A Tribute to an Ordinary Lay-Pastor

By Alex DiPrima Last year, I read D.A. Carson’s excellent little tribute to his father titled, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor. I am writing this article in the spirit of that book. Thus I have given it the title, A Tribute to an Ordinary Lay-Pastor. Bob Prentice (1957-2020) is a name few will recognize, yet I am confident that on the Last …

A Conversation About CRT and the SBC Seminary Presidents’ Statement

In this 2-part discussion, we address Critical Race Theory and the SBC Seminary Presidents’ statement on the Baptist Faith & Message and CRT. This discussion features SEBTS President, Dr. Danny Akin and SEBTS Professor, William “Duce” Branch. B21’s Nate Akin leads the discussion in both episodes available for streaming & download below. Stay up-to-date with the latest in Baptist happenings, …

10 Helpful Quotes on the Incarnation

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery – Hebrews 2:14 Christ who in eternity rested motherless upon the Father’s bosom …

Social Distance from 2020 with 7 Year-End Financial Moves: Good news — 2021 is almost here

By Angela McClain, Personal Financial Advisor at GuideStone 2020 has been a wild ride. And as we’ve talked about volatile financial markets, social distancing and the election cycle, “living through unprecedented times” has been crowned the cliché catchphrase of the year. Although with varying degrees of loss, COVID-19 left no one unaffected. But we made it work. Pastors preached to parking lot …

6 Ways Pastors Can Combat Holiday Stress and Keep a Joyful (and Healthy) Heart

By Scott Charbonneau, Managing Director of Insurance Solutions, GuideStone It’s almost here. The fourth Thursday of November is the traditional kickoff to five fun and frantic weeks of holiday celebrations. As Christians, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the arrival of the new year are annual opportunities for us to count our blessings, celebrate our Savior and look to the future with hope.  …

Three Ways to Help Protect Your Church or Ministry Against Cyberattacks

By John Murphy We can’t seem to go a single week without hearing about a new cyberattack or ransomware campaign affecting the information of millions. Yet, we rarely hear about churches and other nonprofits being impacted — but that is not the case. Cybersecurity statistics from 2019 indicate 43% of all cyberattacks target ministries, nonprofits and small organizations.  If you combine …

Panel Discussion on Race

A few weeks ago, the Pillar Network hosted their annual Unite Conference featuring a Panel on Race and the Future of the GCB. B21’s Executive Director, Nate Akin, guided the discussion which included the following panelists: Dr. Danny Akin, President of SEBTS Dr. Alex DiPrima, Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Church Eric Bancroft, Lead Pastor at Grace Church Miami Prof. William …

Pillar Network Adopts GCB Branding

Last Thursday, the Pillar Network, a group of ~130 SBC churches known for helping local churches plant/revitalize, announced they were embracing the Great Commission Baptists name for all official communications. Pillar is an organization that partners with Baptist21 from time to time for content/events. While Pillar has a few member churches abroad, the vast majority of their ~130 congregations are …