SBC Today (SBCT) exists to restore unity in the convention around biblical discipleship and our historic Baptist distinctives. This site is here to give a voice to what we believe to be the heart of the great majority of Southern Baptists. We will cast a positive vision for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, one rooted in our historic and biblical identity. We will offer resources for pastors and interested Baptists on a variety of topics, from sermon ideas and outlines to articles on a variety of topics related to Baptist identity, faith, and practice. We are people of the church who care deeply about the future effectiveness of the SBC for God’s glory, and believe that that effectiveness is best served by a revitalization of our historic and biblical identity, and not by abandoning those sacred values.
SBCToday was originally created by a group of pastors — Robin Foster, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Perkins, Okla.; Wes Kenney, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Valiant, Okla.; Tim Rogers, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indian Trail, N.Car.; and Joe Stewart, pastor of Sabino Road Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz. As pastoral duties and personal responsibilities demanded, first Joe Stewart and then Robin Foster transitioned away from active participation. The blog’s resource management team added Scott Gordon, pastor of Claycomo Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., and David Worley, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Greenfield, Tenn., to the team. However, the time demands of the blog led to its being inactive by the in fall of 2010.
In the spring of 2011, the Baptist Center for Theology of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, directed by Dr. Steve Lemke, became involved in providing technology and editorial support to revive the blog. Many of the original creators of the blog continued to be involved in and make contributions to SBCT, and other like-minded Baptists were recruited to form an editorial board of contributing editors who guided the content of the blog.
In July of 2012, the ownership and editorial leadership of SBCToday was acquired by Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga. Dr Emir Caner, president of TMC, became the blog’s publisher. Norm Miller, TMC’s director of communication and marketing, became the blog’s the editor/moderator.
In August of 2014, the ownership and editorial leadership of SBCToday was acquired by Connect 316 of Sylacauga, Alabama. Dr. Rick Patrick, Executive Director of Connect 316, became the blog’s publisher. Jonathan Carter, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Monticello, Kentucky, became the blog’s editor.
As with any blog, SBCT attracts comments from a variety of perspectives. Many issues confronting the Southern Baptist Convention are controversial. SBCT does not necessarily endorse all that is said in the blog, not only in the comments section but in the articles themselves. Readers are invited to contact us by email with any questions or concerns they may have. For general questions about the site or to submit an article for consideration to be published in SBC Today, email firstname.lastname@example.org.