Day one of the convention is in the books and the convention has been great so far.
- We elected Fred Luter as president – a sense of history was palpable.
- We dealt with some issues in a Baptist way without going to embarrassing places. The descriptor debate was pointed, but it was handled well. We talked it over, took a vote, then took a ballot. Tomorrow, we will find out which side won and we will go on about doing our business.
- Both Bryant Wright and Frank Page had forceful and (I thought) powerful calls to lay down our arms as Calvinists and non-Calvinists and work together for the gospel. I honestly believe that the fighting (on both sides) is being done by a minority, hopefully a shrinking minority, and the growing “New Baptist Majority” want to labor together.
- The resolutions and motions were the normal mixture of insightful and silly, often leaning to the silly.
- I thought the Gospel Project video was fabulous. I will post it here later. All evidence I have seen makes the charges that this is some kind of Calvinist conspiracy seem silly. Either it is time to find some evidence in the materials to back up the charge, or stop repeating falsehoods.
- Best tweet of the day was someone asking, when Ed Stetzer and Trevin Wax were presenting the Gospel Project, why Penn and Teller were at the SBC.
Tomorrow is another day. We will see what happens then.