This past week I attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention for the first time. Various reactions to the meeting can be read in the blogosphere. The two main impressions I came away with were these: (1) all of us who are recent graduates of SBC seminaries have no right to complain about anything that we think is unbiblical or deficient or otherwise unsatisfying about the SBC unless we show up and vote; and (2) the fellowship was definitely worth the trip.
There were two times when I wished that every young Southern Baptist sympathetic with Together for the Gospel had been there to hold a ballot high.
One of these occasions was when the messengers were discussing a particular theological issue, and the time for discussion expired. Both Dr. Mohler and Dr. Akin had walked earnestly toward a microphone, and at least one of them was prepared to contribute to the discussion. The president of the convention announced that the time for discussion had expired and explained that the messengers could vote to extend the time of discussion. Those of us who wanted to continue to discuss the issue lost the vote, and instead of hearing Dr. Mohler speak to the issue at hand we got to listen to some people sing.
Brothers, where were you? We needed your ballots.
The other occasion was when Tom Ascol sought to have his resolution calling Southern Baptists to have integrity brought to the convention floor for a vote. Again, those of us who care about meaningful church membership lost the vote.
Brothers, where were you? We needed your ballots.
The future of the Southern Baptist Convention will be decided by those who show up and vote.
Brothers, please come vote!
The SBC is the best way for all of us to cooperate together to make sure that missionaries are funded, and without the SBC, will the next generation of seminary students have Hebrew teachers? The International Mission Board and the seminaries of the SBC are the two best reasons to support the cooperative program. Those who have gone before us have made great sacrifices to ensure the doctrinal fidelity of our convention. It would be immature and foolish of our generation to disregard their sacrifices and disengage from the convention.
I didn’t know what attending the convention would be like, but I was blessed by the fellowship I enjoyed.
Brothers, come to the convention! Come cast a vote and come enjoy the fellowship.
It won’t be hard to find like-minded people. My fellow elder and I traveled to the convention together and kept each other company. Denny Burk is a beloved brother, as is Barry Joslin, and it was great to hang out with them and my mentor, Tom Schreiner. Several of us had the privilege sharing a meal with Sam Storms; it was great to catch up with Eric Redmond, meet Voddie Baucham, and all this is to say nothing of the many other old friends, new friends, and old profs it was a joy to see. The 9Marks crowd all sat in the same section gathered around their esteemed leader, and there were plenty of seats near them for you to find a place next year!
You really need to be there next year to elect Dr. Mohler president, so that he’ll be president in 2009 when the convention meets in Louisville in the year of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Southern Seminary.
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It was great to see you again. This too was my first convention and I enjoyed it immensely. I must say, I thought the debate and vote over the BF&M 2k was confusing. Had I not had Dr. Howell sitting a few rows up to explain it to me, I might have voted for it. It sounded as if we were just reaffirming the BF&M.
I would love to make Indy, but I think it may be cost prohibitive. I think that is the case with many of us “young guys.”
I bet you have a friend or relative in Indianapolis. We stayed with the parents of one of our church members in San Antonio.
And, maybe you could put together a frequent flyer miles flight up there.
Start saving now!
Great post. San Antonio was my eighth SBC and I have often wondered where the other reform-minded men were. I hope they will heed this call.
I couldn’t agree more with both points. The fellowship alone was worth the trip. On a side note, do you thing RAM would get nominated and would have a chance, since he is a . . . “C”?
Love you bro.
He is a C
He is a C H
He is a C H R I S T I A N!
My money is on Mohler.
Would that we could elect him President of the USA!
Short of that, President of the SBC will do nicely.
I appreciate your blog immensely, especially my seminary reading checklist printed from here. I hope to make it into your classroom in the next year.
As to Dr. Mohler, I am excited to consider the prospect of his serving the SBC dually as a president of SBTS and president of the SBC as a whole. CB Scott has cautioned, however, that this creates a conflict of interest and could pose a danger to Mohler himself. What do you think about the potential conflict of interest?
Thanks for your note.
There is a precedent for Seminary Presidents serving as President of the Convention: E. Y. Mullins did, as did Paige Patterson.
Hey Prof. Hamilton,
That’s a good word for the young SBC guys – and as one coming in to the SBC – it will be one I keep close to me.
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Greetings from Aggieland.
Good to see you again at the convention and enjoyed our short visit.
I’ll drop by the campus sometime if I get the chance.
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