Dwight McKissic asks Black Baptist churches who are “considering affiliating with the Southern Baptist Convention to take a probative and aggressive approach…” Very fine term, probative and perfectly legitimate to encourage such efforts of any church considering changing or adding affiliations.
McKissic’s criticism is described as trenchant by one of the sites that picked up his SBC Voices article. The word (keen, sharp, articulate) is one of those that even if you don’t know what it means, it sounds right in context. Dwight was trenchant indeed in addressing the Moore matter.
And speaking of escrowing Cooperative Program funding, does Prestonwood church intend to place the $1 million in CP funding into the hands of a third party for later disposition? Almost certainly not but that is what escrowing would require unless one is frivolously loose with definintions. Oh, we are frivolous with such things. The church is certainly witholding the funds from normal distribution through CP channels but escrowing sounds more sophisticated not to mention less harsh. Same result, though.
So, the conflict over ERLC is serious enough to possible cause the SBC to be rent asunder writeth Jeff Wright in an SBCV article. Think that archaic phrase is KJV (as I did)? Yep. Special prize for the soul who ferrets out the common modern use of “asunder” without the rent.
Darrin Smith notes the “tumultuous political discussion” on his social media feed. Not literally, I presume, but is he courageous enough to try the noun cognate, “tumult,” knowing that it is best known from the great old hymn “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult,” 1852? I hear younger pastors are loath to touch anything associated with hymns.
Ronnie Rogers, plumbing the deplorable depths of Calvinism engages in a flight of fancy when he sails off into “secondary or tertiary causes (or for that matter quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary…). Quite a trip. His best word, though, is the old reliable assuage.
Had to wade into the Southeastern theological review to have an eyebrow raised over how “theology…interpenetrates ethics” in an article by Gregory Clauser. Why not permeates? But, who am I to question the learned journal writer? Sometimes syllables are like currency, the more the better.
Old online friend and authentic character S. Fox points readers to a “referent interview,” to get up to speed. Nice. Only guy in the universe who can find a reason to put Steve Bannon and Marlon Brando in the same paragraph.
Worthy of being summarily banned: cast a vision, vision casting. Trite, cliche. Besides, are we casting that vision like a Super Fluke in search of the twelve pound largemouth bass, or, are we ladling hot, molten bronze into some mold to cast a figurine that can never be changed? Oh, it’s the CEO/pastor telling the hoi polloi what he wants to do. Got it.