Category: Baptist

Remembering the Value of the Individual

The Southern Baptist Convention begins meeting today (June 13). During the next two days, messengers representing 46,793 churches with 15.3 million members[1] will make important decisions, hear reports about our work, worship together, and fellowship. These t... Read More »

The SBC Annual Meeting through the Lens of Wearing Multiple Hats

I’m often asked why I go to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meetings. Those ill-informed about the SBC annual meeting think it is just a “big church business meeting”—but that’s only one aspect of the annual meeting. To answer the questi... Read More »

A Strong Message to the Local Church – Cooperative Program

On February 22nd and 23rd of this year, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to discuss matters that affect the largest evangelical denomination in the United States. Southwestern Seminary sent eight student lead... Read More »

Concerning Labels: Why Labels Matter

A few weeks ago, another semester began here at Southwestern Seminary, and I began another course on Baptist Heritage, a class in which the people, places and ideas of the Baptist movement are discussed. On the first day of class, I ran through the usual first... Read More »

Why I Love the Cooperative Program and Why You Should Too

I am a product of the Cooperative Program (CP). [1] I admit it and am proud of it. I was reared in a home where my father’s salary came whole or in part from gifts through the CP; my first ministry experience as a summer missionary was paid through CP gifts;... Read More »

Finishing Well

It happens about this same time every semester: students work feverishly to complete assignments, and faculty work diligently to grade them. Procrastination is no longer your friend. It’s easy to complain about the load or bemoan the fact that you didn’t s... Read More »

VIDEO: Grindstone answers question, “Is Patterson an Arminian?”

At a Grindstone Q&A discussion on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 26, Roger Olson, the Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, attempted to convince Southwestern... Read More »

What’s In a Name?: Evangelicals and Marriage

Editor’s Note: This post is the second installment of a multi-part series reflecting on my recent radio discussion with Brandan Robertson, spokesperson for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. The audio of that radio “debate” can be found here. The fi... Read More »

Worthy of Double Honor

With all due respect to Chuck Swindoll and Charles Stanley, whose works I highly recommend to you, there are three guys named Charles whose writings every Minister should know: Charles Spurgeon, Charles Jefferson, and Charles Bridges.  Along with Pope Gregory... Read More »

If you never swing the bat, you will never hit the ball

My 10-year-old son Will and I share a common love—baseball. While he’s not naturally gifted at playing the game, Will loves to be part of the team, and as with most kids his age his skills have progressed each year through repetition and practice. This pas... Read More »