Tx Baptist leader: 'We do not need to be fighting against one another'

 
Southern Baptists need to unite in order "to advance the Kingdom of God together for God's glory," Texas state convention leader Jim Richards said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. What we have [as churches in the Southern Baptist Convention] is definitely much more in common than we have apart," said Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, noting that "our heart and our soul" is "to be together." Preaching from Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Richards' ...

ERLC unity statement praised by Steve Gaines, Jack Graham

 
An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has drawn praise from SBC President Steve Gaines and former SBC President Jack Graham among others. Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC's president, gives Southern Baptists an opportunity to "model what it looks like to have deeply held differences ... on political issues" yet "keep the main things ...

FIRST PERSON: 'We as a Convention have lost our way'

 
As I look on in dismay at the convention I love, splintering and fragmenting, I cannot help but desire unity. This is why I have believed that we as Southern Baptists must pull together our resources for the sake of the Gospel based on our doctrinal commitment defined in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. But still it seems that this doctrinal statement is not sufficient. What then is the truth that unites us as Southern Baptists? The reality is, we ...

Frank Page & Russell Moore: 'We fully support one another'

 
Despite a Washington Post article published on March 13th suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting on that day and said they "fully support one another." Earlier in the day, amid a social media flurry following the Post's report, Page told Baptist Press he planned on "bridge-building" with Moore with no anticipation of ...

Pastor Willy: It's arrogance that divides us as Southern Baptists

 
During a wide-ranging interview with Willy Rice, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Clearwater, I asked him about the most divisive issue facing Southern Baptists right now. He lamented what he describes as the underlying “tribalism, division” that seems to occur. At another point, he called those divisions “camps.” I asked him if one of those camps is the division caused by the issue of Calvinism, and he reluctantly acknowledged that there is a lot of ...

Open letter: Cooperation needed to ease rising SBC tensions

 
Controversy surrounding ethicist Russell Moore's past comments on President-elect Donald Trump has led three Tennessee Baptists—all under the age of 40—to issue an open letter calling "the [conservative] resurgence generation and their protégés" to "be the statesmen we need them to be in this season of denominational tension." Jonathan Akin, Nathan Finn and Micah Fries wrote in a Dec. 21 open letter provided to Baptist Press, "Now isn't the time for acrimonious debates over ...