Baptist and Reflector staff
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The chart below lists and recaps the most-read stories from 2021 based on website views based on analytics. Note: Some of the stories were published before the start of 2021, but still received a high amount of views this year.
Understanding the danger of the Equality Act
• Date posted: Feb. 26, 2021 • Written by: B&R staff
Recap: This posting was the most viewed story of 2021 on the B&R website. The story was an open correspondence to Tennessee Baptists from Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, about The Equality Act that was pushed by president Joe Biden and his administration. The Act included numerous practices regarding sexual orientation and gender identity that were considered in contrast to Biblical principles.
Davis column: What will become of the SBC?
• Date posted: Oct. 6, 2021 • Written by: Randy C. Davis
Recap: In this column, Davis addressed recent issues facing the SBC. He noted “adversity is not new (for the SBC), but the best of who we are rises to the surface when we work together in unity for the common cause encapsulated in the Great Commission.”
ERLC leaders accused of ‘blatant deception’
• Date posted: Sept. 28, 2021 • Written by: Chris Turner and Lonnie Wilkey
Recap: This story detailed the contents of a letter written by Jonathan R. Whitehead, attorney and ERLC at-large trustee. The letter claimed former ERLC leaders Russell Moore and David Prince committed “blatant deception” by concealing information that was eventually leaked to the press ahead of the 2021 annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting.
Wilkey column: Avoiding the deadly sin of complacency
• Date posted: Nov. 9, 2016 • Written by: Lonnie Wilkey
Recap: Republished in 2020 (four years after its originial publication in 2016) , this column by Lonnie Wilkey once again gained a large number of readers. In the column, Wilkey warns that complacency can negatively impact a person’s individual witness — or worse, an entire church’s witness.
Three Tenn. trustees resign as SBC executive committee waives attorney-client privilege
• Date posted: Oct. 6, 2021 • Written by: Baptist and Reflector staff
Recap: In this story, the B&R reported that three Tennessee members of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention — Ron Hale, Chuck Williams and Robyn Hari — resigned from the entity prior to the remaining EC members voting to waive attorney-client privileges.
Law firm withdraws as EC general counsel
• Date posted: Oct. 11, 2021 • Written by: Baptist and Reflector staff
Recap: In this story, the B&R reported that the Nashville law firm of Guenther, Jordan & Price informed the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee that the firm will no longer represent the SBC entity because the board of directors voted to waive attorney-client privilege.
Five things that happen when we worship
• Date posted: Nov. 15, 2019 • Written by: Matt Tullos
Recap: This column examines the ways in which God uses worship as a means of learning about Him and growing closer to Him. It was written by Matt Tullos, the special assistant to the executive director for the TBMB.
Davis column: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
• Date posted: Nov. 22, 2016 • Written by: Randy C. Davis
Recap: This column, written by TBMB president and executive director Randy C. Davis, was first posted in 2016. Davis discussed the results of a survey conducted by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry on campuses across Tennessee. The survey asked students to list the one question they would most like to ask God if given the chance.
Joyce Rogers reflects, looks ahead
• Date posted: July 15, 2019 • Written by: Diana Chandler (BP)
Recap: Originally posted in 2019, this story about Joyce Rogers continues to generate considerable traffic on the B&R website. The story, from Baptist Press, focused on the wife of the late Adrian Rogers. B&R