The Southern Baptist Convention is meeting in Indianapolis this week– and according to all observers, this is a crucial crossroads. We have the most contested presidential contest in almost 2 decades, interesting resolutions on church membership, potential motions challeneging restrictive new policies for missionaries at the IMB and more. You can follow the convention news here.
But one of the most perceptive and helpful voices in our convention is that of Danny Akin of Southereastern Seminary. In a recent essay, he makes a powerful assertion:
” I am convinced in this new day and context we need men with a vision for what can be called “A Great Commission Resurgence.” Building on the “Conservative Resurgence,” we need a new passion and commitment to the final marching orders of the Lord Jesus. There is no question in my mind that a true and genuine Great Commission Resurgence will of necessity be wed to a strong and healthy theology. The two must go together and remain partners for life!.
Wedding a healthy, well-informed and robust theology to a consuming passion for the evangelization of the nations, we must come together, as never before, to carry out the final command given by King Jesus. We may not agree on everything, but we agree on more than enough to work together for our Lord Jesus in fulfilling the Great Commission. So, will we live or will we die? Will we come together for life or fracture apart in death? I make my choice for life. It is my hope and my prayer that you will join me.”
Read the whole thing here