Here's what I think I am: I am a Southern Baptist who (a) is pretty strict about everything in the BF&M as well as some other things, but who (b) waits until someone publicly teaches or acts contrary to the BF&M before concluding that he or she differs with it,…
…and then, (c) tries to deal lovingly, respectfully, and redemptively with that person at that time rather than dismissively or pejoratively.
So, like, with regard to Complementarianism, I'm a strict Complementarian, and I'm not ashamed to say so. Also, I think that limiting the office of pastor (there is no biblical office of "senior pastor") to men is the SBC position, and I'm not ashamed or reluctant to defend it.
But I'm going to try to embody ALL of the pastoral qualifications while interacting with people who hold a different opinion about this, even while offering my opinion that this point of view is biblical and is the right way forward for the SBC.
P.S.: Profound apologies to everyone I promised that I would stay out of SBC controversies on Twitter for a while. I'm not really trying to join a shooting-war-in-progress; I'm just trying to make the point that it is possible to be simultaneously convictional and fraternal.
…which occasionally seems a relevant sort of thing to say.

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Today the Electoral College will confirm what we learned in November: @JoeBiden is the legitimate President-Elect of the United States. @realDonaldTrump lost. I lost (ie, voted for the loser).
This is worth pointing out because learning how to react when God doesn’t give you what you want is a major element of Christian discipleship. It’s the element of discipleship most avoided by the Prosperity Gospel heresy that has taken the lead in claiming Trump won.
Paula White has been at the forefront of this movement. @ericmetaxas has said that he knows President Trump won because somebody he trusts “prophesied” it (prophecy is real, but this hogwash deserves scare quotes).
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Immigration: there is no reason whatsoever for Republicans to oppose LEGAL immigration, as the Trump administration has done. Our economy thrives when we have healthy immigration policies, and the election results show clearly that many immigrants vote GOP.
Middle East: There is no reason for Democrats to dismantle President Trump’s very successful pro-Israel policy in the Middle East. Eschatology does not require a pro-Israel posture, but common sense does.
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In the experience of the Babylonian Captivity in the Old Testament, God chose, with no hesitation that I can detect, to reduce an entire nation and a house dedicated to Him to rubble in order to purify His people.
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Earlier today I received an email from a beloved church member that made me feel really, really good about my preaching (I'm trying to work through a big COVID email backlog right now).

It wasn't a, "Wow! You're a great preacher," email (although this dear saint would say that)
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Maybe some of the rest of you at @fbcfarmersville have wondered the same thing.
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This week the CDC recommended that the country adopt a new approach to bringing back to work people who have had COVID—moving from a test-based strategy to a symptom-based strategy.
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