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The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address critical issues such as:
· Will the SBC grow more unified around shared convictions and mission or will it fragment over secondary concerns and tertiary doctrinal differences? · Will the SBC be able to maintain a distinct Baptist identity while engaging and partnering with the broader evangelical community? · Will the SBC be willing to reimagine its structures, programs, and efforts to effectively reach the world for Christ or will it risk being a past-tense denomination?
This volume not only promotes meaningful dialogue, it calls leaders throughout the SBC into action. Extensive thought, research, assessment, and wisdom from some of the SBC’s brightest minds have been poured into this volume with the intent of rendering a helpful contribution to SBC life that will propel forward the collective work of Southern Baptists well into the 21st century.
Jason K. Allen is president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Table of Contents
Foreword - Russell D. Moore
A Never-Changing Witness in an Ever-Changing World: The Enduring Southern Baptist Mandate – Jason K. Allen
Southern Baptist Convention & Cooperation
The Cooperative Program and the Future of Collaborative Ministry – Frank S. Page
By the Numbers: What SBC Demographics Tell Us about our Past, Present, and Future – Thom S. Rainer
From Babylon Baptist to Baptists in Babylon: The SBC and the Broader Evangelical Community – Justin Taylor & Collin Hansen
The Future of Baptist State Conventions – Paul Chitwood & John Yeats
Southern Baptist Doctrine & Distinctives
Southern Baptists and the Quest for Theological Identity—Unavoidable Questions for the 21st Century – R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Who are Southern Baptists? Toward an Intergenerational Identity – David S. Dockery
16,000,000 Southern Baptists? Recovering Regenerate Church Membership – John Mark Yeats
A Denomination Always for the Church: Ecclesiological Distinctives as a Basis for Confessional Cooperation – Jason G. Duesing
Downgrade: 21st Century Lessons from 19th Century Baptists – Christian T. George
Steel-Toed Birkenstocks and Doctrine-Loving Christians: Southern Baptist Witness and Ethics in the New Sexual Age – Owen D. Strachan
Southern Baptist Mission & Ministry
Kindling Afresh the Gift of God: Spiritual Renewal, Strategic Reinvention, and the SBC – Ronnie Floyd
The Future of the IMB and our Collaborative Great Commission Work – David Platt
Every Church on a Mission: The North American Mission Board in the 21st Century – Kevin Ezell
Training a New Generation of Pastors, Ministers, and Missionaries for the Church: Southern Baptist Theological Education in the 21st Century – Jason K. Allen
Every Kindred, Tongue, and Tribe? Ethnic Diversity in the SBC – Daniel Akin & Walter Strickland
Preach the Word! Biblical Preaching and Congregational Renewal – Tony Merida
Guard What Is Entrusted to You: Counsel to a New Generation of Southern Baptists - Paige Patterson