THE DEATH OF THE MORAL MAJORITY

On the closing night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump accepted the nomination of the Republican party for President of the United States. This is what most people are focusing on. But something else happened that night that is not getting as much attention, but should be noted: Peter Thiel gave a speech before Trump, and what he said signaled the failed moral footing of the Republican party. I'll come back to that in a moment.

SBC 2016: A CONVENTION TO BE REMEMBERED

It was a Convention to be remembered, there is no doubt about that. In the week of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention: history was made, love and mercy was shown, old ideas were challenged, and stereotypes were shattered. Indeed, it was a three days that will not be forgotten. In this article I will be covering what I think were the four most interesting/most important events that transpired.

RACIAL HARMONY AND THE SBC

The most significant event to happen in our history since our formation is Fred Luter’s election.On June 19th, 2012, the SBC elected its first black president. Danny Akin commented on this by saying, "The most significant event to happen in our history since our formation is Fred Luter's election." Luter stated from the beginning of his term that his mission as SBC president was to pursue racial harmony in the convention.

RESPECTING THE WRONG ARGUMENT

I, like many of my Reformed brethren, have a lot of experience in the art of disagreement. The old adage proposes that when two people come to a standstill in a debate, they should “Agree to disagree.” I don’t believe this to be helpful, at all. In fact, the reverse is true.

DISAGREEING WITHOUT DIVIDING

Let me preface this conversation with a little bit about my theological journey.To begin, every bit of my exposure to the church during my childhood was in an extremely charismatic church in Rockwall, Texas. In fact, I believe my walk with Christ truly began at a different charismatic church when I was about sixteen years old in a small town called Quitman, Texas.

IS CALVINISM A TROJAN HORSE?

On January 10, 2017, Pastor Rick Patrick of First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, Alabama, published a blog title Saying “No Mas” to Additional Calvinist Entity Leaders. The very title of the blog raises enough concern without having to read it. Patrick was recently brought underneath the Southern Baptist spot light after giving a lecture on Calvinism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.