Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future

Edited by David S. Dockery, Contributions by R. Albert Mohler Jr., R. Stanton Norman, Gregory A. Wills, Timothy George, Russell D. Moore, Paige Patterson, Daniel L. Akin, Richard Land, James Leo Garrett , Morris H. Chapman, Ed Stetzer, Jim Shaddix, Thom S. Rainer, Mike Day, Nathan A. Finn

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Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future

Edited by David S. Dockery, Contributions by R. Albert Mohler Jr., R. Stanton Norman, Gregory A. Wills, Timothy George, Russell D. Moore, Paige Patterson, Daniel L. Akin, Richard Land, James Leo Garrett , Morris H. Chapman, Ed Stetzer, Jim Shaddix, Thom S. Rainer, Mike Day, Nathan A. Finn

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What was once a small, southern, predominantly white denomination has become America's largest evangelical denomination. Yet with the Southern Baptist Convention's growth have come the challenges of increasing fragmentation, theological controversy, and sweeping cultural change. These challenges have caused leaders and members to ask: What does it mean to be a Southern Baptist in the twenty-first century? How can a fresh consensus be established from within? What are the core biblical convictions that must be upheld, the key practices that must be sustained, to reach the lost in this age of cultural accommodation?

These essays by editor David Dockery, Al Mohler, Timothy George, Russell Moore, Paige Patterson, and eleven other SBC leaders address these important issues and themes from several perspectives. Their observations will illuminate the way not only for fellow Southern Baptists but for all evangelicals facing similar challenges in the twenty-first century and beyond.


Editor:

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and seven grandchildren.


Endorsements:

"Libraries are replete with books on church history, reflections of renowned theologians and analyses of past culture and society. However, few volumes apply historical developments to an understanding of contemporary challenges and their implications on the future. Southern Baptist Identity is a valuable compilation confronting this formidable task. With contributions from notable denominational leaders, this volume acknowledges the phenomenal growth of Southern Baptists but recognizes the impact a changing world and postmodern society will have on the future of its churches and collectively on the Southern Baptist Convention. While readers will not necessarily agree with the insights and conclusions of each writer, they will find the diverse perspectives valid as they grapple with the contemporary realities of denominational life and trends."
Jerry Rankin, Former President, International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

"The Southern Baptist Convention is preparing for a new generation of global witnesses. To understand the purpose and passion of the world's largest cooperative network of evangelical churches, read this book. I am grateful for this scholarly insight and spiritual challenge as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission in the twenty-first century."
Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; Former President, Southern Baptist Convention

"All Baptists should draw water from these wells of provocative essays and lectures in order to avoid historical amnesia or political euphoria. We are reminded that we dare not be content with kicking the convention can further down the road; instead, we must be forward-leaning, asking the hard questions about present and future. This work calls us to a rigorous and serious mapping of the contours of our convention road."
Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Naples, FL


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Specifications:

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 304
ISBN-10: 1-4335-0679-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-0679-6
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 14.6 ounces
Published: June 30, 2009