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An Interview with Rosaria Butterfield

By Jessica Burke When Rosaria Butterfield was first invited by Pastor Ken Smith to dinner at his house over twenty years ago, she was antagonistic towards the gospel. She was a tenured dean at Syracuse University immersed in a feminist, lesbian community. She hated Christians like Ken and his wife Floy and only accepted his […]

Unite 2019

Baptist21 would like to feature a key event coming up from one of our strategic partners that we think is well worth your time. On October 15th through the 17th, the Pillar Church Planting Network will host their premier, annual event: the Unite Conference, near Raleigh, NC.  While Unite 2019 will cover a wide variety of topics pertinent to […]

Is Saving For Retirement Biblical?

Is Saving For Retirement Biblical? Why Saving for Tomorrow Isn’t About a Lack of Faith Today  by Greg Love Working alongside pastors and ministry partners over the years, I’ve noticed that the concept of retirement—especially in the most formal sense of the word —can at times carry a negative connotation.  And I understand why. For most, ministry […]

AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO THE NATIONS: Becoming a Runway for Sent Ones

By Matt Rogers We want to be a church that is an aircraft carrier to the nations. That is, we want our church to be a runway for sent ones. I’ve cast this vision hundreds of times in the life of our ten-year-old church in Greenville, South Carolina. By virtue of our location, we have […]

A Word On Contentment

By Julie Simmons Picture the scene – you are driving your shiny, new car past well-manicured lawns on a bright, sunny day.  You and your well-dressed friends are laughing at a clever joke.  All of you are perfectly happy, without a care in the world.  The commercials would make you think it is all because of your new […]

BAPTIST21 & IJM PARTNERSHIP

Baptist21 is excited to announce a two-year partnership with the International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization with a plan to eliminate the slave trade everywhere. IJM rescues slaves, works with police to throw slave owners in jail, and work to put the slave trade out of business. IJM has rescued more than 49,000 people […]

Song Selection At Multiethnic Churches

By Jonathan Solomon             Until January 2018, the only church cultures that I knew were the Church Of God In Christ and the United Holy Churches of America Inc. I believed that worship had everything to do with how you physically respond to the lyrics, the Bible, and the testimonies of your brothers and sisters. We […]

SBC 2019: A Layperson’s Recap

By Adrian Stephens Heading to Birmingham, Alabama, for my first Southern Baptist Convention, I felt fear and anxiety because of the city’s racial and ethnic division and the historical events that occurred in the town. I didn’t know what to expect, but I honestly didn’t believe I would leave encouraged. On Monday, I was relieved […]

SBC 2019 – Another Pastor’s Recap

By Matt Diaz After planting a church “in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention” over a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama. While last week’s gathering marked the 162ndtime the SBC’s annual meeting has taken place, this was my first, both as an attendee […]

SBC 2019: A Pastor’s Recap

By Dave Russell Last week I had the privilege of attending our SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham. This was my fourth convention and I left my time there encouraged and thankful to be a part of the SBC. In reflecting on my time at our Annual Meeting, I offer four areas of strength and one […]

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