The article quotes SBC President Frank Page as saying,
"By and large, the messengers were saying, 'Let's be careful not to become too narrow, too legalistic."
The article continues with this very interesting section:
Richard Land disagrees (with Dr. Page). As president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Land said he still plans to hire and fire for reasons outside the BFM, offering divorce and alcoholism as examples. Other interpretations of the motion are merely the false bluster of bloggers, Land said. Commonly credited last year with electing Page as president, prominent SBC bloggers such as Wade Burleson failed this year to elect their candidate for first vice president, David Rogers.
"The bloggers are desperate for a win, because their candidate for first vice president got slam-dunk stomped," Land said. "They are desperate to spin this motion."
I find Dr. Land's remarks surprising. In my experience, those who go over the top in their adjectives are usually weak in their subjects. In other words, to accuse those with whom you disagree of 'false bluster' is a telltale sign that something is amiss in one's ability to articulate his or her position with strength.
For a balanced, fair, and insightful review of the Garner Motion, I invite you to read Dr. Boyd Luter's The Theological Capstone of the Conservative Resurgence. Dr. Luter's own personal blog is entitled Agree to Disagree Agreeably, and I am hopeful that his tribe in the SBC is increasing. Go check him out.
In His Grace,