From time to time, we hear people lament the shortage of and issue a call for more statesmen-like leadership in our denomination. We recently lost a person who modeled that kind of leadership which motivated me to think about what makes a person a statesman or stateswoman.
For the past two weeks, the issues of the intent and object of our gospel message have been on my mind. The premise of those blogs has been the American church (particularly Southern Baptist) is preoccupied with declaring the gospel to itself and defending the gospel in the public square.
Last week, my blog struck a chord with some of you. Let me reiterate my premise and comment on it further this week and next. The American church is preoccupied with declaring the gospel to itself and defending the gospel in the public square.
American churches, particularly in our Southern Baptist family, seem more intent these days on defending the gospel rather than declaring it. Several recent experiences reinforce this observation. Here’s an example.
A theme in my preaching ministry over the past few months has been the power of forgiveness. My messages have considered two aspects of this subject – we need God’s forgiveness and we must forgive others. The best one-word description of the response is “intense.” Dozens of people have lined up...