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B21 panel topic: Conservative Resurgence

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — The Conservative Resurgence will be the main topic for discussion by this year’s Baptist21 panel with Paige Patterson, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Fred Luter and others, held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

The title of the panel discussion — “The CR, the GCR, & the Future of the SBC” — refers to the Conservative Resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 20th century and the Great Commission Resurgence of the early 21st century.

The luncheon is set for Tuesday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom A/B on the second level of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, will be joined on the panel by Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.; and J.D. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C.

Jonathan Akin, pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tenn., and a B21 organizer, told Baptist Press, “It has been 45 years since Dr. Patterson and Judge [Paul] Pressler met in New Orleans, and the friendship they developed was the catalyst that led to the Conservative Resurgence.

“We want to be able to tell that important part of Baptist history to a younger generation that may not be as knowledgeable about it,” Akin said.

The goal of the discussion, Akin said, is to communicate why the Conservative Resurgence was necessary and what younger leaders need to learn from it as they move forward in ministry.

“We’re going to have some open conversation and questions to be answered about ‘What is the theology that we fought for and how can we be united around a common theology and a common mission to get the Gospel that has been preserved for us to all peoples?'” Akin said.

“We want to talk through practically how we can do that and what are some of the challenges that threaten us and what are some of the next steps that we need to take,” he said.

Panelists include those of a generation who fought for the Bible, those who entered leadership positions in Baptist life as the resurgence was happening and those who are the recipients of what was secured in the struggle, Akin said.

“I think it’s going to be an important conversation, and I’d like for folks to be a part of it,” Akin said.

Register for the two-hour luncheon at www.baptisttwentyone.com. Tickets are $10, and the price includes lunch and books.
Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Erin Roach. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

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