Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
The most segregated hour in America is Sunday morning at eleven o’clock. But Southern Baptists are doing something about it. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is leading the way when it comes to providing a diverse faculty. Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary in Ontario, California, is leading the way when it comes to serving a diverse student body.
Recently, Dr. Johnathan Pritchett, Vice President for Academics at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, conducted research to determine the levels of diversity that exist in each of our six Southern Baptist seminaries—both among the faculty and among the students.
Data was collected from available online resources. Thus, it is possible that a few positions have changed and websites have not yet been updated. Also, a few faculty members were missing photos in their biographical sketches. Generally, however, the data is not only accurate but quite useful for a basic diversity assessment.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow-up to be Pat Benatar.
What wasn’t to love about my favorite pop singer? A sultry voice, sky-high stiletto heels, and rockin’ 80’s eye shadow. Countless hours of my youth were spent singing into a hairbrush microphone, entertaining an imaginary sold-out crowd in my bedroom with Pat Benatar hits like Hit Me With Your Best Shot and We Belong. But the most powerful lyrics belonged to my favorite song, Invincible…
We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible
I didn’t grow-up to be Pat Benatar. Thankfully, the Lord had better plans for me than I had for myself. Continue reading
On one occasion, the chief priests and elders approached Jesus while he was teaching and asked him, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” (Matt 21:23). While it is obvious that the priests and elders were disputing rather than making careful inquiry, the question they asked is good and deserves being asked and answered. Many indeed ask by what authority does the church practice church discipline? In answering this question, I will seek to briefly demonstrate that we not only practice church discipline because of explicit commands to do so (Matt 18:15–20; Rom 16:17–18; 1 Cor 5:1–13; 1 Tim 1:19–20; 2 Thess 3:6–15), but also because church discipline is inextricably related to the gospel, evangelism, and the Great Commission. Continue reading