Since its organization in 1845 in Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has grown to over 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States. Southern Baptists sponsor about 5,000 home missionaries serving the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean, as well as sponsoring more than 5,000 foreign missionaries in 153 nations of the world.The term “Southern Baptist Convention” refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Working through 1,200 local associations and 41 state conventions and fellowships, Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.The Gospel
The fact that Jesus died for our sin, was buried, and then rose from the grave is foundational for Southern Baptists. He lives today and stands ready to give abundant and eternal life to all those who repent of sin and place their faith in Him. Southern Baptists invite everyone to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Learn more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
As with every institution, changes are inevitable. Some of those changes are good and some are not as good. The SBC has faced a number of challenges in its storied history and today is no exception. This site will seek to identify some of the challenges that the SBC is facing in an attempt to educate Southern Baptists before those issues are able to become major problems.
The purpose of this site is not one to create division. However, as issues are raised and individuals are invited and encouraged to make comments, there will inevitably be some disagreement and discourd. The SBC is without question a diverse “People of the Book” who care very deeply about the overall ministry opportunities the SBC has been and is now actively involved in seeking to share the Glory of God with people at home and abroad. The SBC is no doubt best served as it seeks to work through its diversity as long as long as it can do so with a common Biblical basis.
Bob Hadley, Pastor Westside Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fl Our church’s web site can be accessed by clicking here.
Thanks for your blog. I was looking for some good HONEST critiques of “The Gospel Project” by folks within the denom and I much appreciated yours.
I’ve long had some major issues with some of what I had called “Legalism” in Lifeway materials… But it wasn’t until I saw “The Gospel Project” and actually SAW where they put Calvinism into the lessons that I suddenly realized it wasn’t legalism I had been bucking against all these years… It was Calvinism.
Heck… It was either the youth or the adult sample lesson they provided that just screamed to be titled “We’re Totally Depraved”. Most troubling with that lesson was at one point they CHANGED one word in a verse from Ephesians to make it fit the point of the lesson. Big problem with that… It totally changed Paul’s point.
I should be Thankful I guess for the children’s sample… Because it showed me which verse in the Bible that Calvinism starts. Unlike you however… I would have to put myself in the Anti-Calvin camp. I disagree that that makes me Anti-Christian… That is a ridiculous statement. The problems with Calvinism, did not start with Calvin, but started with his Spiritual inspiration… Augustine. It was ten years ago that I started questioning Augustine’s influence… and finding out that Calvin is his spiritual descendant… Started putting pieces of the puzzle together for me.
It might for you too. Call me if you ever want to have a bible study on it. I may not have your degrees… But I love the book.
Why is there nothing on this “About” page about who runs this blog? If you want honesty and transparency in our SBC discussions, why am I having a hard time finding proper names and places on who operates this blog? Did I just overlook it?
Amen, Branton. With no person identified, the content of this web site is more than suspect – it’s completely without merit.
Interesting comment Manfred…. here is your own identification on YOUR ABOUT US PAGE….
DEFCON CONTRIBUTOR: Manfred
Reformed Baptist, married to one woman since 1978, enjoy camping, motorcycle riding, solid books that assist in understanding the Word of God, fellowship with the Lord’s saints, and some classical music. A wretch saved by grace, with nothing to give my Lord except my sin.
If you spend ANY time at DefCon you will find my real name on many posts that I have made. Unlike at this site, where it appears one of the goals is to hide the identity of the one who makes the posts.
SBC Issues was set up to post articles from various writers. I own the site, which is pretty easy to determine. My name is Bob Hadley and I am pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Daytna Beach, Florida. There has never been any effort on my part to avoid any “honesty nor transparency” on my part where this blog is concerned.
Thanks for your concern.
Manfred, I think the same could be said of this site.
Hi, you’re right about Calvinism. It’s not truly Biblical. It’s more about a philosophy that has to do with the lifting up of a view of God’s sovereignty, than honest Bible interpretation. (notice i said a view, and not God’s sovereignty itself). I welcome you to check out my blog. I think you’ll like it:
May God bless.