Old Testament was qualified to be a sin sacrifice, as Jesus was, so animals were used as...

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Compassion International was one of our sponsors this year at the Pastors Conference and we came to appreciate their ministry.

SBC Church Partnership – Pastor Bruce Frank from Compassion International on Vimeo.

Consider their wonderful ministry as a possibility for your church.

Authors: Dave...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:19

Baptists and Numbers: “It’s Complicated”

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I wrote on this recently concerning the SBC’s statistical struggles, and have addressed the topic several times through the years. My thoughts are developing. As long as Baptists, the ACP, and the Annual Meeting exist, and I’m around, I’ll likely keep thinking about this and...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 02:26

A Community Built On Grievance Will Never Last

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We are community makers.

I see this in my daughter all the time. The other day she had a group of friends, a flashlight, a cape, and their imagination. They’d only been playing for about five minutes and already formed a club—the Ghost Hunters. About ten minutes into this little charade...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 22:48

Waning Cooperative Program shaming

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Is it my own limited observation or is the old SBC stand-by, Cooperative Program guilting or shaming on the wane?

I don’t know who coined the phrase but I’d guess that most SBC pastors know what is meant by Cooperative Program shaming or guilting. Many have experienced it. I’ve...

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Is it just to allow an innocent person to pay for the crime of a guilty person? Let’s try that out in story form.

A wretched woman stands trial for murdering a husband and wife. The jury finds the woman guilty of all the heinous crimes she is accused of. It is now the day when sentencing will...

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In Romans 16:13, Paul said to the saints at Rome, “Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been mother to me as well.” Many scholars believe that Rufus was the son of Simon of Cyrene (Mark 15:21). Cyrene was a North African city, located in Libya. Paul referred to...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 23:51

My Top Three Reads for the First Half of 2017

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We are halfway through 2017, and from my personal readings for these six months, I have made my way through 15 non-fiction works and 8 fiction. Seven of those non-fiction books are part of a year and a half journey to reread the works of Francis Schaeffer who greatly influenced my spiritual growth...

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All of the sermons from the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference are available here.  Over the next few weeks we will be posting the video from each sermon here at SBC Voices along with the text for that sermon from the CSB and some notable quotes from the sermon.  Let us know in the...

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Our Southern Baptist pastor colleague Eric Hankins is the primary author of the kitchen table theological statement commonly known among us as the “Traditional Statement.” I call it “kitchen table” because it is a private product, mostly by Hankins but with consultation with...

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As we gathered in Phoenix for the 2017 Pastor’s Conference, we joined pastors dating back nearly nine decades who have gathered prior to the start of the annual meeting for a time of challenge and encouragement.

This year, on the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I am reminded of...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 02:23

Bible Interpretation and 2 Chronicles 7:14

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I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who would say that 2 Chronicles is his favorite book of the Bible.  Most of us only read through Chronicles when we are reading through the entire Bible.  The genealogies and head counts aren’t exactly the kind of things that stir within...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 20:22

Striking a Balance

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If you were to ask me if I’d rather live in any other country in the world, my answer would be No. We have amazing personal freedoms in our nation that many in this world have never seen. We also have a plethora of resources that many people lack. I’ve experienced small bits of life in...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 09:58

James 3 and Social Media Feuding

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image I found myself frustrated and disappointed as I read through my Twitter feed Sunday night.  As I scrolled through, I saw high profile SBC leaders taking swipes at one another over social media.  Some of the swipes were quite direct.  Some of them were a bit more passive aggressive....

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Monday has been given a bad rap! Perhaps the least favorite day of the week, Monday has a negative reputation. Pastors joke about how many times they have almost resigned, usually on a Monday morning. A popular song from the seventies described it like this: “Rainy days and Mondays always get...

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