We were told at the past yearly meeting of Southern Baptists that we needed to trust the Trustee System. After that statement by Dr. Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay, I gave a hearty Amen! As I think about his statement and view the recent Baptist Press public service announcement for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) I am struck with where my allegiance lies. Yes, I trust the Trustee System, but it is the sitting trustees that I am beginning to lose faith in.
The beginning of Great Commission Resurgence occurred when Dr. Danny Akin in a chapel message “The Axioms of a Great Commission”, (cannot be accessed through Between the Times) and is noted to be the inspiration of the GCR Declaration, spoke of a “bloated bureaucracy”. Read more
Posted by Tim Rogers on June 16, 2012
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Dr. Eric Hankins
Dr. Eric Hankins, as was announced on May 30, will be nominated by Dr. Clint Pressley for the position of 2nd VP. Dr. Hankins has my support and I plan to encourage everyone I speak with at the convention to support him also. I am passionate about the nomination of Dr. Hankins and this passion reveals itself as a result of three reasons. These three reasons reveal something about Dr. Hankins that his newly announced opponent is not able to affirm without a wink of his eye.
First, Dr. Hankins is not seeking a position for an agenda. Read more
Posted by Tim Rogers on May 31, 2012
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The following are the ten articles of affirmation and denial concerning a traditional Southern Baptist soteriology that has garnered so much discussion on the blogs the past couple of days. Alan Cross has spoken very wise words in his comments over at SBC Voices. Thus, his words are very much appreciated and should be investigated. With that in mind I have placed the articles below and would like your input concerning articles one may have disagreement over.
Before someone gripes about the format of the Affirmations vs Denials let me help you on reading the document. The affirmations is what we believe and the denials express what we are not saying in the affirmations. Clearly it is the format of the Chicago Statement of Inerrancy. Now, we do not expect Calvinists to agree with the document. It was not written for Calvinists. The document was written for the simple fact that we wanted to clearly state where we stood and what we believed. After all, we are confessional Baptists, right?
Articles of Affirmation and Denial
Article One: The Gospel
We affirm that the Gospel is the good news that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person. This is in keeping with God’s desire for every person to be saved.
We deny that only a select few are capable of responding to the Gospel while the rest are predestined to an eternity in hell.
Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:1-12; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; Luke 19.10; Luke 24:45-49; John 1:1-18, 3:16; Romans 1:1-6, 5:8; 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 2 Peter 3:9
When I was 18 years old I purchased a 1973 Chevorlet Nova Super Sport that had a 350 cubit inch motor with a Holey four barrel carburetor. This was my dream machine as I would load into it with my polyester leisure suit to take out my special date. It was a wonderful car and I thorougly enjoyed going through the gear box of the four speed Muncie M-22 rockcrusher transmission with the Hurst shifter. I wrecked this car and decided to just sell it to the junk yard and purchase another one. My daddy tried to encourage me to fix it as he said the motor and transmission was worth fixing the body. I would not listen to him and sold it for junk for the grand total of $200. Today, just the transmission alone is worth $1,800 and what a classic it would be to sport around in that car. However, the decision was made to move to another car and I have regretted that decision every since.
As I observe the Cooperative Program (CP) I become nostalgic for the days of my early automobiles. While my ’73 Nova was not damaged beyond repair it would have been worthy of fixing the body and continuing to enjoy the use of that automobile. The Nova was paid for and the insurance was relatively reasonable. The upkeep in gas was not so reasonable but with gas at fifty cents a gallon who cared that we drove out 10 gallons a week? As I look at the CP today I must ask myself the same question that I pondered after I wrecked my Nova. It is worth fixing or is it better to move to another planned giving strategy? I believe the answer to that question is one we need to give serious consideration as a convention.
There is a move by the Executive Committee to allow Southern Baptists to choose between calling themselves by the official name or referring to themselves by an officially proposed unofficial official name–The Great Commission Baptists. While this is an “unofficial” name the convention will “officially” vote on it in June at the convention held this year in New Orleans.
I only have one question to ask; “What is our leaders thinking?” Do they not remember when the Alliance of Baptists formed? Have they forgotten how much chaos that caused within the convention? Do they not remember the competing Pastors Conferences? Do they not remember the constant fussing and fighting that marked the convention during those days? The amazing thing that has caught my attention is the reason being placed before us in favor of a
name change new nickname-because we have a past of fussing and fighting. This move to officially/unofficially change our name add a nickname certainly has not diminished the fussing and fighting history, but exacerbated it.