Daily Archives: 14 Jul 2018


For many reasons but primarily because it is an utter misreading of the text and a distortion of history. It is eisegesis on the basis of current events. Nothing more.

A Primer for the Media and The Press and News Services On the Organization of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

There’s a lot of ignorance out there in talking head reporter land when it comes to the SBC- so allow me to offer a brief primer on SBC polity and organization:

  • Each SBC Church is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • Each SBC Local Association is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • Each SBC State Convention is independent.  It reports to no one, and is accountable to no other body.
  • The President of the SBC is powerless.  He is a figure head, the winner of a popularity contest, nothing more.
  • No Church in the SBC reports to any other entity of the SBC.
  • The Messengers at local, state, and national Conventions are there to do the business of the local, state, or national Convention and nothing else.
  • No action by any local, state or national Convention is binding on any other local, state, or national Convention nor are any actions binding on any SBC Church, at all, ever.
  • Persons employed by various SBC churches, organizations, and entities are answerable only to and strictly to their immediate employer and no one else.
  • We have no Pope.  We have no governing board.  We have no oversight committee.  We have no formal contract with other entities.  We are utterly, completely, pathologically independent each and all individually and in our parts.
  • No one tells anyone else what to do, in other words.  And if they did, no one would listen.

That, for good or ill, is how the SBC works.  So when you make statements like ‘The President of the Convention should have said something to the International Mission Board about employee X’ you betray your utter ignorance of the SBC and its polity.  Please check with someone before making false statements to the public and fools of yourselves.

In the Footsteps of King David: Revelations from an Ancient Biblical City

King David is a pivotal figure in the Bible, which tells his life story in detail and gives stirring accounts of his deeds, including the slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath and the founding of his capital in Jerusalem. But no certain archaeological finds from the period of his reign or of the kingdom he ruled over have ever been uncovered—until now.

In this groundbreaking account, the excavators of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David fought Goliath, reveal how seven years of exhaustive investigation have uncovered a city dating to the time of David— the late eleventh and early tenth century BCE—surrounded by massive fortifications with impressive gates and a clear urban plan, as well as an abundance of finds that tell us much about the inhabitants. Discussing the link between the Bible, archaeology, and history In the Footsteps of King David explains the significance of these discoveries and how they shed new light on David’s kingdom. The topic is at the center of a controversy that has raged for decades, but these findings successfully challenge scholars disputing the historicity of the Bible and the chronology of the events recounted in it.

I’m reviewing this one for Reading Religion.  So you’ll find it there some day.

Sounds Familiar

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,`These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:  “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place– unless you repent. “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”‘ (Rev. 2:1-7)

A Good Essay by Kloppenborg


Luther For Today

God has set before us two ways in his Word, the way to salvation through faith and the way to damnation through unbelief. — Martin Luther