Monthly Archives: June 2009

Southern Baptist Convention 09, Part 3

DSC01270My youngest daughter, Karis, visualizes what so many Southern Baptists feel in their souls over what is spoken at Conventions from both the floor and from the platform.

There was a call for Pepsi to be boycotted. 

There were calls for our entities to refrain from having speakers who drink alcoholic beverages in moderation.

There were calls for Lifeway to remove books by Mark Driscoll which led to another call for more books to be removed (I think done in jest over the first call for removal).

One messenger even wanted the Convention to address a theological movement in NY(?) where people saying Jesus Christ is returning in 2011(?) and will render all churches meaningless.

Still another wanted the Christian Flag to stand as the visual symbol of of God’s people (I think the Lord’s Supper is sufficient and more biblical).

I suppose one should just become expectant to these realities.  Unfortunately these things reflect what so many people think are vitally important.  This is scary.  Fortunately, we typically have theologically astute and gospel centered men and women who serve in leadership of the Convention.

What is more surprising though is when a SBC leader takes the stage and completely misrepresents many brothers and sisters who are a part of the Southern Baptist life.  Executive Committee President, Morris Chapman lambasted those in Southern Baptist life who do not believe personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary and vital for salvation.  Well, the problem here is that there is nobody in the SBC who thinks this.  Although, he never said the word Calvinist, everybody knew he was directing these words towards Calvinistic brothers and sisters in the SBC.  While I expect this kind of ignorance or intentional misrepresentation from the floor at the SBC (which happened again this year), I do not expect it from one who fills the post which Chapman holds.

Hopefully this too will change one day.

When I returned back to Murfreesboro, and shared some convention news with a few members, one said that (infighting) is why they disliked participating in the conventions.  But I reminded everyone that if gospel centered Southern Baptists do not show up and steer the ship carefully, it will eventually sink.  And there is so much good in Southern Baptist life worth preserving.  So my recruitment speech for 2010 began.

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Posted by on June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized



Southern Baptist Convention 09, Part 2

gcr1One of the significanct actions which took place the 2009 SBC  was the passing of a motion to appoint Convention President Johnny Hunt to create and select a Great Commission Task Force to investigate how Southern Baptist Churches can better steward our resources to more effectively fulfill the Great Commission.

There are many within the convention who believe we are not maximizing Southern Baptist resources and we need Southern Baptist leadership to positively influence Southern Baptists in different sectors to embrace a needed change (I will speak to what I think should change later).  The task force will bring forth its recommendations to the 2010 Convention in Orlando.

It is important to understand that the task force can only recommend change.  Messengers at national conventions can bring change to national entities.  Changes, though need to come to State Conventions and Local Associations.  One item which many Southern Baptists would like to see changed is the Cooperative Program allocation at the state level changed (I’ll talk about this more later).  But in order for this to happen, Southern Baptists within each state at their annual state conventions will have to vote to change the formulas.  This effort will be more difficult than merely getting a motion passed at the SBC.

This Great Commission Task Force is rooted in the effort of Daniel Akin’s call for a Great Commission Resurgence.  You can find many resources about this call through the previous link including the document.  Many of us desire to see structural change come to the SBC life, but at the heart of this document is a call for Southern Baptists to fix their eyes on Jesus and follow his command to take make disciples of Jesus Christ from all nations.


Posted by on June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Southern Baptist Convention 09, Part 1

2009%20LOVELOUD_FINAL%201The 2009 Southern Baptist Covention in Louisville makes my third convention attended as a messenger.  I attended previous conventions hosted in Greensboro 06 and San Antonio 07.  I left this convention more optimistic about the future of the SBC.  But vastly more important for my ministry as a local church pastor is the way my heart is now aflame for fulfilling the Great Commission.

If I could point to one single moment at the convention that so captured my soul, it was the sermon preached by David Platt at the Pastor’s Conference on Monday.  All I could do was pray that God would give me a brokeness for the lost and that God would continually burden my soul non-Christians.

Specifically, this message has spurred me to lead the local church I pastor to think more about what we can do to reach the lost by giving more money to the cause, become involved in church planting, and by implementing annual international mission trips.

The story Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, told about the 12 and 13 year old girls prostituting themselves in Thailand along with those spoken by Platt have me disastified with my own personal efforts to make Jesus Christ known.  God has given me 31 years and I have wasted so much of it.  I do not want to waste anymore of it.  I do not know how many more God will grant. 

I hope the sermon will be eventually made available for free, but for know if you desire to hear the Platt sermon, you can order the DVD or CD for $9.oo.  It’s worth the price and then some.


Posted by on June 26, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Cosper, Best and Stam On Worship, Sessions 1-4

HT: Justin Taylor

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Posted by on June 17, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Our need for silence

Albert Mohler writes about the vanishing of silence from our lives and how specifially this is damaging our children.  Here is a little taste of the article:

Our culture now assumes noise and the constant availability of music, electronic chatter, and entertainment. In many homes, there is virtually no silence — at least during waking hours. In some homes, family members live in isolated environments of independent sound, with iPods, televisions, radios, and any number of other technologies providing a customized experience of noise.

All this takes a toll upon the soul. Psychologists argue that the development of individual identity requires extended periods of solitude, reflection, and silence. The Christian tradition has honored silence as a matter of spiritual discipline and an intentional effort to flee the noise of everyday life in order to hear what noise cannot supply.

If this is true for adults, it is perhaps even more true for children. But today’s children are often subjected to a constant barrage of noise. Many are raised to the soundtrack of the television or other forms of entertainment. Some parents seem to fear silence and do their best to make certain that children are never without some form of sound.

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Posted by on June 15, 2009 in Uncategorized


Prosperity Gospel Denounced

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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Treasuring Jesus Video Jam

HT: The Gospel-Driven Church

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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Interview with Danny Akin

Check out this 4 part interview with Dr. Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary by Trevin Wax.  Akin addresses issues which are current for Southern Baptists.

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Conference Audio from Toronto, Durham, and Baltimore

Free audio is up from two recent conferences and one conference which is underway as I write. 

The first audio set comes from the Toronto Pastor’s Conference.  The focus of this conference is Building Healthy Churches and is a 9Marks related conference.  Speakers include Mark Dever, Matt Schmucker, and Carl Muller.

The second audio set comes from the NEXT Conference.  This conference is about transfering the gospel to the next generation.  Speakers include Josh Harris, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, C.J Mahaney and more.

The third set of audio comes from the Advance Conference.  This conference is underway, but you can find the first three presentations here.  The Advance Conference is about God’s Church.  Speakers include Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Ed Stetzer, Bryan Chapell, Daniel Akin and more.

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Posted by on June 5, 2009 in Uncategorized


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All Things Southern Baptist

Here are some articles and blog entries relating to Southern Baptists in particular:

1. The IMB announced an immediate suspension of all international missionaries through the International Service Corps and Masters programs…This is related to a previous post I wrote concerning a change of Cooperative Program percentages is needed echoing the call Paul Chitwood made this past week.

There have been many good posts regarding this very issue over the last several days.  See Tom Ascol and Alvin Reid .

2. Steven McKinion writes part 3 of his thoughts concerning generational issues pertaining to the Southern Baptist Convention.  Once again, this is really helpful stuff.  Check the previous two: part 1 and part 2.

3. Dr. Daniel Akin recently published a document recommending actions which would help steer the SBC ship towards gospel sailing called the Great Commission Resurgence.  I hope in part this resurgence might lead to some answers and change reagrding the IMB suspensions referred to earlier. 

I am looking forward to hearing from the Convention Floor concerning these issues later this month.

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Posted by on June 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


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