David Rogers is a missionary for the International Mission Board. In every century God seems to raise up men of character and fortitude who provide correction and wisdom to His church. Wilburforce, Spurgeon, Toplady, Carey, Luther, and others come to mind as men, who for various reasons, are seen as the lighthouses of truth in their day.
I would put David Rogers in this category --- without hesitation. What is so striking to me about David is his humble heart. He is particularly gifted, but exceptionally modest. He eschews obfuscation and writes with compassionate clarity. He would blush at the words I have just written, but I do so sincerely --- and with purpose.
Words have power, but words spoken from a humble, godly character have divine power. David's words speak to the mind, the heart and the soul.
His post entitled A Reply to Brad Reynolds, Keith Eitel, Paige Patterson, and Robin Hadaway is a brilliant defense of Dr. Rankin and the direction and policies of the IMB under Dr. Rankin's leadership.
It will take you a good bit to read through it, but if you want to understand some of the dynamics taking place in modern missiology, read it carefully. Also, please pay attention to the difference between starting "baptist" churches and "baptistic" churches as described and defined by David. The heart of many of the issues being faced on Southern Baptist mission fields revolve around a person's understanding of what type of "churches" are being planted.
It's nice to see someone contribute substance while avoiding hollow truisms and personal sarcasms. He is one we should look to for leadership because he believes doing it is more important than declaring it.
Thanks, David, for giving this lifelong Southern Baptist hope for, and confidence in, the future of Southern Baptist work around the world.
In His Grace,
P.S. Title change at the suggestion of Pastor Wes (Thanks).