Below, I have linked to some personal reflections on the SBC that I have posted here in the past, and which will give you an idea of the current situation of the Convention.
(By the way, I'm joining other LifeWay authors for a book signing today from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the LifeWay store at the Convention Center. If you are a blog reader, or you've picked up a copy of Holy Subversion or Counterfeit Gospels, I hope you will stop by. The LifeWay presentation will be held around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the main hall.)
Some SBC Articles
Southern Baptists, I Have a Feeling We're Not in Zion Anymore:
Let's not shrink back from the future that awaits us. We may be given the honor of suffering for the Name. So let's willingly put ourselves at odds with the culture, expect the social ostracism we can see on the horizon, and stand joyfully amidst the ruins of Christendom while we continue to proclaim the excellencies of the Risen One.
Is It Biblical to Ask Jesus Into Your Heart?
The Southern Baptist blogosphere has erupted in conversation on whether it's proper to use phrases like "asking Jesus into your heart," "accepting Christ," or methods like the "sinner's prayer" when sharing the gospel. Like many online conversations, this one has tended to generate more heat than light, and I get the feeling that good folks on both sides of this issue may be talking past one another.
Behind Every Theological Crusader, There's Usually a Story:
Sometimes the crusader just wants to be heard. So let them tell their story. That said, debating the finer points of theology is not the way to go. Debating the strengths and weaknesses of the charismatic worship movement or the man-centered or God-centered nature of Calvinism or church growth isn't the point. When someone's been burned, they need a bandage, not an explanation of how the burning takes place.
Being Southern Baptist Among and For Evangelicals:
Now is not the time to water down our Baptist distinctives, seek unity at the level of ecclesiology, and pretend that all evangelicals are the same. Allies in WWII did not give up their sovereignty or their countries' distinctive traits. But neither did they treat each other as opponents. They built bridges in order to see freedom advanced beyond their countries' borders. Likewise, this is the time for Southern Baptists to maintain the bridges, not tear them down. We stand with evangelical allies. We are in a position to do for evangelicals what evangelicals once did for Southern Baptists.
Screwtape on the Southern Baptist Convention
The fact that we lost the battle over the Book almost caused me to lose hope. But we still have a chance. The gospel and the cursed Commission are the tools the Enemy has used against us all these years. You will do well to make sure that these Baptists focus on everything else.
I fear what lies in store for us. The Enemy will not give up on these people. So neither should we.
Calvinism and the SBC: A Review of Whosoever Will
Being forced to decide which stream I belong to - Charleston or Sandy Creek - is like someone asking me to take sides in Grandpa and Grandma's divorce. I'm an intellectually-inclined high church guy who loves aspects of Grandpa Charles, but I've been nurtured by Grandma Sandy's distinct version of piety too. I love them both, and I want them to stay married. Keeping them together makes for a stronger Southern Baptist family.
What Southern Baptists Can Learn from Romanian Baptists
- Romanian Baptists on the problem of SBC "Rebaptizing"
- Rebaptism: Diagnosing the Problem
- On the Baptism of Small Children
- On Catechism Before Baptism