Almost without a doubt you have heard of Charles Spurgeon. The Baptist preacher from London was a celebrity in his day and remained so since. But what do you know about the woman he married? In his new book Ray Rhodes writes about Susannah Spurgeon, the wife of the famous pastor. He pulls from the pages of history to write a book that shows her background that shaped her and allowed her to be a wife to the most famous pastor in the world. Listen as Ray talks about why he chose to write about Susie, and what she can teach us as Southern Baptists.
If I say the two words “Christmas and Baptist” what comes to mind?
Only one answer: Lottie Moon
If you have ever been in a baptist church around Christmas time, you have heard the name of Lottie Moon. Each year Southern Baptists take up a missions offering in her name, with 100% of the money going directly overseas to support missionaries and their work across the globe. We all have heard of her, but this week in the podcast we learn a little more about the giant of missions.
Here are several links to help you get started reading more about the life of Lottie Moon.
This time on the podcast we are studying EY Mullins. This month marks the 90th anniversary of his death, November 23rd to be exact. I think it’s important that we know about these men and women who have gone before us in Baptist life. EY Mullins had a large impact on Southern Baptist life, one that can still be felt today.
The short bio of EY Mullins is that he was a professor and then President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was also president of the SBC and Baptist World Alliance, & was the principal framer of the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message. That’s the TLDR bio, but there is lot more to his life than that.
You can’t understand the history of the doctrinal divides in the SBC over the last 100 years without understanding EY Mullins.
Below are few resources for you to learn more about this great Baptist theologian.
This week we got a chance to sit down with Amy Whitfield, co-host of the SBC This Week Podcast. Amy is also the Director of Marketing and Communications at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and since 2016 has served as Assistant Parliamentarian to the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting. We discussed how she became a parliamentarian, how she deals with the harder parts of SBC history, and what she sees for the future of the SBC.
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Over the history of the Southern Baptist Convention there have been many gifted preachers. Those men have been used by God to provide timely and prophetic sermons that have guided, shaped, and corrected the course of individuals, churches, and the SBC. In this series we will look at some of those sermons. Even though most of these men will be dead, the message that they preached lives on because of the truth of the ever living Word of God.
RG Lee was the pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis from 1927-1960. (!) He served as President of the SBC, and was called “a veritable paragon of excellence in the preparation and delivery of sermons” by WA Criswell.
His most famous sermon is Payday Someday. He is said to have preached it over 1200 times across the SBC. Take the time to watch it below or read it here.
Did God mean what He said, Or was He playing a prank on royalty? Did pay-day come? “Pay-day—Someday” is written in the constitution of God’s universe. The retributive providence of God is a reality as certainly as the laws of gravitation are a reality. And to Ahab and Jezebel, pay-day came as certainly as night follows day, because sin carries in itself the seed of its own fatal penalty.
The story of racial relations within the SBC is a long and varied one. In this episode we try to cover the good and the bad of that history, and to show the role the SBC played in racial reconciliation among Baptists in the USA. We highlight some of the pioneers in Baptist history and those who stood for the truth of the value of all people in God’s eyes. We also point you to some more resources where you can learn more about Black Baptists within and without the SBC.
If you are reading this, you probably know that at the 2018 Dallas Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, there will be a vote for a new president of the SBC. This year, Ken Hemphill and JD Greear are the announced candidates for the office of President of the SBC.
So as we come up to that date, we thought we would dig a little into the history of the office of President of the SBC. Who has been president in the past, who can be president, and why does it matter?
There are many reasons to read good history. Biographies and general histories remind us of those who have come before us, and can shine light on current events. The history of the Southern Baptist Convention and it’s leaders and members can both inform and inspire us as we work together to take the Gospel of Christ across the world.
Summer can be a great time for reading histories. If you are on vacation or with kids at camp, or just have some slow days, history and biography can remind of the sacrifices, mistakes, and triumphs of those who came fore us. Below are some of the stories of the people and places of the SBC. Some are short reads, others are longer works, but all will educate you.
Take a look, find a book, and read some about SBC History.
GENERAL OR INSTITUTIONAL HISTORIES
Jesse C Fletcher
This book marked the 150th anniversary of the SBC and covers the convention from 1845-1994
Called “the greatest revival in Baptist history.” Read the story of this remarkable work of God through Southern Baptist Missionaries in China.
J. Frank Norris
This is the history of the SBC’s most colorful character, including how he pastored churches in Ft Worth and Detroit at the same time, shot a man in his office, and coined the term “fundamentalist”
The Herschel Hobbs Lectures are a series of lectures given at Oklahoma Baptist University on the topic of Baptist history and life. They contain fascinating glimpses into Baptist historical life.
A Personal History of LifeWay Christian Resources and the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Belvin was a leader in Outreach to Native Americans in the state of OK. Published by New Hope (WMU) in 1986
This is the first book published by the Sunday School Board in 1898. It tells the story of Matthew Yates, one of the early missionaries of the SBC
Read it online for free at the link above
This is the story of Lolo Mae Daniel, who became a missionary with the FMB after retiring as a school teacher at the age of 60. Published by the WMU in 1988.
Rankin was an IMB missionary to China who spent time in a Japanese prison camp in WWII, and later Exec Director of the IMB.
When you hear Southern Baptist Convention what comes to mind?
Three piece suits? Business meetings?
Well all of those things have their place in Southern Baptist life. And I’m not against any of them. But there is one thing that sets apart the Southern Baptist Convention from other denominations today.
The Cooperative Program
You might think you know all about the CP, but today on SBC History we explore some of the backstory to the founding of the Cooperative Program, and how we got to the place we are today.
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