"I received a phone call from an older sounding man from Florida. He gave me his name but it was hard to understand on my cell phone. His purpose in calling me as the Director of Missions of Cherokee Strip Baptist Association was for me to report you to an "ethics committee" in the association to get you censored . He said you were writing harmful things on your blog concerning the leadership at the FBC in Jacksonville,FLA . I asked him a particular instance in which you had harmed the church's leadership. He would not list anything but he said that he would send me the blog material. I told him I was not interested because I did not spend time reading any blog except for the one that keeps up with LSU sports ! After the conversation, I read your blog and found the various entries related to Jacksonville. I do appreciate the way you asked the right questions in seeking to find the truth."
Don went on to detail for me the follow-up conversation he had with this gentleman from Florida. Don concluded his email to me by writing:
"The reasons that I share this with you is two-fold : (1) I am proud of your leadership in pastoring in such away that your church is really committed to missions in Enid and around the world and in giving to the Cooperative Program ; and (2) I am proud of the way you use your special communication skills to present other sides of issues in seeking the truth."
I do not know who it was that called my Director of Missions, nor am I interested in knowing his identity. However, I think the phone call evidences why it is that some Southern Baptists feel like they must write anonymously. It seems a few churchmen have a knack for trying to intimidate others into silence. In the end, it never works.
I have written only five posts related to FBC Jacksonville out of over seven hundred and eighty-nine posts written on "Grace and Truth to You" - that equates to less than three quarters of one percent. However, due to the fact that this gentleman from Florida deems these posts cause for ecclesiastical censure, and since he himself was unwilling (or unable) to identify anything within the posts that merit such action, I have decided to make all five posts available for easy finding and reading.
Anonymous Writing Is Not Intrinsically Evil
Abuse of Authority: It Must Not Be Ignored.
The High Cost of Stifling Criticism and Dissent
Lessons in Dealing with a Disgruntled Church Member
Your Honor, Please Help Us Understand
I am praying for all the people involved in the situation at FBC Jacksonville and believe all Southern Baptists can learn from the mistakes made.
In His Grace,