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The SBCToday staff has closed comments on the blog until January 2 due to the holiday season. The site otherwise will remain active. Those who wish to comment on Dr. Harwood’s post — “SBTS and the BFM” — may do so after the break.

 

Comment on Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

You can now post your comments to Dr. Adam Harwood’s essay at SBC Today.

“Does Southern Seminary have an institutional commitment to a theological position which is not affirmed in the BFM and excludes many Southern Baptists?”

Follow the link below for the full article.

http://sbctoday.com/?p=9715

Soul winner Jim Akins

by Dan Nelson

For 28 years, Dan Nelson has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Camarillo, Calif. Pastor Nelson will submit a series of posts to SBCToday about people who influenced him for the sake of evangelism.

 


Jim Akins was a strong evangelistic pastor in Missouri and California whom God used to grow churches. He was director of evangelism for the California Southern Baptist Convention in the 90s. Later he worked at the North American Mission Board before returning to the pastorate. Jim was taken from us suddenly through cancer. He didn’t pass into glory, however, without taking many with him to heaven through his witness.

Jim and his wife, Kay, started out well in ministry after he graduated from seminary. However, shortly after that a terrible automobile accident put Kay in a wheel chair for the rest of her life. Kay was a wonderful person who traveled with Jim as much as she could, and she always had a cheerful spirit. The accident never deterred the couple. Jim was one of the most positive people I have ever known. When he became evangelism director, he lifted the spirits of many-a discouraged pastor at state evangelism conferences. You left those conferences knowing God could use you to grow any church through evangelism.

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