Doesn’t hurt to talk about it.
- Cooperative Program will probably be up for the fiscal year. The eleven month report from the Executive Committee earlier this month showed CP was above projection and slightly above last year’s same period results. Let’s be optimistic that the full year will be above last year. This is national only, not total CP.
- Lottie Moon will be more than last year. Their totals come after the end of September. With Platt’s resignation and no replacement in sight SBCers continue to give. IMB can rock along with strong SBC support, though it would be nice to have a permanent leader.
- Annie Armstrong is…strong. Last year was a record high. We will see where this year’s is. The thing to remember when reading NAMB critics is that, evidently, their voices are loud but NAMB enjoys strong support across the SBC. There are always critics.
- SWBTS is moving forward. Think about what it would be like now if the SBC in annual session overturned the trustee decision to terminate the SWBTS president.
- The Executive Committee held a question-and-answer session, publicly. Maybe they do this every year but I thought it was a good move. All SBC entity trustee boards should do the same. Let folks ask their questions and give answers.
- SBC Disaster Relief gets numerous shout-outs. Still, this is the most underreported aspect of disaster news.
- The militant, conspiratorial, perpetually complaining Trads have gone to ground. Actually, I miss SBC Today and Rick Patrick, even though I think things got out of hand there. If there’s a template for how not to promote an SBC political position, this would be it. Maybe a better approach could be found.
- We’re having candid discussions on race and related matters. Before you complain about all the rancor, may I offer that there was a day when the SBC just didn’t want to discuss it.
- Bert and Ernie made Baptist Press. OK, so the context wasn’t all that positive. Puppets abound in the SBC, as we all know.
- We get the evenings off in Birmingham next year, possibly making our annual meeting an enjoyable experience. We will see.
I’m imitating Facts and Trends here. They can’t blow their noses without putting a number on it.