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 …

Submit a Question for the B21 Virtual Panel on the Future of the SBC

One of our aims at Baptist21 is to help provide a voice for Southern Baptists. For our upcoming Virtual Panel, on June 9th, 1-3PM EST, we would love to hear your suggested questions for our panelists. As a quick refresher, we’re offering two sessions during this year’s panel, one for Entity Heads, beginning at 1PM, and another for Lead Pastors …

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 …

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 …

B21 Virtual Panel on the Future of the SBC

Join us Tuesday, June 9th, from 1-3 pm est., for our Baptist21 Virtual Panel on the Future of the SBC. For this year’s panel, given our digital format, we are able to offer two panels in one, all for FREE! 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – SBC Entity Leaders – Albert Mohler, Ronnie Floyd, Danny Akin, Kevin Smith, Jason Allen, and more.  2:00 – …

B21 Podcast: Regenerate Church Membership Part 2

Hear B21’s Nate Akin & Pastor Nathan Rose continue their discussion from last week in part 2 of our podcast on Regenerate Church Membership. This content is an auxiliary of our Being Baptist in the 21st Century series which focuses on exploring what it means to be a Baptist in our current context. Stay up-to-date with the latest in Baptist happenings and …

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 …

Being Baptist in the 21st Century: Distinctives Podcast with Dr. Finn

In the second part of our interview with provost and historian, Dr. Nathan Finn, we continue discussing Baptist distinctives and contemporary issues surrounding them. Click here to listen the first installment of this podcast featuring Dr. Finn and B21’s Nate Akin. For future content critical to Southern Baptists, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to us at iTunes, Spotify or Google. You …

Why Should We Support Baptist Journalism?

By Seth Brown, Biblical Recorder Journalism plays a key role in Southern Baptist life. Yet, like most secular press outlets today, our news agencies appear to be caught in a struggle for relevance.  Do Southern Baptists believe reliable information and inspiring stories add any value to our partnerships and missions efforts? That’s the question we must answer. Many people in …