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The Bogeyman of Liberalism in the Southern Baptist Convention

Is the Southern Baptist Convention drifting toward liberal theology? Is it already there? Or is theological liberalism merely the bogeyman of discernment blogger Baptists?

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The Darwinian Root of Cultural Woes with Mike Berhow

On Ep. 11 of The CR:V Podcast Chris Bolt sits down with Mike Berhow to talk about a whole host of topics relevant to the Christian life of the mind:

New Atheism – Intelligent Design – Intellectual Dark Web – Deconversion Narratives – Identity Politics – Populism

Mike Berhow is Bible Teacher at Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, FL. He taught philosophy and religion for 8 years at South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, and Augustana University. Mike was also a church planter within the SBC from 2012-2017, where he planted Veritas Church in Brookings, SD to reach skeptics and seekers at the university. Mike’s research focuses on the relationship between science and theology, philosophical questions related to intelligent design, and the application of intellectual virtues to issues related to faith and culture.

Click here to listen on Anchor or Apple Podacasts.

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Critical Race Theory Critical Theory Intersectionality Non-SBC Racism Social Justice

“Wokeness: old religion in a new bottle” (Sean Collins)

In this interview, non-SBC author Sean Collins interviews Joseph Bottum regarding how, “Woke anti-racism certainly appears to have taken on the trappings of religion. White people have been seen washing the feet of black people and asking for forgiveness, a ritual firmly in line with the Christian tradition. And terms like ‘white guilt’ and ‘white privilege’ are treated much as Original Sin used to be – things for which humanity must forever atone.”

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Controversy SBC Author Scripture

Southern Baptist Leader Says Suicide is “Murder” and “Sin”

Recently a controversy related to the Southern Baptist Convention erupted on Twitter regarding whether or not suicide is sin and murder. Some participants in the discussion were adamant that suicide is a sin and murder. Others insisted the aforementioned view is not only wrong, but harmful. For example, Susan Codone, a member of the Leadership Council at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, tweeted to those she believed may have been harmed by a pastor’s tweet claiming that “suicide is self-murder.”

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The Best Argument for a Pro-Abortion Candidate

Let’s suppose you support a political candidate or party because of tradition, self-interest, or a genuine belief that the person or party will implement policies that affect your neighbor for the good. None of these motivations for voting the way you do is necessarily negative. Democrats, Republicans, and third party voters each offer such justifications for voting the way they do. Of course other factors come into play. For example, how intolerable is the opposition? But this post will focus on the positive justifications provided for voting the way one does, hashed out in terms of the possibility of a Christian voting for a ‘pro-choice’ political candidate.

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Cleaning the Outside of the Cup: Why Now is not the Time to Debate a Name Change in the SBC

My three-year-old was doing a three-year-old thing at breakfast. He wouldn’t drink his milk because he said it smelled funny. Every time he put his cup to his mouth to take a sip he curled his nose and told us “This milk smells yucky!”

Finally, I did what dads do. I took the cup and gave it a sniff. Turns out, he was right! Sort of. It wasn’t the milk that actually smelled funny but the cup. The inside hadn’t been cleaned properly and it gave off a noticeable odor when you put the cup to your nose. I attribute the problem to my older children who are too much like the adolescent version of their father who thought washing dishes poorly might get him out of having to do it (as an aside I was wrong, and so are they!).

Of course, I wouldn’t have gotten my youngest to drink the milk if I would have taken a paper towel and simply shined the outside of the cup. The outside wasn’t the problem. It was the inside that was causing the issue. I could have put a sticker on the outside of the cup that said “Clean Cup!”, but alas, the inside is what needed changing.

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Chris Bolt on How Shall We Fight in SBC Controversies

On this episode Chris Bolt delivers a message on SBC Controversies titled “How Shall We Fight”.

You can find this episode on Anchor or Apple Podcasts.

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Complementarianism Controversy Ecclesiology Gender SBC Author Scripture

Al Mohler is Mistaken about “Women Pastors” in the Southern Baptist Convention

Like R. Albert Mohler, Jr., I’m not a moderate, or an egalitarian, or an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist.

I’m a conservative, complementarian, Southern Baptist.

I agree with the Bible when it says, “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet” in 1 Timothy 2:12.

I agree with the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 when it says, “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

I agree with Dr. Mohler when he says, “So what did ‘pastor’ mean here? It basically means the same thing as ‘elder.'”

That last claim is significant. The BFM2000 posits only two offices in the church, “Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons,” such that Southern Baptists view pastors, elders, and overseers (bishops) as different descriptors for the one office of pastor, distinct from the only other office of deacon.

Senior Pastors, Associate Pastors, Youth Pastors, Children’s Pastors, and the like aren’t separate offices from the office of pastor. The Bible doesn’t recognize such a distinction, the BFM2000 doesn’t recognize such a distinction, and Dr. Mohler doesn’t recognize such a distinction. I don’t either.

That’s why a tweet from Denny Burk that does appear to recognize such a distinction caught my attention:

Dr. Burk qualifies his claim with “senior.” Burk leaves open the possibility women are serving as “pastors” in the Southern Baptist Convention, they just aren’t senior pastors. But the Bible and BFM2000 know of no such distinction.

And Burk is wrong anyway.

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The Masculinist #42: Why You Should Be on the Advance, Not the Retreat (Aaron M. Renn)

In this newsletter, Aaron M. Renn writes on the strategy of conservative exit, writing, “Using Exit as a default strategy comes with a number of downsides in the real world. One is that it cedes high value territory or institutions to people who either won’t steward them well or who may use them in ways contrary to your values.”

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Pastor John MacArthur & Grace Community Church Sue State of California (Thomas More Society)

In this non-SBC article, which explains why John MacArthur and Grace Community Church are suing the state of California, Charles LiMandri states, “The hospitals are not overwhelmed and the percentage death rate from COVID-19 is now extremely small. It is time for Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti to recognize what President Trump has already proclaimed: Churches are providing an ‘essential’ service to the people. Therefore, they must be allowed to serve the people in the manner in which God has called them.”