Archives for tag: Cooperation

Recommended: Ed Stetzer’s 2013 Pastor’s Conference Sermon

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Every summer, one of the highlights for many folks attending the SBC Annual Meeting is the Pastor’s Conference. This year, one of the preachers was our friend and fellow Between the Times contributor Ed Stetzer. As most of our regular readers know, Ed is the president of LifeWay Research, a visiting … Read More »

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Video from Danny Akin’s Convention Sermon

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As many readers know, Southeastern Seminary president Danny Akin preached this year’s Convention sermon. We posted his manuscript last Thursday, shortly before he preached the sermon. The message was titled “Will Southern Baptists by Great Commission Baptists? Six Marks of a Great Commission People.” The text was Romans 15:14–24. If … Read More »

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Text of Danny Akin’s Sermon from the 2013 SBC Annual Meeting

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Will Southern Baptists Be Great Commission Baptists? (Six Marks of a Great Commission People)  Romans 15:14-24 Introduction: 1) At the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans in 2012, messengers approved by a slim 53% margin using the name “Great Commission Baptists” as an alternative or complementary designation for our convention … Read More »

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A Statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee

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Next week, SBC Life will publish the official statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee that was established last summer by Dr. Frank Page. We have made it available for you here at Between the Times. It is also available at the SBC Life website. The full document is titled “Truth, … Read More »

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Calvinism, Cooperation, and the Southern Baptist Convention

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Calvinism is probably the most controversial topic in the contemporary Southern Baptist Convention. About a year ago, the debate reached a new level of intensity with the publication of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” and the responses it provoked from both Calvinists … Read More »

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Paige Patterson Is Not a Traitor

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Recently, I was accused of “treason” in an online comment by an employee of a Cooperative Program-supported college in Georgia.  My crime? I’m general editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum that quotes Wesleyans, Anglicans, and Presbyterians. Apparently, in this person’s mind, quoting people from other denominations is sufficient evidence to … Read More »

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Is the Cooperative Program Worthy of Sacrifice?

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Is the Cooperative Program Worthy of Sacrifice? by Nathan Finn and Micah Fries We are concerned. As we look across our beloved Southern Baptist Convention, we see a problem that is significant, and is growing. Sadly, statistics inform us that this is an issue across the entire spectrum of SBC … Read More »

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On the Future of the Southern Baptist Convention: A Graduation Meditation

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This morning, we’ll celebrate our December graduation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This is our smaller of two annual commencements, but we’ll still graduate around 130 students today. The vast majority of them are Southern Baptists who are currently serving in paid vocational ministry, are presently looking for paid church … Read More »

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Is Baptism a Secondary Doctrine?

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Several years ago, Southern Seminary president Albert Mohler wrote an influential essay titled “A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity.” In that essay, Mohler argues that a key to spiritual maturity is being able to distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary doctrines. According to Mohler, primary or first-order doctrines … Read More »

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The State(s) of our Convention

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Between the Times contributor Nathan Finn has teamed up with Oklahoma Baptist Messenger editor Doug Baker in a new editorial titled The State(s) of our Convention. They appreciate state conventions, are troubled by what they think is an “adversarial posture” on the part of some Southern Baptists toward state conventions, … Read More »

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