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Stephen Lorance

Sola Scriptura: The Primacy of Scripture in the Work of Missions

  It may seem obvious, but I’m going to say it anyway: the primacy and necessity of the Bible must never be assumed—especially in the Great Commission. The importance of keeping this truth ever before us cannot be overstated. As I write this from a plane in East Asia, I can’t help but reminisce over […]

Lessons Learned From Church Revitalization Part 2: Lead Your People

  I recently completed my first six months of my first pastorate in a position that would probably be characterized by the experts as a “revitalization effort.” I had done my research. I had read up on church revitalization, what to do in your first six months, how to shape gospel-centered ministries, etc. But of […]

Lessons Learned From Church Revitalization Part One: Don’t Do Church

  I recently completed my first six months of my first pastorate in a position that would probably be characterized by the experts as a “revitalization effort.” I had done my research. I had read up on church revitalization, what to do in your first six months, how to shape gospel-centered ministries, etc. But of […]

Immanuel: Embrace the Longing

  Maybe it’s just me, but this Christmas seems heavy. My own family is still working through the pain of loss, a lot of families in my church are hurting, and every time I turn on the TV I see and feel the pain and suffering in the world. This pain of life leaves the […]

Home For Christmas

  I love the holiday season for many reasons, maybe most of all because it reminds me of home. It brings back memories of decorating the house with the family and Amy Grant playing in the background, of driving around at night to look at the city’s lights, of joyful anticipation of Christmas morning. In […]

Logos 7 is Here!

  The Logos team has been hard at work for the past two years on making the world’s best Bible software even better. Finally, on August 22nd, we unveiled to the world our best version yet—Logos 7. With this new release, we’ve added features that will help pastors everywhere to do better sermon prep, and […]

Southern Baptists, Arminians, and Calvinists

  Today we’re featuring a guest post by Marc Minter, the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX.   Within Southern Baptist churches there exists a variety of people who claim to be Arminians or Calvinists. In my experience, many of these individuals do not actually affirm many of the propositions that are included in […]

Until All Have Heard: A Conversation with Page, Mohler, Akin, and Platt

At this year’s SBC in St. Louis B21’s own Jon Akin moderated a few panel discussions at the Cooperative Program booth, talking about pressing issues with key leaders in the SBC. In the second of these discussions he sat down with Frank Page, Albert Mohler, Danny Akin, and David Platt to talk about Baptists and global mission.  

What Then Shall We Do? Perspectives on Recent Racial Tragedies

  With the recent tragedies of fatal shootings outside of St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, it is critical that all Christian leaders both think through this pressing issue well and lead their people to do the same. Racial tension is a problem in our country, and we as Christ-followers must be in the forefront as […]

Interview with SBC President Steve Gaines

  The SBC in St. Louis offered many pivotal moments in the life of our convention that will not soon be forgotten. Quite possibly the foremost was the neck-and-neck presidential election between Steve Gaines and J. D. Greear. The election warranted an almost unprecedented third ballot, after the first two did not end in a simple majority […]

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