The SBC and the 21st Century
The Southern Baptist Convention is currently facing issues that challenge its identity, heritage, and future. In The SBC and the 21st Century, key leaders—including Jason Allen, Frank Page, Ronnie Floyd, Thom Rainer, Albert Mohler, Paige Patterson, David Platt, and Danny Akin—address critical issues such as:
- Will the SBC grow more unified around shared convictions and mission or will it fragment over secondary concerns and tertiary doctrinal differences?
- Will the SBC be able to maintain a distinct Baptist identity while engaging and partnering with the broader evangelical community?
- Will the SBC be willing to reimagine its structures, programs, and efforts to effectively reach the world for Christ or will it risk being a past-tense denomination?
This volume not only promotes meaningful dialogue, it calls leaders throughout the SBC into action. Extensive thought, research, assessment, and wisdom from some of the SBC’s brightest minds have been poured into this volume with the intent of rendering a helpful contribution to SBC life that will propel forward the collective work of Southern Baptists well into the 21st century.
Hungry for Worship: Challenges and Solutions for Today’s Church
Hungry for Worship takes a provocative look at ten specific worship challenges facing churches—regardless of church size—over the next decade. Through a balance of historical perspective, theological truth, and practical experience, pastor Frank Page and associate music dean L. Lavon Gray encourage pastors and those responsible for leading worship to evaluate their worship in light of these challenges. Offering practical ideas, pastors and worship leaders can ensure their church is positioned to weather the changes of pop culture and experience healthy worship.
Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide
Desperately hurting people take their own lives every day throughout the world, yet the church is not on top of the epidemic and often seems ill-equipped to address it biblically and effectively.
Frank Page, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, learned this firsthand when he and his wife Dayle lost their daughter, Melissa, to suicide in 2009. Writing from personal experience, he examines the biblical truths that carried him through such a painful time and that minister to him on dark days still known to come around.
Ultimately, Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide is beauty from ashes, a book of wisdom and hope that Page wishes he could have read before going through this valley, and a resource the church can use to directly address an all-too-real problem.
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The Incredible Shrinking Church
Who can save the incredible shrinking church? Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page enters the booming church growth book market from a fresh angle, writing from his own experience in leadership positions at several houses of worship that turned around from what had looked like paths of irreversible decline.
Page’s insights are refreshingly simple. He urges pastors to address their shrinking churches with a spirit of faith rather than fear, instructing them to put on the whole armor of God to slay whatever giants have threatened attendance numbers, ministry impact, and the worship experience. In step with those initiatives are practical reminders to embrace the inevitability of change in various church programs, build the right team of leaders, learn from other turnaround churches, and reach out from comfort zones into the surrounding community.
The Nehemiah Factor
Using Scripture, his personal leadership stories, and testimonies of others, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page inspires leaders to personally model missional leadership in their individual situations. In a warm, personal, and yet in-depth approach to leadership, Page also encourages leaders to celebrate their victories—which only can be experienced, he says, through their submission to God. Each chapter focuses on one of the missional leadership characteristics, and personal reflection questions are included with each chapter to help the reader apply the model to his or her personal leadership situation.
Read an excerpt here.
Trouble with the Tulip
To say that the body of Christ is divided on many issues is perhaps the greatest understatement of the age. In fact, to use language that we all understand these days, the family of faith is separated because of seemingly irreconcilable differences. Some would say that a divorce has already occurred due to multiple issues. While the issues involved are too many to mention, they revolve not only around worship styles, practices and choices, but around more weighty areas of theology and belief.
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New American Commentary on the Book of Jonah
Volume 19B of the New American Commentary, also available as part of the New American Commentary – Old Testament, contains commentary on the books of Amos and Obadiah by Billy K. Smith and the book of Jonah by Frank S. Page.
The New American Commentary consistently supports the inerrancy of Scripture and contributing scholars all hold explicit commitments to Scripture’s infallibility. Its distinctive perspective is a focus on the theological ideas springing from Scripture. Along with the textual grounding of an expository commentary, the New American Commentary also focuses on the broader strokes of theology developed by each book, and interprets each book as a theological unity. Rooted in conservative theology, the New American Commentary also directly engages a wide range of theological and exegetical issues raised by contemporary biblical scholarship.
Based on the NIV Bible text, the New American Commentary offers a verse-by-verse analysis of the Scriptures. A mid-level commentary, its scholarship reflects comprehensive biblical research in original languages, but avoids overly-technical prose to maintain accessibility to readers without a seminary background.