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Refugee Crisis: Part Two, Encouragement

This is a guest post by an IMB missionary currently serving in the field, who has elected to write anonymously for security reasons. The war in Syria has trudged onward for over five years. Refugees have been affected since day-one. The debate about “what to do” really got heated up when refugees started pouring into Europe in […]

Refugee Crisis: Part One, Discouragement

This is a guest post by an IMB missionary currently serving in the field, who has elected to write under a pseudonym for security reasons. The war in Syria has trudged onward for over five years. Refugees and internally displaced peoples have been affected since day one. Many in the west, however, have only become aware of […]

Legacy Churches

Today we’re featuring a guest post by Brian Lowe, the Acts 29 Southeast Network Director. We at B21 are passionate about church planting, and that includes the important role of legacy churches. We’re very thankful for the work of A29, and hope this post is both a blessing and an encouragement for all of us to engage […]

How Should Someone Think about the Sunday Gathering?

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near – Hebrews 10:24-25 The New Testament has no category for a “me and Jesus […]

A Tribute to Criswell: Part 3 Pastor of the Local Church

B21 exists to be a voice for the next generation of pastors and leaders in the SBC, but we also began with a strong commitment of honoring the past. Many great men have come before us, and we have taken the last three posts to honor one. ICYMI, check out Part One and Part Two. W. A. Criswell […]

A Tribute to Criswell: Part 2 Preacher of the SBC

The above video is from Southeastern Seminary’s Spring Convocation 2014 when they installed Jim Shaddix as the W. A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching. It features Criswell’s sermon from the 1985 Pastor’s Conference at the Southern Baptist Convention entitled “Whether we Live or Die” that was a watershed moment in the battle over the Bible within […]

A Tribute to Criswell: Part 1 Preacher of the Local Church

B21 exists to be a voice for the next generation of pastors and leaders in the SBC, but we also began with a strong commitment of honoring the past. Many great men have come before us, and we want to take the next three posts to honor one. W. A. Criswell may be the best preacher to […]

IMB Reset: Reasons for Hope and Next Steps

We’ve been waiting for the results of the IMB reset, especially the need to reduce personnel by 600-800. The reset was announced yesterday. Click here to read the full statement from the IMB. No doubt it will come as a shock to the SBC system that almost 1,000 have voluntarily chosen to come off the field. But, here are […]

“Concealed Carry in the Church” by Church Counsel

With the recent tragedy at the church in South Carolina, this post from one of our sponsors helps equip our churches to answer an important question. People and churches are all over the map when it comes to issues of gun safety and concealed carry. These are certainly difficult issues, and we at B21 are thankful […]

Clarifications for Christ Centered Preaching

In my years of ministry, whether as a Lead Pastor or minister on staff, not once have I come across a pastor who claims to be something other than a “Christ-centered preacher.” Recent years within our convention of churches have produced more nuanced definitions for what is meant by “Christ-centered exposition,” but I am not […]

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