Episode 339

Mohler recovering; TN Baptists, ethics leader urge gun violence legislation; 7 factors hindering church evangelism.

Apr 21, 2023

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler thanked supporters for their prayers and encouragement during his recent health scare; The head of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), the leader of Southern Baptists’ ethics entity and a group of Tennessee pastors are urging the state legislature to enact safety measures to protect the public from gun violence; In an article in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Thom Rainer shares seven things that are hindering churches when it comes to evangelism.

Transcript

 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler thanked supporters for their prayers and encouragement during his recent health scare.

Mohler was hospitalized last Friday (April 14) with blood clots in both lungs.

In a statement, Mohler said the one in his right lung was preventing him from breathing. He said doctors were able to treat the clots and create a plan of action. Mohler was able to return to light work this week where at a trustee’s meeting he was honored for his 30 years at the helm of the seminary.

He said he expects to resume recording his popular daily podcast “The Briefing” today (April 21).

The head of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), the leader of Southern Baptists’ ethics entity and a group of Tennessee pastors are urging the state legislature to enact safety measures to protect the public from gun violence.

Tennessee Baptist executive director Randy Davis and Ethics & Religious Liberty President Brent Leatherwood signed a letter April 19 with 13 Tennessee pastors – 11 of them Southern Baptists – urging support of Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal “to strengthen our state’s order of protection laws to protect the broader population from those who are a danger to themselves or others.”

By executive order, Lee on April 11 set a 72-hour time limit to report new criminal activity and court-documented mental health information to the Tennessee Instant Check System, the state criminal background system. He also called on the Tennessee General Assembly to establish an “order of protection law” to “provide the broader population cover, safety, from those who are a danger to themselves or the population.”

 

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In an article in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Thom Rainer shares seven things that are hindering churches when it comes to evangelism.

Here’s a few …

  1. There is no priority of evangelism. I know. That sounds too self-evident. But churches that do not make evangelism a high priority are really making it no priority at all.
  2. Many laypersons believe that evangelism is what we pay the pastors and staff to do. Such a perspective is first unbiblical and, second, unproductive. Evangelistic churches always have enthusiastically evangelistic laypersons.
  3. Many churches have an excuse mentality. So pastors blame it on the laity. The laity blame it on the pastor. And both blame it on culture, the denomination, or some other external scapegoat.
  4. Too many church members do not connect prayer with evangelism. 

     

    Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

    Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

    Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

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