Gospel Leadership: Why I Believe J.D. Greear Is Right For Southern Baptists

Gospel Leadership: Why I Believe J.D. Greear Is Right For Southern Baptists By Vance Pitman   Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, NV and the City Catalyst for Send Las Vegas. Hope’s congregation has grown to over 3,000 people in small groups desiring to connect people to live the life of a Jesus follower. He …

The Time is Now: Why I Will be Voting for J.D. Greear

The Time is Now: Why I Will be Voting for J.D. Greear By James Merritt   James Merritt is the former President of the Southern Baptist Convention (2000-2001). He received his M. Div and Ph. D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, Dr. Merritt serves as the Lead Pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia. …

Setting the Record Straight: An Exercise in Brotherly Love

When the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) convenes in June, at least two men will be nominated for president: J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill. Both men are my brothers in Christ and my friends. I love them, and I am extremely grateful for their ministries. I have nothing negative or unkind to say about either one of them. As we move …

Queue’s and Limbs in Church Planting and Renewal

Today we welcome Dr. Mark Coppenger as a guest writer on Baptist21. Dr. Coppenger is Professor of Christian Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of the online Kairos Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at @mcoppenger. When I sensed God’s call to pastoral ministry, some thought it odd that I would go to seminary for …

Platt’s Departure from the IMB: Great Things Behind and Before

Jaclyn S. Parrish worked as a writer for the International Mission Board in South Asia. She currently serves in the United States as a writer, editor, and social media associate for the IMB. You can follow her on Twitter at @JaclynSParrish. I think I sat in my car for a solid twenty minutes. Shoulders hunched. Head hanging. I’d come to …

The Frequently Overlooked Part of Leading Change in the Church

This is a guest post by John Mark Harrison, Lead Pastor at Apex Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina. You can follow John Mark on Twitter here. One of the great challenges of pastoring a church is shepherding people through seasons of change. Most people don’t enjoy change, but change does not have to be that unconquerable mountain that it …

The Triumph of Christianity’s Reading Practices: How Some Faulty Assumptions Swept Biblical Scholarship

This is a guest post by Brian J. Wright (PhD, Ridley College). Brian serves as adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Daniella, have been blessed with four children. He is an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL. Welcome to biblical scholarship: set your watch back 30 years—or at least 29. In 1989, …