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A Word to My Reformed Brothers in the SBC

June 15, 2012

When the current controversy erupted over Calvinism in the SBC erupted a couple weeks ago, I debated whether or not to enter the fray. Things have changed quite considerably since the hay day of 2005-2008 when Calvinism seemed to be the death-defying whipping boy of folks with more fight in their hands than love in their hearts. But alas, perhaps the change was merely an intermission thanks largely in part to the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) which, for a time, seemed to unite Southern Baptists on the front lines of the Great Commission.

But the SBC, since the affirmation of the GCR, have gone back to the barricks and once again are turning against one another as if the willingness to fight is a temptation of which one too many are unwilling to walk away. Needless to say, I have my thoughts on the “traditionalist” March to New Orleans, and undoubtedly sparks are going to fly about Calvinism and whether or not the Baptist Faith and Message is a sufficient confessional guide to afford meaningful and substantive cooperation for Southern Baptists. Several of my friends have taken up this discussion on the Internet, including Tom Ascol (whose series I high recommend) and Nathan Finn (whose aspirations I wholeheartedly embrace). I don’t think I have much to contribute other than what they (and others) have been able to say in ways far more reasonable and eloquent.

BUT, if I have one contribution to make to the discussion leading up to next week’s Annual Meeting of the SBC in New Orleans, it would not be critiquing a very poorly written traditionalist document, nor would it be explaining the postmodern power play of subject-defining labels like “New Calvinism” and “traditionalist”, nor would it be showing how the “majoritarian” party has failed to influence the direction of the SBC since 2006 (2006-07 Joshua Convergence; 2008-09 Baptist Identity Movement; 2010-2011 Anti-GCR Movement; 2012 Traditionalist Movement). Rather, I’d like to issue a statement to my fellow Reformed brothers in the SBC. With all that is going on next week, there’s some fundamental things that I’m preaching to myself and think it helpful to share with my Reformed brethren.  To put some order to my thoughts, here are five “Do’s” and “Don’ts” as it related to next week’s Annual Meeting.

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A Motion to Remember

June 14, 2011

One year ago . . .

SBC – Louisville

June 21, 2009

Today I leave for Louisville, KY to participate in my first ever SBC Annual Meeting.  That might surprise some of you, but after this week, I will have walked the aisle and accepted fried chicken into stomach.  But seriously, I am really looking forward to seeing many friends (too many to mention here) and meeting other folks for the first time.

I will not be live-blogging the deal, but I am thinking about posting a little video journal if I’m given the opportunity.  I will try to keep the Twitter birdie active for those who want to get the sights and sounds of my travels.  I promise to keep it light-hearted and fun (and plenty of pictures). I might even give you the scoop on how I am single-handedly marshaling the GCR from the smoke-filled room behind the security guards. 😉

For those wanting to watch what goes down live, you can catch the live feed here.  I’ looking forward to being in the city where I spent four years of my life and being enriched with godly influences.  And no, Joe Thorn, I will not have an Olan Mills picture taken with you.  Sorry.

See you in Lou-ah-vul.