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Postscript to the 2007 SBC Re the Baptist Faith and Message  
In my report entitled Leading by Example to the Southern Baptist Convention in San Antonio, I noted that the Executive Committee in February had adopted the following statement about the Baptist Faith and Message: "The Baptist Faith and Message is not a creed, or a complete statement of our faith, nor final or infallible; nevertheless we further acknowledge that it is the only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs approved by the Southern Baptist Convention and as such is sufficient in its current form to guide trustees in their establishment of policies and practices of entities of the Convention."  Read More...

Leading by Example  
Report of the Executive Committee President to the Southern Baptist Convention The Executive Committee makes a conscientious effort to lead Southern Baptists by example. Although it is done without fanfare, the Committee has taken every precaution to be ever conscious of the Conventionís welfare. Our Committee members who function as trustees have routinely demonstrated their love for Christ, a steadfast loyalty to our Convention, and a realization that we do not have all the answers but with Godís guidance we will work to give our Convention our best counsel based upon a thorough study of the issues.  Read More...

A New Chapter In International Relations  
On February 17, 2004, the ad hoc Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Study Committee of the SBC Executive Committee made a historic recommendation to the Executive Committee that in turn was recommended to the 2004 Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis. Members of the Baptist World Alliance Study Committee were: Morris Chapman, chairman, Jimmy Draper, Tom Elliff, Paige Patterson, Paul Pressler, Jerry Rankin, Joe Reynolds, Gary Smith, and Bob Sorrell. The Southern Baptist Convention had been a founding member of the BWA almost 100 years earlier, but by 2004, times, attitudes, and beliefs of BWA leadership had changed.  Read More...

NOBTS Baptist Blog  
Dr. Steve Lempke is serving as the interim director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Under his leadership, the Center has recently started a blog related to issues impacting Baptist theology and ministry, called "The Baptist Blog." He is enlisting guest hosts to answer 10 questions. I appreciate his invitation to participate.  Read More...

Are We Watering Down the Gospel and Weakening Our Collective Witness?  
The chairman of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, wrote a memo to company executives on February 14, 2007 in which he stated that "in order to achieve the growth, development and scale necessary to go from less than 1,000 stores to 13,000 stores and beyond, we have had to make a series of decisions that, in retrospect, have (led) to the watering down of the Starbucks experience, and, what some might call the commoditization of our brand."  Read More...


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