B21 Podcast: Interview with Scott Charbonneau

In our most recent interview, B21’s Nate Akin had an opportunity to discuss various health topics pertinent to pastors with Guidestone’s Scott Charbonneau. To assist our listeners in some of the finer points related to this field, Guidestone has graciously provided an informational handout which breaks down navigating health coverage into 5 simple steps. This document and the link to …

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 …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Congregationalism Podcast – Part II

“Congregationalism doesn’t mean we have town hall meetings where everyone gets to share their opinion on everything.” Hear what healthy congregationalism actually looks like in part 2 of our B21 Podcast featuring Pastor Dave Russell from Oakhurst Baptist in Charlotte, NC. Stay up-to-date with the latest in Baptist happenings and doctrinal discussions by SUBSCRIBING to the B21 Podcast. Available at iTunes, Spotify, …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Congregationalism

By Dave Russell B21 Podcast on Congregationalism with Dave Russell – Part I “Do Baptist churches have any accountability?” This is a question I have been asked on a number of occasions by pastors who serve in other denominations. The Baptist distinctive of congregationalism answers this question. God has provided accountability for every local church through the congregation itself.  While …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Believer’s Baptism Podcast Part II

Hear part II of our podcast with Pastor Clint Darst exploring believer’s baptism and the local church. This segment is a part of our greater series on Being Baptist in the 21st Century, where we take a deep dive into understanding the historic Baptist distinctives that are so vital to healthy churches. Stay up-to-date with the latest in Baptist happenings …

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: Believer’s Baptism Article & Podcast

By Clint Darst Listen to the B21 Podcast on Believer’s Baptism, featuring Pastor Clint Darst. Also, be sure to read the article below on this same topic.    “Clint, you need to decide who you believe the church is. Do you think God has designed the church to be a mixed group of believers and non-believers, or do you think he …