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    Monday, June 12, 2006

    Monday Night Service

    Boy Wonder here - I was only able to watch part of the service tonight via the web from an undisclosed remote location, but it was still powerful.

    Joyce Rogers is a strong woman. She gave a much needed challenge for unity and mission focus and decried the "narrowing" requirements of "some in the Convention".

    She also said her son is carrying out his father's dream of establishing a training institute for pastors. Check it out at CompleteTheTask.org.

    The video tribute to Dr. Adrian Rogers was very, very moving. What a fantastic and faithful man of God! He is missed dearly.

    Finally, the message from Dr. Ed Young should be heard by every Southern Baptist. (I think they are archiving the webstream of the session, so check it out later if you missed it or get a copy on CD). I thought he gave a stirring appeal to the Church to return to its mission and stop sweating the small stuff. He said that we have drifted on to "side streets" and are not following the main path we ought, citing statistics on the increasing number of now-unchurched former churchgoers. It was a very bold sermon. He said it was very difficult for him to say what he said. Someone needed to say it and I'm glad he did.

    He bemoaned the SBC for having a session debating Calvinism vs. Armenianism, when there are more important things to talk about. "Side streets!", he says. He cited I Corinthians 3 which includes these verses on divisions in the Church:

    3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
    5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

    And he cited James 3 which talks about taming the tongue. He said we should stop having these distracting arguments and get back to what is important. He compared statistics of our missionaries' successes overseas against the numbers reached by churches here at home. It was a sobering comparison.

    It was inspiring to hear Dr. Young tonight preach a bold challenge to us Baptists and do it unapologetically. I hope everyone else who heard it was likewise blessed.

    P.S. I also really enjoyed one of the hymns that was sung tonight. "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty!" (Sing along courtesy of the Cyberhymnal)

    UPDATE: The Baptist Press already has a story up on Joyce Roger's comment about a "narrower" SBC. Read it here.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/12/2006 08:31:00 PM


    Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

    Assuming he was genuinely speaking to ALL SBC'ers (and I think he was) then yes this was a very timely and much needed message. Tomorrow we shall see if it was heeded.

    Monday, June 12, 2006 8:55:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Regarding the negative statistics cited by Ed Young, why has there been so much ground lost after the victory of the "resurgence" group? They have had their way for a generation. What happened?

    Monday, June 12, 2006 8:57:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Was this Ed Young Jr or Sr?

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:06:00 AM  
    Blogger Brian Armas said...

    Ed Young Sr.

    A great message!

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:58:00 AM  

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