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    Tuesday, July 25, 2006

    Givin' Page a Chance
    Let us give a shout out to our Baptist brotha James A. Smith for some good stories (and a great OP-ED) in the latest edition of the Florida Baptist Witness.

    Due to popular demand we have decided to use our favorite pic of Bro. James. We mean him no disrespect, especially after writing these insightful pieces...wait a go Bro. James, great work!


    Page presidency to ‘get some things on the table for discussion’
    Published July 25, 2006

    TAYLORS, S.C. (FBW) — Frank Page didn’t want to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention. And he never believed that he would win even after he felt compelled by God to be a candidate. But winning an election wasn’t really the point of his reluctant candidacy anyway.
    Page talks about SBC theological issues in debate
    Published July 25, 2006

    Page talks about SBC theological issues in debate

    TAYLORS, S.C. (FBW) — Twenty-six years ago, Frank Page completed a doctor of philosophy degree in Christian ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with the acceptance of his dissertation, “Toward a Biblical Ethic of Women in Ministry,” which strongly advocated unlimited roles for women in ministry, including serving as church pastors.
    In CP debate, ‘balance is the key,’ Page says
    Published July 25, 2006

    In CP debate, ‘balance is the key,’ Page says

    TAYLORS, S.C. (FBW)—The Southern Baptist Convention presidential election this year generated considerable discussion about the relative importance of the Cooperative Program — Southern Baptists’ unified missions funding and delivery system — and probably resulted in the surprise victory of Frank Page.

    All I am saying is — give Page a chance
    Editorial


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 7/25/2006 03:45:00 PM

    4 Comments:

    Blogger Kevin Stilley said...

    If I was Smith, I would use the picture in the green outfit for all my publicity photos. (That probably helps explain why there isn't much demand for my publicity photos).

    Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:29:00 PM  
    Anonymous Alan Cross said...

    Some interesting comments from Frank Page in the second article:

    Page said that it is proper for the IMB to set theological policies which are not explicitly addressed in the Baptist Faith and Message. “There are a multitude of issues that have to be dealt with within the trustee framework that go way beyond the Baptist Faith and Message. … There are many things that the Baptist Faith and Message just simply doesn’t deal with.”

    One example Page agreed the Baptist Faith and Message does not address, but that the IMB properly can address in its policies, regards the charismatic practice of speaking in tongues in public worship.

    “I believe there should be serious criteria that would exclude persons from service in that regard,” he said of those who advocate and practice tongues.

    As to the IMB’s baptism guideline, while Page said he was not familiar with the details, he affirmed that he believes re-baptism is necessary in the case of a person who was baptized by immersion following salvation in a church with “incorrect theology,” including one which rejected eternal security of the believer — which is the requirement of the IMB baptism guideline.

    “There would be others in my mind where I have asked over the years for a person who has been baptized by immersion to be re-baptized in our church,” Page said.

    AND ON ALCOHOL . . .

    As a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee this year that recommended the much-discussed resolution calling for “total abstinence” from alcohol for Christians, Page told the Witness he found the debate about the resolution in Greensboro and since then “deeply disturbing,” “eye-opening,” and “very troubling.”

    The Resolutions Committee put forward the resolution, Page said, because “there was a growing movement among some brethren to promote what we believed was a misinterpretation of the doctrine of freedom in Christ. … When a precious doctrine is being misinterpreted by people within our own convention, the committee with my certain agreement, believed it was necessary to make this kind of stand.”

    Page emphatically rejected criticism of the resolution as “pharisaical” and strongly disagreed with the suggestion that the committee was manipulated by outsiders to bring the resolution to the floor.

    I am a supporter of Frank Page and feel that he was the best candidate. It is interesting that the baptist blogosphere was given such credit with helping elect him, yet, he differs rather greatly with a lot of the Baptist blogs that I have read. I am glad to see that he is his own man, but I don't see a great deal of difference between him and some of the Landmark or fundamentalist views, except that he is more tolerant on the private prayer language issue. Any thoughts?

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006 8:24:00 PM  
    Blogger Bart Barber said...

    I agree with Smith. I think we should give Frank Page a chance. I did not vote for him (I was a Sutton supporter), but neither do I intend to be unreasonable or incalcitrant. I will not surrender my liberty to ask questions about his agenda or to disagree with him. I do not promise to agree, but I promise to listen...respectfully.

    Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:29:00 PM  
    Blogger Bart Barber said...

    Alan,

    It is the ongoing appearance of distance between Page and some bloggers and his retraction of all of his previous writings that have softened my attitude toward Frank Page since Greensboro. I'm far from being a Frank Page enthusiast, and I can think of several people whom I would rather preside over the SBC (Mac Brunson is my current favorite), but I am growing more and more confident that my most dire predictions for the future of the SBC may not come to pass.

    So obviously, I find it not only interesting but also encouraging.

    In Christ,
    Bart

    Thursday, July 27, 2006 1:34:00 PM  

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