Last week I had the privilege of delivering the Darby/Beal Lectures at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas…
I was asked to speak on the “Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” that was issued three years ago by some Southern Baptists who are alarmed over the spread of the doctrines of grace throughout the SBC. I lectured on article 2 (“The Sinfulness of Man“) and article 3 (“The Atonement of Christ“). Those lectures are available here [46 min. audio/video] and here [56 min. audio/video].
The highlight of the series was a panel discussion on the whole Traditional Statement, involving Drs. Mike Smith, President of Jacksonville College, Holmes, Malcolm Yarnell, Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and me. The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Holmes and primarily consisted of observations from Dr. Yarnell and me…
It will come as no surprise to most readers of this blog that Dr. Yarnell and I have significant disagreements over matters that the Traditional Statement addresses. These were not ignored and we pointedly expressed our disagreements. But, as all such discussions should be, the dialogue was very cordial and conducted in a fraternal spirit. By God’s grace, we both tried to be ruthlessly biblical in expressing our views and concerns.
I am grateful to have had the opportunity and privilege of such an engagement. I am also thankful that BMATS has made the lectures and dialogue available online here. Though the volume of the panel discussion video is not great, you can watch it here [89 min.]. A better audio recording is available here [89 min.].
Update, April 1, 2015: James White interacts with the above dialogue:
…transitioned (about 22 minutes in) to a Radio Free Geneva! Spent a lot of time in the text of Scripture dealing with federal headship, walking through especially Romans 5:12-19, and then, having done that, we listened to the important sections of the dialogue/non-debate between Malcolm Yarnell and Tom Ascol from BMA Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas, which took place last week. Hopefully an important and useful two hours!