I’ve heard from several readers who are just discovering that iMonk is a long time (and current) Southern Baptist. Even more are surprised that he is making a solid run in our SBC blog contest. So, if you need just one more post to prove his credentials as an SBC blogger, I think he just published it.
“Death by Nostalgia” is wishing the world was like it was in the 1970’s and we could just assume that we were right . . . We’ve become functionally unevangelistic in many places because our past methodologies- door to door visitation, revivals, church based ministries- no longer are effective.
The second part is now up: A Great Commission Resurgence: Is It A Possible SBC Future? (Part 2 of Thoughts On My Denomination Today)
the FUTURE of the SBC lies with a Great Commission Resurgence, a new commitment to cooperation and a relentless emphasis on the things that matter in the Kingdom.
No, a Great Commission Resurgence is a vital future for the SBC, not only for our priorities as a missionary and evangelistic force, but because it is that Great Commission task and the trust of the cooperative funding mechanism that created who we are as contemporary Southern Baptists. Whatever isn’t working in Baptist life, we can’t forget that the ideal of cooperation for missions was always an incredible blessing to us and to the world.
When our churches, leaders, denomination and people see the same worthy goal and support one another beyond our differences in secondary matters, age, style, feelings about being Baptist or local strategy, we demonstrate that our history was not a wasted exercise.