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    Saturday, May 27, 2006

    The Rt. Rev. B.S. Cole to begin blogging Sunday evening at www.baptistblogger.blogspot.com -- this should be good.

    We think he's getting excited.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/27/2006 10:41:00 PM

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    The Golden Razor Award goes to Dorcas Hawker for her cutting captions
    applied to the picture of IMB Chair John Floyd and Trustee Bill Sutton.

    Congratualtions Dorcas, you are invited to give an acceptance speech.

    Here is Dorcas's acceptance speech:

    "I am very honored to receive the first ever Golden Razor Award. I would like to thank all those who have helped me become what I am today (brilliant, clever, witty). Without the support of the ever vigilant readers of my blog, I would have faded off into computer history. Thanks to all of you who keep Blog Town a thriving, vibrant place to live."

    And now for her award-winning captions:


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/27/2006 07:15:00 PM

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    Pray for Indonesia

    We would like to ask our brothers and sisters to pray for those in Indonesia that have been hit by another massive disaster. A major earthquake has resulted in the deaths of over 3,500 4,300 5,400 people so far. Many of these people may have perished without the eternal salvation of Jesus Christ. Indonesia, a country of over 245 million estimated to be 88% Muslim, and has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world.

    In your quiet moments and in your churches, please pray for the families who have lost homes and loved ones and for God to provide for them. Pray for lost souls to find the Love That Heals All Pain. Pray for the Church in Indonesia, that it would strengthen and grow. Pray for our missionaries in the region, that they may be given opportunities to minister, and that God would give them strength and protection as they seek to serve Him.

    (Photo credit: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/27/2006 06:21:00 PM

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    After reading Danny Akin's "interview" with Southeastern's Olive Press we thought of two other t-shirts designs that might be seen at the convention. We did like what Dr. Akin said about cooperation, we wished he had dealt more with the controversy with the IMB. We also liked what he said about the election of president. For further explanation of what we found interesting about Akin's interview we go to Dr. Akin:

    "Finally, there seems to be a new spirit within the convention that wishes to place a greater emphasis on our liberties in Christ than our love for others and God’s admonition to walk in holiness. There are those who do not let wisdom rule their action on things like the consumption of alcohol, who are not hesitant to attend sexually promiscuous movies or who find it acceptable to lace their language from time to time with profanity. I would have never thought these issues would be raised in Southern Baptist life, but times have changed. Some say those who oppose such activities argue from tradition and not Scripture. I strongly disagree in light of Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 6:12-13; 8:13; 10:32-11:1. I also think the damage done by alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography and family abuse is a sufficient argument to avoid at all cost the things that lead to these tragedies."
    We do not see the emphasis taken off of love for others and placed on liberty. We see the emphasis being place on the scripture itself. Those who don't agree with interpretations of scripture on matters related to alcohol or the need to know culture in which we are called to minister are not a problem for the convention. We don't agree that it is a problem when someone holds to the fidelity of scripture. BTW, we cannot remember seeing any profane language on any blog or being used by anyone who might be accused of having "new spirit." Thus the two t-shirts, which do not ask a questions, but very much make a declaratory statements. I think the right the t-shirt would say "Got Scripture"

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/27/2006 02:34:00 PM

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    T-shirts you may see in Greensboro

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/27/2006 12:42:00 AM

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    Friday, May 26, 2006

    The first-ever Arkansas Razorbaptist contest

    Fill in the balloons:
    We will award the Golden Razor Award to the postee who comes up with the best captions for this conversation between Landmark maniac Dr. John Floyd (no relation to Coach Ronnie Floyd) who is the new IMB chair and Bill Sutton, IMB Trustee from McAllen, Texas. "Let the pigeons loose!"

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/26/2006 09:14:00 PM

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    Welcome to the NO SPIN ZONE; audio soon to come.

    Here is the latest from Wade Burleson's blog.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/26/2006 09:22:00 AM

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    More Coverage from the IMB

    Blogging of confidential IMB trustee forum prompts Hatley to recommend further restriction on Burleson
    Written by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, News Editor
    Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006

    ALBUQUEQUE -- IMB trustee Wade Burleson of Enid, Okla., will continue to be restricted from holding committee assignments in light of a May 24 report of the Board’s Executive Committee offered by trustee chairman Thomas Hatley of Rogers, Ark. Hatley recommended that newly elected chairman John Floyd of Memphis, Tenn., continue to restrict Burleson from service on any committee, encouraging the disciplined trustee "to change his position to follow a biblical model of restoration of wounded brothers and sisters in Christ."

    The restriction is to be lifted immediately once Burleson publicly acknowledges his actions during his first year of service "have seriously eroded the confidence of his fellow trustees and that he can and will work with them in a way that will instill mutual trust" and apologizes for repeatedly questioning their motivations.

    Hatley said Burleson had made a good start with a statement on his web log at http://kerussocharis.blogspot.com expressing an apology "'that some trustees feel broad brushed with the allegation that they were a part of a group of people out to remove Dr. Rankin,'" referring to the IMB president. "That (the apology) would be really wonderful if that were expressed in the context of the statements themselves," Hatley suggested. He further recommended Wade offer "a verbal apology before this board and not just on the blog site which many will not access, therefore they will not benefit from receiving that apology."

    Read the rest of the story

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/26/2006 09:14:00 AM

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    Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Thanks for 5 great weeks! We love blogging and we want to thank all of you who have become regular guests.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/25/2006 09:41:00 PM

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    In the News

    From the Culture Desk...

    The Debate Over Marriage Continues

    "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female...for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." (Matthew 19:5-6, NASB)

    From the Associated Press today:

    Religious leaders are lining up in opposing coalitions over whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

    A group of religious leaders calling themselves Clergy for Fairness is campaigning against any such amendment. Among its members are leaders of Reform Judaism, the Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ and other denominations.

    Another group, the Religious Coalition for Marriage, is lobbying for an amendment that would define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. Endorsers of that effort include Roman Catholic cardinals, along with leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations.

    The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up the issue in June.

    Clergy for Fairness says its members have different views on rights for same-sex couples, but believes a federal marriage amendment "reflects a fundamental disregard for individual civil rights and ignores differences among our nation's many religious traditions."

    "It is not the task of our government and elected representatives to enshrine in our laws the religious point of view of any one faith," the group wrote in a recent letter to federal lawmakers. "Rather, our government should dedicate itself to protecting the rights of all citizens and all faiths."

    The Religious Coalition for Marriage counters that "the world's great monotheistic religious traditions" and "impeccable social science research" agree that when marriage is "radically redefined" or is "no longer the boundary of sexual activity," the result is damage to individuals, family life and social justice.

    Click here to visit the website for the Religious Coalition for Marriage

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/25/2006 02:07:00 PM

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    Thanks for 5 great weeks! We love blogging and we want to thank all of you who have become regular guests.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/25/2006 07:48:00 AM

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    Mark Dever -- or as we like to refer to him, Mark Spurgeon -- to be nominated for 1st Vice President. Praise be to God. Read here!

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/25/2006 07:04:00 AM

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    Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    Taylor Hicks is the American Idol!

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/24/2006 07:11:00 PM

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    Darth Hatley copy

    This post on Wade Burleson's blog says it all. Darth Hatley, just
    so you know, Wade is not responsible for this picture, YOU ARE!

    Here is more at SBC OUTPOST and GraceFullWords.

    And more from the Associated Baptist Press .

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/24/2006 06:36:00 PM

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    U.S. Gallup-ing Away From the Word of God

    From the Culture Desk...

    Twenty-Eight Percent Believe Bible Is Actual Word of God

    That is the headline from a this year's Gallup Poll, which has been tracking the country's belief in a literal Bible since 1976. The story starts off:
    There has been a gradual decline over the past 30 years in the percentage of
    Americans who believe that the Bible is literally true and the actual word of
    God. About 3 out of 10 Americans continue to profess belief in a literal Bible
    today, about 10 percentage points lower than was the case three decades ago.
    Polls can certainly be questioned and debated, but my friends, this is not good news.

    Click here to read more

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/24/2006 02:07:00 PM

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    This commentary on the election of the new IMB chairman comes from SBC OUTPOST
    this morning:

    Interestingly enough, the new Chairman may very well find himself in the position of having a conflict of interest.

    Dr. [John] Floyd is a retired IMB missionary who is currently drawing a retirement pension through that entity. According to the SBC By-laws, though, this could be a problem. By-law 15 F states, in its entirety:
    No person shall be eligible to serve on any one of the above entities from which he/she receives any part of his/her
    salary, directly or indirectly, or, which provides funds for which he/she has a duty of administration. When such conditions become applicable, that person shall be considered as having resigned and such vacancy shall be filled in accordance with established Convention procedure.
    Now, is it possible that we are now in a position where the new Chairman will have to be "considered as having resigned" not only from the Chairmanship, but also from the board? I'm sure that the question will be raised if pension is the same as salary, but should they be differentiated in these cases? In my mind, "no."

    Oh yeah, Dr. Floyd also has been on the committee that sets pension amounts and deals with raises. Is that a conflict of interest?

    My question is, "Who is responsible for instigating the process of removal?"

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/24/2006 07:54:00 AM

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    Keeping Score Tonight

    Round One: Taylor Hicks

    Round Two: Katharine McPhee

    Round Three: T-BONE took it to tha HEOUSE -- BOOYAH!

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/24/2006 05:40:00 AM

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    Tuesday, May 23, 2006

    Observations after lunch

    I am watching Ronnie Floyd's Winners on Daystar. -- what revealing broadcast. What is a "Biblical Life Coach?"

    Well, Coach Floyd has a really nice church with fancy gagets. I can't help but wonder if those flat panel plasma screens surrounded by ornate picture frames are really necessary. I'm sure they could up their percentage of funds given to the Cooperative Programs if they would auction off a couple of those screens on Ebay:)

    Let's see, I've seen an ad for Coach Floyd's new book that "blows the cover off " the Da Vinci Code and then there was his series on "How to Live a Profitable Life Without Taking Risks." This all really seems over the top. I know Coach Floyd is a fine man and has been called by God to preach, but this election for President is about our personal preferences as Baptists. This is not a at jab his character, but he is not my style.

    My style is a humble pastor. I'm sure my other cohorts would agree with me; glitz and glamour are great for Esquire Magazine but not for the SBC.

    I will watch Coach Floyd again tomorrow, maybe the sushi I ate at lunch affected my perspective.

    Now Dr. Robert Jeffress program is now on television.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/23/2006 12:23:00 PM

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    This came to us via e-mail. It is on one of our favorite topics.
    FIRST-PERSON: Warnings on the road to discipline

    By Douglas E. Baker
    Baptist Press

    WASHINGTON (BP)--As a growing topic of discussion among all evangelicals, church discipline has found renewed purpose in significant congregations across the nation. The advocates of church discipline are finding their voices heard in new ways by new publics. There is, of course, strong support for strengthening the moral fiber of the local church, and many believe church discipline is the biblical answer to what has become the sagging and insipid American church experience.

    Congregations serious about church discipline maintain that membership matters so much that simply asking for it does not necessarily require that the church grant it. Gone are the days when simply joining a church meant walking the aisle during the invitation hymn, showing up at Christmas and/or Easter and contributing a bit of money during the year.

    Hearty agreement across the spectrum of evangelicalism can be seen from divergent points of view. It matters not if the person holds to traditional Reformed theology or to flaming Pentecostalism -- all agree that the way people are received into a local congregation is but the start of a journey toward heightened personal transparency, total involvement in the life and ministry of the congregation, and an expectation that no area of life remains totally private any longer once a person joins a church. The very idea of personal anonymity is dissolved as individuals and families covenant together to live their lives together congregationalized.


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/23/2006 09:15:00 AM

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    Monday, May 22, 2006

    U2 on Conan O'Brien in a couple of minutes!!!!!

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 09:42:00 PM

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    Frank Page Answers Tad Thompson's Questions
    Read Page's responses at Pastor Tad Thompson's blog Total Truth.

    We especially like this exchange:

    Tad: What are the most important objectives for the SBC in the next 10 years?

    Dr. Frank Page: We must (somehow) reenergize our commitment to evangelism with integrity, to seek new ways to win the lost to Christ and to impact our culture with the life saving message of Jesus.We must confirm that as a convention that our mission work, evangelism work, and educational initiatives are best done as we cooperate together and support this work together.

    We must continue to see God's forgiveness for our sinfulness and His reviving spirit upon our churches. We must continue to seek the strengthening of the body of Christ within the individual church.

    We must broaden the involvement of laypersons and pastors who have never been involved in the past.
    We must continue to maintain a strong stance regarding doctrinal integrity. The world will continue to call for us to compromise in several areas and we must resist that call.

    We hope Ronnie Floyd will reconsider Tad's invitation to answer the same quesitons.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 04:43:00 PM

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    Paranoia on a Sunday Morning

    Brian Armas was away from his staff post at First Church Springdale yesterday. He had planned on a wonderful Lord's day of worship at an Arkansas church.

    He blogs about an altercation he had with a church security officer that made him and his wife feel extremely uncomfortable. Brian is Hispanic and said he may have been mistaken for someone who hailed from the Middle East. We're all for caution, but this seems to be over the top.

    You'll want to read his full account.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 03:55:00 PM

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    Albright: "Absolute Truth" is Worrisome

    This note on the Religious Left

    CNN has an article up today on former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. She says that President Bush's Christian faith is worrying because he believes in absolutes.

    Apparently, we're not appeasing the militant Islamists quite enough.

    She thinks that GWB's statement, "We have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom," is an example of over the top rhetoric.

    I would say that murderous threats from maniacal Jew-hating dictators would more likely fall in the category of "over the top".

    "'I worked for two presidents who were men of faith, and they did not make their religious views part of American policy,' she said, referring to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Democrats and Christians."


    I wonder if she realizes that the "Dear Leader" she is seen toasting in the picture deals in absolutes as well. On his orders, Christians are absolutely tortured and killed.

    I suppose if you don't believe in absolute good and evil, then you don't have to worry about your conscience getting in the way.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 12:56:00 PM

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    FLASH UPDATE: We received this update from a reader today. Could it be that Joel Upton, author of The Truth About Ronnie Floyd , is the young man in the Numa Numa video? We have contacted Joel, and he denies it, but we ask that you be the judge. Here is a picture of Joel auditioning for the recently filled vacancy at the White House (Actually we think he was on a tour). We see a similarity, do you?

    How does one recharge one's batteries after a hard night of bloggin'?

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 08:57:00 AM

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    Go get yourself a blessing over at SBC OUTPOST. There is a great thread about the struggles of trying to maintain an active prayer life. It is refreshing to that we don't have to pretend we have it all together.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/22/2006 08:28:00 AM

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    Sunday, May 21, 2006

    The Da Vinci Blasphemy?

    From the Culture Desk...

    Well, the third member of the Razorbaptist tri...er, triumvirate went to see the Da Vinci Code this weekend as well.

    The movie has been getting panned by a plethora of critics and got a resounding thumbs-down from my two beloved cohorts.

    Taking a movie critic's perspective, I did not find it as bad as others. Though, often I find that when the conventional critics like a movie I dislike it and vice versa. That said, I am not offering a ringing endorsement. I'm just saying I've seen worse (i.e., the last Bond movie, Mission Impossible 2, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, to name a few - all horrible).

    I can't say that I would recommend it, but I won't say absolutely that you shouldn't see it. Again, Christians who know what they believe should not find themselves swayed by this film. If you are offended by the film, it should only reinforce our knowledge of a world in which Christ continues to be slandered. If you are hesitant to see it because you don't want to feel like you are financially supporting the film, I respect that.

    In the same vein, having seen it, I feel I can better debate points-in-question should I find myself in a discussion about it. I'm not being elitist in saying this, it's just a personal thing with me. If I'm around someone who starts talking about this, I would rather be able to discount the premise of the whole story rather than just cite a boycott of something I know nothing about.

    I do see how such a movie could be dangerous when introduced before people without a solid grounding in The Truth. It artistically weaves just enough history and slight fact to confuse naive people as it launches into its ridiculously far-fetched conspiracy theories.

    The Bible warns us against false teachings and certainly were this film considered as a theological statement, it would be blatant heresy. But, this is a fictional movie based on a fictional book. So, how should we classify it? What should we make of a movie like this?

    Discussing the movie with one of the other resident bloggers, I described it as "sort of like 'National Treasure' with a healthy dose of blasphemy thrown in."

    This led me to pondering the question of whether fiction, when it distorts the story of Jesus, is just fiction or rather, outright blasphemy?

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/21/2006 09:09:00 PM

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    We're big fans of Bono here at Razorbaptist. The U2 frontman is heading back to Africa to take on global poverty. We particularly liked Bono's view of God's grace.

    Bono heads into Africa

    NEW YORK - Bono is back in Africa. He's back to see the status of two programs he's allied with, one called DATA, the other called ONE. Two million people have joined up, pledging to end poverty around the globe, starting with Africa.

    "Three babies and three children, one bed, get your head around that if you can," Bono says while visiting a health clinic in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda is one of Bono's first stops. It will forever be remembered for the genocide of 1994.


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/21/2006 07:28:00 PM

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