"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

A Great Quote

As most of you can tell, I love history. On this blog I have quoted people such as Charles Spurgeon, Dr. John Gill, Benjamin Keach, Bertha Smith, and a host of other great Baptists of the past. These men and women are some of our greatest teachers.

It is also always refreshing for me to meet new people in the Southern Baptist Convention and to know there is great wisdom among God's people of our day as well. I have enjoyed reading many different blogs hosted by Southern Baptists, and the comments on this blog and others are sometimes better than the original posts themselves.

On Marty Duren's SBC Outpost, a young man by the name of Tim Sweatman posted a comment, that in my opinion, if taken to heart, would assist in bringing a genuine revival not only to our IMB Board, but to our entire Southern Baptist Convention as a whole.

Tim commented:

I am learning that just because there is objective, universal truth does not mean that my understanding is that truth. Just because I believe in an inerrant, infallible Bible does not mean that I am inerrant or infallible in my interpretation. A strong dose of humility and an even stronger dose of love are needed when we encounter people whose views on certain issues differ from our own.

Bingo!

There we go.

Humility and love are the product of believing in our fallibility of interpreting the infallible Word of God.

Wowser. Enough said --- in any tongue.


Tomorrow I will give you the times and pertinent facts about the IMB Board of Trustees meeting in Richmond, Virginia next Monday through Wednesday. I will be blogging every day from Richmond.

I intend to share my views regarding the meeting and fill you in on the details of what happens, except of course those things that fall under the guidelines and parameters of the confidentiality policies and procedures and Executive Session rules of the IMB.

Otherwise, I intend to blog what I observe around me, my interpretation of the events of the day (remembering that my interpretation can be fallible!), and some interesting conversations that I have with trustees ( of course I will remind them what I am doing before they speak so they may choose to not speak if they wish).

I thank the Lord for the wonderful missionaries, staff, and trustees of the IMB. Frankly, the Lord is doing a great work through everyone involved with the IMB.

I want to give those of you who can't participate in the IMB trustee meeting itself an idea of our work. Some of you may have never been to an IMB meeting before. Hopefully, over the next three days, you will have a better understanding of what it is we do.

Let me reiterate, I will not share anything that violates IMB policies or procedures regarding confidentiality. Period.

But if it isn't being done behind closed doors under the authority of IMB confidentiality policies, you will here about it here.

So . . .

As the old saying goes, "O be careful little tongue what you say, O be careful little ears what you hear, for the blogger up above is looking down in love, so be careful everyone what you do!"

With a smile on my face and a song in my heart,

Because of His Grace,


Wade Burleson

3 comments:

Nick said...

look forward to reading about the meeting, learning what it's like, and learning some of the things you learn about!

I spoke with an IMB staff person and an IMB missionary this past week at Passion '06. The staffer remembered an email I had sent to him. The missionary admitted he didn't know much about the policy / hadn't read it.

It was kind of awkward -- I knew they didn't make the policy, I knew they couldn't do anything directly to overturn it, but I wanted to talk to them anyway. And then I don't guess they were in a great position to say what they thought. Or were very informed about it.

tim sweatman said...

The ironic thing about that quote is that I said it much better than I live it. For most of my life I have looked at people whose views differed from mine (even on relatively trivial matters) and thought, "What's wrong with you? How can you not get it?" It wasn't until I joined the LifeWay Younger Leaders' Forum last year, followed by my entry into the blogosphere, that I began to recognize that not everyone who disagreed with me was necessarily a liberal or a fundamentalist. I believe it took conversing with people from a wide variety of backgrounds (geographic, socio-economic, political, theological, denominational) for me to reach this point.

kdawg said...

Tim,

We are all still learning-or we should be.

Wade,

Looking forward to you report