Honesty. It really is the best policy. Integrity and honesty are important in the home, important on the job, and are certainly important in the ministry. However, that is not always practiced as the case. Most of the time the problem is not a case of outright lying as it is a case of withholding information. This is especially true as it relates to the issue of Soteriology. I believe that a potential pastoral candidate should be open and up front with the pastor search committee and the congregation as to whether he is a Calvinist or a Traditionalist, in the realm of Soteriology. I have had good friends express a desire to recommend me to a particular church and once I find out that the church is not a good fit for me (which may be in worship style or the church might be a Calvinist/Reformed church) I decline their offer to be recommended. Continue reading
I love VBS. It is a movement that has had the hand of God upon it from the very beginning. It is the greatest outreach event a church can do each year. It has the potential to pay dividends long after VBS is over. I want to do everything I can to strengthen the VBS movement and to help churches to have an outreach driven VBS. Continue reading
Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
Executive Director, Connect 316
In the autumn of 2013, the year Russell Moore was installed as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a Wall Street Journal article recorded a perceptively prophetic quote by Al Mohler: “When Richard Land spoke to most issues, he was certain that Southern Baptists were behind him and he was their mouthpiece. Russ will need a deft touch to make sure that Southern Baptists stay behind him.” Today, even Moore’s strongest supporters must admit that his touch has been anything but deft, for a great many Southern Baptists are simply not behind him at all.
In light of the growing collection of essays critical of Moore’s ERLC, this post offers an exhaustive, annotated anthology of literature rebuking his leadership. Numerous readers and pastors have asked, “Where can I find resources explaining all the concerns with Russell Moore’s ERLC that have been raised by Southern Baptists?” The goal here is to provide one-stop shopping for those seeking such answers. Excluded are essays by Moore’s defenders and neutral news accounts merely reporting the existence of the controversy. The task was to digest and summarize every essay registering concern with Russell Moore’s ERLC leadership. The list is chronologically organized. Each headline actively links to the original essay.