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Movie Night: The Curse of Liberalism (W. A. Criswell)

According to the video description, W. A. Criswell preached this message in San Antonio, Texas for the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in 1988.

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Missions

Is It Time to Give the SBC the Boot?

Recently someone said that perhaps it would be best for local churches to give the Southern Baptist Convention “the boot” while going on to live in harmony with one another. Naturally, as a church planter’s wife in a state that is less than 3% evangelical Christian and whose family depends heavily on financial support we raise from several SBC churches as well as financial support given to us by the North American Mission Board (NAMB), this struck a nerve.

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Movie Night: 1985 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 7

According to the video description, “This is the Thursday afternoon and final session of the historic 1985 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, held in Dallas, TX. Charles Stanley presided and was re-elected president.”

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Movie Night: 1985 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 6

According to the video description, “This is the Thursday morning session of the historic 1985 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, held in Dallas, TX.”

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The Spirit of Conservatism

The Conservative Resurgence (CR) of the Southern Baptist Convention, an organized movement among grassroots churches to reclaim their institutions from a liberal drift, left us with a convention that is conservative in theology. The revisions to The Baptist Faith and Message from 1998 and 2000 testify to that reality.

But conservatism is about more than theology. It is also about a mindset, or even a “spirit,” that guides our perception of the world. As a teacher, I make a distinction between the ability to memorize information and the ability to synthesize that same information and apply it to new, unforeseen questions. Most students can memorize a list of facts from a study guide and repeat them on a test, but those who truly learn what they have studied can also apply their knowledge to questions that weren’t on the study guide.

Did the CR leave us with a conservative denomination only in the sense that we know how to check all the right theological boxes? Or did it leave us with a denomination that knows how to address new challenges from a posture of conservatism, i.e., in a manner consistent with a deep understanding of our theological confession? The former would be a hollow shell of a short-lived denominational reformation, but the latter would leave us with lasting generations of faithfulness. Which one we will ultimately become remains to be seen.

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Critical Theory and Gender in the SBC

As the old saying goes, if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The ascendancy of critical theory among evangelicals in recent years has led to a thinning of our tool collection and a consequent restriction of our conceivable responses to diverse situations. When individuals are reduced to group identities, and those groups are (as the script calls for) assigned their white hats and black hats, it’s not difficult to foresee how the plot is going to unfold.

Critical theory’s hammer is calling out oppression of minority groups wherever it lurks (namely, everywhere, all the time, in every conceivable and inconceivable way). Oppression need not be proven in any individual case because it is the pervasive presupposition that defines the inherent structure of human society. Human beings are, according to critical theory, anonymous units of larger identity groups. Those identity groups are defined by power dynamics in relation to other identity groups, and thus all human relationships are viewed through the lens of a struggle for power, either in terms of solidarity (between the oppressed) or in terms of antagonism (between oppressor and oppressed).

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Movie Night: 1985 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 5

According to the video description, “This is the Wednesday evening session of the historic 1985 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, held in Dallas, TX.”

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Should women preach in church? | Ask Anything Live (Albert Mohler)

In this video, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. answers a question about whether or not women should preach in church.

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Movie Night: 1985 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 4

According to the video description, “This is the Wednesday morning session of the historic 1985 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, held in Dallas, TX.”

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Movie Night: 1985 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 3

According to the video description, “This is the second part of the Tuesday afternoon and evening sessions of the historic 1985 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, held in Dallas, TX. Charles Stanley presided, and was re-elected president.”

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