Dear Younger Me

November 16, 2017

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

By Jeremy Pruitt, Pastor
Fellowship Baptist Church Central, LA

In 2016, Mercy Me released the single “Dear Younger Me.” The popular song is birthed from lead singer Bart Millard’s reflections on a troublesome childhood. The message considers the advice he might offer were he afforded the opportunity to speak to the 8-year-old version of himself. That idea is most intriguing. Consider the possibility of giving counsel to your younger self, especially in light of pastoral ministry. What advice might a seasoned pastor offer the younger version of himself as he begins pastoral ministry? Continue reading

Doctrinal Transparency

November 15, 2017

By: Kevin Henderson
Layperson Capital Life Church Arlington, VA

Over the past couple of years my wife and I have been on somewhat of a spiritual journey together. It started when I got bitter at my old Church in Portland, Oregon after watching “Paul Washers Shocking Youth Message.” All I can say is it’s like a song. The song can be terrible, but the performance and conviction of the singer can get you to move your body and dance to the tone. Well, I danced to the tone and became bitter towards the leaders in my church for not preaching the Gospel. I started trying to dress more “Baptist-y,” if that’s even a word. Slacks and a button up. I spent so much time listening to Paul Washer and many other reformed preachers. As a matter of fact, 95% of my books became Calvinistic. Spurgeon will always remain close to my heart. Continue reading

NAMB: Stop Bullying State Conventions! NAMB Has No Authority to Dictate State Convention Policy or Personnel

November 13, 2017

Dr. Rick Patrick
Executive Director
Connect 316 – SBC Today

Evidence suggests that the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention may have interfered with the autonomous decision-making of our state conventions by exercising their authority to release or withhold mission dollars donated by all Southern Baptists. NAMB may have leveraged these financial gifts in order to dictate matters of policy and personnel that are properly at the discretion of our state conventions.

Several credible, high-level, first-hand witnesses report that NAMB may have interfered with autonomous state convention decisions in Maryland-Delaware, the Northwest Baptist Convention, Michigan, West Virginia, and Alaska, among other states. There is even evidence, outside the scope of this article, suggesting that Dr. Ezell may have used NAMB time and office equipment to place phone calls solely for the purpose of keeping former state convention employees from doing ministry with other Southern Baptist entities, in an apparent attempt to prevent those individuals from earning a living.

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