Posted tagged ‘Responses’

The Run Down on Baptist Press and Mark Driscoll

February 13, 2009

For those of you (like myself) who like to have a listing of the notable articles written over the last several days regarding Baptist Press and Mark Driscoll, here you go (will update when necessary):

Monday, February 9, 2009

* Melissa Lilley of BSCNC writes a cover story of the 20/20 Collegiate Conference at SEBTS entitled “Driscoll, Mahaney – Culture Warriors of a Different Sort

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

* SEBTS press release by Lauren Crane published, “Gospel Comes to Life, Young People to Seminary Campus

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

* Baptist Press runs hit piece on Driscoll, “Driscoll’s Vulgarity Draws Media Attention
* Timmy Brister posts an online poll where 74% voted that the BP article was shoddy journalism

Thursday, February 12, 2009

* Baptist Press revise their article by adding paragraphs 5 & 6 as an attempt to correct their errors
* SEBTS via Between the Times shares their deep disappointment in BP in “Mark Driscoll and Southeastern Seminary
* Timmy Brister writes, “My Take on Baptist Press Throwing Mark Driscoll Under the Bus
*Baptist Press publishes SEBTS’ press release previous written by Lauren Crane

Friday, February 13, 2009

* Alvin Reid writes at Between the Times, “I Have a Problem
* Ed Stetzer comes out to defend his friend, Mark Driscoll, “Friday is for Friends
* Jonathan Merritt responds to Baptist Press in The Biblical Recorder, “Unfair, Unbalanced and Unacceptable
* J.D. Greear, Acts 29 and influential young SBC pastor responds, “Baptist Press joins NYT in Driscoll Bashing
* Baptist 21 begins a multi-part article on Driscoll and the generational gap in the SBC with thoughts by Nathan Finn
* Scott Thomas, director of Acts 29, responds with an article, “Let’s Move On

Saturday, February 14, 2009

* Baptist21 continues with part 2 of the generational gap in the SBC with Nathan Finn

[Note: I recognize that there several more articles about this out there (I’ve read some 20-25 over the last couple of days), but for brevity’s sake, these I’ve determined to be most significant.]

Open Thread: Your Thoughts on The Bruised Reed

January 31, 2008

* Note: I will do the random drawing for the winner of January’s giveaway tomorrow, and I will announce the winner Monday. If you do not have your name on the list, be sure to sign up by tomorrow by commenting on the introductory post!

As I shared in my introductory post to the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge, the goal behind the reading is precisely the goal of the Puritans, namely that it would be useful to your Christian life. No doctrine is without application, and no truth is not without uses. As the Puritans were passionate about not only rightly dividing God’s Word but also rightly applying it to their lives (i.e. “experimental” Christianity), so we too want to follow in that tradition of being doers and not hearers (or readers!) only.

The purpose of this post is to serve as an open thread for you to respond by sharing how The Bruised Reed has encouraged and ministered to you. More specifically, it would be great if you could answer the question,

“What use(s) will The Bruised Reed have in your personal relationship with Christ and/or your ministry in the future?”

In 500 words or less, please take a moment and exhale what you have inhaled for the past month. Let others hear what God has taught you, challenged you, helped you, or provoked you. Perhaps your words could be an encouragement and inspiration to others.

Thank you for sharing your heart and thoughts!

Breakdown of Fall Break and Your Thoughts

October 8, 2007

A week ago, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my thoughts on the Southern Baptist Convention. I had before me some chicken scratch on a napkin from a conversation at the Founders Cafe earlier that week. If I had known that that chicken scratch would result in 12,000+ words on eleven articles with nearly 200 comments, I would have reconsidered that idea. I honestly don’t know what happened or where all this came from. None of this was planned, so maybe I did have a fire in my belly I didn’t know was there. I must say, however, it was somewhat cathartic. 🙂

I chose to write about some issues and problems in the SBC that very few people seem to be talking about. In the course of this past week, I undoubtedly said some things that offended some, while at the same time, those same words received a hearty “Amen, brother!” Such is the nature of the SBC. In any case, I hope to bring to the table something substantive to talk about regarding the SBC and what can be done to see that we become a Convention focused on the gospel, mission, Christ, and the Church. These posts demanded quite a bit from me this past week, and as a result, I will have quite the time of catching up with my class readings and papers. Nevertheless, I do not regret for the way I spent my 2007 Fall Break. I love the SBC. I am passionate about our local churches. I am committed to the gospel. And I want to see reformation and revival in our land.

With that said, here’s how the 12 posts ranked in popularity:

1. The Fleecing of the SBC
2. Together for the Church
3. 2:00 a.m. @ Mars Hill
4. Decisional Regeneration and Southern Baptist Eisegesis
5. Outsourcing the Local Church?
6. From the Cruiseliner to the Battleship: What Will It Take?
7. Depopulating the Denomination
8. Ecclesiological Foreclosure and the SBC
9. Toward a Missional SBC, Part 1
10. From Rural to Suburban to Urban, or, The Kellerizing of the SBC
11. Disconnect
12. Toward a Missional SBC, Part 2

Yesterday, I took the time to compile these posts into one PDF document, and should you be interested in have a copy of it, I would be happy to send it to you via email. To obtain a copy, simply email me at outpostministries[at]yahoo[dot]com. Be sure that leave your first and last name.

So I am done talking about the SBC, and regularly scheduled formatting will resume. But before leave, I would like to hear from you. I want to know what your thoughts are on the SBC. I want to know where your heart is on these matters. And finally, I ask that you respond in summary form to what I have written whether you agree or disagree with the content I have provided and why you feel that way.

So please, share your thoughts. I will not be posting for a couple days as I hope to listen, discuss, and learn from others like yourself. Thanks for participating.