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Aaron O’Kelley on Training Pastors (in the Local Church and Seminary)

On Episode 7 of The CR:V Podcast Aaron O’Kelley comes on to talk about the best way to train pastors for the local church and how the local church works with the seminary to accomplish that end.  Aaron also details his church’s Pastoral Apprenticeship Program which helps wed the two institutions.

Find the episode on your favorite podcast app or stream it here.

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Tom Nettles on John Broadus, His Legacy, and His Gavel (via Founders Journal)

Despite [Broadus’] devoted scholarship, his insight and contribution to lasting SBC institutions, his sacrificial spirit, his universal respect, his theological clarity and steadfastness, the character assessments carefully crafted by his contemporaries , we are weighing the name “Broadus” in the balance; do we seriously find it wanting? Have we come to a rare moment of clarity now to have transcended Broadus in piety and morality and have reached a depth of repentance for him finally to find ourselves purged with hyssop? Does the imputation to the Broadus gavel a racist ruse mature our growth in grace?

In the Spring 2020 issue of the Founders Journal, titled “Race and Racism: Biblical and Historical Perspectives” Tom Nettles, likely the premier Baptist historian of his generation, has written a challenging piece on John Broadus and his continuing relationship to the Southern Baptist Convention.

You can read the piece on Founders Ministries’ website here.

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Tom Ascol on The SBC, Its Renewal, and the Work of Founders Ministries

Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries joins us for a conversation about his relationship with the SBC, whether or not the Convention needs another reformation, and how Founders Ministries is working toward a healthier Southern Baptist Convention.

Give a listen on  Ep. 6 of The CR:V Podcast!

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Spurgeon: If God Approves, Let Men Condemn (via Desiring God)

Spurgeon can teach us to handle controversy manfully and without compromising. His convictions, which he held to his dying day, cost him dearly. He did not practice that vice he so clearly preached against: “I think there is scarcely a Christian man or woman that has been able to go all the way to heaven and yet quietly hide himself and run from bush to bush, skulking into glory. Christianity and cowardice? What a contradiction in terms!”

Greg Morse has written an excellent article for Desiring God detailing timely conclusions about faithful Christian living and ministry from the work of Charles Spurgeon.

Give it a read here.

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Pastor of Hope Baptist Church Springfield, MO Announces Church’s Departure from SBC via Twitter

Joshua Jenkins, Pastor of the Hope Baptist Church of Springfield, MO announced over the weekend that his church “declared its secession from the Southern Baptist Convention” because, in his words, “The institutions [of the SBC – ed.] no longer represent us and indeed work against so much of what we stand for.”

At the time of this writing the church has offered no further explanation for their decision.

Jenkins joins Jeff Noblit, another Reformed Baptist pastor, of Grace Life Church of Muscle Shoals, whose church announced their own departure from the SBC in October of 2019.

For more on the question of whether to reform or depart the SBC from CR: Voices see:

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SBC Executive Committee Announces Significant Decisions Today via Twitter

Today the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention posted a string of announcements via Twitter. These decisions affect several current hot-button issues within the Convention. Take a look:

You can follow the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention on Twitter here.

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Founders Ministries: Interesting Times and Changing Times in the SBC

…hardly a week goes by without shining more light on the dark corners of the SBC. It gives a whole new meaning to “progressive revelation.” It’s like watching the curtain being pulled back on the Wizard of Oz.” – Tom Ascol, writing on The Founders Ministries Blog.

After running through a veritable laundry list of disturbing revelations about those “dark corners of the SBC” Tom Ascol writes:

Is it any wonder that a growing number of Southern Baptists think that maybe something unhealthy is afoot in their convention? I hear from SBC pastors daily who are frustrated and agitated by what they see going on in their convention. Most are disillusioned and ready to lead their churches to withdraw (I heard of over 70 such churches just last week). My counsel has been to remind every Southern Baptist that the entities, institutions, and agencies of the SBC belong to the churches and the churches must hold them accountable.

These are indeed interesting times, but they are also times that, as Bob Dylan sang, “are a-changing.” Faithful Southern Baptist pastors and church members are no longer willing to be treated like mushrooms by Southern Baptist committees and denominational leaders (you know how to treat mushrooms, right? You keep them in the dark and feed them horse manure).

We expect accountability from our leaders. We aren’t interested in word salad responses to serious questions nor will we settle for mere window dressing when real problems need to be addressed.

Read the rest of his piece here.

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SBC Disenfranchisement & Its Future: A Friendly Reply to Jason K. Allen

This morning Jason Keith Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, published a piece titled “Denominational Discourse & the Future of the SBC.” Allen’s recent online run in with a discernment blog over false accusations leveled at Allen’s work prompted his piece and while the false accusations leveled at President Allen are regrettable this may prove to be a case where the Lord uses for good when men meant for evil.

Dr. Allen’s piece represents the first meaningful acknowledgement that I am aware of on the part of a major Southern Baptist Convention leader that the communication process in our Convention needs reparative attention. For this I am deeply thankful. To be clear, what follows is a product of thankfulness – for Dr. Allen choosing to bring this conversation to public attention but also a broader thankfulness for Allen’s work at MBTS. I hope that, should Dr. Allen read what I write here, he will receive it as an attempt to continue, in fraternal spirit, the conversation he has begun.

If I have understood Dr. Allen’s counsel in his piece correctly I would summarize his recommendation for communication within the Convention to be built around (1) the writing of letters and (2) making use of an institution’s Confession of Faith in order to understand that institution’s doctrinal position. I am glad to give my support to these ideas but, as mentioned above, I believe more attention needs to be given by our Convention to both points.

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A Way Forward: An Interview with the Author of the Tennessee Baptist Condemnation of Critical Race Theory

On November 20th of this year Matt Stamper broke the news that Tennesee Southern Baptists, gathered in Knoxville, TN for their annual meeting, passed a resolution condemning Critical Race Theory.[1]


The Tennessee resolution represents a profound development in the controversy created by the passage of Resolution #9 at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL on June 12, 2019.  [Editor’s Note: if you are unfamiliar with the controversy created by the passage of Resolution #9 please see the Founders Ministries’ film By What Standard?]

This action of the Tennessee Baptist Convention is significant evidence that Southern Baptists, when sufficiently informed about Critical Race Theory and the danger it presents to the church, will take action to repudiate Critical Race Theory.

Additionally, the action of Tennessee Baptists offers a way forward to Southern Baptists (nationally) who find themselves frustrated and disenfranchised when it comes to pushing back against the spread of Critical Race Theory. The state-level convention is much more immediate than the national convention and the individual pastor or church member has greater opportunity to have a significant voice not only in the state’s annual meeting but in the yearly ebb and flow of the state convention’s activities. If faithful brothers and sisters who feel themselves alienated from the national denomination will invest their energies in their respective state conventions the result will be a national denomination where toxic ideologies will have little opportunity to take hold.

I reached out to Shawn Allred, the author of the Tennessee Resolution, to learn more about what led him to submit this resolution, what the process was like, and his hopes for Southern Baptists going forward.  He was gracious enough to answer my questions and allow them to be published here.

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By What Standard? – Founders Cinedoc on Critical Race Theory in the Southern Baptist Convention Available for Viewing

The Founders Ministries film titled By What Standard? is available for viewing on the Founders’ website. Click here to be taken to the page where the film can be viewed.