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Southern Baptist Convention Part 2

Time for a summary of the business motions at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting 2009:

First, a quick primer. The annual meeting consists of business sessions interspersed between "Theme Interpretations" and sermons. The sermons are obvious. The "Theme Interpretations" are basically sermons, but topically driven based on the year's theme. Also, there are various music points, either of congregational singing or special presentation.

The business is of 4 types: agency reports, committee reports, officer elections, and open mic motions. We'll take each of these in turn.

Agency reports: This is where each SBC entity reports on what it's been up to the past year. Generally the president of the agency delivers it, such as Dr. Al Mohler for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary or Dr. Thom Rainer for Lifeway Christian Resources. These reports come in two parts. The first is a printed report in the paperback "Book of Reports" and …

Blog Tour: Latayne C. Scott's The Mormon Mirage

Today, I 'm happily participating in a blog tour for Latayne C. Scott's The Mormon Mirage.Why? It's a look by a former Mormon at the teachings and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the issues facing that group today.

The Mormon Church is certainly a force to be reckoned with in America today. From the efforts of Mitt Romney to run for President, to the Mormon efforts to see Proposition 8 pass in California, there has been no shortage of discussion of Mormon beliefs in America. But what do Mormons believe? Mike Huckabee caught criticism in the Presidential Primaries for calling Mormonism a cult, and Mitt Romney made a speech defending his religion, which was not unlike then-Senator Obama's speech defending his church involvement. Yet many remain convinced that Romney's failure at the polls was somehow related to American misunderstanding of Mormonism.

So, what do Mormons believe? Are they simply family-oriented Christians, or are t…

June 30 2009

Psalm 143:10 ->Teach me! Let this be the cry of my heart!
Proverbs 30:2 ->This does not mean that Agur really was stupid. Just that he thought so..."truth without any mixture of error" means an accurate record of what was said, not that the speaker was always right. (when quoting, not when the speaker/writer is presenting theology, as Paul does)
Proverbs 30:5 ->Every word!
Proverbs 30:6 ->Distinguish your words from God's. Clearly.
1 Peter 1:13 ->We see all of God's grace eventually, though not all is known now.
1 Peter 1:14 ->former lusts Do these things really attract us anymore? Or are we just kidding ourselves?
1 Peter 1:14 (NIV) ->Take a look at this. It's an imperative, not a passive. Do not conform yourself. You have to act!
Galatians 6:7 -> What are you sowing? In your life? In your family? In your church? Honesty? Peace? Harmony?
Quote (YAY! Quotes are back!) ->"Everyone is a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers…

June 29 2008

Psalm 143:2 ->No man is righteous, but God is. So help me, Lord, to live up to Your standard.

Proverbs 29:11 ->Restrain some of those natural passions.

Proverbs 29:12 ->Who influences the ruler?

Proverbs 29:15 ->Children do not know what is best for them?

Proverbs 29:19 ->Action causes action.

1 Peter 1:13 ->"sober in spirit" ->our hearts & spirits under control, being directed by the Word as our minds are renewed (Romans 12:2)

Galatians 6:1 ->Make sure you aren't tempted to be judgmental or legalistic.

Galatians 6:12 ->Don't blend into the culture for the sake of ease!

No thought today: I forgot my planner! I got it all together, and forgot where I put it!

Pray for UAM/Journey mission team to Poland: Day 1. Travel day. Pray for smooth nerves, long battery life, and all connections made!


Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



June 28 2009

Proverbs 28:2 ->inability to have sustained leadership is a sign of sinfulness---probably in churches too!
Proverbs 28:5 ->Why a political leader's beliefsare important.
Proverbs 28:9 ->Some people's only prayer should be one of repentance
Proverbs 28:19 ->Either way, you'll have plenty!
Galatians 4:8-10 ->Is there something here about not being culturally driven in our churches?
Galatians 6:5 ->GET TO WORK!
1 Peter 1:13 -> Be ready! This is a combat metaphor!!
The motivational quote today is by Peter Topping, and it's long. It's basically saying that the goal of leadership is to get people to do what they are good at for the benefit of themselves and the organization. Which is true, and shouldn't take the 6 sentences he used.
Prayer: Lord God, we Southern Baptists have convened, discussed, argued, and moved. Now, will You move us? Engender in us the passionate spirit of seeking the lost. And let us make the commitment and hold to the task we ar…

Do we need a task force?

There's been much ado about the Southern Baptist Convention's vote to allow Dr. Johnny Hunt to appoint a Great Commission task force to study the SBC and the interactions between all of our levels of structure.

So, what do I think?

Well, I voted for the task force idea because, like Dr. Mohler said in the motion, there's no harm in asking questions about whether or not we're really doing all we can. Any organization should occasionally study itself to determine whether or not the organization is accomplishing its goals. Educational entities are required to do that for accreditation. It won't hurt us to do so.

However, I think we are in serious danger as Southern Baptists if we think that a committee will solve our problems. Why?

First: Many people are heralding this vote as a sign that younger leaders in the SBC are finally having a voice. Really? How so? Younger leaders in the SBC supposedly dislike the levels of structure in the SBC, the politics, the run around…

The Great Commission Task Force and the SBC

One of the primary discussions at the Southern Baptist Convention this year was whether or not to appoint a committee to study how we can more effectively carry out the Great Commission. We'll leave aside the discussion of how appointing a committee that will spend a year discussing the issue is helpful. It can be, and it can not be, and that will get its own blog post. Right now, let's look at the task force.

When I first saw the list, including the headline that Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Springdale, Arkansas, First Baptist, was the chairman, I cringed. Over the years, I have seen Dr. Floyd as a part of what is going wrong in the SBC, when churches start growing and start doing more missions funding of themselves and less of the Cooperative Program. However, Frank Turk pointed me to this blog post of Dr. Floyd's, and I must admit that my criticism must now be set aside. The fact that he has led one of the churches he is involved with to increase their Cooperative P…

Southern Baptist Convention Part 1

Ok, some basic thoughts on the SBC, referring to the Convention itself, not to the denominational aspect:

1.) For various reasons, we continue to feel that it's necessary to get together in person to have this annual meeting. I understand that. I don't agree that it's as necessary as some people think, but, ok, we do it. Fine. But I didn't travel 600 miles to watch videos, half of which I've already seen on your website. Get up there, make your report, and be done. If you have video you'd like people to see, webcast it. Pass out a DVD. Make a video podcast. Something, but don't have people sit there and watch a canned video. Eliminating video presentations might be impossible, but limit them. No more than 10% of the total time of the Convention. If you really only have 20 minutes worth of report, don't use up the balance of an hour showing us video clips and automated powerpoints. Shorten the meeting time. It would be welcomed by families.

2.) …

The Evil Calvinist Conspiracy

Today is day 2 of the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention. Yesterday saw the attempt to blame all of the decline of the SBC on a resurgence of Calvinistic teachings. In fact, during the discussion of the motion to appoint a Great Commission task force, one speaker felt we didn't need a task force, we need only get rid of Calvinists.

Here is my question: Why would Calvinists want to take over the Southern Baptist Convention? We exist as the SBC for the sole purpose of funding and sending missionaries. A portion of that includes supporting education for pastors and missionaries. If Calvinists are anti-evangelism, anti-missions, then why take over the SBC?

I can't think of a good reason. Unless it's that the SBC has become evil, and Calvinists want to destroy it. But the Calvinist detractors seem to equate Calvinism with fatalistic determinism. If Calvinists really believed that whatever happens, happens, without any human involvement, we could just sit back and watch the S…

At the SBC

I'm at the SBC. And so are my 3 kids. So, due to utter exhaustion, I'll pass on giving you an update tonight. Don't worry, if we can make motions now that don't get any action until next year, you can wait for tomorrow to find out what's going on.

I'll do my best, though, to cover everything I know, from the chicken-suited protester to managing to sit down right by Bart Barber when the motion was made to replace him as a SWBTS Trustee.

And I'll try and catch up on all the motions, resolutions, and everything else.

2 real thoughts:


1.)I understand the early deadline for resolutions. Really. I've seen the Resolutions Committees at state levels go insane trying to process everything. This year, though, it hurt us. A resolution is the best tool we have to speak about situations, such as Iran and the crisis there of brutal, anti-freedom government oppression. Problem being, it developed less than 15 days before the convention. Not sure how to fix that.

2.)…

Chuck's scared

Just for the record, anything that scares Chuck Norris should scare anyone. Including Godzilla.

So, if Chuck's scared, I'm scared. After all, Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.

All the more reason we should have elected Mike Huckabee. What? you say? Three great reasons:

1. The whole world would have learn: Ouachita=wash-it-aw!

2. He's a kickin' bass player. What does our President have? Basketball? Puh-leeze. Aren't Guitar Hero and Rock Band outselling NBA Live these days? Just sayin...

3. Chuck wasn't scared of Huck. And if Chuck was on our side, we wouldn't be dealin' with no-nonsense from Kim Jong-Il or anyone else. Because they're all scared of Chuck.

Doug

June 18 2009

Proverbs 18:2 -> Listen, too.

Proverbs 18:4 ->both talking and wisdom have a long supply. I'd rather drink, though, from a clear brook than a deep lake.

Proverbs 18:6 ->don't answer the invite.

Proverbs 18:14 ->seek encouragement!!

Psalm 143:8 ->Do you want to hear anything in the morning? I don't always!

Revelation 12:11 ->How much do I love my life?

1 Peter 1:11 ->1)True prophecy comes from the Spirit of Christ. 2)Even with all the inquiring, people still missed Him. Hard hearts can miss a lot!

Quote: "I define leadership as leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and motivations--the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations--of both leaders and followers." --James McGregor Burns

Thought: That would be leadership with integrity. Too many times leadership is exercised the wrong way!
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



June 17 2009

Psalm 143:9 _>Let God be your place of security

Proverbs 17:1 ->So get away from the SBC to eat lunch!

Proverbs 17:3 ->All things can be tested and refined. Including me.

Proverbs 17:15 ->Real justice is truth oriented.

Proverbs 17:22 ->Take times to refresh your soul!

1 Peter 1:10 ->1. Christ was foretold and longed for. 2. There is a seeking of the grace of God. 3. Prophets don't know everything.

Quote: "Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery." Matthew Arnold

Thought #1: You can't be someone else. Besides, half the time, the person you're copying doesn't know who they are either.


Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



I'm not sure

I'm not sure which is harder to believe: that one person came up with this idea, or that 43 other Senators think it's a great idea.

As Mark Twain is reputed to have said, "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."

And, yes, when I went to double check the reality here: Congress's web server is out. So, please, let this be a hoax that I need to apologize for publicizing. Please.

If the stupidity doesn't stop, and, yes, my liberal friends, much of it has been going on for years, not months, we'll make more money charging people to get out than to get in. What have we become?

Doug

Edit: apparently the link is out. The proposal is to fund a government effort to encourage international tourists to come to the US, as tourism has fallen post 9-11. The plan is to pay for this, at least partially, by charging international tourists an additional $10 to come into the US. How does that work?

Worth a read

Frank Turk's posted a link to a link from Justin Taylor's blog, pointing to great essay about how our culture is, well, more than just de-emphasizing fatherhood. It's a great read, and I hope a good encouragement to you men who try to buck the system and be good fathers anyway.

Original Post at First Things link is here.

Justin Taylor link to the post is here.

Frank's link to Justin's link and to the post is here. (Frank also copied the post to a PDF file on his website, if the other links don't work.)

Why all the links? Just giving credit where credit is due.

On calling stuff heresy

I was over on Wade Burleson's blog Monday, reading this post.

Now, if you get down into the comments, the discussion went off-topic onto whether or not the book The Shack is heresy, and whether or not a church in Nashville is endorsing it, and how Lifeway sells it, which is bad, since it's heresy. Also, the commenter is upset that his church won't let him go to the SBC as a messenger and decry this heresy and condemn Lifeway's selling of this book.

Here's one of the problems: I think calling the book The Shack heresy is a bit much. Now, several prominent and intelligent Christian leaders have called The Shack heretical, such as Albert Mohler, President of Southern Seminary, and Tim Challies, a Christian author and blogger. I'm fairly certain there are others, but those two are some good links. Challies, in particular, is extremely thorough in his treatment.

On the other hand, there are others who find the book to be lovely and inspirational. Among these are Wa…

The resolution I sent to the SBC Resolutions Committee

Amidst all of the hullabaloo right now about the Southern Baptist Convention and the funding for the Cooperative Program, I thought I'd bring up the resolution I claimed I was going to send. Here's the link to the original thought, and below is the text that I actually submitted to the resolutions committee.

ON ENCOURAGING INCREASED COOPERATIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATIONWhereas, we are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19); ANDWhereas, we as Southern Baptists are blessed to cooperatively support over 11,000 missionaries through the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board; ANDWhereas, we have seen some missionary appointments delayed due to budget constraints; ANDWhereas some of our North American Missionaries are faced with the risk of shortfalls in their individual fund-raising; ANDWhereas, our international missionaries are faced with a weakened dollar; ANDWhereas the number of people and people groups th…

June 16, 2009

Proverbs 16:8 ->Should send this to every business owner and CEO in America. Probably CC it to Congress as well.

Proverbs 16:21 ->Learn to speak sweetly.

Proverbs 16:25 ->Be careful of your natural inclinations.

Proverbs 16:31 ->Respect maturity!

Psalm 143:5 -> The past works of God shouldn't be ignored.

1 Peter 1:9 ->Faith's outcome is eternity, not prosperity.

Quote: "I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles." -Scott Adams

Thought: He's got a point. It is easier to demotivate than to motivate, to the point that some might find the one impossible. You have a responsibility to do both things, though. People can be motivated and encouraged, and they can be demotivated. I think the best motivation is to remove the obstacles and let people follow God to the fullest of their ability. But Scot…

SBC Organization

Right now, it looks like the motion is going to be made to create a "Blue-Ribbon Panel" to study all levels of structure in the SBC and try to make it more efficient.

For my part, I think that's a lousy idea. Better to ask each entity to study and report, and request each church to consider what they can do. Same for each state. There is some call that we need to establish "accountability" for this.

Here's the problem:

It is not the place of the national level to "hold accountable" the states. Period. It is the place of the messengers to each state to hold their state accountable. If the national doesn't like a state, break off the relationship. But we are structured that no state goes about bossing another state around, because the authority belongs to the messengers, not the levels of hierarchy we're creating. If the 'great ones' of Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida don't like what we in Arkansas are doing, then get over it,…

Headlines and such

Here's the headline from Arkansas's KTHV News:

Amtrak Stop Coming To Hope, Ark.

Now, if you click through to the article, you'll see that Amtrak is adding a train stop in Hope. You know, a place to get on or off the train.

I read it as a grammar mistake that Amtrak wasn't coming to Hope anymore. I just misread it and jumped to the conclusion that, once again, somebody mistyped a headline. I was thinking it was 'Amtrak stops coming' or 'Amtrak is going to stop coming to Hope'

Somebody commented on THV's website that they read it as a request: Amtrak, stop coming to Hope.

Just goes to show how we can read into things sometimes, doesn't it?

Thought from NASCAR yesterday

Yesterday afternoon, while working on trip planning for the SBC, I had the NASCAR race on in the background. Excuse me, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Lifelock 400. Sorry, don't want to be non-specific.

Anyway, as the race is winding to a close, about 10 laps left, I started to actually pay attention. First of all, it was one of the rare times in the race that Jimmy Johnson wasn't in the lead. Second, I heard the announcers talking about the race leader, Greg Biffle, being short on gas. That caught my attention.

Why? Well, because it adds drama. Too many times I've had NASCAR on because it makes great nap TV. Think about it, you watch, they're all turning left, you close your eyes, you open your eyes, everyone's still going in circles to the left. It's like Congress, but I digress. Then, you get to the end of a 400-mile race, a 500-mile race, and in the last 20 miles, people decide to start racing each other. Sometimes, at least. I watched the last 10 laps of o…

June 15 2009

Psalm 143:11 ->Seek God's glory, ask that He be exalted in your activities. Discard the seeking of personal gain.

Proverbs 15:1 ->Be wise in your responses.

Proverbs 15:8 ->If your heart isn't right and your life is opposed by God, then no amount of stuff will buy his favor.

Proverbs 15:28 ->Don't be in a rush to answer quickly.

1 Peter 1:8 ->Tangible proof is not the key to the Christian life. Love for One we do not see, belief in the One do not see lead to inexpressible joy!
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



June 13 2009

Proverbs 13:20 -> Associate with the right people

Proverbs 13:22 ->Not about leaving wealth, but how sinfulness undoes planning

Proverbs 13:8 ->It's nice to live un-threatened!

1 Peter 1:7 ->Life that shows our faithfulness is better than any wealth.

Proverbs 13:15 ->Or "an enduring rut." So, enduring ruts are not good. How many do we have?

Quote: "Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately."---Stephen R. Covey

Thought: Move forward. You will obtain little benefit from constantly arguing over the past.


Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



June 11 2009

Proverbs 11:4 ->So use your riches before it hits.

Proverbs 11:5 ->Evil actions are their own snare.

Proverbs 11:22 -> Hollywood!

Proverbs 11:31 ->Hmm...we will get what we have coming? That could hurt!

Revelation 11:13 -> "Giving glory" is not the same as true worship.

Galatians 2:21 ->Legalism isn't the answer. It's not even a footnote.

1 Peter 1:6 ->Our salvation is cause to rejoice! even though we have to face trials--Peter calls them necessary. Not optional.

Quote: "How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how well we are understood." -Andrew S. Grove

Thought #1: Communication is the transmission of message. If the message doesn't get there, you didn't communicate.

Thought #2: This demands understanding your audience.
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



Another link

Here's another link to an article worth reading:

Sam Rainer on 10 Bad Church Work Habits

This merits thought and discussion!

Doug

Link to DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed

I'd like to point you to this link on DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed from Kevin DeYoung.

DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed: Who Do You Say That I Am?

What's your answer?

Doug


June 10 2009

Psalm 143:12 ->Also, David is possibly referring to enemies that are among God's people

Proverbs 10:2 ->Which is why the government and many huge industries are in such trouble.

Proverbs 10:12 ->Stirs up new strife, unnecessary conflict. It's not hatred to respond or to deal with evil.

Galatians 2:11 ->Correcting others can be for their benefit, and should be. Peter was condemned for his actions, he was wrong. Paul did right be correcting him.

1 Peter 1:5 ->Protected, not by our strength, nor our combined efforts, nor politics, but by God!

Quote: "A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return." -Francis Bacon

Thought #1: "If you don't write it down, it never happened." -Caroline Ryan, Tom Clancy's novels.

Thought #2: "I wrote them down so I wouldn't have to remember.&qu…

People on the fringe

For the record, I think that we give too much space to fringe people and to responding to fringe people trying to show we aren't in agreement with them.

Case in point: Shooting an abortionist, even if it closes down his clinic, is no solution. Neither is his death something to have looked for or even sought in prayer. His repentance was something to be sought. Now it will not happen. However, we've spent a lot of ink in pro-life and conservative Christian circles beating that horse. Fruitcakes with guns do not represent me. This also the claim that many Muslims make. I'm getting a little irritated that the media and the government buys that fruitcakes with guns don't represent Muslims, but they don't agree that they don't represent Christians. And if you're keeping score, the fruitcakes claiming to be Muslims have killed a lot more in the last 10 years than the ones claiming to be Evangelical Christians. Since 2000, I think they're up in the sever…

June 9 2009

Proverbs 9:3 ->Realize that achieving your natural desires requires wisdom.

Proverbs 9:8-9 ->How I respond to rebuke and instruction reveals what type of person I am: wise or foolish.

Revelation 10:7 ->This is the conclusion, perhaps linked to Colossians 1:27 ->At this point, are we where no one else receives the hope of glory?

1 Peter 1:4 ->Rather than an earthly kingdom, Christ brought us the imperishable. Why do we keep wanting the perishable?

Quote: "There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." -W. Clement Stone

Thought #1: What you think drives what you do.

Thought #2: Is attitude really the big difference maker? Or do some people just get lucky?
Moving toward the Horizon,
Doug



June 8 2009

Proverbs 8:13 ->Wisdom causes us to realize the division between serving God and doing evil. It does not blur those lines.

Proverbs 8:25 ->Before the physical, God created wisdom, so that the physical world would have a structure.

Galatians 2:20 ->This verse is one of the foundations of decision making processes. All that is about me is pointless. After all, I'm dead.

Revelation 10:10 ->Somethings seem good to say, make us feel awful inside after doing so.

1 Peter 1:3 ->Our hope is "living" rather than static. It is capable, because He is capable, of meeting us at whatever point of need we have.

Quote: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." -Henry David Thoreau

Thought #1: Perhaps one should also consider this counterpoint example.

Thought #2: If it weren't for people who live with the success brought on in common hours, T…

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Thinking about our rapid degeneration into plutocracy around here, with the country being run on our behalf by those smarter than us, and committed to protecting us from ourselves, I can't help wonder:

What is the deal with a government that raises taxes on tobacco, because it's bad for you, yet the President smokes cigarettes?

What is the deal with a government that wants to raise fuel taxes, to make more roads, when they don't want you to drive in the first place?

What is the deal with people jetting around the world to global warming conferences in the first place?

What is the deal with the government planning on taxing health care plans to pay for health care plans? Can anyone explain that? Why should it cost me more to get health insurance to pay for affordable health care?

What is the deal with celebrities that whine about how we're destroying the earth, but keep making movies about the destruction of the earth? That include CGI graphics that take a lot of electrici…

Of special days and freedoms

Many of you who read this know that June 6 is the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, where the Allies of the United States and the United Kingdom, which included Canada at the time, crossed the English Channel and began to drive the Nazis into Germany, and further into the history books. As someone who has benefited all my life from their efforts, I'd like to offer some thoughts on the day.

Please note other nations involved included many of those conquered by the Nazis, such as Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, and Denmark. Also, New Zealand and Australia were technically part of the UK/British forces, though they contributed, as Canada did, intact units. Also, resistance units in France were strongly bolstered by as many as 50000 Poles and others from other conquered nations.

First of all, I learned something today about the place of D-Day in history. According to one show on the History Channel, this was the first successful opposed crossing of the English Channel …

Randoms of the week

1. I think someone should start making knock-off computers that can run Mac OS, and work like Macs. But, they should call their company 'Citrus Computers' and call the items 'Oranges.' Then, when they get sued, their defense can be "You can't compare Apples to Oranges!"

2. I like these new shirts from Despair.com. (no consideration for the link. Didn't even win one in the release drawing.)

3. Citrus Computers could make mp3 players. Call them Tangerines.

4. This headline: Developing News: Data Shows Crime Down In Little Rock. Now, since Little Rock is north of us, I read this one way. But if I were in Fayetteville, I'm thinking "Don't go to Little Rock! There's crime down in Little Rock."

5. I like twitter, but this is funny:







6.Looks like the Senate may have to actually work a whole month. Poor dears. They need a raise. Or better, just send them a cookie. No, send them half a cookie, with a note that you have withheld t…