We are several years into abuse reform in the SBC and we can point to near unanimous messenger votes, two grand task forces, extensive and expensive reports, millions of dollars spent, millions of words...and no database of abusers. Why is this? The convention voted to implement this database to include four categories of offenders. From the first sex abuse task force: Confession in a non-privileged setting Conviction in a court of law Civil judgment rendered Determination by an independent third party according to a preponderance of evidence We have now had the latest … [Read more...] about Shall we relinquish the messenger directive to create a database that includes credible reports of abuse?
This week's SBC Executive Committee meeting was dominated by the difficult, some would say disastrous, rollout of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force's goal of creating a private nonprofit to handle the database. No further comment by me on that here, but I'm interested in the EC's vote to exclude four churches. Baptist Press story here. The four churches are: Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C., West Hendersonville Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C., and Grove Road Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. These churches are officially … [Read more...] about Is the EC properly defining how pastors are considered “biblically disqualified”?
For those unaware, Southern Seminary president Al Mohler was recently seated at a panel hosted by the Kenwood Institute. The topics covered contentious issues in SBC life, including the abuse and financial crises, along with the issue of women serving in ministry and how it relates to the proposed “Law Amendment.” When asked by discussion moderators and CBMW members Colin Smothers and Denny Burk about the role of women pastors in SBC churches, Mohler would suggest, “The idea that you would have the word ‘pastor’ applied to a woman in the Southern Baptist Convention—to the vast majority of … [Read more...] about “Making Sense” of Al Mohler and His “Nonsense” (Dwight McKissic)
Henry Blackaby died on February 10th, following a long illness. I felt sad that he had passed, but his death prompted me to reflect on his influence on me and my family. Of course, Henry Blackaby became famous in the SBC through his devotional workbook, Experiencing God. My wife taught this at the church we pastored many times. I encouraged all our members to take the course. I taught it once at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. Blackaby’s famous phrase, “watch to see where God is working and join Him,” caught my attention and affected my thinking. Beyond his Experiencing God course, God … [Read more...] about A Personal Tribute to Henry Blackaby
It seems fitting to have an old fashioned blog article on Henry Blackaby. After all, his famous study Experiencing God was first published pre-blog in 1990 but with its soaring popularity on in the late 20th century was easily a subject for the early blogosphere. I never met Henry although he was a featured speaker at a few events I attended. I used his study a few times with small groups in my church. It was unique at the time and very helpful in discipleship in the church. Once the study was a big hit and sales skyrocketed, Lifeway (naturally) expanded the product line to maximize … [Read more...] about Henry Blackaby, RIP
This is important as the amendment zealots well know. To wit: The SBC constitution specifies what churches must do or not do to be considered "in friendly cooperation", or, an SBC church. The Convention will only deem a church to be in friendly cooperation with the Convention, and sympathetic with its purposes and work (i.e., a “cooperating” church as that term is used in the Convention’s governing documents)... This is followed by five sub-paragraphs that enumerate things like the Cooperative Program, sex abuse, racial discrimination. The Amendment adds a sixth sub-paragraph. The … [Read more...] about For our casual observers: The Amendment is to the SBC Constitution, not the BFM.
This could easily be the headline if the amendment on "pastors of any kind" is passed for a second time. I'm just going by the numbers provided by the zealots in charge of pushing this. The SBC may decide on whatever basis and criteria they wish to use for membership. Autonomy at work. It just seems like severe overkill to target women sub-pastors in this fashion.The problem is that once the SBC makes this negative requirement official (the wording is “Does not affirm, appoint, or employ a woman as a pastor of any kind”), where could the EC go except to recommend en masse to the convention … [Read more...] about SBC Executive Committee to recommend over one thousand churches be expelled
I am a pretty passionate sports fan and will admit, I've got a long way to go before my athletic passions can be considered sanctified, so this may fall squarely in the category of hypocrisy, but I am growing increasingly weary of the tendency of sports fans to blame the refs for every loss. I am certainly not above complaining about bad calls. The best player in baseball (comments about Shohei Otani will be summarily deleted) is Aaron Judge, and for some reason, umpires call strikes on him repeatedly that are balls. This is not an opinion. The pitch tracking computers have demonstrated … [Read more...] about Enough with “The Game Was Rigged”
We, in the SBC, have a problem with women. We are a complementarian convention and that will always anger many. I believe the Bible teaches that men and women are different and that men have certain leadership roles granted to them by the Creator. This offends egalitarians but I do not apologize for what I believe God's word teaches. I also believe that some are seeking to take us beyond what the Bible teaches. Some, though, are seeking to use scare tactics, using the loud voices of men like Rick Warren and a minuscule few female pastors among us, to get us to overreact and accept their … [Read more...] about Which Way Will We Go? The SBC’s Problem with Women
Here are some questions from an admitted and certified cynic on matters concerning the SBC Executive Committee: When will any present or former EC member or staff member admit that the vote to open themselves up to the Madison Avenue law firm was a mistake? Is the EC still on the hook for legal expenses not only against their own actions but any that arise from litigation against that Madision Avenue law firm? Shouldn't the EC find a lawyer to be CEO, since (a) they didn't like their first candidate, a pastor; (b) they got skewered over the next guy and presumed front-runner who had … [Read more...] about Yes, this could be considered ‘piling on’ the beleaguered SBC Executive Committee