Thanks a million to those of you who kept up with this site over the last nine months. Below I’ve linked the most viewed articles I’ve shared from September 2017 to May 2018.
Several weeks back I wrote an article titled, “The Southern Baptist Convention Has a Paige Patterson Problem.” We still have that problem. Those who have followed the story know the basic issues.
In 2008 I was a young pastor in Kentucky. It was Sunday after church, and I was having lunch with one of the coolest guys I knew, an undercover narcotic agent. My law enforcement friend (and his girlfriend) had been visiting our church for several months.
In an age of efficiency, pragmatism, and numbers, Robert E. Coleman has proposed a revolutionary, yet ancient, strategy of evangelism in his classic work The Master Plan of Evangelism.
The SBC really does have a Paige Patterson problem. Outsiders (and some insiders) are already blaming our commitment to complementarianism. But this crisis is not a result of our complementarian theology.
Landon talks about the regular pastor and reading with Luke Evans, AKA “Ekul Divad Snave,” the founding pastor of Christ Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Several years ago I ordered a copy of God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray. Upon delivery, I put the book on my “to read” shelf, aka the black hole of my office. Recently I delved into my black hole and pulled Bray’s book off the shelf. Almost immediately I wished I had never put God is Love at the end of my reading queue.
The landscape of evangelicalism in 2018 seems to be dominated by megachurches. This is in large part a result of social media, national conferences, and multi-campus churches. The largest churches in the country, along with their celebrity pastors, are constantly celebrated and championed in the United States.