Posted tagged ‘Doug Baker’

Baptist Messenger Interview with Ronnie Floyd on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report

May 9, 2010

If you are like me and have not read all the GCR articles coming out, you might not be aware of all the conversation around the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) of the SBC.  Doug Baker, editor of the Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma, sat down with the chairman of the GCRTF, Ronnie Floyd, to address the issues and questions that have been raised in recent months.  If you are limited in time, I would argue that it is better to listen less to the political pundits in the SBC media and focus more on what the task force is saying both in their final draft as well as other first-hand sources.  Here is a 45 minute video interview with Baker and Floyd that is worth your time.  Check it out.

Doug Baker on the Ethics of Christian Journalism

September 8, 2009

Doug Baker writes:

In the Southern Baptist Convention, many believe that fair and balanced reporting has all but disappeared. The Convention’s news wire remains under the auspices of the SBC Executive Committee. Some state papers have been brought under the direct control of the state conventions they serve prompting the criticism that the papers are now nothing more than the public relations arm of their respective state conventions. Some openly state that the accountability that legitimate journalism brings is now impossible to achieve because no Convention agency or entity wants to publish information that could tarnish their public image.

How to maintain legitimate and respectable news organs throughout the SBC seems to be the question of the hour. Competing visions for the future of the Convention can all too easily occupy an editor’s chair, creating the impression that even the desire to report the news of someone or something without commentary can no longer be done. It now seems that a malicious tone has entered the realm of religious journalism to such a degree that a person can be profiled in a manner that highlights certain sins or character faults absent context and direct reporting required by secular journalistic outlets.

Read the whole thing.  There is a real need to recover credibility in media outlets that represent Southern Baptists, and Doug’s words hopefully provide an impetus for that recovery to begin.

Insight Podcast: Interview with Tullian Tchividjian on Gospel, Church, and Culture

April 9, 2009

My good friend Doug Baker has continued his long list of excellent podcasts with his most recent addition – Tullian Tchividjian.  It was recently announced that Tullian accepted the position of pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, suceeding Dr. D. James Kennedy.  Tullian is the author of several books, most recently Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (which we will be giving away at this year’s Band of Bloggers fellowship).

The podcast is broken down in two segments, and the flow of the interview is listed below. To download, click on MP3 next to each part.


A Church Like the World – What We Need?; Wanted:  Servants not Celebrities; The Big Business of Evangelicalism; “Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don’t make a difference by being the same”; Relevance – What is It?; The Irrelevance of Relevance; Against the World for the World; The Bible as God’s Listening Post; An “Emergent” Humility?; Evangelism – God’s One Great Work?


Culture – What is it?; Sola Scriptura or Sola Cultura?; Jesus and Cosmic Renewal; The Cultural Mandate – What and Why?; What is the Kingdom of God?; Contextualization – What is It?  Do We Need it?; The Church as God’s Greatest Evangelistic Tool.

I’m grateful for Doug continuing to offer informative and engaging discussions on topics that matter from some of the most respected voices in Baptist and evangelical circles.  To subscribe to the Insight Podcast on iTunes, go here.

Interview with “Between the Times”

September 18, 2008

I have mentioned a couple of times already about the Between the Times blog–a SEBTS collaborative effort from Drs. Danny Akin, David Nelson, Kenneth Keathley, Bruce Ashford, and Nathan Finn.  My good friend Doug Baker, of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, recently sat down with these gentlemen for an interview for the Insight podcast. The interview is broken down into three parts, and I encourage you to download and listen to the conversation regarding a Great Commission Resurgence.  The audio (MP3) are:

Interview with Between the Times Part 1

Part I – The Recipients of the Great Commission; The Use of Means and a Great Commission Effort; The Great Commission – a Continuation, Commencement, or Culmination of God’s Biblical Narrative?; Missiological Challenges – Context Over Content?

Interview with Between the Times Part 2

Part II – A Pull-Back by Younger Southern Baptists?; Structural Skepticism of the SBC; Future Missionaries – From Where Will They Come?; Orality, Doctrine, and the Purity of the Gospel; The Camel Method; The Use of the Koran and Evangelism.

Interview with Between the Times Part 3

Part III – The Cooperative Program – In Jeopardy?; SBC Church Planting- Will It Be Changed?; SBC Church Planting – An Evaluation; 20,000 Churches by 2030?; Landmarkism and Its Influence; Baptocentrism

Doug Baker Interviews David Dockery On Consensus and Renewal

June 5, 2008

My friend Doug Baker has recently posted a three-part interview with one of the men I look up to the most – David Dockery.  Those of you who were around in January of 2007 will remember the week-long interview I had with Dr. Dockery as well as the live, interactive Q&A on the blog.  I have always appreciated the careful, articulate, and balanced approach Dr. Dockery has exhibited as a Southern Baptist statesman, and, in light of the heightened attention and interest in the SBC political sphere of things leading up to the annual meeting in Indy, I would like to recommend these MP3’s for the betterment and prospect of a gospel-driven consensus and spirit of cooperation within the SBC.

(To download the audio, right click, save as):

Part I – The Path Toward Consensus; the SBC of the past; and the Inerrancy of Scripture

Part II – Perspectives on salvation – Arminianism, Calvinism and Amyraldianism; the Legacy of the SBC’s Founding Generation; and the Doctrinal Building Blocks Required for an Orthodox Consensus Among Southern Baptists

Part III – Landmarkism; the Call to Embrace the Gospel; Expository Preaching; the Practice of the Lord’s Supper; an Overview of SBC worship; the Role of Christian Higher Education Among Southern Baptists; and The Challenge to a Rising Generation