Rethinking SBC Membership Policies—Part Two Four Types of PARTNERS Receiving MEMBER Benefits in the Southern Baptist Convention

July 25, 2017

 Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
 First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
 Executive Director, Connect 316

In Part One I expressed the concern that Southern Baptists have a very lenient policy for admitting new churches into our convention. All one must do is (a) basically affirm our beliefs, (b) state somewhere, even semi-privately, that you will cooperate with us, and (c) donate an undesignated gift—optionally undisclosed—of any amount at all to any Southern Baptist entity. Frankly, this policy does not properly guard our interests as Southern Baptists. I called it the Southern Baptist equivalent of the North American Free Trade Agreement. It leaves us open to abuse by certain outside partners willing to be Southern Baptist enough to receive our benefits but not Southern Baptist enough to shoulder our responsibilities.

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Mirroring the Gravity of the Cross

July 24, 2017

By William F. Harrell

For more resources from Dr. Harrell go to his website.

There are some places to which one goes that command respect. For instance, when one goes to our National Cemetery at Arlington, Va. there is a certain amount of respect which is demanded. In the courtrooms of America respect for the judge and the rule of law is required. If a person were to visit the White House, they would be held to strict rules governing their conduct and access to the building. When someone goes to a funeral to pay their last respects to an individual, they dress and act accordingly. If one were called to the Mayor’s office or to the office of a high government official, they would feel obligated to honor the person holding that office by treating them with respect. And so, my point is made that certain places to which one goes command respect. This attitude of respect will affect ones dress and conduct. It will keep them soberly aware of where they are and who it is that they are dealing with. It will also have a lot to do with their activities while they are in this place which commands respect.
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AUGUSTINE AND PROSPER: DID THEY EVER HOLD TO LIMITED ATONEMENT?

July 21, 2017

By David L. Allen, Dean of the School of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Dr. Allen’s personal website and is used by permission.  Because it is a response, I felt the need to deviate from our current standard of articles running between 1,000-1,500 words to allow for the full context of the conversation and response to be easier understood.

This article is actually intended as a response in a comment thread on “The Baptist Review” on Facebook, Thursday, June 29, 11:04 am. Due to the length of the response, it is not feasible to incorporate it in a comment on Facebook, so I am posting it here and linking to this page in a new post in “The Baptist Review” on Facebook.

One of the members of the group, Chris, has been reading my book The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review. He had completed chapter one on the Patristics (Early Church Fathers), and was offering his first impression. I claim that none of the Patristics held to limited atonement. Chris had some questions about this with respect to Augustine and Prosper. Continue reading

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