Book Alert: Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal

Title: Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Proposal
David S. Dockery
B&H Academic
Release Date
: June 1, 2008
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
ISBN 13-digit: 978-0805447408
Retail Price: $9.99
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An alternative to the controversial New Baptist Covenant, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal calls Southern Baptists to boldly unite and renew their commitment to the gospel, biblical authority, and their confessional heritage.

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Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION: Southern Baptists: Past, Present, and Future
ONE: Renewing Markers of Southern Baptist Identity: Scripture, Global Missions, and Cooperation
TWO: Focusing on the Gospel: Toward a Southern Baptist Consensus
THREE: Giving Glory to God: Baptist Worship Then and Now
FOUR: Serving Church and Society: A Vision for Baptist Education
FIVE: Rediscovering Our Theological Heritage: Learning from the Past as We Look to the Future
SIX: Praying for Church and Convention Leaders: Character, Conviction, and Cooperation

Initial Thoughts:

Dr. Dockery has continued to blaze a path guided by a passion for cooperation and guarded by a commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Southern Baptists have a chequered past when it comes to deciding whether our legacy will be one of cooperation or controversy. In recent years, we have seen a spike of controversial issues that stand to divide Bible-believing, gospel-proclaiming Southern Baptists–issues that are far from essential or first order to our faith. In this day, it is imperative for Southern Baptists on all sides of the issue to consider and heed the call for consensus and renewal for the sake of the gospel and our stewardship of it.


These are turbulent days in the Southern Baptist Convention. There are significant debates and questions about our Baptist identity. Our churches are struggling to reach people in a postmodern culture. David Dockery is one of those voices of hope in these uncertain days. He reminds us that we cannot yield the gains the Convention has made in its commitment to truth and doctrinal fidelity. Yet, he offers a plan for renewal and consensus within our confessional heritage. I am encouraged and I am thankful for the prophetic voice of David Dockery.
Thom S. Rainer, President, LifeWay Christian Resources

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONSENSUS AND RENEWAL is a comprehenisve and challenging mandate for Southern Baptists in the 21st Century. It calls our denomination to nothing less than a Great Commission resurgence rooted in the great biblical and theological truths that we hold in common. David Dockery is, as always, careful, insightful, and gracious. Here is a thesis that can chart a course for our denomination. It is my prayer that this book will not only be read, but that its vision will be embraced.
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern Baptists stand at a crossroads today. The past generation has witnessed a denominational revolution, one that was much needed and for which we can give thanks to God. The question now is: Will we follow the model of the French Revolution which brought needed change but also unraveled much that was good and led to dissipation and fragmentation, or the American Revolution which issued in a new republic with enduring structures filled with hope for the future? In this landmark book, David Dockery, one of our finest scholar-statesmen, points the way toward a more constructive future for a denomination called to reclaim its founding purpose of “eliciting, combining, and directing” its energies in sharing the message of Jesus Christ with all the world.
Timothy George, Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School and Senior Editor, Christianity Today

Finally, Southern Baptists of the 21st Century are shown the way back home. David Dockery, in the convincing and studied manner so typical of all his writings, calls for a fresh return to our theological, educational, and missiological roots. If you have written off the necessity or even the possibility of future cooperation for the sake of God’s kingdom, the passionate appeal of this book will most likely reverse your thinking. Few people know Southern Baptists as well as Dockery, and no one is better able to provide a compass by which to steer us once again out of our doldrums and onto the high seas of effectiveness.
Tom Eliff, senior vice president, International Mission Board, and former president, Southern Baptist Convention.

David Dockery’s SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONSENSUS AND RENEWAL is the best introduction to the current state of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Mark E. Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D. C.

Having seen the Southern Baptist Convention “up close and personal” in recent years, I am convinced that a book such as this one is deeply and widely needed. It is multifaceted in its content. It is a primer on Southern Baptist history. It is a skillful analysis of the many forces and factors which have made us who we are. It is a masterful discussion of the theological issues which should pull us together and point us toward unity. Most of all, it is a call from a man devoted to God to encourage a Convention to remember its biblical purpose. I commend SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONSENSUS AND RENEWAL to everyone.
Frank S. Page, President, Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor, Taylors Baptist Church

Noting our place in church history and in Baptist history, David Dockery lauds our return to the full authority of the inerrant Word. He urges us to build on this foundation by directing our energies to a renewed consensus around the nature of the Gospel itself . . . If we hope to gain a hearing, we must stand united on the primacy of the Gospel–in our corporate worship, in our personal witnessing, as well as in our institutions of higher education. Dockery encourages church and denominational leaders to lead the way as we pray for God’s glory to sweep over the earth.
Morris H. Chapman, President, Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and Former President of the SBC

David Dockery has done a brilliant job of presenting the historical complexities and uniqueness of our Baptist heritage. He points out the strong commitment that our Southern Baptist leaders and Baptist leaders over the centuries have had to the inerrancy, accuracy, and sufficiency of Scripture. His call for us to come together around the biblical essentials of our faith is a welcomed intrusion into these chaotic times in Southern Baptist life, in our churches and entities . . . This is a must read book for anyone serious about Southern Baptists coming together to become instruments God can use effectively in this age.
Jimmy Draper, President Emeritus, LifeWay Christian Resources and Former President of the Southern Baptist Convention

David Dockery here calls us to place the Gospel at the center without neglecting our Lord’s secondary and tertiary commands, to practice cooperation with compromise, and to be authentically confessional without being cantankerous. May we heed the call.
Gregory A. Wills, Professor of Church History and Director, Center for the Study of the Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

All who wish to engage the debate about Southern Baptists’ future will find this volume an essential prerequisite to that discussion.
Richard D. Land, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal gives a discerning overview of our Southern Baptist historyy and heritage and offers a distinctive insight and hope for our denominational future without compromising our long standing commitment to the authority and accuracy of the Bible. If I could I would make it a must read for every seminary faculty, seminarian, pastor, and lay leader. It is a timely word for these challenging days.
Jim Henry, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Orlando, Florida and Former President of the SBC

David Dockery is the new statesman pointing the way forward for the SBC.
Buddy Gray, Senior Pastor, Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL

“For such a time as this . . .” Those are the words that come to mind after reading David Dockery’s SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONSENSUS AND RENEWAL. His book is a prophetic, clarion call to cooperation, unity, and renewal amongst Southern Baptists. Many issues in this day threaten to sidetrack us from advancing the Gospel, missions, and theological education together. Dockery urges us to focus on our confessional heritage and renew our commitment to truth, to doctrinal fidelity, and to the Christ-centered message of the Gospel. If you care anything about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, then you need to read this book and appropriate its exhortation.
Terry L Wilder, Editor, Midwestern Journal of Theology

David Dockery’s SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION AND RENEWAL: A BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL, AND THEOLOGICAL PROPOSAL should be required reading for every Southern Baptist. It is well written, well documented, and offers a fascinating and much needed proposal. We must have renewal for and a renewed commitment to our historic roots and cooperative nature. The proposal by Dockery offers the best hope I have read.
John Sullivan, Executive Director-Treasurer, Florida Baptist Convention

About the Author:

David S. Dockery is the president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, recognized as a top tier institution by U.S. News and World Report and the Time/Princeton Review and a recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, has authored more than twenty-five books including Renewing Minds and Shaping a Christian Worldview, and is a contributing editor for Christianity Today magazine.

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2 Comments on “Book Alert: Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal”

  1. kschaub Says:

    Wow, it is encouraging to see such a wide range of SBCers recommending this book.

  2. […] Prez, he would win hands down (hint). I am also hoping that Dr. Dockery’s recent release on Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal will win the day when it comes to the infighting and narrowing of cooperation. For those who might […]

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