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Some Reflections On Those Who Walk Away from the Faith (Rhyne Putman)

(You can find the following Twitter thread from Rhyne Putman here or here.)
A few traits characterize the theologians, pastors, and students I know who have walked away from their faith.
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Missions Scripture

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! An Encouragement to Give through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

Why am I a Southern Baptist? I was born this way. I’m also a Baptist by conviction. And I’m a Southern Baptist because I’m a sucker for the Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

The Bible and missions.

When I think about the Southern Baptist Convention, everything always comes back to that.

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Abuse Complementarianism Critical Race Theory Critical Theory Gender Homosexuality Intersectionality Methodology Politics Racism Scripture Social Justice

Inerrancy Isn’t Enough

Detractors from the overall program of ensuring that the Southern Baptist Convention does not forsake the principles regained during the Conservative Resurgence often note the absurdity of believing that Southern Baptists believe in anything less than the authority and infallibility of the Bible. In doing so, they miss the current point of contention. The concern is not, and has never been for the past twenty years or so, whether or not Southern Baptists are giving up on their stated belief in the inerrancy of the Bible. Nor is the worry over whether or not we have left behind the fundamentals of the faith, like the virgin birth and penal substitutionary atonement of Christ. Rather, the problem is something like this: we say we believe them while failing to apply them to all areas of life.

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Critical Race Theory Critical Theory Gender Homosexuality Intersectionality Non-SBC Scripture Social Justice

The Enemy Within: Critical Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Social Gospel

According to the description for this episode of UNSHACKLED! titled ‘The Enemy Within,’ “In this homage to CS Lewis’s ‘The Screwtape Letters’, a Senior Tempter instructs a Junior Tempter how to secure the damnation of their latest ‘patient.’ The fact that this patient is part of a Bible study only emboldens their efforts.”

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Complementarianism Scripture

The Blindspot in Vision 2025

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Theoden remarks to Aragorn, “The old alliances are dead.” That phrase sticks in the back of my mind as I write this post because it is not my intention to end or strain any alliances. These are not the days for conservative Christians to make enemies within their own ranks!

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Methodology Missions Racism

Is Preaching the Gospel Sufficient to Combat Racism?

It seems that we could generate much more light, instead of mere heat, if we would take the time to define the terms of our controversies. In the past few years, a social media divide has emerged among Christians who argue, on the one hand, that we must address racism by preaching the gospel, and those who argue, on the other hand, that while the gospel must remain central to the church, wider forms of social activism are also necessary as legitimate implications of the gospel. This common method of framing the debate is actually too crude to be helpful. What we need is a nuanced look at what, exactly, is being argued on each side.

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Abuse Fallacies History Racism

On the Bible and Slavery

When it comes to biblical authority, slavery is the progressive’s favorite wedge issue. It’s not hard to imagine a conversation with a non-Christian or with a progressive Christian going something like this:

PROGRESSIVE: You hold to the traditional view of marriage?

CONSERVATIVE: Yes. Scripture is clear on that.

PROGRESSIVE: And you also hold to ordination of men only?

CONSERVATIVE: Yes. Scripture is also clear on that issue.

PROGRESSIVE: Well, why don’t you follow the Bible’s teaching on slavery then? It’s special pleading to ignore all of that material and claim that you are “biblical.” In reality, you are only selectively “biblical.”

A conservative who is unprepared for that argument and who holds to a surface level apprehension of the issues at stake might find himself taken in by the logic, ultimately leading to a shaking of his confidence in Scripture’s authority. With the image of African slaves being kidnapped, sold, and abused hovering in the background, the conservative may find himself at a loss to defend the authority of Scripture under the assumption that it clearly endorses such moral atrocities. And from there, the whole fabric of biblical authority might begin to unravel.