Conversation at NOBTS with Dr. Eric Hankins

November 20, 2013

In early October, Dr. Eric Hankins, pastor of FBC Oxford, Miss., preached at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While on campus, he granted a video interview wherein he discussed matters of significant SBC import. Within the 13-minute presentation, Dr. Hankins reflects on his denominational sojourn during the last couple of years, notes a “Reformation principle in trouble,” cites and defines “Missional Narcissism,” and offers salient and spiritual advice to the younger men of the SBC.

To watch the video, please click HERE.

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“We don’t believe the same things … but we are going to grant one another liberty because we don’t think those things are essential in order to be orthodox.”

After countless hours hearing and examining various exchanges between SBC non-Calvinists and Calvinists, I still have trouble labeling soteriological belief and practice as a non-essential in a tiered order of theological triage. Perhaps I’m just pea-brained, old, stubborn,”traditional”, whatever … but it seems to me that agreeing on God’s plan of salvation would indeed be essential for brothers to truly walk together.

Good conversation with Dr. Hankins. His thoughts on missional narcissism and need for multi-generational cooperation are well worth the listen.

    Johnathan Pritchett

    Well, the root of the plan is salvation by grace through faith in Jesus. We all share that in common. I think how each other shakes that out can be left to liberty. I go to a Reformed SBC church and get on fine there.

    I can understand where you are coming from, but this is where charity comes up and that if our praxis fails at charity, then the Spirit is in neither camp.


      Can two walk together unless they be agreed? I for one think the differences are too great. One of our local SBC churches has already left the association. Why is this splitting churches if the differences don’t matter? I think you will find that to the pew sitters, it does matter. I really don’t think charity has anything to do with wanting to give your offering to support a cause that you believe in. And I am guessing but I believe most of us pew sitters are not wanting to plant “Reformed churches”, due to our convictions! So like I asked a few blogs back, what should I do with my offering? Only Max wanted to give me an answer. I am not happy supporting Calvinism and may have to give elsewhere. I realize this is a touchy subject but if I am to remain a Southern Baptist please let churches designate their offerings. Is that asking too much?

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