Check out some of the recent blogging @ “Between the Times.”
The most recent series is entitled “The 21st Century SBC: Seven Crucial Aspects of our Mission.” Another series to check out is Danny Akin’s “Dispelling Myths Related to the Great Commission Resurgence.” These blogs are a must read for those concerned about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Below, Between the Time’s Bruce Ashford has provided baptist21 with a short description of each post in the “The 21st Century SBC” series and a link to those that have already been posted. Head to Between the Times and join the conversation.
The 21st Century SBC: Seven Crucial Aspects of our Mission
This introductory post states that Southern Baptists are more than merely an indiscriminate collection of congregations who practice believer’s baptism by immersion. We are distinctively Baptist churches who cooperate because we believe that our mission will be more effective if we combine our efforts rather than if we “go it alone, and the success of this cooperation depends, in part, on these seven aspects of our mission. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/10/29/the-21st-century-sbc-six-crucial-aspects-of-our-mission/
Aspect 1: A Mission Revealed in the Scriptures
This post argues that the doctrines of inspiration and inerrancy are foundational to our missional cooperation. Without a sure word from God, we will soon lose our mission. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/10/30/aspect-1-a-mission-revealed-in-the-christian-scriptures/
Aspect 2: A Mission Based upon God’s Mission
This post shows the interrelation of three golden biblical threads: (1) God’s mission, (2) the church’s mission, and (3) the church’s cross-cultural and cross-linguistic mission. To ignore any of the three threads is to distort our mission. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/02/aspect-2-a-mission-based-upon-gods-mission/
Aspect 3(a): A Mission Focused on the Nations (An Awkward Tension)
This post speaks to the uneasy tension arising at the intersection of three facts: (1) God’s global and pan-ethnic intentions, (2) God’s declaration that salvation comes through Christ alone, and (3) the reality that there are upwards of 2 billion people who have never heard the gospel, while our network of SBC churches have the resources to reach them. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/03/aspect-3a-a-mission-focused-on-the-nations-an-awkward-tension/
Aspect 3(b): A Mission Focused on the Nations (Five Clear Challenges)
This post offers five clear questions the SBC will need to answer (continually) as we move forward. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/04/aspect-3b-a-mission-focused-on-the-nations-five-clear-challenges/
Aspect 4(a): A Mission Focused on this Nation (Confront the Brutal Facts)
This post argues that the SBC needs to confront the brutal facts: while the USA is increasingly diverse, the SBC remains a mostly middle-class, mostly-white network of mostly-declining churches. We need to change the way we preach and minister if this is ever going to be corrected. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/05/aspect-4a-a-mission-focused-on-this-nation-confront-the-brutal-facts/
Aspect 4(b): A Mission Focused on this Nation (Multi-Faceted, All-Encompassing, Church-Centered
This post argues that we must seek to glorify Christ (1) in every dimension of culture, including the arts, the sciences, and the public square, (2) not only in suburbs and rural areas but also in the big cities, (3) not only in the South but the Northeast and West, (4) not only to the middle class but to the poor and the elite, (5) and that all of these must center on church planting, church renewal, and cooperation. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/06/aspect-4b-a-mission-focused-on-this-nation-multi-faceted-all-encompassing-church-centered/
Aspect 5(a): A Mission Driven by Biblical Theology (Revelation, God)
This argues that we must have a theologically-driven missiology. The post then proceeds to show how the doctrines of God and revelation apply to actual ministry methods. It speaks about knowledge gained from non-biblical sources, and argues that a robust doctrine of God keeps from unbridled pragmatism. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/09/aspect-5a-a-mission-driven-by-biblical-theology-revelation-god/
Aspect 5(b): A Mission Driven by Biblical Theology (Christ, Spirit, Man)
This post shows how (1) the doctrine of Christ teaches us how to preach, (2) the doctrine of the Spirit teaches us about church planting, and (3) the doctrine of man teaches us how to minister to the whole man at all levels of his being, including the spiritual, moral, rational, relational, and creative/imaginative. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/10/aspect-5b-a-mission-driven-by-biblical-theology-christ-spirit-man/
Aspect 5(c): A Mission Driven by Biblical Theology (Salvation, Church, End Times)
This post shows how (1) the doctrine of salvation teaches us how to minister to Muslims and idolaters, and keeps us from magical/mechanical views of salvation (2) the doctrine of the church reminds us not to forsake the primacy of the local church, to be careful about what we count as a church, and who we count as a church member. http://betweenthetimes.com/2009/11/11/aspect-5c-a-mission-driven-by-biblical-theology-salvation-church-end-times/
Aspect 6(a): A Mission Centered on the Gospel (Factionalism, Non-Fellowship, Theological Triage, Liberalism, Fundamentalism, Calvinism, Contextualization) – LINK NOW AVAILABLE
This post speaks about the dangers of liberalism, fundamentalism, and factionalism. It speaks about unnecessary infighting, and about using “theological triage” to help sort out controversies.
Aspect 6(b): A Mission Centered on the Gospel (Spats, Straw Men, Infighting) – LINK NOW AVAILABLE
This post speaks about essentials, non-essentials, and methodological disputes. It is premised upon the belief that our infighting often distracts from, and contradicts, the proclamation of the gospel.
Aspect 7(a): A Mission Based on Local Church Initiative (National Convention, Seminaries, IMB) – LINK NOW AVAILABLE
This post argues for the primacy of the local church, over entities, institutions, and associations. It raises some questions and makes some suggestions about the future direction of the national convention. the seminaries, and the IMB.
Aspect 7(b): A Mission Based on Local Church Initiative (NAMB, State Conventions, ERLC, Local Associations)
This post raises some questions and makes some suggestions about the future direction of the NAMB, the ERLC, state conventions, and local associations.
Baptist21 members Jon Akin and Nick Moore were privileged to take part in a panel discussion about Southern Baptists and the Great Commission Resurgence. The panel also included Dr. Russell Moore (Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology) and Dr. Chuck Lawless (Dean of the Billy Graham School) of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. GCR Task Force member and President of Southern Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler moderated the GCR panel. (The Video is Below, along with the Mp3 Download)
New “B21 Forums” Page: In addition, Baptist21 would love to hear some of your thoughts about the GCR and the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. So we have set up a “b21 Forums” Page. The first forums we have posted deal with the Great Commission Resurgence. Specifically, baptist21 would like to hear your thoughts on the direction the GCR Task Force should take the convention theologically and structurally. Please, if you interact on the forum, do so in a way that is edifying and consistent with who we are In Christ. SO HEAD TO THE FORUMS AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION
SBTS and B21 Panel on the GCR
What is essential to a Great Commission Resurgence? This question faces the SBC and the vitality of its future. Dr. Mark Liederbach has an answer to that question that every SBC leader and Pastor needs to hear. His answer, Gospel-Centered Discipleship. In fact, he says, “Thus a Great Commission Resurgence that doesn’t emphasize a resurgence in discipleship is no Great Commission Resurgence at all… I’ve been stunned by the lack of life on life discipleship that I have seen.”
Liederbach, a man who grew up Roman Catholic, is an ethics professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received degrees from James Madison University, Denver Seminary, and a Ph.D from the University of Virginia. He is a student favorite on campus known for doing exactly what he is calling on from Southern Baptists, providing Gospel-Centered Discipleship.
To begin his sermon he asks a penetrating question, “Would your church be able to continue on and replace the staff and run effectively and efficiently (if all the leadership in the church died simultaneously)without having a search committee look outside the congregation, could you replace the leadership in your church because of the way you are training people in your church?”
Below is his sermon addressing these crucial issues entitled, “The Great Commission Resurgence and Gospel-Centered Discipleship.” It is a must listen for all future disciple-makers.
Here are other resources from b21 with Mark Liederbach:
B21 Panel @ 9marks event – Liederbach joins Danny Akin, Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, and J.D. Greear.
Coming Soon: Baptist21 wants to hear our reader’s thoughts on the GCR and the future the task force should plot for Southern Baptists. So early next week, we will be putting up the video from the GCR panel @ SBTS and a message board to encourage conversation about this important topic. We hope you will join in the conversation.
Baptist21 would like to make our readers aware of an upcoming conference discussing Creation Care at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Below is information about the event from the SEBTS Website. This conference promises to identify and discuss some of the major issues surrounding this oft-debated topic.
From Southeastern Conferences Website:
On October 30 and 31, 2009, The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern will host a Creation Care Conference which will examine the current issues related to the care of God’s creation from a Christian worldview. It will provide a forum for clarifying the issues, a theological lens through which to understand and respond to the issues, and encouragement for open discussion. The conference seeks to facilitate a learning experience where Christians can think about their engagement of culture on this matter.
This conference is FREE for all attendees, but please register your attendance.
Dr. David Cook is Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning, Wheaton College; Fellow, Green College, Oxford; and Professor of Christian Ethics, Southern Seminary, Louisville. He also serves as an External Fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture.
Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger is a Professor of Religion Chair of the Religion Department of Theology and Ethics at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He also holds the Jacobson Endowed Chair and directs and teaches in the Environmental Studies program. Prior to coming to Hope, he was an assistant professor of philosophy and chair of the department at North Park College in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Calvin Dewitt earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in zoology in 1963 and is a passionate conservationist. His love of creation was kindled in his earliest days, and has grown steadily over the years. Dr. Dewitt loves to investigate and to speak about the beauty and importance of creation and the necessity of good environmental stewardship. He represents one of the best, most thoughtful evangelical Christian perspectives on environmental ethics. This perspective emphasizes the primacy of scripture as formative for Christian environmental ethics. Yet, as a serious environmental scientist, DeWitt has a unique ability to bridge the gap between religion and science. DeWitt’s emphasis on the physical and chemical provisions of life exemplifies his commitment to a vibrant science and religion dialogue that includes both biblical wisdom and also the discoveries of modern science. He is the author of Earthwise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (2007).
Lowell “Rusty” Pritchard
Dr. Lowell “Rusty” Pritchard is a resource economist, and is the president and co-founder of Flourish, an environmental stewardship organization that equips churches to care for creation in ways that love God and help people. He was a full-time faculty member at Emory University in Environmental Studies, a program he helped create in 1999, where he maintains an adjunct affiliation. He has taught courses in natural resource economics, environmental institutions, public health, resource use and management, environmental justice, ecological economics, and environmental decision-making under uncertainty. He has given lectures and organized workshops in fifteen countries on five continents. Pritchard has worked with hunter/angler and forestry organizations on developing voluntary, market-based programs for conservation on private agriculture and forestry lands. From 1994 to 1999 he was a program officer with an international global change research program studying the effects of land-use and land-cover changes on the atmospheric system.
See the Schedule, the Topics, and more information about the speakers here.
Register Here (Attendance is FREE, but a registration is needed)
Baptist21 recently held a panel discussion on the topic, “What is a Great Commission Church?” The panelists were Danny Akin, Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, J.D. Greear, and Mark Liederbach. These men addressed a packed room about a variety of topics. Some of these topics included the definition of a church, multi-site, diversity in the church, and advice for young pastors and seminarians. In addition, the panel addressed questions about the nature of relationships between churches and denominational entities for education, missions, and church planting and the best ways to use money for the Great Commission. Baptist21′s Jed Coppenger moderated the discussion. Here is the audio from that panel. We hope it will be of benefit to you.
b21 Panel @ God Exposed
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