Sunday, September 25, 2011

SBC Name Change: Presented on a Garbage Can Lid

I know the title may be provocative, but my illustration will explain. The following is a link of the great Bill Cosby in the Cosby show episode "With This Ring". In it, he tells Vanessa's fiancée Dabnis, that they don't like him. But it's not his fault, it's Vanessa's... it's in the presentation. It was how she brought him to them... on a garbage can lid. He tries to explain and gives what I think is one of the all time great illustrations of the importance of presentation. Watch the Cosby Show Clip.

Even if the changing of the name of the Southern Baptist Convention's time has come, it was presented to us upon a garbage can lid. It was not the finest hour for a President of the SBC. Our polity was completely disregarded. The will of the Convention was ignored. The possibility exists that this task force is a violation of our Bylaws see here. I do not question President Wright's motives. But his presentation of changing the name of the Southern Baptist Convention was to say the least, very poorly handled.

Others have been more eloquent than I, but lest it be misunderstood, let me emphatically state that what this Baptist finds objectionable is the way in which this process has been started. I agree with Bart Barber, if we were voting to start a denomination today, Southern would not and should not be in the name. However, I do have reservations about a name change, mostly for the legal and financial implications of such. This cannot be ignored or underestimated as the unintended legal and financial consequences could be quite costly You can read more about that here. I also have concerns that there are some who would like us to forsake the name Baptist. That cannot happen! That will not happen! Finally, if Southern Baptists do decide on a name change, what name would solicit unity amongst us? I don't know that such a name exists, other than the name of Jesus Himself. Maybe we should focus more on His name than changing ours.

Blessings,

Ron P.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SBC and Blogging

I have really missed being active in SBC blog town! Though I rarely comment, except for a few sites, I do try to actively read the major SBC blogs. My site has never been very active, but I thoroughly enjoy being part of the conversations at other sites. I wish I had time to partake in the recent discussions about the GCR, the Cooperative Program, the Pastor's Conference issues, and other pertinent issues to the Southern Baptist Convention. Truth be told, I just do not have the time. I have commented more this past week on a site than I probably have in the last year. I do not like making drive by comments. i.e. commenting and then not engaging others afterwards. But lack of time makes that difficult, so I have to pick and choose when and where I comment.

Part of the reason for my absence is family - which comes way before blogging. I know that I have stated here several times that I would explain more about the issues we face with our precious little one that we adopted a year ago. However, I do not want to publicize the issues that he faces in great detail, at least not yet. I want to respect his privacy as he grows up and hopefully overcomes the tremendous adversity that is ahead of him. I do hope to share some of it as we go through life together and work with the support of others who face the same obstacles and challenges that he has. I do ask that you pray for him and for us as parents.

Between home, work and church - where I also work and volunteer part time, blogging has been forced to a lower priority level that I would like. With the issues that face Southern Baptists, I am concerned that we not forget that our forefathers in the faith, gave their lives for the important issues of having a free church that was biblically sound and obedient to Christ. There are issues facing Southern Baptists that require us to be vigilant defending our biblical heritage, our ecclesiology, our theology, and our Baptist Identity. Our identity as Southern Baptists is not a curse or a pox. I do not want to be silent as some try to redefine what it means to be Southern Baptist. Blogging may not be the avenue that best suites the needs of my family and my responsibilities at this time. But I will join in the discussions where possible and when I feel I can not afford to be quiet.

Blessings,

Ron P.

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