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Let’s Just Lock the Doors and Call it a Day, Ok SBC Institutions?

Because schools affiliated with the SBC on both the national and state levels are just getting dumber by the day.  From the Fundamentalist destruction of Seminaries in the late 80’s to the dreadful treatment of Profs at Southwestern (who will no longer be granted tenure) to the stupidity going on in Baptist Colleges– it’s just getting worse and worse, so let’s just lock the doors and call it a day, ok SBC?

Earlier this week, Patrick Schreiner reported that Jarvis Williams, an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbellsville University, would not have his contract renewed. The case is curious since Campbellsville University is a Baptist school, associated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and CU is letting Williams go in spite of the fact that he is a fine Southern Baptist scholar. Schreiner writes:

He is a Christian conservative who is committed to biblical authority and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

We have heard from a reliable source that they retain several faculty members who are not part of Baptist traditions, professors in the school of theology who reject biblical authority and biblical inerrancy.

Williams has published three books over the last few years and a number of articles. He is an African-American who has worked toward racial reconciliation within the church. And most importantly, Williams is passionate about proclaiming the Christian gospel. What more could a small Baptist university hope for?

According to Schreiner, Williams’ theology is the problem; he is too conservative for his institution. It is ironic that someone who received his PhD from the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention is no longer welcome to teach at a university associated with the SBC. It seems that at Campbellsville University the administration only extends academic freedom to those professors who disagree with the school’s founding principles.

Yes, let’s just close it down.  With thanks to Mark Elliott for the aneurysm.

Gosh, Al Mohler, Please, For the Love of God, Shut Up

Evidently Mohler had something to say about the Papal election yesterday:

A Southern Baptist seminary president urged evangelicals not to get too caught up in all the excitement surrounding the naming of a new pope.“Evangelical Christians simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy and must resist and reject claims of papal authority,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a podcast commentary March 14. “To do otherwise would be to compromise biblical truth and reverse the Reformation.”

Al must not know this (and it’s amazingly sad that a Seminary President is so woefully ignorant), but

1- No Protestant or Evangelical that I know or have ever met accepts the ‘legitimacy’ of the papacy (in the sense of the Pope being their supreme leader). Al, you’re spitting into the wind and protesting something that doesn’t exist. Folk – even Protestants – watching the proceedings in Rome on the tv box is NOT papal adoration. Calm down, and chill out. And please, shut up.

2- No Protestant or Evangelical that I know or have ever met submits to papal authority. Al, you’re spitting into the wind and protesting something that doesn’t exist. Folk – even Protestants – watching the proceedings in Rome on the tv box is NOT papal adoration. Calm down, and chill out. And please, shut up.

3- The Reformation isn’t being reversed because, Al, you’re spitting into the wind and protesting something that doesn’t exist. Folk – even Protestants – watching the proceedings in Rome on the tv box is NOT papal adoration. Calm down, and chill out. And please, shut up.

Mohler is truly an embarrassment to Southern Baptists. Truly. I wish that he (and his kindred spirit Pat Robertson) would just retire and move to an island somewhere and spend their remaining days talking about themselves and wishing they could be in the public eye again. They love it so. They love the limelight and attention. That’s the only possible explanation for their unending dronings.

Al, you are no Reformer (though you fancy yourself one.  And I know Reformers and you’re the furthest thing from one to be sure).  And this isn’t the 16th century.  And the Pope isn’t the Antichrist.  Please, just stop.  Talking.

Does Calvinism Lead to Anti-Mission Sentiments?

No.  In a word.  No.  But there are more words supporting the no here.

The accusation that Calvinism leads to antimission sentiments has sometimes been leveled, but as Michael Horton shows in his recent book For Calvin, nothing could be further from the truth. Horton observes, in the section titled “Calvinism and Christian Missions” (p. 151), that, in fact, Calvinism has been and remains one of the most important sources of Christian missionaries, with no less than Thomas Mayhew, David Brainerd, David Livingstone, Robert Morrison, and Jonathan Goforth stemming from Reformed churches and practicing Reformed theology. Quoting Horton—

With growing interest in Calvinism in Southern Baptist circles, some leaders have expressed alarm that it will dampen the denomination’s enthusiasm for evangelism and missions . . . . [But] the Southern Baptist Convention sponsors “about 5000 home missionaries” and “more than 5000 foreign missionaries.” For a denomination of sixteen million, this comes to approximately “0.000625 missionaries per capita.”

By contrast, the 310,000 member Presbyterian Church in America has “about 600 foreign missionaries.” That is 0.001935 foreign missionaries per capita, commissioned and supported by the PCA. Thus, the PCA supports three times as many foreign missionaries per capita as the SBC supports foreign and domestic missions combined (p. 162).

And the PCA gives twice as much per dollar to international missions as the SBC does (p. 162).

Enjoy the rest- that’s just the beginning.

The SBC Wants to be More ‘Appealing’…

Messengers (that’s what they’re called) voted yesterday to permit those churches uncomfortable (because it’s all about what makes people feel comfortable) with the label ‘Southern Baptist’ to call themselves ‘Great Commission Baptists’.

Oddly, the irony of this name change seems lost on the theologically inept, for the Great Commission says nothing at all about ‘appealing’ to the masses.  It says ‘go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the father, son, and holy Spirit.’

But the SBC’s ‘wise’ voters have decided to ‘translate’ the verse as follows”  ‘go into all the world and be sure to be appealing, baptizing them in the name of whatever you feel like because it’s all about them and not about Christ…’

SBC- if you want to be ‘appealing’, just affirm gay marriage (that will make you appealing to 10% of the population), and take a pro-abortion stance (because 51% of the population are women and they all want, don’t they, ‘control’ over their own bodies).  If you just adopt those two stances – well heck fire- that will make you appealing to 61% of the population!!!!!

SBC, or rather, GCB, be appealing- because that’s what the Bible teaches you to be…  Abandon the gospel and scripture and theology, and just be popular.  That’s what you want.

The Southern Baptist Convention Was NOT Founded Just to Defend Slavery

True enough, ONE of its founding principles was to counteract the abolitionists in the North; but it has to be said, and it must be said, that the slavery issue was not the only issue at hand and under consideration.

The press seems to be making slavery the only concern which moved Baptists in the South in 1848 to establish their own Convention but of course there never are single reasons for anything.  Mind you, the defense of slavery was immoral.  It was wrong and it was wicked.  But it is historically dishonest to pretend that a bunch of backwoods racist hicks got together in order only to defend their right to own other human beings and hatched a denomination for that exclusive purpose (as the ignorant amongst the press seem to be implying).

Southern Baptists in Convention at the birth of their new denomination also desired, with all their hearts, to promulgate the Gospel, educate ministers, send missionaries, and coalesce in fellowship with persons of like mind who asserted the validity of believer’s baptism and the authority of Scripture for life and practice.

It is woefully tiresome to see the press parade half facts and semi-truths simply to make hay.  The press, and readers of news media, are morally obliged to get the whole story and not just the part which suits them.

The SBC has a past, we all admit that.  But our past isn’t all wickedness and racism.  We have done, and continue to do, marvelous things as the people of God, aided by his grace.  We live, we grow, we learn.  Can the press, can the media, say the same?  That same media which buries retractions on page 6b bottom corner where people are sure to overlook them…

It’s About Time Richard Land Was Reprimanded. Now He Needs to be Fired

The Raw Story reports

Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was officially reprimanded twice on Friday and had his radio show canceled following a series of racial remarks and about Trayvon Martin’s slaying and evidence that he had plagiarized conservative publications.

“We reprimand Dr. Land for his hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive, and racially charged words on March 31, 2012 regarding the Trayvon Martin tragedy,” Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said in a statement. “We also convey our own deepest sympathies to the family of Trayvon Martin for the loss they have suffered. We, too, express our sorrow, regret, and apologies to them for Dr. Land’s remarks.”

“We further reprimand Dr. Land for quoting material without giving attribution on the Richard Land Live! (RLL) radio show, thereby unwisely accepting practices that occur in the radio industry, and we acknowledge that instances of plagiarism occurred because of his carelessness and poor judgment,” the statement added.

“[W]e have carefully considered the content and purpose of the Richard Land Live! broadcast. We find that they are not congruent with the mission of the ERLC. We also find that the controversy that erupted as a result of the March 31 broadcast, and related matters, requires the termination of that program.”

He needs to himself be terminated.  He is a blight on the SBC and he has as much business being ‘Ethics’ spokesman as I have in being Mr Universe.

[Via Irene Hahn on FB]

Richard Land: Ethicist/Plagiarist?

Richard Land isn’t much of an ethicist if he’s a plagiarist (which it seems that he is).

Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy ethicist, apologized Monday (April 16) for failing to give proper attribution for material he used on his live radio show in which he criticized President Obama and black civil rights leaders for exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting.  Land, the president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said, “On occasion I have failed to provide appropriate verbal attributions on my radio broadcast, Richard Land Live!, and for that I sincerely apologize,” in a written statement.  “I regret if anyone feels they were deceived or misled. That was not my intent nor has it ever been.”

Uh huh.  As is so often the case, he’s probably not sorry he did it; he’s probably just sorry he got caught.  He’s an embarrassment.

How long is the SBC going to employ this guy?  How long are good Southern Baptists who contribute to the cooperative fund going to underwrite this person and his misrepresentations of everything under the sun?  The lowliest College Freshman understands the concept of attribution (though whether or not they do it is another matter).  If they do, Land should.

And The Survey Says…

America’s Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject the theory of evolution and are evenly split on whether the earth is 6,000 years old, according to a survey released Monday by the Southern Baptist Convention.  When asked if “God used evolution to create people,” 73% of pastors disagreed – 64% said they strongly disagreed – compared to 12% who said they agree.

Asked whether the earth is approximately 6,000 years old, 46% agreed, compared to 43% who disagreed.  A movement called Young Earth creationism promotes the 6,000-year-old figure, arguing that it is rooted in the Bible. Scientists say the earth is about 4.5 billion years old.  The Southern Baptist Convention survey, which queried 1,000 American Protestant pastors, also found that 74% believe the biblical Adam and Eve were literal people.

So there ya have it.  Take that, Lutherans and Episcopalians.  You’re in the tiny minority…  [I wish I got called by survey takers- just like Mitt loves to fire poor insurance providers, I like to hang up on random unsolicited telemarketers and survey-takers].

Richard Land: Spouting Off Again

Please don’t measure all Southern Baptists by the lunacy of Land.  He only EVER speaks for himself and he NEVER represents Southern Baptists as a group- as much as he might like to imagine that he does.  So, please, when he speaks, don’t think he’s speaking for me or any other Southern Baptist person.

 A prominent Southern Baptist leader who has voiced support for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum knocked the former senator for spending most of the last week campaigning in the Granite State rather than focusing on South Carolina.  “I think he’s made a mistake in going to New Hampshire. I don’t know when social conservatives are going to understand that New Hampshire is dead ground for them,” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a phone interview.  “The last social conservative to do well in New Hampshire is Ronald Reagan,” Land said, arguing that Santorum “should have gone straight to South Carolina.”

I happen to know people in New Hampshire, and from there, and they’re wonderful folk.  The real dead ground (whatever that is- I guess Land doesn’t believe God lives outside the South) is wherever these pompous windbags like Land are standing at the moment that they speak.

Visiting a Lifeway Store is a Depressing Thing

Lifeway (which used to be known as the Baptist Book Store but which changed its name because it wanted to sell more than it wanted to serve the Church), the publishing arm of the SBC Sunday School Board is one depressing place to visit.

I had to today… to pick up some things for the youth group.  While there I snapped this photo of the ‘best sellers’ that Lifeway is shoving down the throats of Baptists.  The display is near the door so you can’t miss it…

Is this really the depth of thought to which Baptists are summoned?  Is this the best we have to offer Christians and Churches?  Heaven help us.

The Un-Christian Missionaries

Southern-Baptist-Convention

A Metro Nashville Council member is suing the Southern Baptist Convention for $1.5 million. Ron Nollner and his wife, Beverly, filed the lawsuit against the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and related entities last week, according to The Tennessean. The lawsuit states the two went to New Delhi as missionaries in 2009 and were hired by the Virginia-based International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to oversee construction of an office building there. However, the lawsuit claims they were fired after Ron Nollner complained about illegal and unsafe building practices at the job site and said the project’s architect and builder were paying bribes to get approvals for completion.

Evidently they have never read 1 Corinthians 6:1-8- When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

I’m ashamed of them. And for them.

The Southern Baptist Convention Is Considering a Name Change

So, I’d like to follow suit and consider a name-change for myself so that I, like the SBC, can become more attractive and appealing to the ‘Emergent’ movement (which is, thank God, fading even as I type into the oblivion all such fads rightly earn).

Per usual, though, the SBC is behind the curve and is just now thinking it might be a good idea to abandon its own heritage just so that people who won’t become committed disciples anyway will suck Latte from the teat of compromise.

Anyway, as to my own name change, what do you think?

If You’re a Southern Baptist and you Want to Change the Name of the SBC…

It can only mean one thing: you’re ashamed of who you are and what you stand for.  You simply wish to be more ‘pleasing’ to society and people who live to please the world aren’t exactly the sort that should be elected representatives of the SBC.

The announcement from Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the convention’s name sparked a lively debate during the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 19 in Nashville, Tenn.

If you don’t want to be known as a Southern Baptist, get out.  Become an Independent Baptist or Northern Baptist or American Baptist or Seventh Day Baptist or whatever.  Bryan should resign if he doesn’t feel honored to be called a Southern Baptist.

No, the SBC is NOT on the Verge of Recognizing Gay Marriage

In spite of anything you may have heard.

An elaborate hoax Tuesday claimed that the Southern Baptist Convention was on the verge of formally supporting “gay marriage” and repenting of its stance on homosexuality, and the hoax backed up the false claim with a press release, phone number and website.

The stunt was pulled off by a group calling itself the Center for Responsible Christian Living, but the group didn’t identity itself until later in the day and only after one major Catholic blog had posted the release as legitimate. The blog soon pulled it. No major media outlet reported the news as real. Several media members, in fact, called the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee to make sure officials knew of the hoax.

SBC 2011 Annual Meeting Wrapup

Via Baptist Press, such things as

It was the lowest-attended annual meeting in 67 years, with just over 4,800 in attendance, but the substance of the meeting led plenty who attended to argue it shouldn’t be judged on numbers.

And

“Coming back to the authority of Scripture was a correcting point that had to take place [in the SBC], but the mission is to fulfill the Great Commission,” Wright said. “I think this was the most unified convention around the Great Commission that I have experienced. People came here with anticipation of that unity.”

And

The Executive Committee’s landmark report on ethnic diversity was the focus of national media attention … The report’s language encourages the SBC president, when he makes his various appointments, to “give special attention to appointing individuals who represent the diversity within the Convention, and particularly ethnic diversity.” It also encourages the committee in charge of the annual meeting to reflect the ethnic diversity of the convention in the meeting program. A motion that would have struck the ethnic diversity language was defeated by a margin of 3-to-1. The Executive Committee report, delivered after a two-year study, cites the “need to be proactive and intentional in the inclusion of individuals from all ethnical and racial identities within Southern Baptist life.”

Good for us.

The President of the Southern Baptist Convention Meets with Homosexual Activists

Baptist Press has a report which includes these interesting bits-

A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes Tuesday with Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that Scripture is clear on the issue.   The remarkable meeting — cordial the entire time — took place between the morning and afternoon sessions of the SBC in Wright’s annual meeting office at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Good.

“We’re a coalition of groups asking the SBC to acknowledge and apologize for the damage that the convention has done to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” Jack McKinney, a heterosexual married man told Wright at the beginning of the meeting. McKinney is a spokesperson for Faith in America and a former Southern Baptist minister. McKinney and the other leaders repeatedly made parallels between racism and a stance against homosexuality. Sixteen years ago to the day, McKinney said, Southern Baptists passed a resolution apologizing for past racism. …  “Obviously, we don’t feel that there can be an apology for teaching sexual purity,” Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., said. “As followers of Christ, our only authority for practicing our faith is Scripture, is the Word of God…. As followers of Christ it would be very difficult for us to betray our faith by ignoring what God says about sexual purity.”  The Bible condemns both homosexual sex and heterosexual sex that is outside the bonds of marriage, Wright said.

And as much as some might like to adjust it, Wright’s understanding is correct.  And he was also correct to remark

“When I teach from the pulpit about adultery, I don’t hate adulterers,” Wright said. “Just as we have people attending our local church that are engaging in homosexual activity, we have people attending our church who are engaging in adultery. I don’t hate those people when I speak about adultery. I am just, hopefully, loving them enough to speak the truth about what God desires for the best for that person.”

Quite right.  All of our churches are filled with liars, tax cheats, hypocrites, thieves, adulterers, and probably even some gay folk.  None of them are hated.  All are urged to move closer to Christ and further from sin.

And then most respectfully and non-confrontationally,

“Jesus Christ came to die for all of our sins, whether it’s heterosexual sin or whether it’s homosexual sin…. For a society to come along at this stage in history and all of a sudden say that one of the … areas that Christ has no power” over is “homosexual behavior is really elevating the importance of that behavior above the power of Christ.  “Looking at sexual purity from Scripture, we’re not going to be able to come to common ground. I hope you all would respect that we’re just seeking to follow Jesus.”

Indeed.  Well done.  It would simply be disingenuous for the SBC to apologize for adhering to the clear teaching of Scripture.  We would, at that moment, deny the truth.  That can’t be done even if it means Southern Baptists are viewed unfavorably for it by some corners of society.

Two Resolutions Adopted by the SBC Today in Phoenix

Before we get to them, please know, resolutions are non-binding and neither individual Baptists nor individual SBC churches are bound in any way to either agree or disagree with them.  They are simply the statements of the messengers (delegates) attending and nothing more or less.  So then, first, highlights of the resolution concerning

Protecting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

WHEREAS, The current administration, under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, has refused to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against legal challenges currently before numerous federal courts …

… WHEREAS, Redefining the concept and legality of marriage to mean anything other than the union between one man and one woman would fundamentally undermine the historic and biblical foundation of a healthy society (Genesis 1:28, 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6); and

WHEREAS, Equating same-sex relationships with heterosexual marriage would create a host of religious liberty and freedom of conscience conflicts; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention … call on President Obama to direct the United States Department of Justice to follow through on its constitutional responsibility to defend vigorously the Defense of Marriage Act …

REVOLVED, That we commend the United States House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, for ensuring the rule of law by accepting the duty rejected by the United States Department of Justice to defend the Defense of Marriage Act …

REVOLVED, That we once again call on the United States Congress to pass and the states to ratify a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman …

… RESOLVED, that we encourage pastors to speak strongly, prophetically, and redemptively concerning the sinful nature of homosexual behavior, the urgent need to protect biblical marriage, and the certainty that the blood of Christ can atone for any sin.

And Second- a Resolution on the

Reality of Hell

WHEREAS, Rob Bell, in his 2011 book, Love Wins, has called into question the church’s historical teaching on the doctrine of eternal punishment of the unregenerate …

.. RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention … do hereby affirm our belief in the biblical teaching on eternal conscience punishment of the unregenerate in Hell …

REVOLVED, That out of our love for lost people and our deep desire that they will not suffer eternally in Hell, we implore Southern Baptists to proclaim faithfully the depth and gravity of sin against a holy God, the reality of Hell, and the salvation of sinners by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.

Sometimes I love the SBC a LOT.  While the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians fritter away historic Christianity, the SBC stands up for it.

The SBC is ‘Diverse’ Now?

The theme this year at the Southern Baptist Convention seems to be ‘let’s be diverse’.  I’m not so sure, though, that electing a black man to the First Vice President position is really diversity.  To be sure, lots of tweets from the Convention are touting the election as though it were some sort of major breakthrough.

But electing one black man to one position of prominence and calling it diversity is like walking through a mall and buying a pair of sunglasses and calling yourself a ‘power shopper’.

Furthermore, though the quest for diversity is desirable (certainly!) and though the election of minorities to positions of leadership is meaningful and necessary (absolutely!) it will do nothing to curb the decline of the SBC. That because the decline isn’t based on some sort of lack of diversity. The SBC is in decline because too many have decided that being popular is more important than being biblical. The preaching of the gospel has been replaced with pandering to the perceived needs of the seekers.

In other words, the SBC has been hijacked by the ‘seeker sensitive’ movement in an operation that has been subtle and clever. This is precisely the reason that the SBC elects mega church pastors to its leadership positions. Mega churches are anthropocentric rather than theocentric and are consequently more concerned with being one stop shopping malls for spiritual wants than bastions of Christian doctrine and worship.

The decline of the SBC will be reversed when Churches return to their biblical roots; not when the SBC becomes more willing to compromise with society in order to appear relevant. The quest for relevance sans biblical rootedness is the cancer killing the SBC and all other Christian denominations as well.

UPDATE:  Oops… seems the optimism at the election of the first black VP was a bit historically uninformed.  As the editor of the Baptist and Reflector notes – Fred Luter is not the first African American to be elected as an SBC VP. Gary Frost was a VP in the 1990s.   Messengers are excited about nothing.  And the election of a black VP didn’t muster much change in the 90’s.

More from the Annual Meeting of the SBC…

A couple of tweets from overnight demonstrating, to my personal dismay, the ‘cult of personality’ which holds sway at the SBC and in the SBC:

Pastors are apparently lining up to have Rick Warren pray for them?  Why?  Are his prayers somehow more meaningful than those of the average Joe Schmoe pastor?  Can’t these guys get in a room and just pray for each other or do they need Archbishop Warren to do it for them?

Yes, get a book signed by a guy who loves to promote himself or listen to Piper (not Scripture, not the Holy Spirit, Piper).

It’s sad, to me, that so much of what goes on at SBC is the worship and adoration of self declared superstars by their sycophants.  As if the humble pastor at the backwater church whom no one knows and of whom no one has ever heard is less valuable, less meaningful, and less significant than some overweight guy wearing a hideous print shirt who loves to be whatever the polls say he should be.

The SBC needs to do some soul searching concerning its love of celebrity.  It’s a sickness and a disease and at its heart, idolatry.

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.