Here is the video of Phillip Holmes, of the Reformed African American Network, moderating a cyber-panel that took place last night [Dec. 2, 2014]. :
…featuring Lecrae, James White [of Christ Our King Community Church, Cary, NC], Voddie Baucham and B.J. Thompson regarding Ferguson.
Panelists will talk about their initial response, the root of the pain surrounding the events, the mission of the church and much more…
So America is experiencing race riots again, which is simply awful.
My heart goes out to the people of Ferguson who are living this nightmare. My heart goes out to the police who risk their lives to protect ours. And my heart goes out to the Body of Christ, which is Black and White and Both and Neither, and in which we are expected to live as one.
Racial tension always exacerbates our struggle for unity, and racial violence does not bring out the best in any of us. Predictably, genuine Christian pastors of varying political, social, and cultural stripes have weighed in on the riots and their cause, and they have not agreed. Recriminations have followed. I have no desire to enter that fray.
In the midst of it, Voddie Baucham posted his thoughts on the Gospel Coalition blog, and while many have linked to his thoughts, it seems to me that most who have interacted or evaluated have either misunderstood or misrepresented his statements. It’s fairly obvious that most have read Baucham’s remarks through their own personal tinted goggles, so maybe I have also. But I’ll tell you what I think anyway, because if I’m reading him correctly, he has said some genuinely wonderful things.
I am no politician or elected official. I’ve been around public policy enough to know that it’s no cure-all. I’m not misplacing my hope. I have no sense that doing these things will fix everything or usher in the kingdom of God.
But this I do know: There is no way people of good conscience or people of Christian faith can look at the events in Ferguson and conclude there’s nothing left for us to do or nothing that can be done. No, both pure religion and good citizenship require we not settle for what’s happened in the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision. The Ferguson grand jury has given us our marching orders. They have ordered us to march for a more just system of policing and the protection of all life. We are obligated–if we love Christ or love this country–to find a way forward to justice, a way suitable to the dictates of our individual consciences and the word of God. Perhaps you don’t agree with my feeble recommendations above. Great! That’s freedom in action. Now propose something better and let’s get to work.
In the end, the best lesson my children can learn from Ferguson is not that they need to be on the lookout for white cops. It is far more important that I use this teachable moment to remind them that “God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Moments before his death, Michael Brown had violently robbed a man in a store. A man doing the best he could to make a living. Minutes later, Brown reaped what he sowed, and was gunned down in the street. That is the sad truth.
My sons have far more to fear from making bad choices than they have to fear from the police. The overwhelming majority of police officers are decent people just trying to make a living. They are much more likely to help you than to harm you. A life of thuggery, however, is NEVER your friend. In the end, it will cost you . . . sometimes, it costs you everything.
Update 5pm CST: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Why I Believe the Grand Jury Got It Wrong and Injustice Triumphed”
Update Nov. 27, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Four Common But Misleading Themes in Ferguson-like Times”
Update Nov. 29, 2014: Voddie Baucham was interviewed on FOX News [3 min. vid.]:
Update Dec. 1, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Spotting ‘Gospel Escapism’ in Evangelical Circles”
Update Dec. 2, 2014: Tom Chantry posted, “What Voddie Said (and Didn’t)”
Voddie Baucham posted his thoughts on the Gospel Coalition blog, and while many have linked to his thoughts, it seems to me that most who have interacted or evaluated have either misunderstood or misrepresented his statements. It’s fairly obvious that most have read Baucham’s remarks through their own personal tinted goggles, so maybe I have also. But I’ll tell you what I think anyway, because if I’m reading him correctly, he has said some genuinely wonderful things.
Update Dec. 2, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “One Man’s Justice Another Man’s Nightmare: It Really Could Have Been Me”
Update Dec. 8, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “8 Suggestions for Applying the Gospel in Light of Brown, Grant, Gurley, Rice and Others”
Update Dec. 10, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “The Final Civil Rights Battle: Ending Police Brutality”
…In 2012, I heard the vision for African Christian University (ACU) [prev. post on ACU]. For the first time, my passion and desire to serve my brothers and sisters in Zambia became a tangible possibility. However, not a word was spoken by me, or by the leaders in Zambia.
This past summer, I returned to Zambia with my wife and our seven youngest children. It was then that Bridget sensed God’s call as well. Subsequently, we began to discuss the matter with my fellow elder, Stephen Bratton and two key Zambian leaders, Conrad Mbewe and Ronald Kalifungwa. There was little doubt that the timing and opportunity seemed right. We committed the matter to prayer, started having conversations with others who could offer wise, biblical counsel, and concluded that this is indeed the Lord’s providential hand at work, and we would do well to follow.
I have been offered the position of President/Head of the Seminary at ACU. The school opens next fall, and our plan is to move to Zambia at the end of next summer. There are, however, several issues that must be addressed between now and then.
In the meantime, I would ask that you would pray for me and my family as we consider what is by far the most challenging act of faith and obedience we have ever considered. Pray for our elders as we work to position GfBC for a healthy transition. Pray for our Zambian brothers and sisters as they trust God to do something beyond their limited resources and ability. Pray for ACU, the Seminary and the ministers who will train there, and for the impact they will have in Zambia, across Africa, and beyond.
Join Voddie Baucham Ministries on a life-transforming journey to the Land of the Bible February 21 – March 4, 2015! See and hear the Scriptures in 3D as you walk where Jesus, the prophets, priests and Kings of Israel, the apostles, and more lived, preached, and ministered. Walk through millennia of history as you learn about the tiny land-bridge called Israel, the location of some of the most significant events in both recent and ancient history. And do it all with a tour leader who will bring a unique Reformed, Covenantal, Redemptive-historic perspective. Once you experience Israel in this way, your life, prayer, and understanding of Scripture, history, evangelism, apologetics, and geo-politics will be forever changed.
Join us for the pre-tour Apologetics Conference at Israel College of the Bible February 17 – 21! More information coming soon.
Also see Voddie Baucham’s five minute interview with Erez Soref about the tour and pre-conference:
Last week Grace Family Baptist Church met to discuss this year’s “Semper Reformanda Conference” theme of “Religion & Politics.”
The lineup included Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. Bruce Shortt, Dr. Steven Branson, Texas Ag. Commissioner Todd Staples, and State Rep. David Simpson. They addressed issues such as: The Moral Law and the Public Square; What are Christians to Do in History; the Sovereignty of God and Human Authority; and more. You can watch the archived messages below:
Grace Family Baptist Church is thankful to be able to offer this live-stream of the 2014 Semper Reformanda conference to our online guests for free. Please consider making a donation to help us fund this effort in the future. You can donate by visiting: gracefamilybaptist.net/donations
Border Security Part 1 – Bob Price [Pre-Conference – he also deals with Ebola]
Border Security Part 2 – Bob Price [Pre-Conference]
“Sovereignty of God and Human Authority: Romans 13” – Dr. Voddie Baucham [He sets out to answer the question, “How should men make laws?” and spends some time on this post from Brandon Adams that we previously featured.]
“A Christian Response to Current Political Issues” – Dr. Steven Branson
“Homosexuality Is Not the New Black” – Dr. Voddie Baucham
“Beyond the Rhetoric: Applying Biblical Truth to the Homosexual Debate” – Dr. Voddie Baucham
Roundtable Discussion: Dr. Steven Branson, Dr. Bruce Shortt Texas Agg. Comm. Todd Staples, Rep. David Simpson, Dr. Voddie Baucham
This interview is a small preview of the Oct. 25, 2-14 “Quest for Truth” Conference featuring Voddie Baucham in Drummondville, QC.
The interview gets to know Dr. Baucham then touches on cultural apologetics, family, plus more, sprinkled in with some humor here and there.
As announced, the 25th Zambia Annual Reformed Conference was held from the 25th to 29th of August at Lusaka Baptist Church.
Voddie Baucham – Running forward (across Africa in missions)
Dr Voddie Baucham attempting to preach with a megaphone last night at the Zambian Reformed Conference during a power outage. Welcome to Africa!
Ken Jones – Remaining faithful (to the Doctrines of Grace)
Pastor Ken Jones walked us through “The doctrines of grace” with the greatest clarity and pastoral sensitivity at the just-ended 25th Zambian Annual Reformed Conference. His approach of stating the doctrine, proving it from Scripture, and then answering the various questions often asked, went a long way in making his sessions easy to understand. You could tell that this man is a pastor!
There is no shortage of the political and cultural issues that Christians must be prepared to address today. From the influence of the LGBT community to the massive slaughter of the unborn through abortion, the issues are multifaceted and complex. They all intersect in the realm of politics, but many Christians today are unsure how to engage in the political arena in a way that is both respectful towards authority and obedient to God’s Word.
We are in dire need of a reformation in the area of “Civil Authority and Christian Responsibility.” With the depravity of our culture becoming more and more visible, is it not possible that God has placed us here “for such a time as this?”
This fall, Grace Family Baptist Church is hosting our annual Semper Reformanda Conference in Spring, TX. On October 17th -18th, 2014, we will meet to discuss this year’s theme of “Religion & Politics.” Our lineup includes Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. Bruce Shortt, Dr. Steven Branson, Texas Ag. Commissioner Todd Staples, and State Rep. David Simpson. They will be addressing issues such as: The Moral Law and the Public Square; What are Christians to Do in History; the Soveriegnty of God and Human Authority; and more.
We are very excited about this opportunity to biblically & candidly address these critical issues that have become taboo for Christians in our culture. Will you consider joining us this fall in Spring, TX for this time of learning and encouragement?
9:00-10:50 Voddie Baucham
1015-1045 Q&A with Sye Ten Bruggencate
11:00-12:00 Phil Johnson
2:00-2:50 Voddie Baucham
3:15-3:50 Q&A with Chris Rosebrough
4:15-5:15 Phil Johnson
7:00-7:50 Voddie Baucham
8:10-8:45 Panel Discussion (with all Speakers)
David Woollin, of Reformation Heritage Books, with an impromptu interview with Voddie Baucham during Southern New England Reformation Conference.
Voddie Baucham discuss several new titles from Reformation Heritage Books.
1. Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective by Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura
2. The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul Washer
And, this from RBAP regarding an upcoming title of theirs also endorsed by Voddie Baucham:
Recovering a Covenantal Heritage is more than a book title; it is a welcomed clarion call for modern Reformed Baptists. I am grateful to God for our Presbyterian brethren and the sea of books, tracts, and treatises on Covenant Theology they have produced over the years. However, Baptists have a distinct covenantal heritage, and that heritage has been underrepresented in Reformed thinking and publication. This volume serves to clarify Baptist distinctives, outlines our place in Reformation history, identifies us as more than merely ‘Deep Water’ Presbyterians, distinguishes us from Dispensationalists, modern Calvinistic (non Reformed) Baptists and New Covenant Baptists, and, in the end exalts Christ as the redeemer of God’s elect. May it receive a wide and thorough reading, and spark a renewal of distinct Reformed Baptist theology!
Here is the audio from this past weekend’s 4th Annual Southern New England Reformation Conference in North Providence, RI with Voddie Baucham:
For more on this check out the podcast we did with Pastor Voddie
When it comes to ethnic diversity, one of the most common refrains in our culture is that 11AM to 12Noon on Sundays is the most segregated hour of the week. Such statements understandably raise important questions about our churches and ministries and whether they are focused enough on ethnic diversity.
However, African-American pastor Voddie Baucham, who leads Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas, is concerned about our culture’s incessant push for diversity–what he calls “cherished pluralism.” In a recent interview with Ministry and Leadership, the magazine of Reformed Theological Seminary, Voddie offered some very helpful insights:
Q: How does the church adapt to the multicultural, multiethnic world we now live in?
We are at a place of cherished pluralism in much of modern American Christianity, and it’s dangerous. For example, you see one church with two different ethnicities, and another church with four different ethnicities, and you think the one with four different ethnicities has to be doing a better job of church, right? It may be, though, that that’s the neighborhood they are in, and they are no more welcoming or loving to people different than them. Or those four different ethnicities are broken up in four different pockets and they are not sharing community like they ought.
So, I’m very cautious about the push for diversity. I desire that all people would hear the gospel and be saved, that God would bring to his church all those whom he would call. The minute I start playing the diversity game, I’m in danger of stepping over certain lost people in favor of other lost people because I need to ramp up my ethnic diversity quota. And that’s usually problematic.
Q: How is it problematic?
In a number of ways–first, because we change our priorities. Instead of being set on faithfulness, now we’ve added another category. Faithfully preaching the gospel and seeing God bring whoever he brings is no longer enough. Now we have too many white people being saved, or too many black people being saved. Now I’m a failure because as the gospel is being preached and as God is drawing people, they don’t look like what we think we ought to look like. It’s not a biblical category of measuring success.
If there’s a problem with our not being welcoming or with being prejudiced toward people, then that’s sin, and we need to deal with that. But our goal is faithfulness in the gospel.
Q: It has been said that 11Am to noon on Sundays is the most segregated hour in our country. How valid is that statement, and how much of a concern is it?
Is it a valid statement? Probably. Is it reason for alarm? No, because people tend to go to church with people who are like them, and that’s always been the case. I don’t think we are seeing today what we saw in the 40′s and 50′s, where people were segregated because they were refused entrance. That’s simply not the case. So is the statement true? Sure, it could be. But is it better in those other hours of the week when people are together because they are forced together?
Inherently, in that statement, we’re saying that the church is wrong and awful because we are not seeing the demographic breakdown that other institutions are seeing during the week…Now we’re thinking we’re inferior to an institution that is forcing diversity on people, and that is simply not the case. If there’s sinful separation, that’s a problem, but the fact that people tend to congregate with people who are like them in a variety of ways is not necessarily a problem.