Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Reflections
He has my vote, without question.
File under: it's about freakin' time, but seriously...I can hardly think of a better man for the job, though I am bracing for the anti-Calvinist propaganda.
Is there anything in the bylaws that prevent an agency/seminary president from holding office? I have heard nothing but good things about Dr. Mohler, but it seems that this may further drive a divide between the SBC in regards to those on opposite sides of the Calvinism debate. Hopefully, Dr. Mohler will be able to bring understanding across the convention in regard to the 'debate'.
I have decided not to vote for any agency head to serve as president of the SBC. While I appreciate Dr. Mohler and respect him highly I do not think it wise to have any agency head lead our convention. Besides I am not sure how he would ever have time to serve as president of the SBC with all the other work he is doing (according to his bio).Honestly, I would like to see the day come when the president presides over the business meetings of the convention and not be our de facto lobbyist.
I wonder if Johnny Hunt will run against him...I wonder who would win...
David Robbins,According to the link Tom Ascol supplied above:"Two former Southern Seminary presidents were elected to the office of SBC president--E.Y. Mullins (1921-1923) and John R. Sampey (1936-1938). Other former SBC presidents who were elected to the office while serving as president of a seminary were Paige Patterson (1998-2000) while at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, W. W. Hamilton (1941-1942) while at Baptist Bible Institute, the forerunner to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and L. R. Scarborough (1939-1940) while at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary."
I think Dr. Mohler just called the bluff of the Hyper Anti-Calvinist wing of the SBC. No one and I mean NO ONE has accomplished half as much as Dr. Mohler in my lifetime… And if the Hyper Anti-Calvinist dare to bring out the long knives against Dr. Mohler they will be seen for the irrational activist they truly are. This would also lead to one of two things: 1) The Hyper Anti-Calvinist wing of the SBC being totally discredited and Dr. Mohler being elected as President anyway. 2) Dr. Mohler not being elected President and the SBC being torn in shreds.I will be voting for Dr. Mohler… and praying for the sake of the SBC that the long knives stay safely put away. Grace Always
Paul said: "I am not sure how he would ever have time to serve as president of the SBC with all the other work he is doing."He'd probably have to cut back on the number of books he reads every night (I've seen his library) & the time he spends with Larry King.Honestly, he's an extremely gifted & capable man who would do what other presidents have done who were pastors. He'd shift some of his present responsibilities to other staff & faculty members. I don't see time management as a factor here.
Mohler for President 2008!Will there be any "debates" leading up the the election?
Finally,Somebody has listened to me. I have been praying for this for several years now. I hope he wins.
If I'm able to attend the SBC I will vote for Dr. Mohler.
Tom,How long has it been since a Calvinist was president?
This is the most encouraging thing I have heard in a while!
D'oh! Just as I came to realize I won't be able to attend in 2008. Perhaps if he decides to accept re-election in '09 I'll get the chance to support him (I live and work in Louisville).Again I say to you: d'oh!
One could hardly ask for a better representative, theologically orthodox, conservative, sober, not ashamed of the Gospel, a man who never hesitates to say Thus sayeth the Lord.
I will say this much. The fact that we are even talking about electing Dr. Mohler president of the SBC is due in no small part to the disarming graciousness and evenhandedness of Dr. Page.My prayer is that regardless of whether Dr. Mohler runs and is elected or not, that we do get any more distracted from our focus on proclaiming the pure gospel message than we already have.Lucas Defalco
Wow, he's my pastor, and that surprises the pants off of me. It also is very encouraging. Coincidentally (or not)Al Mohler visited FBDallas not too long ago.
This is a VERY GOOD turn of events for the SBC. For too long has the SBC been headed by men who were more politician than theologian. And while Dr. Mohler certainly is no "egg-head", he will do a great deal to return the SBC to it's roots and restore that stability once grounded upon God's Word rather than human convention.As for the anti-Calvinists: There are many other denominations, such as the "Free-Will Baptists", where they can find a "home". For them to remain is to mark themselves out as interlopers and insurgents.If they wish to preach another gospel, let them so elsewhere.
This is a VERY GOOD turn of events for the SBC. For too long has the SBC been headed by men who were more politician than theologian. And while Dr. Mohler certainly is no "egg-head", he will do a great deal to return the SBC to it's roots and restore that stability once grounded upon God's Word rather than human convention.As for the anti-Calvinists: There are many other denominations, such as the "Free-Will Baptists", where they would certainly be welcomed. They do fool themselves who think it in any way a "calling of God" to remain within the SBC as a "voice of moderation", when theirs is nothing more than a campaign of subversion, which is the true source of any divisions in our midst.Such people hardly know the kind of honor Paul exhibited when he refused to build upon another's foundation.[Rom 15:20]Without all argument:The "foundation" of the SBC is a Calvinistic one. All of it's founders such as Dagg, Manly, Broadus, and Boyce were avowed Calvinists who wrote, preached, and taught valiantly against the so-called "gospel" of Arminianism.Those who reject and contend with the doctrines of grace, do reject and vilify the very source of what it means to be a "Southern Baptist".It is high time to remove such leaven from our midst.
crosswise,Although I resonate with your sentiments and truly believe that the origins of the Southern Baptist Convention are Calvinistic, I do not believe that you will see an exodus from the Conventioin with election of Dr. Mohler as president. I may be very wrong, but I think this will be one small step toward the revival and reformation of the SBC. I'm thinking for the long haul. That being said, I'm attending the Annual Meeting for the first time in about twenty years. I go for one reason: to vote for Dr. Mohler.DV
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