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New Liberalism Reform

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 no longer represent us and indeed work against so much of what we stand for.”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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Controversy Ecclesiology Methodology Reform

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.

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History New Liberalism Reform

Leave the SBC, Leave the Field

On October 21st Jeff Noblit, pastor of Grace Life Church of the Shoals and founder of Anchored in Truth Ministries announced via Twitter that he had asked his congregation to end fellowship with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Prior to this announcement making the rounds on my Twitter feed I honestly had not ever heard the name Jeff Noblit.[1]  However, I now realize he has a significant footprint in Reformed Baptist circles – the very circles that I think offer the best hope for renewal in evangelicalism broadly and the SBC in particular.  Noblit’s influence appeared not just in retweets and discernment blog posts but in the general upswell of talk (again, on my Twitter feed) of talk about a large exodus of confessional and doctrinally-minded congregations from the SBC.