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?
Many have asked if I am planning to run when Steve Gaines’ term is over this summer. And, after a lot of prayer, encouragement, and counsel, with the consent of our leadership team and my wife Veronica, I am again allowing my name to be placed in nomination for the election in Dallas. The basic passions that God laid on my heart haven’t changed from 2016, and I feel more committed to them than ever.
Fifty years ago, Dr. King looked ahead and boldly declared that God’s desire for racial harmony was possible. Summit family, as we look to our future, 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? I believe that God has appointed this moment in the world for the church to rise up and demonstrate that unity the world searches for in vain. From that mountaintop we continue to dream; toward that promised land we continue to strive.