A Pastor to Watch

Eric Redmond, the 2nd Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention, is interviewed in the Washington Post.  Pray for this brother and the spread of the gospel through his ministry. Southern Baptists Diversifying to Survive –...

Elders and Baptists

A few weeks ago, I finished a little booklet by our favorite living Baptist pastor-theologian, Mark Dever called By Whose Authority? I don’t intend this to be a formal review of the booklet as much as a plea that you get not one, but many copies of it. Have one copy to devour personally and have several more to use in a group study as soon as you are able and many more copies to hand out. After reading a few comments from another famous and influential Baptist suggesting that elders aren’t all that necessary (since they aren’t named specifically in the BF&M), I may even make sure that I send a copy to him. A tiny bit of background on my part as to why I found this book so very refreshing and helpful. I pastored a small Southern Baptist Church in Texas from 1988 to 1997. I loved that congregation (and still love those who were there) with all that was in me. I began my eight and ½ years there at age 18 as an associate pastor. I became the Senior pastor and the junior age of 20. I followed my mentor in ministry, Dr. J. C. Traweek, who had planted churches and pastored for over fifty years. Before his resigning from our church and his subsequent passing on to glory, he had begun to set up what he called “an eldership” in our church. It consisted of the younger “preacher boys” (all were older than me by some fifteen to thirty years) and some of the prominent men in the church. He met with them...

Southern Fried Baptists

My wife told me after attending her first annual meeting of the SBC that I WILL NOT look like some of the many pastors she saw in attendance.  You know, the guys with the gut so large that their grease-stained ties end up only half-way down their rotund torso.  Check out the stories linked below for why Southern Baptists are fat. Founders Ministries Blog: Southern Fried...
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