Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Two Offices: Pastors & Deacons

Understanding the leadership structure presented in the New Testament is critical for healthy church functioning. To explore this topic, we have links to our two-part podcast on this topic, along with an article listed below. By Matt Diaz It’s popular in our day to take business maxims and apply them to the work of the church. While a whole host …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Church Discipline

By Dr. Josh Wredberg PODCASTS: ARTICLE:             What comes to your mind when you hear the words church discipline? Maybe you picture a scene from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter of Hester Prynne slinking down the sidewalks with a large, red “A” embroidered on her chest. Or maybe you envision the torture and death that was part of the Inquisition centuries ago. Many of the …

Pastors, Keep Fighting the Good Fight

By Clint Darst Do you ever feel weary from the battle of Christian ministry in this broken world? Think of the last few weeks: a global pandemic, extreme isolation, escalating counseling concerns, #AhmaudArbery, another beloved pastor’s death, and on top of all that the daily pressures of the church. Seasons like this remind me of why the Apostle Paul exhorted …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Series Introduction

By Nate Akin What does it mean to be Baptist? It’s a good question to revisit even though it’s been answered. We often assume our convictions, especially if we’ve grown up with them. We need to make sure our convictions align with the New Testament and God’s ideas for ordering His church. We are Baptists because we believe Baptist theology most …

For richer, for poorer — until DEBT do us part?

3 financial principles to have and to hold for as long as you both shall live. BY GREG LOVE You’ve heard them, likely performed them (and maybe even said them) before — the refrain of traditional wedding vows from one beloved to another as a promise to uphold their commitment “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health …

My Walk through the Kingdom: Reflections on 30 Years of Ministry

This year I celebrated my 30th year in pastoral ministry. The years have flown by like a flock of geese heading south for the winter. Those years have been filled with countless weddings, funerals, counseling sessions, staff and Elders meetings, hospital visits, sermon preps, writing projects, mission trips, church planting adventures, seminary classes, and denominational meetings. During those years, I’ve had …

The R-A-C-E Is On: What to Do When Your Church Encounters a Wintertime Claim

BY GREG LOVE There’s something about the Christmas season that makes us want to view our cup of coffee as half full, not half empty. This time of year has us overflowing with thankfulness and optimism!  However, in the delight and busyness of the holiday season, don’t allow your church to become distracted from managing potential risks. For example, do …

Making a Christian college Christian

A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SHOULD MOBILIZE ITS CURRICULUM, FACULTY, AND PROGRAMMING TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP THE SKILL OF THINKING CRITICALLY ACCORDING TO GOD’S REVELATION. By  Matthew J. Hall What should you look for in a Christian college? Common sense suggests you should know what kind of person you are, or aspire to be, and look for the school that aligns with that. …