Category: SBC Issues

Five Reasons To Be Thankful for the Statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee, or Five Reasons to Celebrate T5

During the last 12 months, a committee of 19 Southern Baptists labored to write a consensus statement on Calvinism before next month’s annual meeting of the SBC. They met their deadline. On the evening of May 30, SBC Life posted “Truth, Trust and Testimony in a Time of Tension” (T5).[1] Southern Baptists have discussed Calvinism […]

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SBC Values In Conflict
Why Our Theology Is Not The Only Issue

By Dr. Rick Patrick Senior Pastor Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Hueytown, Alabama Abraham Maslow has been credited with the observation that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When looking for a solution, we project our own interests and expertise onto the problem itself. In the TV show House, for […]

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TULIP Mania Strikes Again:
Of Bulbs, Bubbles and Burgeoning Beliefs

By Dr. Rick Patrick Senior Pastor Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Hueytown, Alabama  Long before the dot-com crisis fifteen years ago and the real estate disaster five years ago, from the Dutch Golden Age of the Seventeenth Century comes the fascinating story of the world’s very first speculative economic bubble. Known as Tulip Mania, the price […]

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Defining the Elephant
Part 2 of 2

By Dr. Rick Patrick Senior Pastor Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Hueytown, Alabama At some point, it is fair to ask the question, “Is it good stewardship for me to pay for the institutional advancement of organizations promoting doctrines I do not embrace personally, nor desire to teach my children, nor favor publishing at Lifeway, nor […]

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Defining the Elephant
Part 1 of 2

By Dr. Rick Patrick Senior Pastor Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Hueytown, Alabama Charles Kettering said, “A problem well-stated is half-solved.” Now that Southern Baptists are talking about the proverbial elephant in the room, it seems helpful to define that elephant as clearly as possible. Thus, I write this article not to foster division among us, […]

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