President J. D. Greear calls for prayers for gospel unity ahead of the Nashville gathering. A year after calling off their annual meeting due to COVID-19, more than 12,600 Southern Baptists plan to attend this year’s in Nashville, the convention’s biggest turnout since 1997. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, tweeted the pre-registration figures this week, ahead of the June 15–16 event. Registration will be open through the meeting itself, but the number of messengers planning to attend has already surpassed the 8,200 who went to the previous annual meeting in Birmingham in 2019. The…

Political parties depend on big national conventions to rally supporters behind presidential candidates. The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, postponed over coronavirus concerns, will now be held the week of Aug. 17.

The SBC presidential candidate wants to rejuvenate his denomination through missions. J. D. Greear falls somewhere between two of his heroes, Martin Luther and Nicolas Cage. The North Carolina pastor strives for the famous reformer’s gospel convictions and allegiance to Scripture, as expected for a missions-minded Southern Baptist. It’s much more unusual to hear a preacher reference Nic Cage movies as much as he does, including in a Holy Week sermon earlier this year, when Greear compared Christ’s pursuit of the lost to the plot of National Treasure. Like his favorite actor, Greear’s also high-energy and passionate, with a persona…

Despite two strong candidates, if ever there were a time for a woman at the helm of the SBC, it’d be now. When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed because he simply looked “suspicious,” initiated by the fact that Zimmerman viewed him as “suspicious” and chose to pursue him against the order of the police department, it was a personal, powerful, picturesque and emotional moment for me to hear Fred Luter address this matter as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). I never thought I would live long enough to hear a SBC president redemptively, righteously, and prophetically address…

Evangelicals, we can no longer say sexual misconduct is just a Roman Catholic problem. The last few weeks have been excruciating for the Southern Baptist Convention and for the larger evangelical movement. It is as if bombs are dropping and God alone knows how many will fall and where they will land. America’s largest evangelical denomination has been in the headlines day after day. The SBC is in the midst of its own horrifying #MeToo moment. At one of our seminaries, controversy has centered on a president (now former president) whose sermon illustration from years ago included advice that a…