Our mood as we approach this year’s convention is more somber than usual. The past few months have been difficult for the SBC. But even in the midst of the tougher season we are currently weathering, I believe God has great things ahead for this network of churches. As I think through what this next week will look like, there are many highlights that I’m anticipating, even in advance. This is just a random collection of what I’m looking forward to.
On Mother's Day, it’s good to be reminded that the gospel isn’t about your identity as “mother.” It’s not about your accomplishments or your failures at all. It’s about your position as God’s beloved child. The greatest honor and most cherished identity belongs not to a segment of our society defined by a demographic feature, but to those who have been redeemed by a great God.
We need the institutions of the SBC. And we need the next generation to get involved in them—in the associations, in state and national conventions, and in all the entities they support. We at the Summit have tried to follow the examples of others in this, as we’ve gotten more involved in our association in the past few years. I’ve heard it said that decisions in our Convention, at every level, are made by those who choose to show up. For those of us who have led the SBC in mission, it’s time for us to encourage others to “show up” in our Convention.
I am not ashamed of the people of God and I am happy to endure the scorn that the world puts on those who carry the name of Christ, scorn that has been put on every faithful generation of believers starting with Jesus himself. But reaching an “outsider” culture means we sometimes have to explain who we are with caution, nuance, and even a dash of self-deprecation. This is how we challenge and ultimately overcome unfair stereotypes.
Here at the Summit, we’re praying that God would use the upcoming Easter holiday to further exalt the name of Jesus, so that hundreds would...
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. looked ahead and boldly declared that God’s desire for racial harmony was possible. As we look to the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, would you join me in asking God to give us the courage to speak—and live—a similar word of counter-cultural, racially diverse, bold, and unified faith?