Traditionally, Southern Baptists open the annual meeting with the banging of the Broadus gavel, named for John A. Broadus, a founding faculty member of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who was also a slaveholder and a believer in white superiority.
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The evangelical movement today is dividing into separate communities that hold some common tenets but differ dramatically in other ways. Will this splitting of the evangelical soul end — or will evangelical division only continue to grow?
Should pastors be involved in church finances? Working with different churches over the years, I’ve seen lots of approaches and believe there are the five primary church finance mistakes pastors make.
About a year ago, I sent Bethel an email asking them to clarify a lot of the things that are being said about them. They finally began that process.
Here are some ways that we parents can provoke our children to anger. I’ve done many of these, and for this reason I’m grateful for the blood of Jesus and the power of the Spirit to change.
BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."
"Our vision," says Dr. Kara Powell, "is that churches and youth ministries would be the first place where young people feel like they can go with their tough questions."
“Especially in America, there’s such a loneliness," says Laurence Koo. "How do I even fit into a community that’s so based on only families and married people?"
“I would recommend that a pastor with a group of leaders work hard at educating yourself" about trans identities, says Preston Sprinkle. "We can’t pretend that this is such a fringe issue that it's not worth our interest to engage in."
“God is the most empathetic being in the entire universe," says Caleb Kaltenbach, who observes, "Nobody is empathetic from a distance."
"You can’t only say no," says Rachel Gilson. "You have to say yes. Yes to Christ the only strength I know.”
When it comes to sexuality and gender identity, “We're committed to Scripture," says Sean McDowell, "but we are [also] committed to loving people sacrificially.”