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Prayer for Revival, America, and Context

  “If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from […]

Life Lessons for a New Pastor

  Today we’re featuring a post by B21’s long-time friend, Jimmy Scroggins. Jimmy is the Lead Pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach. Below he shares some key insights and wisdom for new pastors learned from his own transition.   Prior to being called to pastor Family Church, I had served as a teaching pastor […]

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 […]

3 Types Of Relational Pain Christians Should Be Prepared To Face

Pain. It comes in many forms. Whether it’s a broken bone or a broken relationship, life in our fallen world means we all will experience some level of pain. And I think most would agree that relational pain hurts far more than any physical injury. And, perhaps, relational pain caused by professing Christians is the […]

Four Reasons Why Pastors Need Community

  Today we’re featuring a guest post by smallgroups.com. They have been a consistent supporter of our annual luncheon at the SBC (if you missed there year’s luncheon in St. Louis, you can watch it here). We’re thankful for the work they do–this helpful piece included.   We all need community. In fact, we were […]

Southern Baptists, Arminians, and Calvinists

  Today we’re featuring a guest post by Marc Minter, the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX.   Within Southern Baptist churches there exists a variety of people who claim to be Arminians or Calvinists. In my experience, many of these individuals do not actually affirm many of the propositions that are included in […]

5 Quick Tips for Memorizing Scripture

  Recently, I was convicted about my lack of scripture memorization. As much as I tried to convince myself that memorizing things is a very difficult task, my constant quoting of Friends episodes and Chris Farley movies from the 90’s contradicted my excuses. Our church was approaching a sermon series in Galatians, so I decided […]

6 Ways Pastors Can Equip Churches to Engage Cultural Issues

  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 equipping the SBC on issues in the public square. And if you haven’t already, check out the upcoming ERLC National Conference where they have a killer lineup of speakers who will be specifically […]

What I Have Learned From 5 Years of Church Revitalization: Part Two

  I just celebrated my 5th anniversary as pastor of Fairview Church. I am so thankful to be their pastor, and I am blessed by how well they love our family. It’s been, honestly, a very quick time here. I stopped to reflect over that time and some of the things I have learned. Being […]

What I Have Learned From 5 Years of Church Revitalization: Part One

  I just celebrated my 5th anniversary as pastor of Fairview Church. I am so thankful to be their pastor, and I am blessed by how well they love our family. It’s been, honestly, a very quick time here. I stopped to reflect over that time and some of the things I have learned. Being […]

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