Reasons I’m Glad I’m Not at the SBC in Phoenix

I’m a Southern Baptist and I’m not at all ashamed of the fact. I do, however, find myself ashamed of some of the things that are said and done by Southern Baptists at the annual meeting. Here are some tweets flowing from the event in Phoenix that cause a bit of skin crawling, and why:

The SBC must change the way we keep score & change the way we reward. @rickwarren #SBC2011

I didn’t know ‘keeping score’ and giving ‘rewards’ was our focus. I thought it was faithful service to Christ as Lord.

I am more impressed with a church of 100 starting a new church every year than a church of 1000 doing nothing: Rick Warren #sbc2011

Is it really the concern of the local church to impress Rick Warren? Is he that egomaniacal?

Dirk Nowitzki for SBC President. #sbc2011

Really? Because why? [I’m sure that was intended to be humorous. At least I hope so. But with the SBC you can never tell].

I just hope this year the messengers (that’s what delegates are called) actually focus on the Lord and not on secondary and irrelevant side issues (like what Rick Warren thinks about anything). But unfortunately normally the focus is on the pastors from large churches who are the only ones on the platform. That way they can maintain the good old boy network and ensure that their ‘power’ (whatever that’s supposed to be in the context of the SBC) remains ensconced in the few rather than among the many.

In short, at the SBC, it’s ‘prominence’ that’s on display rather than servanthood.

If you’re on the twitter you can watch the doings there at the hashtag #sbc2011.  If you dare.  One thing’s for sure, there won’t be any vote on ordaining gay clergy or supporting gay marriage.  Of THAT I am 1000% certain.

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6 thoughts on “Reasons I’m Glad I’m Not at the SBC in Phoenix

  1. Patricia 13 Jun 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’m a UK ex-Baptist and get a bit confused with all the numerois US Baptist groups. Are the Southern Baptists the ones that were formed on the right to own slaves, are keen on guns, racial segregation, the modern State of Israel and George Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq ? . Am I right in thinking that Richard Land and Paige Patterson are two of the SBC’s extremely right wing leaders?


    • Jim 13 Jun 2011 at 4:54 pm

      on each and every one of those questions different southern baptists will give different answers. we are not a monolith.


  2. Chuck Grantham 13 Jun 2011 at 5:45 pm

    With the Southern Baptist focus on the Convention being a volunteer association of like-minded local churches, it is a wonder it has held together this long.

    Because most Southern Baptists aren’t half-opinionated, nah….


  3. Chuck Grantham 13 Jun 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Oh, and another thing as Mark Goodacre likes to say: The more Rick Warren tweets I read, the less impressed I am. Maybe he’s better in longer doses?


  4. jcdisciple07 15 Jun 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Well I for one and pretty disgusted that we have not called Rick Warren out for what he is but instead we give him platform to preach his garbage. Seriously hope God moves us soon. I am through with the heresy.


    • Jim 15 Jun 2011 at 8:17 pm

      he’s nothing more than a ‘man pleaser’ as his entire message is aimed at making people happy with him


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