A ‘Miracle Cure’ For Marital Strife

August 17, 2017

By Garrison Griffith
Community Brand Ambassador in the Office of Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

Turn on your TV. Find your favorite channel. Wait a moment, and you will be confronted with an ad that offers an immediate miracle solution to a nagging problem. Whether you need a perfect pan for your cooking woes, an unkinkable hose for your garden gloom, or a miracle medicine for your many maladies, modern media is loaded with ads and gimmicks promising to heal anything that ails you in just a moment. As a society, we have been conditioned to expect quick fixes and instant successes. We long for solutions simple enough “for dummies.” Continue reading

Rethinking SBC Membership Policies—Part 3 A Proposed Approach to Solving Our Problem By Incentivizing Southern Baptist Loyalty

August 16, 2017

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

In Part One I expressed the concern that Southern Baptists have a very lenient policy for admitting new churches into our convention. All one must do is (a) basically affirm our beliefs, (b) state somewhere, even semi-privately, that you will cooperate with us, and (c) donate an undesignated gift—optionally undisclosed—of any amount at all to any Southern Baptist entity. Frankly, this policy leaves us open to abuse by certain outside partners willing to be Southern Baptist enough to receive our benefits but not Southern Baptist enough to shoulder our responsibilities.

I identified four benefits: (a) sizable church plant funding through NAMB, (b) free ministry consultation from denominational resources, (c) voting privileges at our Annual Meetings, and (d) discounts of 50% off seminary tuition. I defined partners as those who were not really Southern Baptists in their heart of hearts, whose loyalties were truly elsewhere, regardless of whether or not they met our official definition. I defined members as the kind of typical Southern Baptist Church where the people happily claim an identity with the SBC, are familiar with our programs, customs and culture, and have been faithfully paying their Cooperative Program donations for decades—often at levels approaching ten percent.

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In These Hard Times, We Need To Pray

August 15, 2017

By Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor
Cross Church Northwest, Arkansas

We are living in perilous times. Inside and outside America, danger looms.

2 Timothy 3:1 says, “But know this: Hard times will come in the last days.” (CSB)

In these last days before the Lord returns, times will increase in their hardship, difficulty, and danger. The days will be fierce, harsh, and filled with trouble. This is a general and clear description of our condition in America. Continue reading

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