Third Generation Conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 1

Guest Blog by Steven A. McKinion He is the Associate Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught Theology, Church History, Hermeneutics, and Historcial Theology classes at Southeastern Seminary. Dr. McKinion’s area of specialization is Patristic Theology. He holds the following degrees: B.A., Mississippi College; M.A., University of Mobile; Ph.D., King’s College, University of …

The Generation Gap in the SBC: Interactions with Nathan Finn and The Baptist Press Article on Mark Driscoll (Pt. 2)

The following continues the discussion on the reasons younger pastors are choosing to disengage from our convention. Please See Part 1 here II. Some are not creating a compelling vision for those they pastor Finn states: “Simply put, the current generation of engaged Southern Baptists have not replicated their denominational involvement in the rising generation. There are notable exceptions: I think …

The Generation Gap in the SBC: Interactions with Nathan Finn and The Baptist Press Article on Mark Driscoll (Pt. 1)

Nathan Finn’s recent post entitled “The Southern Baptist Generation Gap,” deals with the issue of the lack of younger Southern Baptist messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). It is very clear there is a lack of participation in pastors who are under the age 40. This is one of the reasons we started Baptist21. We love the Southern Baptist …

The Caveat; Reflections on Evangelism

I had the wonderful privilege of leading a teenager to Christ last week. He is a 14yr old country Carolina kid with little church background and his parents show virtually no interest in the Gospel. As I was walking through Eph. 2:1-10 with the guys in the Wed night youth class, it was obvious that “Jim” was wrestling with what …

Baptist 21 and the Grammys

There were two things that happened last night at the Grammys that relate (sort of) to Baptist 21. First, Coldplay won 3 Grammys for the song and the album “Viva La Vida.” Baptist 21 has previously engaged the meaning of this song (and album). You can read that post here and see how these themes from Coldplay ultimately are explained …

Addressing the Membership Decline in the SBC (part 1)

This article was ready nearly a month ago, closer to the time these articles were released in the Tennessean, but because of the site transition they were postponed. I now offer these thoughts, though a bit late. Recently, the Tennessean carried a series of articles about the declining membership of the Southern Baptist Convention. Three articles of note were written …

The New Look of Baptist21.com

Tomorrow we will begin back with regular posts and podcasts, this will include either a podcast interview with Acts29 Pastor Aaron Coe or the 2nd part of the interview with Reid and Liederbach. Our Purpose: “Baptist 21 seeks to 1) express appreciation for the godly men and women who have ministered before us, 2) engage the world with the gospel …

Baptist21 Podcast: Interview with the Authors of “The Convergent Church: Missional Worship in an Emerging Culture”

Baptist21 had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Mark Liederbach and Dr. Alvin Reid to discuss their new book “The Convergent Church.”Dr. Mark Liederbach, a man who grew up Roman Catholic, is an ethics professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who received degrees from James Madison University, Denver Seminary, and a Ph.D from the University of Virginia. He is …