Marty Duren has a very interesting post today on SBC Inconsistency that sheds some light for me on a situation I had heard about, but never knew specifics. There are several connections in that story with other events in the SBC and IMB as well, connections that may soon come to light.
I continue to seek to talk about principles and deal with issues. However, it seems that the publicity about the recommendation for my removal is spreading. The Associated Press has released a story this weekend. I have refused comment to all reporters who call, only answering questions by email and only addressing issues, never people. Most reporters draw from my blog, a blog that only concerned Southern Baptists had ever heard of, much less read, before the national attention. Nobody else cared.
It seems that the impetus for the media attention is not my blog, but the fact I am the first trustee that will be brought before the SBC for removal in the 161 year of our convention.
I really believe, in God's Providence, that everyone can come out of this with a better sense of our mission, a clearer understanding of essential doctrine, and most of all, a passion for spreading the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.
As I am typing this, I have received a page from our Pastor of Missions at Emmanuel Baptist Church that our 20 member church missions team in Africa just met with the Prime Minister of a very strategic country. We have one of our church members, on the ground, working with our IMB personnel to reach this country for Christ.
Let me encourage everyone who has an interest in the future of our convention to keep your eye on the prize. It's not necessarily unity. Disagreement sharpens everyone. The prize is the gospel of Christ spread around the world. It's the spirit and the attitude with which we disagree that will determine if our eyes are really on the prize.
No room for mean spiritedness in the Kingdom of God. That doesn't mean that you won't have to say tough things, it just means that the way you say them is with a tender heart.
Have a great weekend.
In His Grace,