Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future

This week Crossway has published a new collection of essays titled Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future. David Dockery edited the volume, which is substantially (though not entirely) based upon the two Baptist Identity Conferences held at Union University in 2004 and 2007. You can still listen to the audio presentations from those conferences by clicking here and here.

The contributors to Southern Baptist Identity include Dockery, Al Mohler, Stan Norman, Greg Wills, Timothy George, Russ Moore, Paige Patterson, James Leo Garrett, Morris Chapman, Ed Stetzer, Jim Shaddix, Thom Rainer, Mike Day, Richard Land, Nathan Finn, and Danny Akin. Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds recently conducted a helpful interview with Dockery. The book will be available for purchase at the SBC Annual Meeting in Louisville.

Johnny Hunt Podcast on the Great Commission Resurgence

SBC President Johnny Hunt recently sat down with Doug Baker of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina to discuss the Great Commission Resurgence. The podcast, available in two parts, is available here.

Part I
The Great Commission Resurgence – What is it? Who authored the document? What is the purpose of the document? Changes in the document since April 27, 2009; Southern Baptists – losing the gospel?; The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Abstract of Principles: Competitive or Complimentary?; Theological triage – a Biblical concept?; Southern Baptists, first-order issues, and third order issues; Article IX – associations, state conventions, duplication; Article IX: Feedback and pushback.

Part II
Autonomy, the Local Church and the Cooperative Program; Dr. Morris Chapman’s overhaul of the SBC; Dr. Jerry Vines and the “bureaucratic branches” of Southern Baptists; The Cooperative Program – its current state and its future; First Baptist Woodstock’s giving levels to the CP – a cause for scrutiny?; Three priorities for the future; The future of associations and state conventions; Restructuring – again?; Restructuring – how?; Dr. Adrian Rogers on the battles of Baptists; Why come to Louisville?; Why become or remain a Southern Baptist?google panda

Panel Discussion on the Generation Gap in the SBC

This past Wednesday SEBTS hosted a presidential forum on the generation gap in the SBC. The forum took the form of a panel discussion. The participants included Danny Akin, J. D. Greear, David Nelson, and Nathan Finn (all of whom are fellow BtT contributors). The topics discussed included Calvinism, Acts 29, alcohol, the future of the SBC, the nature of the gospel, ecumenism, evangelicalism, and the Great Commission Resurgence. Do yourself a favor and check out the video below.

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