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Should We Pull Back from Politics?

  Don’t call it a pullback; we’ve been here for years. The recent profile in the Wall Street Journal highlighted a generational change in terms of the way evangelicals approach cultural and political engagement: toward a gospel-centered approach that doesn’t back down on issues of importance, but sees our ultimate mission as one that applies the blood […]

5 Life-Giving Ways Christians Can Respond To Relational Pain

  As a pastor in the Nashville area—a place where churches are plentiful and Christianity is profitable—I’ve come across a lot of stories of relational pain caused by professing Christians. This reality is especially unfortunate, since most of the people I have pastored understand far more about what to do with their physical pain than […]

The Jungle Book and the Gospel

  I’ve been told before that I can be too “Jesus-y” because I think the whole Bible – every part of it – points to Jesus. So yes, I’m the crazy guy who sees Jesus “under every rock.” But the truth is that I’m even crazier than that. I don’t just think this about the whole […]

5 Myths about Christian Engagement in the Public Square

  Today we’re featuring a guest post by Dan Darling, Vice President for Communications at the ERLC. We at B21 are thankful for the ERLC’s leadership in equipping the SBC on issues in the public square and their continued support of our mission to be a pastor-led voice for Baptists in the 21st century.     As they have in every […]

B21 Panel Video SBC 2016

  At this year’s momentous SBC in St. Louis, B21 gathered key leaders in evangelicalism–J. D. Greear, Danny Akin, David Platt, Albert Mohler, Matt Chandler, Russell Moore–to discuss pressing issues in the SBC and evangelicalism as a whole. B21’s own Jon Akin moderates this year’s panel that touches on issues such as the decline of […]

Pastor as Evangelist

As a pastor, I cannot expect church members to do what I’m not willing to do, myself. I believe it’s safe to assume that most pastors would agree with that statement. A pastor preaching on generosity, but isn’t giving financially to the church, would be quickly rebuked if exposed. Similarly, one who emphasizes the importance […]

ERLC 2015 Leadership Summit: The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation

  B21 is very excited about the ERLC’s upcoming Leadership Summit on “The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation.” This summit will not only include the leading voices on the issue, but will also be an invaluable resource for your life and ministry. We cannot stress what a timely and beneficial summit this will be! As a […]

Are There Certain Groups of People with Whom We Shouldn’t Share the Gospel?

It’s been brought to my attention that some people in our churches point to Jesus’ exhortation in Matthew 7:6 to not “cast your pearls before swine” to justify withholding the gospel from some groups of people. Particularly in a climate with heightened concerns about terrorism, some it seems make the argument that Matthew 7:6 precludes […]

Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole

This is a review of Eric Mason’s book Manhood Restored: How the Gospel makes Men Whole. We want to thank Jason Wright, MDiv student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, for doing this book review at the request of Baptist21. This book is available for purchase here.  “Another book on manhood?” I wasn’t sure I wanted to delve into another […]

from here to Harran

Harran is an ancient city in Upper Mesopotamia that was the center of trade, travel & commerce in its day. It was also the ancient location where God initiated the Abrahamic covenant which ultimately resulted in the Messiah, Jesus, and His Church’s mission to spread the Gospel to all peoples. Jon Akin, of Baptist21, and […]

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