Archives for tag: Great Commission Resurgence

The Future of the Cooperative Program

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I love the Cooperative Program because I have seen it at work. My first paycheck as a Southern Baptist pastor consisted of combined funds from my church, the local Baptist association, the state convention, and the Home Mission Board (now NAMB). Cooperative Program funds made it financially possible for me … Read More »

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Reflections on the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 1

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Last week, Southern Baptists held their annual Convention in Houston, Texas. In general, I think it was a very good gathering. I returned to Wake Forest very hopeful about the direction Southern Baptists are heading, with one important exception (see below). Every year, I try to offer some reflections on … 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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What to Expect at the Houston Convention

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Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention will gather for its annual meeting in Houston. We will conduct business, hear reports from our various ministries, adopt resolutions about various topics, and listen to sermons and “preachy addresses” from some of the better-known preachers among us. I’m particularly excited about that last … Read More »

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Preparing SEBTS Students for the SBC Annual Meeting

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As many readers will know, the SBC Annual Meeting will gather in Houston on June 11–12, 2013. In conjunction with the Convention, I teach an elective travel course at Southeastern Seminary titled The Southern Baptist Convention. The course is divided into three components. First, we meet on campus for one … Read More »

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Theology & Practice of Mission: An Interview with Bruce Ashford

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Recently, our own Bruce Ashford published an edited volume, Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011), which embodies the Great Commission resurgence we are seeking here at SEBTS and in the broader SBC. In the post below, I’ve interviewed Bruce about the book, its unique format structured around the biblical … Read More »

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Q&A 19: What is the greatest strength of the SBC? The greatest weakness?

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Question: What is the greatest strength of the SBC? The greatest weakness? Reply: I think the answer to these 2 questions is the same: our fraternal and family orientation. We gain great strength by being a family or convention of Southern Baptist churches united by a passion for international missions, … Read More »

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Q&A 7: How Do We Promote Faithful Giving to the Great Commission?

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10.4.2011 Question: In light of your work with the Great Commission Resurgence, what are some things, other than faithfully giving to our local churches and missions agencies, that we can do to promote giving money to reach unreached people groups worldwide? Reply: Rob, I think there are a number of … Read More »

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We’d Just Witnessed the Book of Acts

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Recently, I had the privilege of helping lead a missions team from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to a country in South Asia. We spent ten days in a nation with a population four times larger than that of California, but where far less than 1% of the population professes faith … Read More »

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Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism

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In October 2009, Union University hosted a conference titled Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism. The conference was held in conjunction with the four hundredth anniversary of the Baptists. It also revisited an oft-asked question: what is the relationship between Southern Baptists and American evangelicals? You can listen … Read More »

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