Debates at the Southern Baptist Convention

I am in San Antonio, Texas right now attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. If anything of interest happens, I will be blogging about it.

A couple of items will be of interest to many of my readers. Dr. Jerry Johnson will be hosting his daily radio program from here at the convention, and he has scheduled a couple of interesting debates to take place at the Criswell College booth tomorrow.

The first debate will be at 1pm between Dr. Mark Coppenger and Dr. Danny Akin over the issue of Calvinism. Dr. Coppenger will be arguing in favor of the Calvinist position, and Dr. Akin will present an opposing position.

The second debate will be at 5pm between Dr. Russell Moore and Pastor Dwight McKissic over the issue of the charismatic gift of speaking in tongues. Pastor McKissic will be arguing a continuationist position, and Dr. Moore will present an opposing position.

If you are at the convention in San Antonio, please come see the debates live at 1pm and 5pm. If you are not in San Antonio, then you can listen to the debates at 5pm on Monday and Tuesday on KCBI Dallas (click here for the live stream).

12 Responses to Debates at the Southern Baptist Convention

  1. Mike Bird June 11, 2007 at 2:01 am #

    Is Moore vs McKissic a fair fight? I don’t know McKissic that well, but putting a pastor up aganst a professional theologian does not strike me as an even contest. But I would pay big money and fly to Vegas to see Moore vs. Storms!!!

  2. John Divito June 11, 2007 at 7:36 am #


    These sound like good debates, but isn’t Dr. Akin a four-point Calvinist? Unless Coppenger and Akin are going to discuss the extent of Christ’s atonement, then I’m not sure that their time together would be much of a debate.

  3. Bryan L June 11, 2007 at 9:10 am #

    “But I would pay big money and fly to Vegas to see Moore vs. Storms!!!”

    Or Moore vs Craig Keener or Max Turner (even though they aren’t SBC they are Baptist)!!

  4. Chad June 11, 2007 at 9:24 am #

    Are these debates going to be recorded and downloadable? Are these debates actually part of the annual meeting? If so, these guys are really sports.

  5. mike June 11, 2007 at 10:48 am #

    I see above that Dr. Akin is a 4 pointer ( I had always though that he was a 5 pointer).
    Is Dr. Coppenger a 5 pointer? I assume so since he is arguing in favor of the Calvinist position, but just wanted to make sure.

  6. bill June 11, 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    Are these two “debates” archived anywhere? I missed them.

  7. genembridges June 11, 2007 at 8:29 pm #

    Wow, it’s like getting an Amyraldian and an Infralapsarian to argue the order of decrees! LOL

    Hmmm, I’m actually interested in that. On the other hand, it says something if Dr. Akin, as an Amryaldian/4 Pointer, can accurately present the opposing side…unlike many an anti-Calvinist pastor of late who can’t seem to do that.

  8. Mike Bird June 12, 2007 at 4:14 am #

    Can anyone get me a copy of the pamphlet by Dockery and George. Timothy George is my favourite SBC theologian.

  9. The Hoodlum June 13, 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    Remember the Alamo…


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