The Ed Litton plagiarism scandal has revealed just how vast and industrialized sermons are. A company by the name of Docent Research Group was identified to being a kingpin of (errant) teaching in the church. Predictably such a centralization of church material was ripe for corruption and Docent Research Group has a Social Justice Gospel agenda. This was exposed in the initial Protestia article on the subject. This article continues this coverage by exposing a prominent Southern Baptist church using Docent Research Group. This information was found researching the employees of Docent Research Group. An employee by the name of Greg Lamb mentioned multiple clients he worked with as a “Solo Researcher” at Docent. There is considerable existing evidence that suggesting that Docent Research Group writes sermons, and Greg Lamb adds to this account.
Redeemer Fellowship KC is a multicampus megachurch in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and is an Acts 29 church. Redeemer Fellowship has been using Docent Research Group to prepare sermons since at least February of 2016. Redeemer Fellowship KC is also a woke church, that has been promoting Critical Race Theory, political leftism, and certain aspects of the Revoice Movement since at least 2017. It is unclear whether there exists a causal relationship between Redeemer Fellowship’s apostasy and Docent Research Group.
Greg Lamb was the employee or contractor of Docent Research Group. He is the source for the Redeemer Fellowship being a Docent client. He claims that “In February 2016, I began working as a contract researcher for Docent Research Group, an Austin-based, Christian, non-profit organization, where I worked on research and sermon briefs for Pastor Kevin Cawley of Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, MO (http://www.redeemerkansascity.org)… In all these roles, I essentially serve as an extension to the preaching ministry of these growing churches through providing research, exegesis, and connective tissue to help bring God’s Word to life and resonate with contemporary culture.” From this we can gather that, at a minimum, Kevin Cawley has been using Docent Research since 2016. It is unknown specifically what Greg Lamb contributed to Redeemer Fellowship KC. Assuming that a sermon brief is an outline of a sermon, the most common understanding of the term, this would indicate that Greg Lamb was writing sermons for Kevin Cawley. Cawley claims that his church has a team approach to sermon preparations in a 2018 sermon on race (see below).
Kevin Cawley is mentioned by name by Greg Lamb. He is still the lead pastor at Redeemer Fellowship KC. Though he does not have the largest online footprint, it is a fair assumption that he embraces Cultural Marxism, from that which is readily available. This will be made more evident in the church materials (See below).
Brian Key is a woke pastor. Brian Key is a Pastor/Residency Director, meaning he has authority over other pastors. In addition to supporting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools, Key is quite supportive of pagan initiatives like the And Campaign. It is fair to venture that Key is more woke than Cawley, the lead pastor.
Redeemer Fellowship KC is undoubtedly a woke church. As early as 2017, they were promoting Critical Race Theory, via racial training. This would be after the start of their client relationship with Docent Research Group. It’s uncertain whether the wokeness of Redeemer Fellowship KC was enabled by Docent. However, Docent Research Group advertises that they write position papers and provide book summaries for pastors so they can focus on exegesis. Much of the material that Redeemer Fellowship promotes could have been influenced by such services.
Critical Race Theory
Redeemer Fellowship actively promotes Critical Race Theory in its material and has since at least early 2018. On a sermon delivered on February 18th, 2018, Kevin Cawley goes on at length to describe his effort to make his church more diverse, employee standpoint epistemology. He also shares that Brian Key lets him know that he can’t share certain truth because he’s white. Cawley also indicates that his church has committed the sin of partiality in hiring practices in pursuing his goal. In the resources on this sermon, Redeemer Fellowship promotes much woke material.
During the same sermon series in which Critical Race Theory is taught, material crafted by leftist political activists was promoted to the congregation. This includes material from Michael Wear, a founder of the And Campaign and former Obama campaign staffer. This also includes Russell Moore, the former head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Justin Giboney, another founder of the And Campaign. In addition to promoting leftist operatives, Redeemer Fellowship also views immigration as a life issue alongside abortion.
Although this church has not deviated on it position on homosexuality, Redeemer Fellowship KC and the Southern Baptist Convention as a whole are on the onset of embracing the Revoice movement, which embraces the identity of a “gay Christian” and undermines Biblical repentance. This is evident in promoting material by suspect authors and speakers including Nate Collins, Jackie Hill Perry, Sam Allberry, and Rosaria Butterfield, Wesley Hill, and Beth Felker Jones. Wesley Hill’s book promotes identifying as a “gay Christian.”
The apostasy of Redeemer Fellowship KC is evident and only bound to worsen as it further embraces Cultural Marxism. While it is unclear whether they are still a client of Docent Research Group, they were a client during a particularly pivotal time when Redeemer Fellowship KC was forwarding the Social Justice Gospel.
Docent Research Group is a kingpin in the downgrade of Evangelicalism. They and those who hire them will be exposed.