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Here are a few articles of interest that I read this morning that have me thinking today.

Why Do New Calvinist Insist On Complementarianism—Kevin DeYoung

An Open Letter To Older Southern Baptist—Chuck Lawless

Christian Leaders Two Sons Beheaded in Somalia—VOTM (and we’re crying over Michael Jackson)

Myths About the Unchurched—Thom Rainer

A Long Journey In Church Discipline Pt1—-Tom Ascol

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I’m thinking this may lead to some negative backlash but I hope it serves as a wake-up call. Thanks to Steven Camp for the link.

 

Although the Southern Baptists claim 16,287,494 members, on average only 6,024,289 people (guests and non-member children included), a number equal to only 37% of the membership number, show up for their church’s primary worship meeting (usually Sunday morning). This is according to the Strategic Information and Planning department of the Sunday School Board (2004 statistics). If your church is anything like normal, and is not brand new, your statistics are probably similar. In other words, if you have 200 in attendance on Sunday morning, you likely have 500-600 or even more on your roll. Many churches have an even worse record.

Discerning who among us is regenerate is not an exact science, but a closer look at these numbers will at least alert us to the fact that most Southern Baptists must certainly be dead spiritually. That is so, unless, of course, you claim that there is no difference between a believer and a non-believer.

In the average church you can cut the 37% Sunday morning attendance by about two-thirds or more when counting those interested in a Sunday evening service, or other gatherings held in addition to the principal meeting of the church. In 1996, the last time the SBC kept these statistics, the number of Sunday evening attenders was equal to only 12.3% of the membership (in churches that had an evening meeting). One might ask what makes us claim that the rest are Christians, if they involve themselves with God’s people only on such a minimal, surface level? How are they any different from the people who attend the liberal church down the street—the “church” where the gospel is not even preached?

And remember that the numbers of those attending include many non-member children and guests, often making up a third of the congregation’s main meeting attendance. When all factors are considered, these figures suggest that nearly 90% of Southern Baptist church members appear to be little different from the “cultural Christians” who populate other mainline denominations.  Read the rest of the article here

Here’s an interesting article by Matt Svoboda, on the global significance of the name “Southern Baptist”. In the article he raises some very good points that got me to thinking. What say you?

 

“Ilove the Southern Baptist Convention.  I am a Southern Baptist by conviction.  Theologically and missions wise I feel that the Southern Baptist Convention is the strongest.  I love the influence that the SBC has, but could our name be hurting our influence?  Could the name ‘Southern Baptist Convention‘ actually be holding our convention back?

Yes..  You might be a little surprised by my answer, but I think that it is true.  I was born in Nebraska and I talk to a lot of people from there.  I also served in Indiana for awhile and spoke with many people up there.  The church in Indiana was an American Baptist church.  They agreed that the SBC was better theologically, but thought it would be weird to be a part of the SBC when they are on the north side of the Ohio River.  I asked my friends in Nebraska if they knew of any strong SBC churches in Nebraska and they said, ‘Southern Baptist?’  They were kidding because they are well aware of the SBC, but were making a point that the SBC has little to no influence in Nebraska.  It struck me as interesting because I know that the Oklahoma Baptist Convention a very large convention within the SBC.  Yet, the SBC in Kansas and Nebraska barely exists.  Could this be because of the name?” Read more here

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–New research into several questions that often dominate Southern Baptist debates — from the rise of Calvinism and prevalence of elders in congregations to speaking in tongues and baptism practices — offers some hard numbers to inform those discussions.

The issues in question, and the results uncovered by the survey, show that Southern Baptists have strong opinions in several areas. LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, conducted the study during the spring among a sample of 778 Southern Baptist pastors.Read More Here