Thursday, June 19, 2008

Survey of Comments on Resolution #6

There have been many comments on Resolution #6 that was passed at the Southern Baptist Convention last week. Daily newspapers as well as religious news outlets have run stories about it. Several Baptist state papers have published the Baptist Press release about it and some have offered further commentary. Of course, many blogs have also commented on it.

Denny Burk told how the resolution was immediately useful in his ministry at First Baptist Church, Dallas:
"I am very grateful that the messengers voted in favor of this resolution. In the weeks leading up to the convention, I had been preaching through 1 Corinthians at the Wednesday evening worship service of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. On June 4, we made it to 1 Corinthians 5 and the topic of church discipline. I exhorted the members about the clear command that God gives to congregations to practice discipline.
By God’s wise providence exactly one week later, the convention passed resolution 6. That very night I was able to read the resolution in toto to the folks at First Dallas. I feel confident that the messengers to the SBC really served our church with the passage of this resolution."
Beyond these, I have received many phone calls and emails from pastors and concerned church members who are grateful to have the resolution as a tool to help teach their congregations about regenerate church membership and discipline.

While some think that the passing of the resolution is meaningless and a few (I have only heard about two) think that it is a bad thing, most of the responses that I have read or heard have been overwhelmingly positive.

For your convenience, below is a compilation of the sources that have been pointed out to me that have commented on the resolution (please feel free to add any others not mentioned here). Some of them discuss it at length, others touch on it briefly. What the 50 links below indicate is that the issues of integrity in church membership, regenerate church membership and church discipline are being widely discussed. The resolution is helping to get the conversations going in places where it might not otherwise ever be started. That is hopeful. And it is an encouragement to pray that the Lord will cause Baptists everywhere to reread their Bibles as they ask a simple question, "What does God call a local church to be?"

Baptist Press
Wyman Richardson
Strange Baptist Fire
Justin Childers
Thabiti Anyabwile
Denny Burk
Ted Olsen (Christianity Today)
Kelly Randolph
Ken Keathley
Nathan Finn (again)
Mike Corley
Tim Brister (again)
Associated Baptist Press
Kevin Rhyne
Norman Jameson
Micah Fries
The Charlotte Observer
Chadwick Ivester
The Tennessean
D.J. Williams
Kevin Schaub
Drew Dixon
John Killian
Danny Akin
R. Philip Blinson
Mark Kelly
Tim Rogers
Scott Gordon
Mike Lumpkin
Michael DeBusk
Terry Delaney (again)
Steve Weaver
Jerry Pearce (Southern Baptist Texan)
Anglicans United
Church Executive Magazine
Louisville Courier-Journal
Patrick McGill
Sweet Tea and Theology
Ben Wright
Tennessee Baptist and Reflector
Jim West
Seth Polk
Justin Nale
Don Brown
Wes Kenney
Ed Franklin
The Lakeland Ledger
Terry Leap
Arthur Sido
Ed Stetzer

10 comments:

Coty said...

My article on this for our church newsletter is here.
Coty Pinckney

timmybrister.com said...

Tom,

Immediately following the news of res. 6 passing, I tried to catch much of the responses in the blogosphere. I know that is likely that there is some overlap, but in case you are interested, you can find the string of comments in this thread (I think I tracked about 25 blogposts or articles).

jfile said...

Associated Baptist Press reported that the resolution was evidence of the growing Calvinist movement. I guess they just must not realize that the motivation for Church Disciplie is a "BAPTIST" distinctive that is broader than just us Calvinists.

Brad Williams said...

I know that this has probably been asked and answered, but where can we get a copy of the final, amended version that passed?

Tom said...

jfile:

Yeah, I think some people would like to dismiss this as a "Calvinist thing." But it is, as you point out, a Baptist and biblical thing.

Brad:

Click the first hotlink in the post and it will take you to the final version of the resolution.

Brad Williams said...

Heh. Yeah. I knew that would happen if i asked.:p

Tom said...

Thanks for the additions. Here is another. Marv Knox of the Baptist Standard weighs in here.

Don said...
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Tom said...

Don:

Your link doesn't seem to be working. I would like to read your comments and hear your message. Please try again.

Don said...

Let's try this:
Responsible Church Membership