Recommended Websites for Biblical Discernment:
"Fighting for the Faith" and "Apprising Ministries"
After retiring from the military chaplaincy, I felt I had awaken from a bad dream: heresy in our Southern Baptist Churches was rampant, including the one I grew up in.  It was like the story of "Rip Van Winkle," awakening from a deep sleep, and discovering, in this case, much to my horror, the unthinkable occurring in our churches.  Heresy, Vision Casting, Eisegetical Sermons, Entertainment on a platform complete with "7-11" hymns and Praise Singers; dancing and other sinful entertainment; Seeker Sensitive nonsense, and the list goes on, ad nauseam.

Fortunately, there are some good, biblically sound theologians who are standing up for the faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I recommend these websites for those who want to understand the full scope of what is happening all across the country, not only in SBC churches, but other evangelical denominations as well.
Fighting for the Faith websites can be found here:

In Memory of
Rev. Ken Silva
Graduate of
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor, Connecticut River (Southern) Baptist Church, Claremont, New Hampshire,
for the last 10 Years.
Founder of "Apprising Ministries" website.

Rev. Ken Silva wrote and managed the "Apprising Ministries" discernment website, and can be found here:

Recommended Website for Worship, Preaching and Teaching Ministry:
First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Their website ( contains many resources for the preaching/teaching ministry of Dr. Mac Brunson, the Pastor.  Brother Mac is a former pastor at South Norfolk Baptist Church, who followed Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr. upon his retirement there.
(Image: courtesy of FBCJAX website)

Pastor Mac Brunson has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, since 2006. He holds degrees from Furman University (B.A.) and Southwestern Seminary (M.Div., D.Min.), and has pastored churches in South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. A native of Greenwood, SC, Pastor Brunson is married to his childhood sweetheart, Debbie. They are blessed with three children (Courtney, Trey, and Wills) and three grandchildren (Broc, Asa, and Audrey).

Pastor Brunson is a gifted and faithful teacher whose messages combine sound, Biblical preaching and practical, candid application. His extensive historical knowledge provides context, insight, and understanding as he encourages his listeners to join him in becoming a student of God’s Word.

Committed to missions and ministry, Pastor Brunson has led FBC Jacksonville to continue its support of pastors through the annual Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference, increase financial support of missions around the world, educate students through the First Baptist Academy of Jacksonville, and serve the community through special projects and a satellite campus in St. John’s County.

Beloved for his candor and sincerity, Pastor Brunson claims the truth of Jeremiah 29:11. “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’”

The sermons Pastor Brunson preaches at FBC JAX are available on iTunes Podcast for download.
From their website, we read:

We are a Southern Baptist Church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. We adhere to the doctrinal statement as published in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. These doctrinal truths include the following core beliefs:


    The Deity of Jesus Christ

    The Substitutional Death of Jesus

    The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the Grave

    Salvation by Faith Alone Through Grace Alone

    Inerrancy and Completeness of Scripture

    The Sinfulness of Man

    The Virgin Birth of Jesus

    The Triune Existence of God

    Eternal Security of the Believer

    God’s Judgement of Man for Sin

    Eternal Damnation for People who Reject Christ

    Imminent Return of Christ to the Earth

Mac Brunson elected pastor of Valleydale Church

May 23 2018 by Baptist Press staff


Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Ala., called Mac Brunson as pastor May 20, 2018, just three weeks after he resigned the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.


“This is a God move,” Brunson said when Valleydale elected him in a business meeting following his in-view-of-a-call sermon, The Alabama Baptist reported. He’s slated to preach his first official pastoral sermon at the 1,000-member church July 22, according to the news journal of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
His election followed Valleydale’s 21-month pastoral search, capping a May 17 reception with church deacons and elders. Brunson’s wife Debbie spoke at a Valleydale women’s luncheon May 18.
Brunson announced his resignation to the 10,000-member First Baptist Church of Jacksonville (FBC JAX) April 29, reported the Christian Index, the news journal of the Georgia Baptist Convention. At that time, Brunson said he had no future job in place, according to the Index.
Brunson’s departure from Florida signaled no scandal nor improper action, FBC JAX emphasized April 30th, saying he served with “moral and ministerial faithfulness” and that “no individual or group within our church asked him to leave. … On the contrary, we are grateful for the years of service rendered by Dr. Brunson and his wife Debbie.”
The 60-year-old Brunson pastored the First Baptist Church of Dallas for seven years before leading FBC JAX beginning in 2006, and earlier led churches in South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina. He is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
He holds doctor of ministry and master of divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Debbie have three children and 10 grandchildren.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)

Recommended Website for Worship, Teaching and Preaching Ministry:
First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas

(Image courtesy of FBC San Antonio, TX website)

First Baptist Church website:

T. Don Guthrie,
Pastor, now retired.

Chris C. Johnson, New Pastor, 2019
Recommended Website for Worship, Teaching, and Preaching Ministry:
London's Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's)

An Independent Reformed Baptist Church,
founded in 1650.

Their website:
Short film about Charles Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle and burial place:
Recommended Website for Traditional Christian Music and Bible Teaching:
The Bible Broadcasting Network
"The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" with Dr. Charles E. Fuller and the Choir and Quartet. 
The website for this is:

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Solid, Biblically-based Preaching and Good Christian Music by the Choir, Quartet, and Congregation. (Not part of the liberal Fuller Seminary). (Photos courtesy of their website).
Recommended for solid Bible teaching and preaching: Dr. J. Vernon McGee.

The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee earned his A.B. from Southwestern University in Memphis, Tennessee; his B.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia; and his Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. McGee's greatest pastorate was at the historic, Church of the Open Door in downtown Los Angeles, where he served from 1949 to 1970. Dr. McGee began teaching “Thru the Bible” in 1967. After retiring from the pastorate, he set up radio headquarters in Pasadena, and the radio ministry expanded rapidly. Today the program airs on over 400 stations each day in the United States and Canada, is heard in more than 100 languages around the world and is broadcast worldwide via the Internet.

Click on one of the following links, and be taken directly to their website:

Thru the Bible Radio Website

Through the Bible

Southern Baptist Convention Seminaries
(Website links)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary:
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary:

Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary:
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: