SBC Life

An 18th Century Great Commission Resurgence

Dr. Michael Haykin is currently writing a series of articles for the state paper of Oklahoma Baptists on the 18th Century Great Commission Resurgence which launched the modern Baptist missionary movement.  The Baptist Messenger is edited by the very capable Douglas E. Baker.  The first two in the series are now online and others will be posted in the weeks ahead.

The first article looks at the conditions among 18th-century Baptists which made a Great Commission Resurgence necessary.  The second article focuses on the the Prayer Call of 1784 which preceded the move of God which we know as the dawn of the modern missionary movement.  It is hoped that these articles and the ones which follow might provide a historical perspective on a contemporary phenomenon, the Great Commission Resurgence of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Book Recommendation: God in the Whirlwind by Tim Ellsworth

Just over five months ago an EF-4 tornado with winds over 200 miles per hour slammed into the campus of Union University in Jackson, TN.  Remarkably, no one was killed, although the campus sustained $40 million in damage.  In the days following the catastrophic events of February 5, numerous stories of God’s providence emerged from the ruins.  My friend, Tim Ellsworth (director of news and media relations at Union University and sports editor for Baptist Press), has taken in hand to provide the first hand accounts of God’s providence from select individuals who experienced these events.  The book, published by B & H Publishing, is titled God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University.  Buy the book, read the book, and be amazed at God’s providential care of the students of Union University.  Tim Ellsworth quotes from John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence in his introduction to God in the Whirlwind:

If Christians in reading the Scriptures would judiciously collect and record the providences they shall meet with there, and (if destitute of other helps) but add those that have fallen out in their own time and experience, O what a precious treasure would these make!  What an antidote would it be to their souls against the spreading atheism of these days, and satisfy them beyond what many other arguments can do, that “The Lord he is the God; the Lord he is the God” (1 Kings 18:39).

The stories recounted in God in the Whirlwind are certainly worth telling.  I am thankful to God for his faithfulness during this time of crisis and to Tim Ellsworth who has preserved precious accounts from “our own time and experience”.  May this book be used by the same Providence that protected during the storm as “an antidote . . . against the spreading atheism of these days” until every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

To purchase God in the Whirlwind you may visit your local LifeWay store or order online at:

Great Interviews from the 2008 SBC Annual Meeting

My friend, Chad Bresson, conducted over two dozen interviews for his radio program on Cedarville University’s THE PATH at last week’s Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.  You can access the entire slate of interviews on a variety of topics here.  Among my favorite topics covered and/or individuals interviewed are:

These are great topics, great interviewees, and Chad is a great interviewer.  So what are you waiting for?  Listen for a great experience.

The 2008 Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference: “The English Baptists of the 17th Century”

The second annual conference of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is scheduled for August 25-26, 2008 on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  This year’s conference theme is “The English Baptists of the 17th Century.”  This year’s featured speakers include:  R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Barry Howson, Larry Kreitzer, Tom Nettles, Jim Renihan, Austin Walker, and Malcolm Yarnell.  Other up and coming Church History scholars will be presenting papers as well (see here for complete schedule).

Registration for the conference is $80.00 per person (including meals) and only $40.00 for students.  Several publishers have donated books for giveaway and there will be a conference booktable featuring great deals on great Baptist history resources.

You can download the registration form and mail in your payment by check to:

The Andrew Fuller Center Conference
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40280

Conference Resources:

Video Highlights of the 2008 SBC

I wanted to post a list of the highlights of the 2008 SBC Pastor’s Conference and Annual Meeting. Since the video archives are now online, I thought I would list my favorite moments from this week’s activities with links to the archived video of the moment. This list is not to say that other important things did not happen that are not listed, but is merely my personal list of highlights of the week.

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Early Tuesday Morning:

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Tuesday Evening:

Wednesday Morning:

Wednesday Evening:

Complete Text of All SBC 2008 Resolutions

Links to the “official” complete text of all of this year’s resolutions can be found here. You can also search for any resolution passed during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention all the way back to the first meeting in 1845 here. The “official” complete text of Resolution 6 “On Regenerate Church Membership and Church Member Restoration” is available here.