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The New NAMB: Part 1 Is It Working? And How Would You Know?

April 18, 2017
Dr. Will McRaney
Founder, The Church
Strengthening Network

At the 2016 SBC Annual Meeting in St. Louis, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell presented a video report entitled It Is Working. The “It” he referenced was the New NAMB strategy of “increasing the amount of its resources devoted to church planting.” But is it really working? Is the post-Great Commission Resurgence New NAMB producing the results as advertised in press releases?

Before this conclusion can be reached, Southern Baptists must determine the questions to ask and the results to examine. A thorough exploration of the results based upon carefully chosen research questions must be completed at this critical time in the life of our country, the SBC, and the New NAMB. 

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Crude Comments, Harsh Harangues and Ignored Instructions Four Blocked Commenters, Three Removed Threads, Two Swamped Moderators and One Failed Reconciliation

March 30, 2017

Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316

Well, a storm blew in the other day that I was not expecting in the least. It was like a monsoon of madness, a blizzard of bitterness and a hurricane of hatred all at the same time. I have never seen anything like it at SBC Today and I hope never to see anything like it again.

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Gaines and Graham Urge Gracious Reconciliation Moore Admits "Failures" and Offers Sincere Apology for "Broad, Unnecessarily Harsh" Words

March 22, 2017

Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316

After Russell Moore offered a crystal clear apology in Baptist Press this week, Southern Baptist statesmen Steve Gaines and Jack Graham are urging gracious reconciliation. Because I have great respect for these men, I wish to honor their request with a more conciliatory posture than I have demonstrated in the past. Listen to the words of Gaines and Graham as they call us to move forward and put this ugly brouhaha behind us:

Regarding his work at the ERLC, I have agreed with most of his statements, especially those regarding the sanctity of human life, the sacredness of heterosexual, monogamous marriage and religious liberty,” Gaines said. “However, I have disagreed with some of the statements he made during the election and I especially disagreed with the tone with which he made some of those statements. I have discussed all of this privately with him. He has genuinely apologized for his mistakes and that is good enough for me. I believe all of us who are recipients of grace and forgiveness should grant him the same forgiveness that we desire from the Lord. It is high time that we put all of this behind us. None of these matters will prevent Bellevue Baptist Church from continuing our support of the Cooperative Program, the ERLC and Dr. Moore. It is time to move ahead and work together to double our efforts to take the Gospel to our nation and the nations. —Dr. Steve Gaines

This is a gracious and unifying statement from Dr. Moore. —Dr. Jack Graham

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