Reading Time: 9 minutes SBC-lings like to imagine that their denomination is a loose federation of churches that govern the denomination from the bottom up. Yep, they’re all just big ol’ Jesus-ers who Jesus together — and, coincidentally, pool material resources to convert and control the whole world. The opposite is actually the case, as the EC demonstrated in spades that week.
Reading Time: 6 minutes As is our wont each year, we now turn our gaze to the 2021 Annual Report of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). These reports — as biased, uneven, and spin-doctored as they always are — are of great importance to anybody keeping tabs on evangelical Christians. They give us a great deal of information. Not only do these reports cover the previous year, but they also give us hints about evangelicals’ strategies for the year(s) ahead. They even reveal the various stresses on evangelical leaders’ minds! So today, let’s check out this year’s report for some basic stats.
Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m sure Randy Adams thought the SBC’s election this week would run along similar lines — or at least give him a chance to publicize his accusations against the main leaders of his denomination. Make no mistake: he’s got a lot of those accusations.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Today, let’s look at the SBC meeting, the election of Ed Litton, and just the sheer audacious state of these guys.
Reading Time: 8 minutes In these two letters, Moore tries very hard to portray himself as a man of deep principles and great morality: a hero in every sense of the word, fighting hard against the enemies of good in the halls of power in his denomination. Alas, his actual behavior doesn’t quite support that portrayal. Today, we’ll see how Russell Moore fits into his own self-presentation as a big damn hero.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Hi and welcome back! Lately, we’ve been talking about the two leaked letters from Russell Moore. Until recently, he worked for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) as the leaders of their Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). But a few weeks ago, he resigned from that position (and left the SBC iself) amid a firestorm […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes Today, let me show you a bit about the leaked letters’ provenance, what they cover, and who they name — and then, let’s talk about why Russell Moore wrote them like he did.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Hi and welcome back! The other day, we talked about how Russell Moore ended up as the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Mostly, we talked about the absolute state of the ERLC in 2012 — and why the masters of the SBC needed Russell Moore to lead […]
Reading Time: 9 minutes It’s fascinating to me to see how the SBC’s Dear Leaders spin-doctor their decline to the flocks, not to mention how they keep trying to reverse (or at least bottom out) their decline. And friends, they outdid themselves with a shockingly-dishonest press release about their 2020 numbers. Today, I want to show you how the SBC’s leaders misrepresented the truth about last year’s numbers with their 2021 Annual Report sneak peek.
Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s starting to look like racism might end up being the next schism flashpoint for this already-ailing group. Today, let me show you the situation. No matter what the SBC’s leaders do, this was the worst fight any of them could possibly have picked — but perhaps it was also the most inevitable.