This is a video of Dr. Steve Gaines being interviewed by Joel Southerland on Talk SBC. The interview concerns the “Sinner’s Prayer” resolution approved by the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans this week, and the proper use of the Sinner’s Prayer in churches.
This is a video interview of Eric Hankins by Joel Southerland on Talk SBC. The interview addresses Hankins’ views about “A Statement on Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation,” of which he is the primary author, and Calvinism in the SBC. Hankins is Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oxford, MS, and was the author of the recent “Sinner’s Prayer” Resolution that was approved at the recent New Orleans SBC convention.
As I look through the window of my early morning flight out of New Orleans, I can see the Crescent City slowly pass out of sight. I have to admit it – I love New Orleans. I always have. Some of my fondest memories as a pastor have been times spent with other Southern Baptist pastors and laypeople in this town. My first convention as a pastor was here. The first convention that I was able to bring my wife to was New Orleans. I have made many friends and spent several late nights around tables listening to my “heroes” talk of the early days of the Conservative Resurgence, and what it was like after we won “the Battle for the Bible.”
However, as I leave New Orleans I can’t help but feel a bit conflicted. I have a sense of excitement mixed with what can best be described as a sense of foreboding. There is something in my spirit that tells me that in spite of the election of my friend, Dr. Fred Luter, all is increasingly not well in my beloved convention.
Don’t misunderstand, I am very encouraged by the election of Dr. Luter. I’ve known him since I was a preacher boy and have been blessed by his preaching and committed Christian leadership in the face of tremendous trials. I’ve been challenged by the consistent ministry he has to young men in his church and believe that he will be a strong, stable leader for our denomination.