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A (Very) Short Defense of Close Communion for Baptist Churches

For churches that have adopted the Baptist Faith and Message as their confessional document or statement of faith, there is a simple defense of close communion — the practice of restricting access to the Lord’s Table to those who have been baptized in accordance with Scripture. Article VII reads as follows: Christian baptism is the … Continue reading A (Very) Short Defense of Close Communion for Baptist Churches

Ministry in the Dark Winter

It’s common knowledge that the holidays are an especially-sensitive time. As we approach late-November, families wrestle with increased stress and anxiety. Money gets tight. The schedule gets full. The days grow darker and the nights grow longer. For many, the holidays aren’t the most wonderful time of year. Instead, they’re a time of increased stress, … Continue reading Ministry in the Dark Winter

GUEST POST: Preparing for Ministry in a Post-Truth World, Part Two

Having clarified what a post-truth society looks like and addressed some of the particular challenges inherent therein, we must turn our eyes to practical engagement with it. Prepare for a long-haul Stamina, energy, and strength are required for ministry in any environment; this doesn’t change when serving in a post-truth culture. At times, the challenges … Continue reading GUEST POST: Preparing for Ministry in a Post-Truth World, Part Two

Genesis: A Common Baptist Battleground, Part 1. The Elliott Controversy

This post is intended to serve as the first in a series that looks at prevailing points of contention among Southern Baptists. If there is a particular point of controversy that you would like to see addressed, scroll down to the bottom and leave a comment. In 1961, a popular, young professor at Midwestern Baptist … Continue reading Genesis: A Common Baptist Battleground, Part 1. The Elliott Controversy

BOOK REVIEW and Giveaway: Philippians for Pastors by John Kitchen

Philippians for Pastors. By John Kitchen. The Woodlands, TX: Kress Biblical Resources, 2018. 530 pp. $32.99. In 2019, I had the opportunity to teach a seminary course in conjunction with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Text-Driven Preaching Workshop. When developing the textbook list for the course, I included a commentary that I had found particularly helpful … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW and Giveaway: Philippians for Pastors by John Kitchen

SBC Unity and the Unforced Error that was Resolution 9

On the heels of the controversial cinedoc, By What Standard?, which was itself a response to Resolution 9, voted upon and affirmed by the Southern Baptist Convention messengers at the SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, Baptist Press released a “Q&A with the 2019 Resolutions Committee about Resolution 9,” last week. For clarification, that’s just … Continue reading SBC Unity and the Unforced Error that was Resolution 9