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Ruled Out of Order or, A Pusillanimous SBC Part 2

Southern Baptists pride themselves as literalists. The tendency is to employ a rabid love for the meaning of words until it does not suit the purpose. Southern Baptists are then rigid pragmatists. In both instances stridency becomes virtuous, even in the face of withering contradictions. Most people face this oxymoronic existence at least once in life.

Before proceeding with Part 2, Ruled Out of Order or, A Pusillanimous SBC, let me point to an intentional word play and one deliberate word choice that might have gone un-noticed in Part 1. This does not mean other words were flippantly selected.

First, the title of this series, Ruled Out of Order or, A Pusillanimous SBC, uses the indefinite article, a, to describe the SBC. Read More

Timing Is Everything or, Are We Witnessing a Wagging Dog In the SBC

The OKC Thunder takes the biggest stage in basketball in less than half an hour. Some of us on vacation faced a dilemma. Head out for an evening fishing jaunt or stay and watch the entire game between the Thunder and the Heat. Timing is everything.

Politics is often about timing. Who steals whose thunder with a grand announcement or well orchestrated retort. Southern Baptist politics is no different. The one question that continues to come to mind every time I stop and read an opinion piece on the not-really-about-Calvinism statement recently released by a group in the SBC is, “Why now?”

The group is comprised of Baptists, who like Texans, can be told . . . but not much. Yes, some of my best friends are Texans.

The SBC stands ready to move forward with the election of Fred Luter. Could we not savor the moment? Read More

A Land Beyond or, How the ERLC May Problematize Inerrancy

A crushing blow to inerrancy in the SBC will likely come on June 1st. Since 1979 the accuracy and authority of the Scriptures under the rubric of inerrancy has provided access to the SBC Speakeasy. In a single action the Trustees of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission may re-constitute the standard bearing reference to the importance of ultimate truth among most Southern Baptists.

There are two separate articles that form the most recent news about the upcoming Trustee investigative report on charges against Dr. Land regarding racism and plagiarism due on June 1st. The former has been mitigated by an apology. The latter likely hangs not on what would happen were a student to plagiarize but on the politics of a person’s “body of work.” After all a student has not had the time to amass enough credit to avoid the hook when plagiarism is discovered. Read More