This excerpt from Henlee Barnette describes how, “In April 1961, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was gaining national fame for his work for racial equality, he visited Southern and spoke in chapel.”
According to the video description, “Dr. Mohler answers questions from students dealing with the Abstract of Principles, his lack of age and experience, vision for the seminary, women in ministry, personhood of women, homosexuality, etc.”
In this tweet thread, Jason K. Allen explains, “One of the most disappointing aspects of ministry is that, inexplicably, some people will simply choose to lie about you. I’m not referring to innocent misunderstandings or misstatements, I mean the intentional decision to spread falsehood, to impugn you, to do you harm.”
In this announcement, Randy Adams writes, “I am allowing my name to be entered into nomination for the presidency of the SBC because I believe that we need a clear change in direction in order to fulfill our God-given mission and reverse our present course of decline in every key measurement of Great Commission advance.”
In this article, non-SBC author Rod Dreher explains, “The Law Of Merited Impossibility is an epistemological construct governing the paradoxical way overclass opinion makers frame the discourse about the clash between religious liberty and gay civil rights. It is best summed up by the phrase, ‘It’s a complete absurdity to believe that Christians will suffer a single thing from the expansion of gay rights, and boy, do they deserve what they’re going to get.'”
The public controversy of 1979 did not emerge out of a vacuum; there was a history behind it. By the 1960’s, the Enlightenment had come to Dixie. A region that had long believed itself immune to history suddenly found itself grappling with the very questions that Northern evangelicals had confronted decades earlier and that European Christians had faced in the previous century. Now, Kant, Hume, Locke, and Hobbes arrived at the very threshold of the SBC.
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.Continue reading “SBC Disenfranchisement & Its Future: A Friendly Reply to Jason K. Allen”
In this article, Jason K. Allen writes, “No entity or national leader is above accountability. To ask honest questions isn’t launching an attack, it’s being a responsible Southern Baptist stakeholder.”
In this tweet thread, Denny Burk writes, “We don’t measure theological convictions by the color of their proponents’ skin. We measure all truth claims by God’s revelation in scripture. And by that standard, Cone’s teaching falls woefully short.”
In this podcast episode of Christ the Center, non-SBC author, “Daniel Schrock speaks about self-conception in light of the Revoice movement and the Nashville Statement.”