wood2 copy
 


unique visitors counter --Since April 21, 2006--

About Us
ARKANSAS RAZORBAPTISTS robin_batman_e_batgirl
ArkRazorbaptist [at] aol [dot] com


Help Darfur

Popular Sites

BibleGateway
SBC.net
Crosswalk.com
K-LOVE Radio

My Picks

  • Who it's all about
  • Joe Kennedy, Master of all things HTML and the brother who created this blog template. THANKS JOE.
  • IX Marks
  • Arkansas Baptist News
  • Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Blogs

    Wade Burleson
    Rt. Rev. B.S. Cole
    Paul "Wade's Daddy" Burleson
    Tad Thompson
    Tad Thompson's Other Blog
    SBC Outpost
    Bryan Riley
    Adam Feldman
    Alan Cross
    Art Rogers
    Brent Thomas
    CB Scott
    CW
    Daniel Randle
    David Phillips
    OKpreacher
    David Price
    David Wright
    Dorcas Hawker
    Gary Lamb
    Jason Britt
    Jason Sampler
    Jason Shepherd
    Jeff Richard Young
    Joe Kennedy
    Joe Thorn
    John Stickley
    Kevin Bussey
    Micah Fries
    Missional Baptist Blog
    Nathan Skipper
    OK Preacher
    Paul Fries
    Paul Littleton
    Rick & Christie Garrett
    Rick Thompson
    Steve McCoy
    Tim Sweatman
    Timmy Brister
    Todd Littleton
    Tom Ascol
    Truthful Baptist
    Villa Rica
    Warren Kelly
    Wes Kenney

    The Persecuted Church

    Free Image Hosting at allyoucanupload.com
    Persecution Blog
    Persecution.com
    PrisonerAlert.com
    BosNewsLife
    Compass Direct News
    Forum 18 News


    Our blog is worth more than you got!
    How much is your blog worth?

     

    Friday, June 02, 2006

    This is from the Arkansas Baptist News. It is written by David Sanders, who is one of the Arkansas signers of the Memphis Declaration. Sanders usually comments on politics and government for the Stephens Media Group.
    VIEWPOINT: Concerned and called to action

    David J. Sanders, columnist

    A few weeks ago, a small group of concerned Southern Baptists gathered in Memphis to plan a new path for our denomination. Born out of their meeting was a document of confession and repentance, aptly named the Memphis Declaration. After reading the document and visiting with individuals who were involved in writing it and others who were supportive of their efforts,

    I signed my name to it. As a political columnist and commentator, I spend most of my time writing and talking about the ins-and-outs of partisan contests and policy matters. While I am rooted in Southern Baptist life, I have shied away from denominational politics.

    My father is a Southern Baptist minister. While growing up in churches across our convention, I enjoyed many of the wonderful programs and events sponsored for children and youth.

    I am a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. I teach Sunday school. I am a former trustee of this fine publication. I'm a deacon and now a pastor-search committee member. Having benefited from Baptist life, I realized that being a passive observer was no longer an option. I love being a Baptist and am proud to be part of a denomination that focused so much energy and effort on sharing the gospel.

    This June, I will join many other Arkansans who will be making the trek to Greensboro, N.C., as messengers to our annual meeting. Our denomination has a rich heritage of accomplishing great things through cooperative efforts. That heritage must be preserved and enhanced.

    Recent policies and actions adopted by the International Mission Board (IMB) serve as a glaring reminder that we must be vigilant in defending that heritage. The IMB's new policies regarding baptism and a private prayer language, in effect, are narrowing the parameters of service for our new missionaries.

    The trustees' actions essentially move one of our denominational agencies down a path away from doctrinal integrity to one of doctrinal rigidity on theological matters that are unessential for salvation. These new policies would limit the service of good Baptist men and women who are called to the mission field.

    The IMB tried to silence Wade Burleson, a trustee and pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Enid, Okla., after he aired his opposition to the new policies on his Web blog. A majority of trustees approved a motion to recommend his removal from the board - a motion they later rescinded. They then passed a measure prohibiting any trustee from criticizing an official action of the board.

    The episode involving the IMB and Burleson is a direction that we as Baptists should not travel. Historically, Baptists have disagreed on matters of nonessential doctrines, while rallying around the gospel. We have maintained a culture of principled dissent that is not bitter, but grounded in our love for each other and for our Lord.

    As I prepare to go to Greensboro, I pray Southern Baptists will support polices that broaden our influence by unifying us on essential doctrines of our faith and promoting our traditions of principled dissent.


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/02/2006 03:14:00 PM

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ARB- Sanders is a very wise man. Southern Baptist should never have divided over this issue. Men have sinned on both sides. Wouldn't it be great if the Lord would bring us all to repentance. God is truly good!

    Friday, June 02, 2006 6:24:00 PM  

    Post a Comment

    << Home

     

    On Tap for the Hogs

    Arkansas vs. Ole Miss
    Saturday, October 21, 2006
    Fayetteville 11:30 A.M. On TV. [Lincoln Financial Sports]

    Opposing Team Sites:

    Official Ole Miss Football
    Rivals Ole Miss
    Scout Ole Miss

    News:

    Clarion Ledger


    The Arkansas Razorbaptists

    The hearts of once quiet, passive pew sitters who have since become fired up for spreading the good news about the life transforming power of a relationship with Jesus Christ: Sola Gratia, Solo Christo, Sola Fide, Sola Dei Gloria, Sola Scriptura, Sola Cruce, Solo Evangelio.


    Blog Feed


    Add to My AOL
    Add The Arkansas Razorbaptist(s) to ODEO

    Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    Subscribe in Bloglines
    Add to Google


    Previous Posts

    No! We may be forced to go to the floor with somet...
    TOLERANCE!
    Needless to say, this one hits close to home and c...
    If you haven't read Wade Burleson's blog post fr...
    New Links
    Tad vs. Darth Pastor Tad Thompson airs compla...
    For those who have wondered, Rt. Rev. B.S. Cole is...
    Wade Burleson: Made for Television. A few weeks b...
    Editors note: We saw this column in the Arkansas B...
    Emerging Matters? We received an e-mail from a fa...

    Archives

    April 16, 2006
    April 23, 2006
    April 30, 2006
    May 07, 2006
    May 14, 2006
    May 21, 2006
    May 28, 2006
    June 04, 2006
    June 11, 2006
    June 18, 2006
    June 25, 2006
    July 02, 2006
    July 09, 2006
    July 16, 2006
    July 23, 2006
    July 30, 2006
    August 06, 2006
    August 13, 2006
    August 20, 2006
    August 27, 2006
    September 03, 2006
    September 10, 2006
    September 17, 2006
    September 24, 2006
    October 15, 2006
     

    email.ArkRazorbaptist [at] aol [dot] com | copyright 2006, all rights reserved

    [Valid RSS]