**This article was previously posted by Dr. Randy White HERE and is used by permission.
Anyone who follows my articles and tweets knows that I am a disgruntled Southern Baptist. If you ask me why, I would not really know where to begin. I don’t like the “moral communitarianism” of Russell Moore at the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (nor his “future kings and queens of the universe” theology, nor his “Christ is Israel” brand of replacement theology, nor his Kingdom-advance based ethic). I don’t like the church-planting strategy of the North American Mission Board, using SBC funds to put largely Calvinist and often rebellious church-planters who won’t give a plug-nickle to the denomination as soon as the check stops coming. I don’t like the IMB raise-the-dead and pray-for-visions method of evangelism, nor that there is little role for the preacher on the mission field. I’m no fan of what appears to be the “a good Baptist is a reformed Baptist” teaching that comes out of Southern Seminary. I have a disdain for the “we’ll sell it if you’ll buy it” philosophy of LifeWay, nor the “stick your finger in the air to determine the direction we should go” ministry of Ed Stetzer. Finally, I have grown weary of the entire church-growth movement of Rick Warren that has become so run-of-the-mill in SBC churches. So, I’m clearly not the poster child for happy, go-along-to-get-along Southern Baptists. Continue reading
A professor once asked my class, “What is the measurement of a successful ministry?” When I heard this question I knew in my heart how someone would answer. Sure enough, the first hand that went up responded—“A successful ministry is a growing ministry.” I silently sighed in my heart and gently shook my head in disagreement. I quickly responded to my fellow student that, “Numbers do not mean success, or even Spiritual maturity.” I quickly pointed to the “smiling preacher” down in Houston (Osteen for those who cannot figure it out!) and I asked my classmate if they thought that He had a successful ministry there in Texas. My fellow classmate quickly responded that, “God wants His church to grow, and if we do what He wants us to do, He will grow it.” The professor quickly moved on to another subject to avoid an argument. Little did I know that this conversation would eventually haunt me in my future ministry and lead me to a dark place. Continue reading
I believe the vast majority of Calvinists seek to be clear about their belief in Calvinism when interviewed by a pastoral search committee. I personally know some Calvinists who seek to make this very clear in the interview process. However, and quite unfortunately, that is not always the case. Continue reading