From Simple to Essential

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina recently sponsored an Essential Church Conference at Apex Baptist Church. The speakers included Thom Rainer, Sam Rainer, and Darryl Craft. The Rainers are co-authors of the popular book Essential Church: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts (B&H, 2008). Craft is the senior pastor of the Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina. The speakers and attendees had much to say about a Great Commission Resurgence in the SBC. You can read some of their thoughts in this games

Podcast with Tullian Tchividjian

The latest InSight Podcast of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is an interview with Tullian Tchividjian, founding pastor of New City Church near Fort Lauderdale and the newly elected pastor of the historic Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Tchividjian is the author of several books, including the forthcoming Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (Multnomah, 2009). Oh, and if you didn’t already know, he is also Billy Graham’s grandson.

Recommended Links and Forthcoming Posts at BtT

There are a number of interesting articles that have appeared on the web in the past few days. I thought I would point out a handful of them.

In case you missed it, new BtT contributor J. D. Greear blogged here yesterday about his views on Calvinism.

My fellow SEBTS church historian Steve McKinion weighs in on “Third Generation Conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention” at Baptist 21. This is the first post in a three-part series.

Tom Ascol asks the provocative question, “What Will We Be in the SBC?

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has several great articles related to last week’s state evangelism conference, which was hosted by SEBTS. See the following:

Bruce Ashford: God’s End Game,” by Doug Baker

Ed Stetzer: Evangelism as Reconciliation,” by Melissa Lilley

Robert Smith: Exegetical Escort,” by Doug Baker

Danny Akin: Still Chapter and Verse,” by Doug Baker and Melissa Lilley

David Platt: Commission a Command,” by Joy Rancatore

Be sure to also check out Doug Baker’s Insight Podcast on church planting with urban pastors Tyler Jones, Sean Cordell, Daniel Montgomery, and J. D. Greear. You can read the press release here and listen to the podcast here. The topics include postmodernity, urban minstry, the Acts 29 Network, and the future of the SBC.

In closing, let me give you a brief preview of some forthcoming posts at BtT. Danny Akin will pick back up with his series on pastor leadership. Alvin Reid and I will finish up our “exercise in bridge-building” with a final post about Calvinism and the SBC. I will also post on the relationship between the Conservative Resurgence and the Great Commission Resurgence. Bruce Ashford will review some more books that will help us better understand our global context. David Nelson will weigh in again on the topic of worship. Bruce and David will also offer a tribute to a recently departed friend and games