Sunday, May 07, 2006

Dr. Hunt to nominate Dr. Floyd for SBC President


Dr. Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia issued a press release yesterday that he will nominate Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale, Arkansas and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Arkansas to be the president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, NC on June 13, 2006.

Dr. Hunt explains how this came to be and gives some reasons why he thinks Dr. Floyd is the man to lead the SBC in this hour.

Read the complete press release here.

36 comments:

Matthew said...

Very interesting...

jigawatt said...

"After his call from God into ministry, Dr. Floyd graduated from one of our Baptist universities in Texas and earned two theological degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary."

Is Johnny Hunt ashamed to admit that Floyd's undergraduate work was at Howard Payne University?

Maybe so.

HPU Prof. & Open Theism

art rogers said...

Anybody not see this coming?

ScriptureSearcher2 said...

God help us if Ronnie becomes the president of the Southern Baptist Convention..........

Tad Thompson said...

Don't be too quick to judge...

hashbrown said...

Alright, who will be the alternate candidate?

Looks like there was some pre-convention discussion down at the Memphis Summit.

I haven't heard much from this, sounds like Tom was at it so he might be able to fill us in on more.

Tom,
Can you tell us any possible names from that group?

hashman

deusvult2 said...

How about Jerry Fallwell?!!!

James said...

The press released stated:
"Dr. Floyd called me last Wednesday and informed me that he will humbly accept this nomination due to God speaking to him dramatically through Acts 16:6-10. He never sought it one moment, but was drafted supernaturally to let me nominate him to be our next President."

Sounds like these two might not be qualified for going overseas with the IMB.

Better keep the bells, lights and sirens working on that fire engine baptismal fount in Springdale.

jbuchanan said...

I think that it will be good to have a Pastor that has a heart for church planting. I hope that he will make a this a major emphasis of his Presidency.

I think that Scripturesearcher2 is being a little bit overdramatic. Let me ay it again, if you are looking for the President of the Convention to be an agent of reform you are barking up the wrong tree. Focus on the local church. If you want to stand up and fight for something in Greensboro then make it the resolution on integrity in reporting. If we try to fight on two fronts we are going to probably lose. The resolution has at least the potential of raising awareness and possibly getting Pastors to talk about the problem.

Tom said...

Jbuchanan:

I agree with you completely about the presidency.

Hashman:

There were only 2 names that I heard mentioned in Memphis and neither was in any "official" way. The discussions did not center on electing a president or possible candidates.

Tom said...

Oops! One of the two names mentioned was Wade Burleson. The other name has not been discussed publicly that I know of.

Jared Keizer said...

Quick -

Send in the Firetrucks and Life Coaches so that Southern Baptists can be "winners!"

hashbrown said...

did the last name of the other guy rhyme with CLEVER?

still hoping

Byroniac said...

All of this reminds me that I should keep up more with my own denomination.

loveforthelost said...

To "James" and "Jared Keizer":

I think you two need to repent of your sarcastic remarks. Its one thing to disagree with someone's methods and practices. It's another thing to be rude and disrespectful. Ronnie Floyd is a brother in Christ.

GeneMBridges said...

To be honest, I found James comments quite humorous. Given the fact that persons who claim supernatural revelation and a private prayer language are being directly addressed by new policies at the IMB to the point that the IMB tried to squelch all dissent, it is rather odd to find the statement that God wants Brother Ronnie to be nominated for SBC president through God dramatically speaking to him through Paul's vision in Acts 16.

I mean, come on, if you can't see the humor and the irony there, well, I can't help you, especially, with this startling revelation:

He has spoken in many venues, including Promise Keepers, Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, the Global Pastors’ Network, the 700 Club, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and the DayStar International Christian Network.

I'm not sure which is more bizarre: a claim to being supernaturally drafted-- That's quite a claim. Sorry, but I for one believe in Sola Scriptura and believe brother Ronnie needs to read, "Decision Making and the Will of God" by Garry Friesen. (I'm assuming God has given Brother Ronnie a vision for evangelizing Macedonia, since this text says nothing about being nominated for SBC President), --or having been a featured guest on TBN. Well, I guess that could show that he is willing to cooperate with a lot of different folks, so you could take that a couple different ways.

loveforthelost said...

I think Dr. Floyd would be a great choice for SBC president. Why is it that the only thing that is getting mentioned about him and the church he pastors is the fire engine baptistery? I had the wonderful privilege of serving at FBCS. Pastor Floyds is an incredible pastor and preacher. He truly has a heart for those without Christ. He is a hard worker. He is a great model for what a Christian husband and father should be. FBCS is active in ministering to the needs of the local community, but also planting churches all over the USA and world. Dr. Floyd has faithfully served Southern Baptists for years in many different areas.

If all you can do is point to the baptistery in the children's ministry area, that is very sad. I wonder how many things he could point out in our churches that are below the standard of what a NT church should be. He has led FBCS to excel in so many areas. And he humbly gives all the credit to God.

My plea to you Tom and other Founder’s leaders is that we support Dr. Floyd’s nomination.

loveforthelost said...

(sorry for the double post)
to Gene...

I'm glad you enjoy using humor at the expense of others, especially fellow believers.

I'm also glad to know that we will have a SBC president that prays, consistently studies scripture, and seeks the Lord's guidance before making major life decisions.

Are you submitting that it would be good to have a president that does not have an intimate daily walk with God?

Finally, Gene, my comments were not addressed to you. They were directed to those that I specifically mentioned who seem to enjoy being disrespectful to another believer, a brother in Christ. This type of talk is not constructive, nor is it edifying. Claiming to believe in sola scriptura is not a license to disobey scripture, namely Ephesians 4:29.

Benjamin S. Cole said...

There was another name mentioned in Memphis, and his name has been increasingly discussed in recent days. He would not be an "alternative" candidate if he chose to allow his nomination, however. He would be a positive, visionary, and compelling candidate in his right, should he acquiesce to leadership. If nominated, he would be a solid consensus candidate with a track record of principled peacemaking.

I'm praying hard that he opens his heart to the possibility....

But Memphis WAS NOT about electing candidates. This is just my feeling.

Brian Hamrick said...

I believe I read that Mark Dever may be nominated for first vice president... can anyone confirm?

I want to say I saw that in a Baptist Press article....

Larry said...

Did I understand the press release correctly that Dr. Floyd had a 'vision' from the Lord similar to Paul's Macedonian call urging him to run for SBC president??

Benjamin S. Cole said...

Yes, I believe that press release is intended to lead us to believe that God has given Ronnie Floyd a specific, divine calling to be Southern Baptist president.

Whether or not that is reflective of Ronnie Floyd's sense of the Lord's will is not certain. We should let Pastor Floyd for himself on that matter, and not take every word from Pastor Hunt as the best expression of his intentions.

Again, I think this is so much presumption on divine sovereignty. Moreover, I've been thinking about another comment in another post.

If Ronnie Floyd is elected, it does not mean that God was behind it. This is the democratic fallacy.

Vox populi vox dei...

Nothing could be further from the truth. The people elected Saul as King, remember.

Jeff Fuller said...

These don't come out of the SBC but by prayer and fasting...

Jared Moore said...

I vote someone nominates Mark Dever.

Darel said...

yeah... what he said.

Dever for President.

Stephen A Morse said...

Jeff Fuller...

Great quote! So apropos!

We believe... Help our unbelief!

David B. Hewitt said...

Prayer and fasting....

I think these indeed would be good things to do concerning the next president of the SBC and the direction he will likely lead us.

Concern for the work of God is definitely a reason for a fast.

Anyone want to join me in the idea? We should schedule a time or two to do it.

SDG,
David Hewitt

Alex F said...

So Ronnie Floyd is "pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale, Arkansas and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Arkansas"

I bet there's never been a president of the SBC who pastored two churches before. Sounds kind of strange to me.... does that make him a bishop?

The Sinner said...

I believe P.H. Mell pastored two churches simultaneously. By the way, he was president of the Southern Baptist Convention something like 14 times and was chancellor of the University of Georgia.

tim rogers said...

I am not sure this is what you intended by the Memphis Declaration. I cannot speak for those who were there because I was not invited, but from reading the Declaration it seems that those who signed it repented of the very things I am seeing in print on this blog.

studentofgrace said...

Tim said...
from reading the Declaration it seems that those who signed it repented of the very things I am seeing in print on this blog.

I agree. I hate that we reformers have to be so sarcastic and vitrolic in our responses to "the other side". I frankly love the sarcasm and the wit of most of you guys. But I don't think we have the right to point that sarcasm at men, be it Ronnie Floyd or Johnny Hunt or whomever. Let's use our sarcasm to discredit dumb decisions and bad ideas but make sure that we don't attack the man. That does nothing but give ammunition to anyone who wants to label Calvinists as mean and spiteful.

Cliff4JC said...

Can a newbie get a little help? I've been following the blogs since late Feb about the recent IMB controversies and related issues. I read this blog, Marty's, Wade's and few others. I am trying to stay informed but I don't have the time to read as many blogs as many of you seem to. As my old college buddy Gene can attest to (I just found him on a blog today after not hearing from him since seminary! Ain't technology grand! He's pretty much a heritic though...HA! Just kidding Gene), I am a very slow reader and want to be a good stward of my time. Some of you who are better at this, give me a short list of the best blogs & news sites I should mark and read to stay informed? And someone explain to me why people can't just name names! Is there someone else besides Dever and Wade that might run? I find it hard to believe Dever would even run.

Thanks,
Cliff Easter
You can send your recommendations to my email so as not to clutter up Toms house! cliff@metrofbc.com

CleverDever said...

Cliff Easter,

To even mention Burleson and Dever in the same sentence moreless breath borders on blasphemy. I think a formal apology should be issued to Mark.

Wade is all about self promotion with little meat whereas Mark is all meat with little self promotion.

CleverDever

David & Rose Ann said...

Finally, someone speaks the truth. Well said, CleverDever.

Alex F said...

I suppose there's a sense in which anyone with a blog is doing some kind of self-promotion.

But I really don't get the sense that that's what Wade Burleson is all about. I don't know the man but he seems genuine and sincerely more interested in the Kingdom and even the Convention than in himself. I think others, on both sides, have made he himself an issue.

And you ought not write in someone else's name, even if you think its clever.

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