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Owning My Own Square Mile

Tim Brister —  January 17, 2013 — 9 Comments

My Block GroupAnd he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Acts 17:26-27

Last week, I talked to you my efforts this year to build a neighborhood in my city through Next Door. This is a heavy burden I have, one that I have not steward very well in the past. The verses above speak about God’s providence, namely that God determines our dwelling places. Have you thought much about that? Yes, you thought you live where you do because of the great deal on the house, the school district, the proximity to work, etc. But in and through all of these secondary causes, there’s a primary cause that you live where you do: God put you there.

And God’s providence is not without God’s purpose.

God’s purpose in Acts 17 is “that they should seek God…and find him.” So let’s put this together. God placed me in this particular plot on planet earth for the purpose that people should seek God and find Him.

And God’s purposes should become the passion of our lives.

If God’s purpose of providentially placing me in the city where I live so that people would seek God and find him, then it ought to be my passion to accomplish that purpose. God has a design. He’s being intentional and purposeful. When I embrace that intentional design, my response should be a passionate embrace and acceptance of the mission.

Simply put: I live where I live so that those without God can find life in Him. What difference would this make if my life really looked like that?

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It’s been about a month since my last BCT post, but I hope to resume regular posting on this series. One of the things a Blue Collar Theology believes in is equipping yourself theologically with good reference works. Over the past year, there have been some excellent reference works, and I thought I’d direct you to some of them. Here they are:

* Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament – edited by G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson (creative and helpful resource)

* New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ – Tom Schreiner (excellent resource from top NT scholar)

* An Old Testament Theology: A Canonical and Thematic Approach by Bruce Waltke and Charles Yu (perhaps best resource on OT)

* Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism – edited by Robert Peterson and Christopher Morgan (coming in March)

* The Works of Andrew Fuller – edited by Michael Haykin (one-volume edition)

* Perspectives on the Doctrine of God: Four Views – edited by Bruce Ware (four contributing authors are Paul Helm, Bruce Ware, John Sanders, and Roger Olson; coming in March)

* Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters edited by Donald McKim (great resource to see how various folks in church history interpreted the Bible)

* Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4: Holy Spirit, Church, New Creation by Herman Bavinck (4th volume in this excellent series)

* Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper – edited by John Armstrong (four contributing authors are by Russell D. Moore, I. John Hesselink, David P. Scaer, and Thomas A. Baima)

* Koine Greek Reader: Selected Readings from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers – by Rodney Decker (new reader for on various Greek texts; helpful to stay fresh on reading)

* The UBS Greek New Testament: Reader Edition

* The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers, and Finney by John Wolffe (third volume in a series; good resource on church history)

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Some of you may remember the little research I did on the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana (SCBI) entitled, “The Fleecing of the SBC.” Well, thanks to the “wrap ups” by Baptist Press, I have been able to gather some more information on Southern Baptist state conventions. I be up front in saying that three things in particular interest me. First, how much money is kept within each state for their own purposes; second, how many churches and messengers attended; and three, what resolutions were passed. Let me briefly speak to each of these three to explain my reasoning behind this.

Regarding state convention monies, I believe that the SBC can do a better job with handling the Cooperative Program money, beginning with the state conventions. While it is a legitimate argument to question the necessity of state conventions, what is pressing even more is whether or not CP money is going directly to support local churches and missions rather than cash-swapping between state conventions and SBC entities (such as the NAMB). The SBC will continue to falter in her mission and fail in planting churches unless we stop the fleecing of the SBC which principally takes place within our state conventions.

Regarding the messengers and churches represented in state conventions, I am interested to know how many or what percentage are still attending these yearly meetings. What I am finding is more evidence of a post-denominational world where churches are looking for other means of cooperation and networking that is more affinity-based than structural. Furthermore, the decline in messengers and churches again begs the question of why we even have state conventions to begin with.

Regarding resolutions, I want to know what state conventions find important. Now, what is interesting is that these resolutions are non-binding on local churches, so they really cannot have effect or be enforced. So what is the purpose of resolutions? A consensus statement perhaps? In addition, are state conventions trying to impose restrictions or standards upon local churches, thereby threatening their autonomy? Again, the negative work of resolutions raise the issue of whether state conventions are really serving any purposes at all (other than encouraging people to leave the SBC).

Now granted, I know that there are many important ministries sustained through state conventions (such as children’s homes). However, I am concerned that there is a duplicating of efforts and implicit hierarchical superstructure that has developed an unhealthy bureaucracy in the SBC. So now that I have told you my rationale, let’s take a look at some of the statistics.

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That’s what Stetzer’s research showed in his recent presentation at the Building Bridges Conference. Every student of church history and Baptist history knows that the charge of Calvinists not being evangelistic or committed to the Great Commission is easily refutable, but alas, the caricature has remained among many who do not want to reckon with it. So it goes like this:

Explain the biblical doctrines of grace and how they fuel missions and evangelism, and if they do not listen, take two or three witnesses from church history with you, and if they refuse to listen, then bring them before the facts and empirical data of sociological research.

So here’s the facts of the recent study done by Stetzer and LifeWay Research:

1. Nearly 30 percent of recent SBC seminary graduates now serving as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists.

2. In the last year of the study, 34 percent of those serving in SBC churches identified themselves as five-point Calvinists.

3. Calvinistic recent graduates report that they conduct personal evangelism at a slightly higher rate than their non-Calvinistic peers.

4. 27 percent of 1,234 recent seminary graduate respondents serving in SBC church leadership positions “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” that they are five-point Calvinists, while 67 percent affirmed that God’s “grace is irresistible” and 58 percent said they believe “people do not choose to become Christians, God chooses and calls people who respond to him.”

5. Calvinistic churches, though they baptize fewer persons each year, have a “baptism rate” virtually identical to that of non-Calvinistic churches. Baptism rate is the number of annual baptisms relative to total membership, a statistic used to measure evangelistic vitality.

Now, before any of my Calvinist friends think we are off the hook and free from the inevitable attacks from anti-Reformed stalwarts in the SBC, we need to realize that our current commitment to evangelism and missions is simply unacceptable. I agree with Stetzer who says,

“Regardless of whether Calvinists are having a lower number of baptisms and a smaller attendance or baptizing the same in the baptism rate, the reality is none of these baptism rates or growth numbers should make any of us happy.”

To my Calvinist brothers, if we do not share the gospel to others as a dying man to dying men, imploring them to flee to Christ in repentance and faith on a regular basis, then it doesn’t matter how many points you hold to when you miss the main point of the gospel. It is not in the presence of Calvinists or Arminians that we live, preach, and share the gospel but rather Him who will judge the living and dead.

To my non-Calvinist brothers, there is much more to be done in our churches than to be telling people that Calvinists don’t believe in evangelism and missions. There are as many (if not more) anti-evangelism non-Calvinists as there are Calvinists. We need to get beyond these baseless and inaccurate attempts to demonize and marginalize Calvinists in the SBC.

The bottom line is that the gospel is not normative and central in our lives as it should be, and that goes for all of us. I will be the first to get in line and say that I am not as broken for the lost as I should nor am I as consistent in sharing the gospel as I should. From the looks of it, none of us have any ground to stand upon. Again, hear Stetzer reflecting on this reality:

“At the end of the day, Calvinists and non-Calvinists alike in our churches are failing to engage lostness in North America. This theological discussion has to lead to missional action and that missional action needs to cause Calvinists and non-Calvinists alike to love each other and to encourage each other and to provoke one another on to love and good deeds.”

Let us pray for one another, that we would take seriously the charge to deliver of first importance that which we also received – the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us display to the world know the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ our Lord and Treasure. And let the love which we have received from the Father through the Son be the distinguishing mark of our lives, in how we treat one another as well as how we minister to a Christless world.

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Papers and Projects

Tim Brister —  September 16, 2007 — 3 Comments

Things are really starting to pile up this semester in school.  Attempting to finish strong, I am taking five classes this semester which also includes four papers.  As you can expect, blog frequency will likely taper of a little, although I do plan on sharing some of my research and everyday thoughts.  Right now, I am averaging 12-15 posts a week, which will decrease to around 7-10 posts a week.  Blue Collar Theology, book previews, and the other staple posts such as quick hits and potw, should remain consistent.

I thought I share some of the papers and projects I am working on, given that I will be posting excerpts and aspects of my research.  Here are my four papers:


1.  Church Planting Case Study – This is a paper dedicated to my research and analysis of a recent church plant.  Because I have not received confirmation from the church which I will be studying, I will not comment further. (Intro to Church Planting)

2.  Edwards v. Finney on Revival – This is a thesis-driven paper where I will argue that both Edwards means and ends of revival are true to the nature of God and salvation and biblically faithful.  As you might expect, this is a somewhat polemical paper.  In addition to their understanding of revival, I hope to examine in particular detail how each counsel sinners and follow-up on new converts.  (Intro to Church History II)

3. Exegetical Study of Zechariah’s Night Visions – Some of you might recall that I taught through some of Zechariah 1-8 earlier this past summer.  It was a really enjoyable study, and I am hoping to build on that by writing an exegetical paper focusing on a redemptive/historical framework and hermeneutical horizons of these eight visions which carry several biblical themes.  (Biblical Hermeneutics)

4. The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Unevangelized –  This will by far be the paper I devote most of my attention to this semester (see projects for reason why).  This is a position paper where I will be examining Clark Pinnock’s pneumatological inclusivism (Arminian/Open Theist), Terrance Tiessen’s accessibilism (Calvinist), and Amos Yong’s pneumatological theology of religion (Pentecostal/Charismatic).  I will offer my critiques of each position and present the exclusivist/particularist case for the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation.  Issues involved include are Trinitarian (especially economic/immanent Trinity, filioque, perichoresis, and Spirit-Anointed Christology [kenosis]), soteriological (covenant, atonement, revelation, regeneration, grace, and calling), interreligious (cosmic spirit, imago dei, universal presence/salvation, church/kingdom identity, and missio dei), and biblical (theological method, Spirit in OT/NT, continuity/discontinuity, and already/not yet).  Obviously, I will not be able to cover these issues in a short position paper, which leads me to my projects. (Systematic Theology III)


1. Systematic Analysis of Inclusivism – During the course of my time at seminary, I have been researching the issues which I believe are “first-order” or greatest threats to orthodoxy and/or the gospel.  This has lead me to take up the issues of pluralism, universalism, and inclusivism.  I have written several papers on inclusivism, focusing on revelation, saving faith, theological method, and now Holy Spirit.  My goal is to write a paper on every major area of systematic theology (e.g. theology proper, revelation, saalvation, eschatology, et al) on inclusivism and compile them into a book-length project.  This project is rather long-term, but I believe the time and work invested is certainly warranted.  I hope to have it completed in 2-3 years.

2. The Forgotten Henry – I already gave you the heads up on this project, so I will not say much here.  I am really looking forward to tackling this study in the next 1-2 years as I have already completed 75% of the research, bibliography, and organized an outline of the project.

3. 2008 Band of Bloggers – Some of you may remember that I organized a fellowship called “Band of Bloggers” in 2006 which was in conjunction with the first Together for the Gospel conference.  This is the first time I have publicly mentioned next year’s fellowship.  I and a small team of others have been planning for about six weeks and are really excited about it.  Last time I had only three weeks to put it together, so it is nice having eight months instead!  Stay tuned for more info on this project.

4. Miscellaneous (Smaller Projects) – Some other projects I am working on is posting my other drafts on “Dortian Calvinism” in response to Dr. James Leo Garrett’s articles in The Alabama Baptist.  I have a total of 12 in the series.  Another project is a study of the various church planting models (Acts 29, Sovereign Grace, NAMB, etc.) and developing a church planting strategy.  Lastly, I am hoping to juxtapose and examine the latest statements/confessions focused on the gospel, viz. The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration (1999), Together for the Gospel Statement (2006), and the Gospel Coalition Confession (2007).

Any of these particularly interest you?  Discuss on the blog?

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Regarding missiological matters, there are several journals I try to read, including Evangelical Missions Quarterly, International Bulletin for Missiological Research, International Review of Mission, Missiology, and International Journal of Frontier Missions. Last week, I was sent an email by Scott Burness informing me that IJFM had most of their archives available in PDF. Today, I scanned the archives and selected some for personal study. I thought I share some of them with you as well. I suppose that when doing something like this I should make the parenthetical statement that by providing these articles on my blog does not mean that I agree with everything I link to. In fact, there might be a considerable amount I disagree with here. However, it is important to understand the current historical and missiological thrust and interact with contemporary scholarship. Take a moment and read some of the articles here, or perhaps you might want to bookmark this post for future reference. In any case, it is my hope that devote our highest thoughts and deepest affections for the glory of His name among all the peoples of the earth.

Biblical Mandate:

Editorial, Hans M. Weerstra,
The Great Commission in the Old Testament, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
All the Clans, All the Peoples, Richard Showalter
The Supremacy of God Among all the Nations, John Piper
Challenging the Church to World Missions, David Hesselgrave
Biblical Foundations for Missions: Seven Basic Lessons, Thomas Schirmacher
Seeing the Big Picture, Ralph D. Winter
Melchizedek and Abraham Walk Together in World Missions, W. Douglas Smith, Jr.
The Biblical Basis and Priority for Frontier Missions, William O’Brien


Editorial, Hans M. Weerstra,
Contextualization that is Authentic and Relevant, David J. Hesselgrave
The Human Universals of Culture: Implications for Contextualization, A. Scott Moreau
Christian History in Cross-cultural Perspective, Ralph D. Winter
Measuring Contextualization in Church and Missions, Douglas Hayward
Great Commission Contextualization, David J. Hesselgrave
Contextualizing the Message Through Use of Case Studies, Paul J. Fritz
Contextualizing the Power and the Glory, R. Daniel Shaw
Should Christians Pray the Muslim Salat?, Warren C. Chastain
Contextualization without Syncretism Rick Brown
Comprehensive Contextualization Harley Talman
God’s Amazing Diversity in Drawing Muslims to Christ, Joshua Massey
Should Muslims Become “Christians”?, Bernard Dutch
Jesus in Samaria: A Paradigm for Church Planting Among Muslims, Stuart Caldwell
First-Century Jews and Twentieth-Century Muslims, Richard Jameson and Nick Scalevich
The “Son of God”-Understanding the Messia
nic Titles of Jesus, Rick Brown
Messianic Muslim Followers of Isa, John Travis
The Ishmael Promise and Contextualization Among Muslims, Jonathan Culver
A Humble Appeal to C5/Insider Movement Muslim Ministry Advocates to Consider Ten Questions Gary Corwin

AD2000: Completing the Task:

The Consummation: The Vision to be Realized, Patrick Johnstone
Finishing the Task: The Unreached Peoples Challenge, Ralph D.Winter and Bruce A. Koch
Completing the Agenda of History, Malcolm Hunter
The Consummation: The Crucial Ministries Involved, Patrick Johnstone
The Acts 13 Breakthrough Vision, George Verwer
Resources to Reach the Window: Will the Church Respond?, Beverly Pegues and Luis Bush
Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples List, Joshua Project 2000

Other Various Articles:

World Evangelization by AD 2000, David Hesselgrave
A Missionary Hermeneutic, David J. Hesselgrave
To Whom are we Listening?, David Hesselgrave
Missiological Education for Lay People, Ralph D. Winter
Evaluating Goals for Training, Ralph D. Winter
The Pastor and Modern Missions
, John R. Mott
The Fate of the Unreached, Jack Cottrell and Steve E. Burris
The Church’s Primary Role in Training for the Frontiers,
Gary R. Corwin
Prayer Profile: The Bihari of India,
Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse
The Role of the O.T. In Evangelism, Don Pederson
Storying the Storybook to Tribals, Tom A. Steffen
Yahweh and the Gods: A Theology of World Religions, Ed Mathew
The Theology of Culture: Desecularizing Anthropology, Gailyn Van Rheenen
Christianity and the Religions in the History of the Church, James F. Lewis
Worldview, Scripture and Missionary Communication, David J. Hesselgrave
Conversion and Worldview Transformation, Paul G. Hiebert
Towards a Biblical Worldview, Natun Bhattacharya and Tom Eckblad
De-westernizing the Gospel: Recovery of a Biblical Worldview, Hans M.Weerstra
Comparing Modern-day Alternatives to Biblical Conversion, David F. Wells
From Mission to Evangelism to Mission Ralph D. Winter
Finishing the Task the Unreached Peoples Challenge Ralph D. Winter and Bruce A. Koch
The Largest Stumbling Block to Leadership Development in the Global Church Ralph D. Winter
Eleven Frontiers of Perspective Ralph D. Winter
Eleven Frontiers of Perspective (7-11) Ralph D. Winter
Communicating Christ through Oral Tradition James Bowman
Communication Bridges to Oral Cultures S. Devasahayam Ponraj & Chandon K. Sah
Church Planting Movements vs Insider Movements David Garrison
The Most Precarious Mission Frontier Ralph D. Winter
How to Make Oral Communication More Effective Rick Brown
How Short-Term Missions Can Go Wrong Glenn Schwartz
Part:1 Anthropology and Mission: The Incarnational Connection Darrell L. Whiteman
Part: II Anthropology and Mission: The Incarnational Connection Darrell L. Whiteman
When Business Can Be Mission: Where Both Business and Mission Fall Short Ralph D. Winter
How Shall They Believe Detlef Bloecher
Response to Detlef Bloecher’s How Shall They Believe? Todd Johnson
What are Mission Frontiers? Ralph D. Winter
De-Westernizing Doctrine and Developing Appropriate Theology in Mission Mack Harling
Who is “Allah”? Rick Brown
Allah in Translations of the Bible Kenneth J. Thomas

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There is no learned man but will confess that he hat much profited by reading controversies — his senses awakened, his judgment sharpened, and the truth which he holds more firmly established. All controversy being permitted, falsehood will appear more false, and truth the more true.

–John Milton, as quoted in The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations, compiled by I. D. E. Thomas (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1989), 62-63.
Alright.  So I thought I’d share with you some of my research over the past couple of weeks.  This isn’t comprehensive, but it is close.  Let me say “thanks” to those of you who have assisted me in either resources or general information.  If there any other events that I left out, please let me know.  Or, if I have wrongly attributed a date or detail, a correction would be humbly welcomed.  In any case, I hope this serves to bring a little historical perspective on the issue of Calvinism in the SBC, and as you will see, how Southern Baptist bloggers played a significant role in recent years.  Here it is:

A Chronological Survey of the Calvinism Controversy in the SBC

[Note: As you will see, I put what I thought were the 12 most significant events in recent years, and at the end I have included what I see are contributing factors to the resurgence of Calvinism as well as the contributing factors to the whipping boy of Calvinism.]

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Yesterday, I read two reports that should remind us what are the most important issues are today.  The first survey (conducted by Barna Group) addresses Christians in general (does not specify evangelicals, Protestant, Catholic, etc.), and the second addresses teenagers (conducted by LifeWay research).  Let’s begin with the adults.

The article reports, “Less Americans embrace a traditional view of God and Bible reading is becoming less popular, a new study revealed.”  The study, conducted in January 2007, breaks down accordingly:

  • 66% of Americans believe that God is best described as “the all-powerful, all-knowing perfect Creator of the universe who rules the world today”
  • 45% believe that “the Bible is accurate in all the principles it teaches”
  • 37% strongly disagree that Jesus sinned
  • 29% have greater reluctance to explain their faith to other people
  • 27% have a willingness to reject good works as a means to personal salvation
  • 24% strongly reject the idea that Satan is not a real spiritual being

Now I don’t want to provide too much commentary and make this a really long post, but notice that 2/3 of Americans do not disagree that Jesus sinned, and 7 out of 10 believe that good works are essential to personal salvation.  That enough should inform us why theology matters in our evangelistic practices!  Now let’s look at what the survey said about what they do:

  • 83% of Americans identified as Christians
  • 49% of them described themselves as absolutely committed to Christianity
  • 83% saying they prayed in the last week
  • 43% attending a church service
  • 20% participating in a small group
  • 41% said they read the Bible outside of church worship services in a typical week

Again, while 83% consider themselves Christians, (1) only 49% describe themselves as “absolutely committed to Christianity”, (2) 43% regularly attend a church service, and (3) 41% read their Bible outside of church worship services.  Could it be that perhaps the reason that only 41% don’t read their Bible is because 55% don’t believe it is “accurate”?  Could it be that the reason why there is a 40% difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who attend church regularly is because that 40% (if not more) are unregenerate?

The conclusion of David Kinnaman who directed the study said:

“While an overwhelming majority the nation’s population claim they are Christian, only half of the adults can name one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and most Americans do not know the first book in the Bible (Genesis).” . . . “[Christians] lack a consistent and holistic understanding of their faith. Millions of Americans say they are personally committed to Jesus Christ, but they believe he sinned while on earth. Many believers claim to trust what the Bible teaches, but they reject the notion of a real spiritual adversary or they feel that faith-sharing activities are optional. Millions feel personally committed to God, but they are renegotiating the definition of that deity.”

Now let’s look at teenagers.  This study took place during January and February 2007 with a sample of 1,000 teenagers (12-19 years old).  Like the previous survey, LifeWay begins with what teenagers believe and later addresses what they practice (or not practice).

What teenagers believe:

  • 69% of teens believe heaven exists
  • 53% Jesus Christ’s death for their sins as the reason they will go to heaven
  • 27% trust in their own kindness to others
  • 26% trust in their religiosity as their means to get to heaven

 Again, like the adults, teenagers who believe they are going to heaven do not understand salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  In the end, they attribute their salvation to something they have done and not resting in the finished work of Christ. 

What teenagers practice (in last 30 days): 

  • 54% have attended a church or religious service
  • 20% attended Sunday School
  • 39% respondents said they had prayed regularly
  • 14% said they had read the Bible

This survey looks even more alarming as less than half who attend church do not attend a Bible study or Sunday School.  Even worse, of the 53% who say they are going to heaven because of Jesus dying for them, only 14% have read their Bible in the last month.  Where are teenagers getting the idea that their salvation is a product of good works? 

LifeWay concludes,

“The central theme of Christianity is the person and work of Jesus Christ -– His death and resurrection,” said Scott McConnell, associate director of LifeWay Research, adding, “It is surprising that only about half the teenagers who attended a Christian church in the last month are depending solely on the grace of Jesus Christ to get to heaven.”

If there is one thing we can learn from this is that American Christianity by and large is biblically illiterate, theologically ignorant, and ecclesiologically unfaithful.  That is, professing Christianity.  I suspect that such nominal Christianity does not exist where your throat is sliced for reading the Bible on Easter Sunday or when your tongue is cut out for speaking the name of Jesus.  God help us to bring gravitas to what it means to be Christian in America.

Study: Fewer Americans Embrace Traditional View of God
LifeWay Research Examines Teenagers’ Views of Eternity

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I meant to do this last week, so this is somewhat belated.  A year ago this month we launched Strange BaptistFire to counter all the false claims and caricatures of Calvinism being propped up in the SBC.  What had prompted the collaborative effort was not simply to refute the errors of BaptistFire, but it was to stop the injustice being done to pastors and churches who were being encouraged by BaptistFire and other sources to divide churches and/or fire their pastor(s).  In my home state of Alabama alone, I had reports of seven churches that had either fired their pastor or split because of BaptistFire.  I figured confronted these guys who lived in the dark was the least we could do. 

Little did we know that it took only eleven days for BaptistFire to completely abandon the Internet, removing all their content.  You can still go to their website and see that the house has been cleaned.  I do not rejoice over this a year later; rather, I am simply encouraged to know that churches and lay people are having less and less places to go to find resources to divide churches with reckless and baseless stuff being piped from BaptistFire’s website.  What did it for Nathan and myself was when they called for the removal of Calvinists from the SBC.  Since that time, Strange BaptistFire has existed to discuss Reformed theology in evangelical life, especially Southern Baptist life. 

With that said, do you believe the SBC is more accepting of Calvinism today than a year ago? 

Secondly, I have been compiling my research and notes from the last five to ten years over the controversy of Calvinism in the SBC.  If any of you have kept up with links, articles, or audio related to the controversy over Calvinism in the SBC, I would love your help.  Let me give you a couple of examples of what I am looking for that I failed to print out and is no longer available on the Internet:

1.  Bobby Welch’s article in FBC Daytona ‘s newsletter dated July 10, 2005 entitled “Calvinism and Christ’s Great Commission.”  The PDF is no longer available, but some of you may have it saved to your computer or printed out.

2.  Lonnie Wilkey’s editorial piece in Tennessee’s Baptist and Reflector in September 2006 entitled “Calvinists Have No Sense of Urgency–Jesus Did.”  I think I can retrieve it from the library, but I thought I’d ask here first.

If any of you have documented or followed the events of the past 5-10 years of Calvinism in the SBC and would like to help, please contact me at outpostministries[at]yahoo[dot]com.  Thanks!

NOTE: I hope to make my research available in a couple of weeks here at P&P. 

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Over the past week, I have been in conversation with some folks researching the rise of Reformed theology, especially among the younger generation of evangelicals and Southern Baptists. 

So if I may ask, “Why are you Reformed?”

Give me your top 5 reasons or influences that have lead to you embracing Reformed theology. 

[Note: Jesus, Paul, and Peter are already assumed for the sake of this survey.]

Thanks for your help and participation!

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