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Saying “No Mas” to Additional Calvinist Entity Leaders

January 9, 2017

By Dr. Rick Patrick, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, Alabama

In the eighth round of a famous boxing match in 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard was getting the best of Roberto Duran, when Duran turned away from Leonard, waving in surrender, at which point the referee said, “No mas,” which is Spanish for “No more,” thereby ending the match. Whatever else one might think of Roberto Duran, there is something to be said for possessing the self-awareness to know when one has had enough.

Although Duran’s “No mas” was a sign of surrender, Southern Baptists must learn to say “No mas” as an expression of firm resistance, opposing the election of additional Calvinist leadership over the next several years as we experience vacancies within our eleven entities. Recently, such leaders have typically possessed exceptionally strong theological, philosophical and personal ties to Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A proactive effort by trustees to install Soteriological Traditionalists would serve to counter-balance this disproportionately Calvinistic influence.

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Is Extending An Invitation Really Relevant For Today?

January 3, 2017

By Dr. Denny Autry, Dean
 J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies and Professor of Pastoral Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Theological Matters and is used by permission.

The contemporary pulpit of the 21st century has become silent. Not in regard to story-telling, pithy sayings, anecdotes and illustrative pictures of everyday life, but with regard to any concrete explanation of the text of Scripture. In some cases, the use of Scripture in the preaching event has become non-existent. Thus, is there really a need for extending an invitation at the conclusion of the contemporary sermon? Continue reading

Old Preachers in the SBC

December 26, 2016

by David Allen

Editor’s Note: As this is the week between Christmas and New Year’s it might be nice to take a break from the more serious things within the SBC have a little laugh.  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a Happy and Blessed New Year!  This originally appeared at Dr. Allen’s blog and is used with his permission.
KBG, Editor

Most of you have never had the opportunity to sit in on a PhD oral exam/dissertation defense. The experience is loads of fun…for everyone except the student. Faculty members grill the student for two hours over his work. Continue reading

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