• Christianity

    Why I opposed an anti-abortion resolution at the SBC

    Two weeks ago, I thought the most important resolution coming before the Southern Baptist Convention would be about Critical Race Theory. I need to give up my prognosticating, because I turned out to be epically wrong in that prediction. That resolution didn’t even come close to being the most important resolution before the messengers. I made that prediction not knowing what I know now—that the convention would pass a resolution that amounts to a repudiation of the pro-life movement. In fact, this resolution is a break with every single pro-life resolution that the SBC has passed in the last 41 years.  How could such a thing happen in a denomination…

  • Christianity,  Social Justice

    Dealing with Resolution 9… or not?

    Last month, I made a prediction that we wouldn’t leave the SBC in Nashville without a resolution making it absolutely clear how Southern Baptists feel about CRT. How has that prediction turned out? It’s hard to say now because we still have more to debate and discuss tomorrow. Most notably, the Committee on Order of Business will report tomorrow on a motion to rescind Resolution 9 passed at 2019 SBC. If we are able to vote on that motion and rescind, it would serve the same purpose as a strong resolution. I suspect, however, that the motion will be ruled out of order and that we will not have the…

  • Theology/Bible

    Looking ahead to the SBC in Nashville

    Today Ronnie Floyd — the President of the SBC Executive Committee — announced that over 16,000 messengers have pre-registered for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Over 16,000 pre-registered messengers for #SBC21 https://t.co/TVniU8bLrB — Ronnie Floyd (@ronniefloyd) June 9, 2021 To put this number in perspective, you have to keep in mind that 16,000 is about twice the attendance that we had at our last meeting. In fact, we haven’t had this many people show up for an annual meeting since 1995 in Atlanta (see stats at bottom). From the looks of things, this is shaping up to be a watershed convention. From the presidential election to debates…

  • Theology/Bible

    The first to plead his case seems just…

    Proverbs 18:17, “The first to plead his case seems just, Until another comes and examines him.” “Hearers enthralled by a good speech in court can easily forget that they have heard only one side of the argument. More information is needed before a verdict can be reached. When the other party speaks in refutation, people realize they have heard only one side. The experience at court offers a lesson to all who make judgments about others. Truth appears gradually; one must listen to all sides. The old Latin axiom is relevant: audiatur et altera pars, ‘Let the other side be heard too.’ Protagoras in the fifth century B.C.E. said, ‘There…

  • Christianity,  Social Justice

    Dealing with Resolution 9 at the SBC

    I am pre-registered as a messenger from my church to the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville next month. Because of the aftermath of 2019’s infamous “Resolution 9,” one of the most important items of business before the Convention will no doubt be a resolution relating to Critical Race Theory (CRT). I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet. So I could be wildly off in this prediction, but I anticipate that we won’t leave Nashville without a strong resolution against Critical Race Theory. I won’t even try to predict the path from point A to point B, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to get to point…

  • Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    No Hedging. No Paternalism. Just obedience.

    Hannah Anderson has an essay at Christianity Today warning against “paternalism” among complementarians. She says that paternalism occurs among complementarians whenever “policies and practices” are put into place “that restrict both the freedom and the responsibilities of women who do not hold the authority associated with pastors and husbands.” In other words, it’s not men in authority per se that are the problem. It’s those who misuse their authority to limit women under their charge. She then says that “The challenge for complementarians, then, is to create policies and practices that don’t unnecessarily limit the freedom or the responsibilities of women as co-heirs of the gospel of life.” Anderson cites…

  • Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    How To Turn Complementarians into Egalitarians

    Mike Bird and Devi Abraham recently interviewed authors Kristin DuMez, Beth Allison Barr, and Aimee Byrd (see video below). All three of these authors have written books condemning complementarianism. Both DuMez and Barr are convinced egalitarians. While I have never heard Byrd own that label, she has said in her book that she is not a complementarian. In any case, it’s difficult to detect any daylight between Byrd’s position and that of the two egalitarians in this interview. They all three are very much opposed to complementarian theology, which is denigrated as abusive patriarchy in this interview. One thing that they all three seem to agree on is the need…

  • Christianity

    SBC Presidential Candidates Discuss the Issues

    Yesterday, the four men running for President of the Southern Baptist Convention participated in a forum discussion about their vision for the SBC. Many thanks to SBC Pipeline for convening and hosting this event. Here are the candidates: Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) Randy Adams, Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention Mike Stone, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church (Blackshear, GA) Ed Litton, Pastor of Redemption Church (Saraland, AL) As far as I’m concerned, the best part of this video is listening to each of these men’s testimonies. They blessed me beyond words. It was also good to hear these brothers explain why they…

  • Christianity,  Culture,  Theology/Bible

    A Conversation with Aaron Renn

    It was a real pleasure to speak with Aaron Renn on his podcast last week. He titled the episode “Complementarianism and Its Discontents,” and it was a wide-ranging conversation from personal testimony to the current landscape of complementarianism. Aaron is a fascinating guy who writes really stimulating material on what it means to be male and female. In fact, one of the reasons he invited me on the show is due to my recent interaction with an essay he wrote for the Masculinist a couple years ago. He made the case that complementarianism is a Baby Boomer theology that is likely to fade as the Baby Boomers age out. I…

  • Christianity,  Theology/Bible

    Burying the Gospel under Trash

    I love Spurgeon. No one says it like he does. I’ve been working on my sermon for Sunday and in preparation just finished reading Spurgeon’s sermon on 2 Cor. 5:14 titled “Under Constraint.” In one section, he confronts the indifference that some Christians display toward false teachers and their error. I think Spurgeon’s intensity reflects that of the apostle Paul. This is a relevant word today, and we need to hear this: He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart. Oh, if some of you…