Nathan Finn on what ails the SBC

Nathan Finn is an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. More importantly, he is a devoted to Christ and His church and is a clear thinker who has been thinking lately on important issues within the denomination he serves. He has posted 16 articles about what he sees wrong in the SBC and offers some very insightful solutions. I highly commend this series and especially the last ones on “possible solutions.”

Timmy Brister has compiled all of Nathan’s articles and adds his own insights as well in a recent post. It is very helpful.

Nathan concludes that what is ultimately wrong in the SBC is that in many ways and many places we have lost the Gospel. If he is right, then all of the other things that we get exercised about really don’t matter. If he is right, then our problem is far more grave than most of our leaders are willing to acknowledge. If he is right, then shouldn’t every denominational plan and program be subjugated to a life-and-death recovery effort on the part of everyone who sees the problem? I think so. And I think Nathan is right.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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