In More Ways than One, Mission:Dignity Gives Dignity

By Dr. Aaron Meraz, Director of Mission:Dignity, a ministry of GuideStoneWe are on a Mission to provide Dignity to retirement-aged Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows — the dignity that comes with knowing they’ve served the Lord faithfully and can pay their bills at the end of the month. Michael and Sandra Dowling have served the Lord together for …

What We Have Learned Since Last Week

Over the past week, since we posted “A Time for Clear Complementarianism and Wise Cooperation,” several responses have been written and we have heard from many pastors. Denny Burk and Mike Stone responded early in the week. Recently, both Robert Hefner and Cody Cunningham shared thoughts in general agreement with our original proposal, with Cody responding directly to Burk.  We’re …

SBC 2023: A Time for Clear Complementarianism & Wise Cooperation

Every year Southern Baptists face challenges. This year is no different. Southern Baptists are wrestling over how to address issues related to sexual abuse prevention, women pastors, and the nature of cooperation. All of these discussions are taking place at a time when trust is low and tribalism is on the rise. Nuance is difficult. Yet, that is exactly what …

Three Retirement Best Practices for Pastors

By Hance Dilbeck The first sermon I preached was on a Sunday night at a small Oklahoma church. I preached on Revelation 2 and 3, the letters to the churches. I delivered it in about seven minutes. It was a train wreck. I’m thankful there are no recordings of that first sermon on YouTube! Through training, first at Oklahoma Baptist …

B21 LUNCH PANEL 2023

Join us Tuesday, June 13th, in New Orleans, LA for our annual B21 Lunch Panel at the SBC Annual Meeting! This event will begin at the conclusion of the morning session and end prior to the start of the afternoon session (tentatively 12PM – 2PM). This year’s panel will be held at the Sugar Mill directly across from the Convention Center. Admission will include …

Equipped to Serve: How Nate’s MDiv Experience Prepared Him for Ministry – An Interview with Nate Akin

Life on mission is a life of service as worship — worship of Christ through service to his Church. For Baptist21’s Executive Director Nate Akin, that is what the MDiv at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary enabled him to do and what he saw modeled by his Southeastern professors in the classroom and on the mission field.  Preparing students for a …

Praying Against the RFMA because I’m for the LGBTQ+ Community

By Jed Coppenger It’s not loving to create laws that promote falsehoods, confusion, discrimination, and harm, while reducing the institutions that help people flourish the most. That’s why, out of love for all people, including the LGBTQ+ community, I’m praying against the Respect for Marriage Act.  I know this isn’t a popular position in our culture or, most likely, a …

The SBC, Complementarianism, the Office of Pastor, & the Way Forward? 

By Nate Akin February 10, 2021, I posted a twitter thread about “pastors/complementarianism” due to the amount of conversation I was observing on Social Media (SM) around the topic. This thread preceded both SBC 2021, SBC 2022, and the whole dust up with Rick Warren including the revelation that he was ordaining women as “pastors” but not “elders.” Almost two years later, …