by the Contributing Editors of SBC Today
This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting. That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Watering Down Immersion: A Response to David Mathis,” by Nathan Akin in the B21 blog, responding to Mathis’ perspective that a church should not require people to have scriptural baptism, in that including them is more important.
- “Is There a Double Standard in Calvinistic Cooperation?” by Paul Stohler in the Out of the Gray blog, arguing that Calvinists sometimes apply a double standard in theological discussions and perceptions within the SBC.
- “My Response to John Piper’s Recent Statements about God and Tornadoes,” by Roger Olson in his blog, responding to Reformed pastor John Piper’s claim that God decreed the tornadoes and targeted these specific communities and individuals for the destruction, injuries, and killings caused by the tornadoes. Also see his Further thoughts about catastrophes and God’s judgment.
About Issues in the SBC
- “Comments by ‘Lee’ Need a Response,” in the Paul’s Passing Thoughts blog, with a wife and mother recounting a very painful personal experience that helps explain why some traditional Baptists react so negatively to any compromise with the New Calvinism.
- “Getting Ready for NOLA,” by Tim Rogers in the Southern Baptist in North Carolina blog, affirming what Fred Luter’s candidacy for President of the SBC brings to convention life.
- “Red and Yellow, Black and White,” by Waylon Bailey in his blog, noting the effort to achieve greater diversity in appointments to various SBC boards and agencies.
- “The Great Commission Resurgence: Alive or Dead?” by William Thornton in the SBC Plodder blog, evaluating the impact of GCR on Cooperative Program support and the work of Baptists.
About Ministry and Worship
- “Church Planting: Exegeting Your Community,” by Matt Steen in the Church Thought blog, with ideas about how church plants (or any churches) can exegete their communities. This is a part of a larger series on church planting.
- “5 Tests to Determine If Your Church Is Truly Gospel-Centered,” by J. D. Greear in the Between the Times blog, with five marks of a gospel-centered church drawn from a recent Greear message at a conference (the audio is also available).
- “People Migration to Larger Churches,” by Thom Rainer in his blog, with statistics about the phenomenon of moving from smaller to larger churches.
- “Romans 12 Blueprint for Christ’s Church,” by Joe McKeever in his blog, noting the pattern for the New Testament church outlined in Romans 12.
- “A Critique of the Christ-less Church,” by Jesse Owens in the Helwys Society Forum blog, with a critique of churches drawn from some comments by Mary Flannery O’Connor.
About the Personal Devotional Life
- “All of Your Mind,” by Mark in his “Here I Blog,” reflecting on the command to love God with all our minds.
- “An Evangelical Looks at Saint Patrick,” by Russ Moore in the Moore to the Point blog, reflecting on the life and witness of St. Patrick.
- “Seven Ways to Destroy Your Marriage,” by Perry Noble in his blog, with a list of what he promised in the title that should be avoided in marital life.
- “Spiritual Anger,” by Brad Whitt in his blog, reflecting on spiritual anger as expressed in 1 Samuel 11:6.
- “What Are You Waiting For?” by Joe McKeever in his blog, with a passionate appeal for persons to humbly acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- “Jesus Heals the Lame,” by Lynn Jones in the FBC Booneville Pastor’s blog, with encouragement that Jesus can heal old wounds and hurts.
- “Investing Time,” by Jeff Powell in the Pastor’s Thoughts blog, noting the spiritual significance of how we invest our time.
About Christians and Society
- “The Problem with ‘Modern Discipline’,” by Dan Barnes in the SBC Voices blog, commenting on appropriate discipline of children.
- “The New American Divide,” by Charles Murray in the Wall Street Journal Saturday essay, with a MUST READ article offering a comparison of two quasi-mythical towns, Belmont and Fishtown, and how they are moving further and further apart year in lifestyle and life experience. We have to grasp our communities in this way to understand how to minister in each of these settings. While you’re at it, read Murray’s “Why Economics Can’t Explain Our Cultural Divide,” which further explicates this cultural issue.
- “Nicholas Kristof Affirms ‘Kony 2012’,” by Denny Burk in his blog. If you don’t know what Kony 2012 and the Invisible Children movement is all about, you to need to read this article, talk to a college student, and be able to provide your own opinion about this issue. It’s the rage topic on college campuses.
- “The Empire of Entitlement,” by Pete Wilson in the WithoutWax.tv blog, commenting on the dangers of entitlement in American society.