On Critics and the SBC

By Josh Wester The advent of social media has changed our lives in innumerable ways. For Southern Baptists, the rise of platforms like Facebook and Twitter has fundamentally changed how we relate to one another, and to a large extent, meaningfully altered our experience as members of America’s largest Protestant denomination. The ability to communicate instantly online has widened our …

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 …

Unburdened: New Book by Vance Pitman

Longtime friend of Baptist21, Vance Pitman, recently released a book called Unburdened: Stop Living For Jesus So Jesus Can Live Through. We actually had the opportunity to discuss this new work with Vance, via our podcast, earlier in 2020. As a gift to our readers, Vance is offering a significant discount code if you purchase the book from the publisher. …

Family Under Pressure – FREE Online Event – May 12th

Join Us – May 12th from 8-9PM for a FREE webinar with Dr. Danny Akin and Dr. Mark Liederbach from Southeastern Seminary. Together, with their wives (Charlotte Akin & Harriette Liederbach), they will explore pertinent issues related to leading marriages and families during difficult days, such as our current pandemic. The format will include questions fielded by our host, Baptist21’s Nate Akin, …

B21 Podcast: Regenerate Church Membership Part I

Dive deeper with us as we continue to explore Regenerate Church Membership with Pastor Nathan Rose in our latest B21 Podcast episode. As an auxiliary resource to our Being Baptist in the 21st Century series, we’ve recorded podcasts with several of our series authors. These podcasts will follow the initial blog post, dovetailing to the key points made in each …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Regenerate Church Membership

BY NATHAN ROSE When I became the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in March of 2012, our average Sunday morning worship attendance hovered around 120. However, our membership rolls recorded a total of 654 members! This meant over 80% of our congregation had not participated in the life of the church for at least a year. One of my first …

Paul and COVID

I love Sundays. I love the anticipation that starts on Saturday night when all my children bathe and lay out their clothes before they go to sleep. I love seeing friends we haven’t seen all week and how much my church family enjoys each other. I love the liturgy of worship and hearing God’s word proclaimed. I love taking the …

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 …

How to Leave Your Debt in 2019 – 7 Financial Habits to Take into 2020

BY GREG LOVE First of all — you’re not alone in your uphill battle against debt.  “Save more and spend less” is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  And for good reason. 49% of full-time working adults in the United States — polled across generations from millennials to Gen Xers to baby boomers — say they find it difficult to …