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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Four Ways You Can Participate in Mission:Dignity Sunday Help Provide Peace to Retired Ministers and Widows During COVID-19 Uncertainty

By Aaron Meraz “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  2020 has had what feels to be more than its share of trouble. Through Christ, though, we are able to view suffering and affliction as opportunities for increased gospel advancement and grace giving.  Here at GuideStone’s Mission:Dignity® ministry, we have the opportunity …

Why Should We Remain in the SBC?

By Jonathan Woodyard The departure of well-known Christians and churches from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) tends to make the headlines. Recently a prominent pastor, one from whom I have benefited personally, led his church to leave voluntary cooperation with the SBC.  There are legitimate concerns with the state of our convention. The SBC is declining numerically, and baptisms are down. The reasons for the …

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 …