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Insight Podcast with SBC/Acts 29 Guys

February 21, 2009

Where on the one hand, the Missouri Baptist Convention de-funds all dually affiliated SBC/Acts 29 church planters, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina invites them to a convseration about the Gospel, the church, and the mission.  That’s my kind of state convention!

The Insight Podcast is hosted by Doug Baker, and recently he sat down with Acts 29 church planters J.D. Greear, Daniel Montgomery, Tyler Jones, and Sean Cordell to discuss a host of issues.  The podcast is divided into two parts.  You will certainly want to download them both.

* Part 1 *

Topics: Postmodernity – What is it?; Contextualization – What is it?; Culture and Theology; Ministry in an Urban Context; Diversity in the Local Church; Tradition and Traditionalism; The Craving for Authenticity; The Emerging Church Movement; Gospel Reductionism; The Emergent Church Movement;  Acts29 Church Planting Network; Vintage 21’s Theology and Doctrine; Tony Jones and the Gospel; The Gospel and Propositional Truth; Homosexuality and Modern Culture; Christology – Missiology – Ecclesiology.

* Part 2 *

Topics: Institutions and Denominations; Acts29 Network – Its Founding and Future; The SBC as a Missional Network; The Doctrinal Commitments of Acts29; Biblical Preaching as a Priority; Acts29 and Southern Baptists; North Carolina – Still the Bible Belt?; Requirements for an Acts29 Church Planter; Churches Planting Churches – the Biblical Model?; The SBC and Church Planting; The Future of the SBC.

I’m grateful for Doug Baker putting together an excellent podcast dealing with substantive issues that really matter to the church today. You can find previous podcasts hosted by Baker here.

My Take on Baptist Press Throwing Mark Driscoll Under the Bus

February 12, 2009

[Note: To read SEBTS’s response to Baptist Press, go here.]

Yesterday, Baptist Press came out with a hit piece on Mark Driscoll, preaching pastor of Mars Hills Church in Seattle, WA called “Driscoll’s Vulgarity Draws Media Attention.”  Within minutes after posting, the reaction from those on Twitter ranged everything from bewilderment to disgust to frustration.  Having been someone who has tracked and written about Mark Driscoll and the Acts 29 Network in relation to the Southern Baptist Convention, I have been asked by some to offer my take on this piece. So here are my thoughts in no particular order.

1. Baptist Press is like the Associated Baptist Press. They write what is news to them, not necessarily what is newsworthy. They have a constituency to cater to, and in the case of Baptist Press, it is largely the Executive Committee.  Baptist Press must be seen for what it is and be given credibility only when it deserves it–and in this case, it deserves none.  Furthermore, I am almost convinced that Mark Kelly did not write the article nor was David Tolliver informed that his statements were directly related to Mark Driscoll.

2. It is interesting to note who Baptist Press chose to provide the content of their critique against Driscoll.  MacArthur’s critiques are fair enough, although it should be noted that his comments were made three years ago.  But then Baptist Press borrows from Ingrid Schleuter, the noted heresy hunter and fundamentalist commentator of Slice of Laodicea.  Ironically enough, Ingrid and her writing cohorts such as Ken Silva have included the SBC in their barrage of “missives” including the “emerging church” and “contemplative spirituality.”  Does Will Hall (managing editor of BP) know they are lending credibility to the same fundy group that fiercely criticized their own?

3. Then there is David Tolliver, from the famous Missouri Baptist Convention who, under the direction of Roger Moran, de-funded all dually affiliated Acts 29/SBC churches because of their “cultural liberalism” (that is, their non-fundamentalist approach to culture).  As I stated earlier, I have no reason to believe that Tolliver’s statements were targeted at Driscoll himself but were inserted into the article to imply that to the reader.  Be that as it may, for Baptist Press to garner ammunition from the Missouri Baptist Convention against Mark Driscoll only further exacerbates the tension between Acts 29 churches and the SBC.

4. But what is disturbing the most is the timing of this piece.  Just last week, Acts 29 Network held a bootcamp where Mark Driscoll shared the platform with Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary. Driscoll and Akin again spoke at the 20/20 Collegiate Conference on the campus of SEBTS.  Driscoll and Akin are continuing their shared influence as Driscoll spoke last year at the SEBTS sponsored Converge Conference addressing the emerging church.  Are we to think that this article by Baptist Press just so happened to be published one week after this conference? Are we to believe that this is not an attempt to discredit and dampen the influence of Driscoll in SBC life?  Are we not to see the implication this has on attempting to shame Danny Akin and SEBTS for their affiliation and cooperation with Driscoll?

5. There are two competing visions for the SBC going on right now: the Great Commission Resurgence under the direction of Danny Akin and David Dockery headquartered at SEBTS, and the Baptist Identity Movement under the direction of Paige Patterson and Malcolm Yarnell headquartered at Southwestern Seminary.  Prior to the Annual Meeting in Indy last year, the Baptist Identity boys were blazing the Internet with series of blogposts talking about Baptist distinctives and in particular “ecumenical compromise.”  From the Annual Meeting forward, however, the Great Commission Resurgence has won the day, leaving the Baptist Identity crowd in the wake full of a separatistic, landmarkist agenda.   Having Driscoll (and Mahaney) who do not share the same ecclesiology and distinctives lead Patterson and his camp to consider the actions of Akin and SEBTS as Baptist compromisers.   The BP article on Driscoll is an indication, in my mind, of an attempt to discredit the leadership of Akin and undermine the Great Commission Resurgence movement in the SBC.  Fortunately, most Southern Baptists are not buying it.

6. Finally, remember all the talk about reaching out to the younger generation?  Those under the age of 40 in denominational involvement are an endangered species, and articles like only work to ensure that they become extinct. Isn’t it interesting that the two biggest movements in the SBC–Calvinism and Acts 29 Network–are most often caricatured and criticized?  It is almost as though the powers that be want the SBC to fail without a future generation to consider the SBC worthy of their labors. Why would they want to stick around and continue to put up with stuff like this anyway?

I am not a Driscoll fan boy. I have not met him, nor am I a part of the Acts 29 Network.  I have great respect for him in many things he is doing, and there are things which I disagree with Driscoll about, some of which I have publicly taken issue with here on my blog.  Nevertheless, the moniker attached to Driscoll as “the cussing pastor” is long worn out, and Driscoll has repented of that.  Furthermore, those who perpetuate that perception of Driscoll are either willfully misrepresenting the truth or living at a level of ignorance that disqualifies them from writing about the subject.  Driscoll’s cussing garnered media attention – five years ago.

In any the case, the fact that articles like this can be written about a brother in Christ that is so inaccurate and uncharitable in the Baptist Press does not raise the issue of Mark Driscoll but Christian virtue. I’m tired of being embarrassed as a Southern Baptist, and I would much rather partner with those who resembles Jesus than the Sanhedrin. As for Dr. Akin, he deserves our prayers and deepest respect.  He, like others (e.g., John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Tim Keller, etc.), has chosen to see what God is doing in the life of Mark Driscoll and encourage him.  Undoubtedly, Akin has and will continue to (as a result of this BP article) receive grief and criticism as a result. As for Mark Driscoll, I would put him up to any Southern Baptist preacher today who preaches Christ and Him crucified (and how many SBC churches can you find Jesus preached on any given Sunday?).  Baptist Press’ efforts would serve the cause of Southern Baptist life much more in the future should they highlight such preachers who are planting gospel-centered churches and reaching this younger generation whom we have all but written off.  Southern Baptists can learn from Mark Driscoll, but that can only begin when we lay down the knives.

Plant and Thrive: Acts 29 Boot Camp

January 13, 2009

Plant & Thrive is a two-track church planting conference/boot camp of Acts 29 that will take place on Feb. 4-5 in Raleigh, NC (Vintage 21, who is hosting the boot camp, is an Acts 29 church).  As you will see in the line-up, Acts 29 is continuing their relationship with Southeastern Seminary which is really encouraging for those of us who are Southern Baptists.

Here’s the breakdown of the bootcamp (w/ tracks and speakers):

Track 1 – For all potential A29 church planters

Mark Driscoll
Wayne Grudem – Gospel Centered Reformed Theology
Danny Akin – Preaching the Gospel
Scott Thomas – The Biblical Mandate on the Man
Andreas Kostenberger – The Effects of Planting on Family & Self
Mark Driscoll & Wayne Grudem – Q & A
Tyler Jones – Mission Rises out of Community
Ed Marcelle – Mission Rises out of Discipleship
Daniel Montgomery – Our Mission
Mark Driscoll

Track 2 – For planters in years 1-4

Jason Roberts and Chris Atwell – Coaching Introduction
Elliot Grudem – Leadership Development: Elders, Deacons, Volunteers
Mark Driscoll – Q & A
Jamie Munson & Nate Williams – Systems & Structures
TBA – Strategic Planning
Jamie Munson, et al. – Q & A
TBA – Small Groups
Chris Atwell – Assimilation to Membership
Wayne Grudem – Q & A
TBA – Children’s Ministry / Funding / Holistic Justice
Jason Roberts – Debriefing: Long Term Implementation
Mark Driscoll

Breakout Sessions

Wives’ Track
Leadership 1
Systems & Structures
Leading the Mission
Leadership 2

I encourage those of you who are within driving distance to check out this very practical and instructive conference focused on planting missional churches for the glory of God.

LEAD Conference Live-Streaming

October 20, 2008

Anyone who happened to catch some of the Catalyst Conference online, you may remember the Planting Channel which hosted the video feed along with an interactive chat.  This week, the same Planting Channel will be providing live-streaming for the main conference sessions.  I encourage you to check out the sessions and join in the discussion of being “In the Church, for the City.”

Here’s the schedule of the main sessions:

Tuesday, October 21
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Darrin Patrick on “Gospel Centered Repentance”
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Eric Mason on “Hybrid Leaders”
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Dr. Bryan Chapell on “Christ-Centered Preaching”

Wednesday, October 22
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Randy Nabors on “City Leaders”
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM: Matt Carter on “Broken Leaders”
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: Jonathan McIntosh on “Missional Leaders”

HT :: Kevin Cawley

LEAD Conference in St. Louis

October 18, 2008

This coming Monday, I am flying out to St. Louis for the LEAD Conference (Acts 29 Bootcamp), and I am really looking forward to what I will learn as well as the people I will meet.  If you will be attending the LEAD Conference, please leave a comment as I would love the opportunity of meeting you.

I will probably be updating the blog with thoughts from the conference.  You can also follow my travels by checking out my Twitter page (which will be much more frequent than the blog).

2008 New York City DWELL Conference Audio

June 6, 2008

If there is one conference I wanted to attend this year that I missed, it was the Dwell Conference in NYC, co-hosted by Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church) and the Acts 29 Network. Having said that, I am appreciative that they have made not only the audio available, but notes from each message as well. I commend this audio to you, especially if you are en route to urban church planting.

1. Dwelling with Non-Christians (Darrin Patrick)
2. Dwelling in the Gospel (Tim Keller)
3. Dwelling thru the Text (Mark Driscoll)
4. Persuasion (Tim Keller)
5. Dwelling in the Text (Mark Driscoll)
6. Dwelling in the Cross (C.J. Mahaney)
7. Dwelling in the Kingdom (Ed Stetzer)
8. Dwelling Incarnationally (Eric Mason)

Blue Collar Theology 20: Karis, Schreiner, and Christ

February 11, 2008

Those of you who remember from last December the fallout between Acts 29 and the Missouri Baptist Convention will likely recall Karis Community Church and their pastor Kevin Larson who was one the churches defunded by the MBC for their affiliation with the Acts 29 Network.  Earlier this month, Karis held a “Theology Weekend” where Dr. Tom Schreiner spoke on the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Here’s the audio from the weekend:

“Jesus… Who?” A Forum on the Person and Work of Jesus: Tom Schreiner, Shakir Al-Ani, and Bill Haney

“Ask the Theologian” Q & A on Christianity and the Bible: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Mission” A Sermon: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Man” A Lecture: Tom Schreiner

What really excites me about this “theology weekend” is Kevin’s vision and passion to equip the people of Karis with a greater understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Is this not a wonderful picture of what Blue Collar Theology is all about?  I am ever hopeful that the vision Kevin has for Karis will continue in the minds and hearts of many young pastors as they seek to channel their investments and efforts into being gospel-centered and mission-driven.

In previous generations, churches geared towards church growth often subscribed to a form of pragmatism and revivalism that in one popularized personalities and marginalized doctrinal development.  Perhaps that day is soon coming to a close.  In any case, I am eagerly anticipating more expressions of and efforts for a Blue Collar Theology from churches across America.

HT :: Karis

Update on the Acts 29 Churches in the Missouri Baptist Convention

January 11, 2008

Micah Fries shares an update from Darren Casper who is managing the “Show Me Church Planting Fund.” For background information, the Missouri Baptist Convention de-funded the dually-affilicated MBC/Acts 29 churches, all of whom did not violate their commitments to the North American Mission Board (NAMB) or the MBC. These churches and pastors were approved by both entities and were to receive the financial support as committed and promised by the MBC. Due to some political maneuvering, the MBC reneged on their commitment–without informing Acts 29 or the churches prior to their decision. In a matter of three weeks, the funds were removed.

Here’s the update from Darren Casper:

While there were efforts by some state leaders to go ahead and fulfill the existing funding commitment, it now appears certain that Acts 29 churches will lose their funding by the Missouri Baptist Convention.

St. Louis Metro has kicked in $5,000 to get this fund rolling and the other checks are starting to come in. We are somewhere around $9,000 now, but closer to $26,000 is needed to fund these church plants.

Each of these church plants have been in good standing with the Missouri Baptist Convention and have expressed commitment to the Baptist Faith and Message as well as their partnering relationship with the Acts 29 network.

An accurate record is being kept by our office staff of funds received, distributed, and contributing partners. Unless you tell me otherwise, these churches will know of all the individuals, organizations, and churches that have contributed to the fund. If you have questions, or would like to contribute to this fund:

St. Louis Metro Baptist Association
Attn. Darren Casper – Church Planting
3859 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
314.571.7579 x. 103

Incidentally enough, David Tolliver, interim executive director of the MBC has the lead article on their website which is entitled “People Are More Important Than Things.” Ahem. Tell that to the pastors and Missouri Baptists who are being de-funded.

While it is great that $9,000 has already come in, to make up for the MBC, they will need an additional $17,000 to recoup. Please consider supporting these pastors and their churches both through your prayers and your giving.

To contribute to Show Me Church Planting Fund, you can send a check to:

St. Louis Metro Baptist Association
(designate it for the “Show Me Church Planting Fund”)

Mailing address:

St. Louis Metro Bapt. Assoc.
attn. Darren Casper
3859 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Mo. 63044

Here are my previous articles regarding this matter:

1. Acts 29 and the MBC

2. When I Am Ashamed to be a Southern Baptist

3. Let’s Talk About Accountability – Let’s Talk About You and Me

4. A More ‘Conventional’ Way of Supporting SBC Church Plants

5. Ascol Interviews Axed MBC Church Planter Kevin Larson

Live Videocast with Darrin Patrick Tomorrow

December 17, 2007

Lance Ford, co-founder of Shapevine, recently announced in the meta that they will be doing a live videocast interview with Darrin Patrick tomorrow, Tuesday December 18 at 2:30 pm CST. Ford mentioned that it is free and only requires a quick login membership.

For those of you who have been following the MBC/Acts 29 situation, this will be an interview you will not want to miss. Darrin is pastor of The Journey–the church originally involved with the MBC probe into Acts 29 churches. Darrin has also served as VP of Acts 29 and has mentioned that there will be a scheduled debate with he and David Tolliver Roger Moran on the topic of alcohol later next year.

I think this interview will do much to fill in some gaps and provide a greater context to the situation there is Missouri. Let’s listen in for a better understanding of what is going on and how we can prayerfully support our fellow Southern Baptists.

Ascol Interviews Axed MBC Church Planter Kevin Larson

December 16, 2007

Over at the Founder’s blog, Tom Ascol provides an excellent interview and insight into the tragic motion the Missouri Baptist Convention made to de-fund their own church planters. Kevin Larson, pastor of Karis Community Church, answered several questions which, if anything, should help us realize that these decisions made at an executive level are affecting real people and their family, churches and their ministries.

A couple things to note from the interview. Kevin is a graduate of Southern Seminary (which I currently attend) and also checked into NETS, a great church planting program in the New England area. Kevin was a member of Clifton Baptist in Louisville under the leadership of Drs. Tom Schreiner and Bruce Ware (Schreiner ordained him). His ecclesiology is heavily influenced by Dever and IX Marks, preaches lengthy expository messages every Sunday, and has a high view of church membership. Sounds like the kind of church planter we need to be de-funding, doesn’t it?

Here’s some notable quotes:

“While at Southern, I honestly hadn’t heard anything about Acts 29, but, in my view, an abstinence only view would be unthinkable by virtue of students having sola scriptura beaten in their heads everyday.”

“We are so grateful for the support the MBC has provided. But, I do think the executive board’s decision is wrong and discouraging. Although they do have the right to make that decision, I say that the further narrowing of parameters of cooperation does not bode well for the MBC’s future.”

“In Missouri, I think this is about alcohol, yes, but it’s ultimately about power. Who will control Missouri Baptists? By the way, I have even heard rumblings that the group’s next target in Missouri will be Calvinism.”

“The average Southern student thinks Driscoll is fine, Tim Keller is amazing, and can’t understand what all the fighting is about. Why? Because Dr. Mohler and his faculty teach sola scriptura and the other four solas of the Reformation. And that makes this whole issue pretty simple.”

“Well, those mainline denominations are graying due to liberalism. Young people want something true and something worth believing and dying for. But the SBC, I’m afraid, could gray and ultimately die because of legalism. If this is allowed to persist and grow, it will push young Reformed, expositional preaching, church disciplining, and gospel cherishing guys like me out to the curb. I am convinced this is the case.”

Thank God for brothers like Kevin Larson! His response reveals that Karis Community Church is more than a just a name–it’s who they are. It’s not easy responding with such gracious and gospel-driven restraint, and if this whole deal does anything, I pray it points us to the future of SBC with men like Kevin. I am also thankful for men like Steve Tanner, Jerry Field, and Jim Shaver who have given their full support. May God turn the MBC probe light into a spotlight that offers us encouragement and hope through the churches and ministries like Karis Community Church.

A More ‘Conventional’ Way of Supporting SBC Church Plants

December 16, 2007

My last article was rather long, and included in the piece was specific information regarding how you and I can support the church plants that will be de-funded by the Missouri Baptist Convention in a couple of weeks.

As I understand it, while there are nine Acts29/SBC churches in the MBC, only four are being immediately affected financially. Here’s how it breaks down:


Believer’s Church (losing $1,000 a month)
#1 YMCA Drive
Hannibal, MO 63401
Pastor: Sam Byers

Genesis Church (losing $1,000 a month)
4525 Highway 109
Eureka, MO 63025
Pastor: Mike Hubbard

Karis Community Church (losing $500 a month)
P.O. Box 572
Columbia, MO 65205
Pastor: Kevin Larson

The Journey St. Louis (see Darrin’s comment below)
7701 Maryland Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Pastor: Darrin Patrick

>> GIVE <<

For the upcoming year, a total of $30,000 will be needed to maintain current support for the three churches above (Believers, Genesis, and Karis). There are a number of ways we can help meet this challenge. Here are some ideas:

1. If you a minister or pastor, consider taking up a special offering on behalf of these churches sometime in the next three months.

2. Consider contributing a small amount each month to the “Show Me Church Planting Fund.” If a total of 300 people end up giving a total of only $100 (per person) next year, then the $30k goal could be met.

3. If you know you will be receiving additional income, for instance, from you income tax refund next year, then perhaps you could give a portion of that in a one-time offering.

So where are we to send our financial gifts? Below is the information and directions for sending all checks and financial contributions:

St. Louis Metro Baptist Association
(designate it for the “Show Me Church Planting Fund”)

Mailing address:

St. Louis Metro Bapt. Assoc.
attn. Darren Casper
3859 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Mo. 63044

You may contact Darren at 314-571-7579, extension 103.

>> PRAY <<

Friends, let us also not forget to pray about this situation. Pray for these pastors and young church plants. Pray for the MBC and those behind this motion. Pray for the SBC at large. Pray for the Acts 29 Network and future church plants, including those associated with the SBC.

Lastly, we need to get some perspective on this whole situation. The Missouri Baptist Convention next year will have $10.5 million in their piggy bank to use at their discretion. We are talking here about $30,000. Doing the math will tell you that $10.5 million can be broken down to 350 different $30k blocks. We are talking about only one. Now, what the MBC does with the other 349 blocks of $30k you and I have no idea. But I tell you now, I feel much more comfortable with my Southern Baptist dollar in the hands of the “Show Me Church Planting Fund” than the MBC piggy bank. Let us put our money and pool our resources together in a way that we are fueling front-line church plants, not a back room bureaucracy.

Let’s Talk About Accountability – Let’s Talk About You and Me

December 15, 2007

Don Hinkle is the editor of MBC’s state paper, The Pathway, and could perhaps be considered the authorized spokesperson for their Executive Board. What makes Hinkle unique is that he is also a blogger who happens to believe that fellow bloggers cannot address issues like the de-funding of Southern Baptist churches in a Christ-like manner. Granted, we can all admit that the unprecedented decision does raise a lot of emotion, frustration, and even anger, and I would argue rightfully so; however, I am afraid that the substance of the disagreement is written off prima facie simply because we are “amateurs” and not professional journalists. But be that as it may, I would like to respond to Hinkle’s comments in the hopes that, perhaps, he and others in the SBC might give a listening ear.

In his latest blogpost, Hinkle begins with the statement:

In Missouri Baptist Convention life, next to Christ and His Word, there is no higher authority than the convention’s Executive Board.

I find this an odd way to begin for several reasons, not the least of which is that denominational leaders are otherwise considered “denominational servants” who exist to serve Southern Baptist churches, not exercise authority over them. As we all know, the issue before the MBC regarding Acts 29 churches has to do with the issue of alcohol. Now, consider how their authority is being exercised over their respective churches. Interim Executive Director David Tolliver passionately argued that alcohol consumption at any level is “a violation of Romans 14, which urges Christians not to cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble.” Therefore, Tolliver believes “Missouri Southern Baptists ought to abstain from the imbibing of alcoholic beverages.” So what grounds the exercise of making such a decision? Consider Tolliver’s confession:

“I understand that the Bible does not say, ‘Thou shalt not drink. . . . The Bible doesn’t say that. I get that. The Bible doesn’t say ‘Thou shalt not drink’ anytime, anywhere, for any reason. It’s not that explicit. I’m a little slow at it, but I can read, and I understand that the Bible does not say that. The Bible does not specifically call the drinking of alcohol a sin—not in so many words.” (emphasis mine)

So Tolliver believes that the position the MBC is holding to, and exercising authority over, is not found in the Bible. Now, go back to Hinkle’s first comment. He says there is no higher authority, next to Christ and His Word, than the Executive Board of the MBC. Perhaps it should be restated that there is no higher authority in the MBC than the Executive Board period, since the explicit confession by their director reveals they have no biblical warrant for executing their motion among the churches. The only ground they have to stand upon is their own convictions, not the authority of God’s Word. That alone should cause enough concern for us Southern Baptists who believe that Scripture is our sole and final authority, not the dictates of men.


When I Am Ashamed to be a Southern Baptist

December 11, 2007

UPDATE 12.12.07 :: 7:30 p.m. EST: Scott Thomas, director of Acts 29 Network, has responded to the motion.

My good friend Scott Lamb, also a contributor to Missouri’s state paper The Pathway, has reported that members of the Executive Board presented and passed a motion (28-10) during the miscellaneous business session that sets down a “no-partnership with Acts 29″ rule for MBC church plants. Here is the motion:

Effective Jan 1, The Acts 29 Network is an organization which the MBC Exec Bd. Staff will not be working with, supporting, or endorsing in any manner at anytime.

It was amended with the following statement:

While recognizing the autonomous nature of all areas of MBC life beyond that of the Executive Board Staff, the MBC Executive Board directs the Church Planting Department and other ministry departments to not provide CP dollars toward those affiliated with the Acts 29 Network.

What this means is that dually affiliated churches (Acts 29 and SBC) will not be able to receive church planting funds from the Missouri Baptist Convention.

For background information to this embarrassing situation, you need to read this post. Scott makes an excellent point, reflecting:

I just wonder where all the church-planting police were 10-15 years ago when I resisted the siren song of Willowcreek and Saddleback, only to have it thrown up in my face by Baby-Booming pastors that I was an arrogant idiot who resisted the work of God in my generation if I didn’t buy into the seeker model.

In addition, I do wonder if the MBC will be consistent and pass a reciprocal measure that keeps Cooperative Program dollars from coming into MBC coffers via such polluted churches.

For all of us Southern Baptist who are committed to building bridges in the SBC, this is a day where we should all be ashamed of being one. Let’s be clear on this. The issue about the MBC and Acts 29 is not merely about alcohol; it’s about the future direction of the SBC and who will be leading us there. For 2008, the MBC will be keeping $10.5 million of Cooperative Program money to be used for their own causes, just not church planting with Acts 29. With all that many and with so many less church plants to fund, one has to wonder what exactly they are planning to do with that $10.5 million. Abstinence billboard campaign? Hiring “specialists” to do weekly inspections of MBC churches that give traces of Acts 29 involvement? Church planting recruiters? But I digress.

Scott asks a pointed question:

Have we really come to the point as a denomination that we encourage muscle-men power teams to come and blow up hot water bottles and break bricks over their heads, but we cannot condone what basically amounts to a Francis Schaeffer approach to cultural engagement with the lost? Acts 29 doesn’t walk on water, but at least there is a serious-minded approach to the gospel that leaves the buttons, balloons, and baloney in the dust.

It is not enough to shake our heads and move on as though we think this situation is isolated to Missouri and Acts 29 churches. As we have seen, one state’s precedence becomes another state’s principle, and if they will do this to Acts 29 churches, what makes us think they will not do it to Founders or IX Marks churches? It is times like this that I wish some of our SBC leaders would step into the ring, even if they happen to disagree with the alcohol issue. Those of us who are passionate about the gospel, church planting, and building networks and partnerships with others in the evangelical world with like-minded passions cannot and must not tolerate these kinds of actions in the SBC. May God grant courage and conviction to steer the convention away from the fundamentalism and folly before us today.

Other responses:

Scott Lamb: Missouri Baptist Convention vs. Acts 29
Micah Fries: Acts 29 Is Banned
Tom Ascol: Missouri Baptists Axe Acts 29
Steve McCoy: No Funding for SBC/Acts 29 Church Plants in Missouri
Tim Ellsworth: MBC enacts ‘no partnership with Acts 29′ rule for church plants
Aaron Martin: The Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Committee Should Repent
Marc Backes: I Guess That Answers That Question
Talitha Koum: Missouri Bites a Hand That Feeds It
Borrowed Light: The Effects of the Acts29/MBC Decision