The gift of tongues and Calvinistic theology are two hot topics in Southern Baptist life right now. Criswell College President, Dr. Jerry Johnson, moderated two fascinating debates on these topics at the Southern Baptist Convention just this week. Both debates are available for download from the “Jerry Johnson Live” podcast or from the podcast’s website.
In the first podcast, Jerry Johnson moderates a debate between Dr. Russell Moore and Pastor Dwight McKissic on the issue of speaking in tongues. In the second podcast, Jerry Johnson moderates a dialogue between Dr. Danny Akin and Dr. Mark Coppenger on the issue of Calvinism.
I was very pleased to be present for these debates and to see the great interest they generated. I think there is a hunger among many Southern Baptists for substantive theological discussion. Criswell College sponsored these debates on the floor of its exhibit, and they were not a part of the official program. Yet they were hugely successful as evidenced by the aisle-clogging crowd that gathered. I hope the success of these discussions will encourage future SBC organizers to plan such conversations for the pastor’s conference and other venues during the convention.