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    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    From today's Dallas Morning News:

    Minister: Seminary censored sermon

    Fort Worth: He says it's not on Web because he questioned SBC policy
    12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, August 31, 2006
    By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth faces a charge of censorship from an unusual source – one of its own trustees. And he says he's the one the school is censoring.

    The Rev. Dwight McKissic, longtime pastor of the 4,500-member Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, preached in the seminary's Tuesday chapel service. During the address, the new seminary trustee briefly questioned a Southern Baptist Convention policy that forbids foreign missionary candidates from employing a "private prayer language" – a form of speaking in tongues.

    He noted that he has engaged in the practice himself, beginning in 1981, when he was a Southwestern student.


    Read the rest of the story here

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/31/2006 05:08:00 AM

    8 Comments:

    Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

    Go Ben!

    Thanks for the article dynamic trio!

    Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:03:00 AM  
    Blogger Rzrbk said...

    Razorbaptist,

    Censorship has been a prominent part of SBC life for several years. Have you ever attended an SBC pastors conference or even the Arkansas Baptist Pastors conference. Wes George did a litte bit better last year. He invited Rex Horne to speak. You get the same group of speakers year after year. Johnny Hunt, James Merrit, Paige Patterson, etc. Only those who will extol the virtues of the conservative resurgence are allowed to speak. Why not let someone like Richard Jackson speak. His church led the SBC in baptisms and cooperative program giving for years and he was a strong theolgocial conservative. It would be good for these young pastors who think you can't be evangelistic and a strong coooperative program supporter at the same time to hear him. Instead they hear foolish statements like you pay bills with dollars not percentages. I will answer my own question. You can't hear Richard Jackson or many others like him speak because they may tell the truth about the conservative resurgence and nothing scares conservative resurgences supporters more than someone willing to speak the truth.

    Ron West

    Thursday, August 31, 2006 7:00:00 PM  
    Blogger jthomas899 said...

    Bro. Ron, Like many others you have redefined what censorship is all about. I have never attended a Pastor's Conference in Arkansas simply because I don't agree with most of the speakers, but just because someone is not invited is not censorship.

    Jeff
    Arkansasan for proper use of censorship :)

    Friday, September 01, 2006 2:21:00 PM  
    Blogger Rzrbk said...

    Jeff,
    One definition of censorship I have read in the Webster Dictionary is stopping the transmission of matter considered objectionable. The organizors of the SBC pastors conference and the Arkansas Baptist pastors conference do not want to allow speakers who will transmit matter that disagrees with the objectives of the conservative resurgence. They also do not want attendees to hear speakers they have labeled liberal because their dishonesty in using labels will be revealed. Therefore, by contolling who is allowed to speak at these pastors conferences I believe they are stopping the transmission of information they find objectionable and that is censorship.
    Can you send me my membership application for Arkansasans for the proper use of censorship?
    Ron West

    Friday, September 01, 2006 3:50:00 PM  
    Blogger jthomas899 said...

    Bro. Ron you have no need to apply I'll grandfather you in bro. I'm not sure I can argue with your definition, but my disagreement is with your application. I just don't see that at a pastor's conference, although I can't say for sure---I never been for one.

    One might argue based on Webster's defin. that to some degree all of life is censorship.

    As far as Rex is concerned---I consider him a friend. He has been a blessing to me. When I was having church problems he would email me or call and check on me for that I am thankful.

    I blv he will make a positice impact at OBU.

    BTW, Did you go to OBU? I grad in 87.

    Jeff

    Friday, September 01, 2006 9:04:00 PM  
    Anonymous Ron West said...

    Jeff,

    I am an ancient OBU grad from 1969. I am thankful Rex Horne is our new president and anxious to see what the future holds for OBU under his leadership.

    I have been to many Arkansas Baptist Pastors confernces and a few SBC. They often have good preaching but they still are carefull to make sure only those who are politically correct are allowed to speak. As I said, why not invite Richard Jackson, Russell Dilday and other theological conservatives from outside Arkansas. I was glad to hear Rex last year but there are many other Arkansas pastors I would like to hear like Robert Ford at Eastside Ft. Smith, Ed Simpson at Calvary Little Rock and John McCallum at First Hot Springs. Many of those from Arkansas asked to speak are the same ones chosen by the resurgence political organization to represent us on SBC trustee boards. No decision is made in Southern Baptist life to day that isn't influenced by the politics of the conservative resurgence.

    Saturday, September 02, 2006 4:29:00 AM  
    Blogger jthomas899 said...

    Ron (forgive the personal note) You may know my dad. He has been preaching in Arkansas for almost 50 years. His name is Bert Thomas.

    Jeff

    Saturday, September 02, 2006 6:36:00 AM  
    Blogger Rzrbk said...

    I know of him but I don't think we have met. I have been out side of Arkansas for most of the last 30 years.

    Sunday, September 03, 2006 10:14:00 PM  

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