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    Saturday, June 03, 2006

    A little Heaven on a Saturday Night

    This is one we recommend. We didn't go see it at the theater because the trailer wasn't that great, but we picked it up at Blockbuster. It is a wonderful little pro-life movie. The soundtrack has The Cure on it too!
    Make sure you watch the out takes.

    Check it out here.

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    Essentials and Non-Essentials and a Contest

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    Dining with the Big Shots
    If you are lucky enough to know a president of an SBC agency, the president of a seminary or a state convention executive director who offers to take you to dinner during your stay in Greensboro, or if you have preached on tithing and the church budget is looking good, might we make a few suggestions? We did a little intel work:

    The Undercurrent

    Bert's Seafood Grille

    Kablito Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/03/2006 02:28:00 PM

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    Where will you be sitting?
    Click on the image, pick your section, and let everyone else know.

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    What are the details of Reccord's severance package? Every Southern Baptist should know!

    We have heard that his "get-out-of-here deal" is in the neighborhood of $250,000 a year, with all the standard benefits. We don't ask this to pick on Reccord, but this is an indication that the appropriate controls do not exist to prevent a SBC Agency head from going off the reservation, so much so, that he would have to be offered an elaborate severance package to leave.

    This is not an appropriate expenditure of our CP dollars!

    This from Pastor Tad Thompson's blog

    NAMB Problems Will Cost Southern Baptists Millions

    An insider reported to me that the BoT of the now infamous North American Mission Board forced three, top level, resignations before Dr. Reccord resigned his post. Each of these resignations are reported to have included nice severance packages for up to 18 months.

    Did you realize that Dr. Reccord had two years on his contract that had to be bought out? If you estimate and do the math this could cost us over 1.5- 2 million dollars in CP funds when you include the double salaries that will be paid out.

    To bad most of us pastors don't have buy out clauses in our contracts...wait a second, I don't thing I even have a contract.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/03/2006 09:06:00 AM

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    As you finish off that fourth cup of coffee, or in our case espresso, we thought we would add this little tidbit to increase your knowledge about this day in history:

    June 3rd:
    1098: Crusaders take Antioch, considered the first Christian city and now located in Turkey.
    1940: Paris suffers heavy bombing from German aircraft
    1974: Yitzhak Rabin takes over from Golda Meir as Israels premier
    1989: The Chinese government sends military troops to Tianamen square, in an effort to repress pro-democracy protesters.

    And if you want to sound smart in your sermon or the Sunday School lesson tomorrow:

    June 4th in History

    1903: A new element, Polonium, discovered by Curie husband and wife team
    1938: Sigmund Freud leaves Austria for refuge in London
    1942: Japanese suffer heavy losses at Midway Island
    1970: Tonga independence

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/03/2006 08:06:00 AM

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    Friday, June 02, 2006

    Faith-Based Program Promotes "Inner Freedom" For Arkansas Prisoners

    From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today:

    TUCKER - Fifty-four inmates clapped and sang along with a band performing "Oh, Happy Day" at the Tucker Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction during the dedication Thursday of a new Christian-based program its proponents claim reduces recidivism rates.

    Arkansas is the fifth state to implement the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a program of Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit Christian prison ministry started by Chuck Colson, who served seven months in prison in 1974-75 after pleading guilty to obstructing justice in a Watergate-related case.

    Nationally, 67 percent of prisoners are arrested within three years of their release and 50 percent return to prison, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. In Arkansas, the recidivism rate is about 50 percent. Only 8 percent of InnerChange graduates are arrested again, said Norman Cox, vice president of InnerChange.


    At the dedication, Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, said government has
    a limited role in dealing with criminals.

    "It can lock people up, but it doesn't have the power to free people up," he said. Programs like InnerChange "can introduce people to a real sense of inner peace, inner joy, inner freedom."

    He drew "amens" from the inmates when he told them, "You may be more free than some of the people walking the streets of Arkansas."

    Click here to read the article

    This story was encouraging to see. It brought to mind the chorus from the Steven Curtis Chapman song, "Remember Your Chains":

    Remember your chains
    Remember the prison that one held you
    Before the love of God broke through
    Remember the place you were without grace
    When you see where you are now
    Remember your chains
    And remember your chains are gone
    Click here to visit the InnerChange Freedom Initiative website from Prison Fellowship

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/02/2006 09:31:00 PM

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    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

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    No! We may be forced to go to the floor with something. This is way over the top. We'll give them Batwoman, but not Superman.

    This from the L.A. Times about studio woes over Superman's implied gayness:

    How will it fly?
    Superman appeals to gays. Should that be a selling point? Or could it be kryptonite?

    By John Horn, Times Staff Writer
    June 2, 2006

    STUDIOS love magazine stories that breathlessly hype their summer popcorn movies, so you would think that Warner Bros. might have been happy with Alonso Duralde's cover story about "Superman Returns," which gushed, "Superheroes - let's face it - are totally hot."

    There was a twist: Duralde's "Superman Returns" story was not in Entertainment Weekly or Newsweek or Premiere. It ran in the May 23 issue of the Advocate, the prominent national gay magazine, next to the headline: "How Gay Is Superman?"

    Read the rest of the story here

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/02/2006 09:24:00 AM

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    From the Culture Desk...Political Correctness strikes again!

    Everyone knows there is no crying in baseball and apparently, there's to be no religion in schools either.

    To borrow a feature of The O'Reilly Factor - we're filing this one under "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day":

    News from Tennesee:

    "Read Your Bible" Puts Teacher on Leave

    Karns Community, Knox County (WVLT) - A Karns high school football coach is on administrative leave. Coach John Fulkerson is accused of belittling a student's religion in his classroom.

    Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford has more.

    The 52-year-old was placed on leave Friday after he allegedly told a student, quote, "Just read your Bible."

    The comment was made near the end of the school year, but officials won't reveal what, if anything, provoked Fulkerson to say that to his student.

    Regardless, the school's policy does not tolerate any religious belief being promoted by employees.

    Read the whole thing.

    Here at the ARB blog, The Boy Wonder thinks this is insane. Is this really an impeachable offense? Most Americans would hardly think so. What if a student asks a teacher a question about religion? Are they to ignore them? Can a teacher never mention that they pray or read their own Bible?

    Since when did we become such a scared society? Everyone is just terrified that they might, on occasion, be OFFENDED by something or that someone will *gasp* IMPOSE THEIR VIEWS on them. Have people just abandoned the concepts of (a) ignoring a remark if they are offended by it or (b) being confident in their own belief system? Why does everything require legal action these days? Are we to descend into some sort of Soviet-type system of official state athiesm? God help us.

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    Thursday, June 01, 2006

    Needless to say, this one hits close to home and caught us off guard. No, we are not going to draft a resolution to present at the convention -- we just hope they leave Superman alone!

    New Batwoman is a lesbian
    Editor: We decided to give her a different point of view

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Years after she first emerged from the Batcave, Batwoman is coming out of the closet. DC Comics is resurrecting the classic comic book character as a lesbian, unveiling the new Batwoman in July as part of an ongoing weekly series that began this year.

    The 5-foot-10 superhero comes with flowing red hair, knee-high red boots with spiked heels, and a form-fitting black outfit."We decided to give her a different point of view," explained Dan DiDio, vice president and executive editor at DC. "We wanted to make her a more unique personality than others in the Bat-family. That's one of the reasons we went in this direction."

    Read the full story

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    If you haven't read Wade Burleson's blog post from this morning you need to. Again, at every turn, he displays principled leadership in the face of adversity. That is why we are officially starting the Wade Burleson for President campaign for 2008. His leadership will still be needed in two years.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/01/2006 09:32:00 AM

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    New Links

    As you've probably noticed, we've been tweaking the blog here and there. We're still a relatively new blog and we're still getting settled here. So, we may continue to play with the layout. This blog has dealt a lot with matters of the SBC and Baptist life, but we have also written about relevant cultural items with a little pop-culture and humor thrown in.

    Another topic that we may discuss here from time to time is Christian persecution. This is something that is still very widespread, perhaps now more than ever, and yet we hear little about it. So, we want to draw your attention to some links we put up on the left sidebar under the heading, "The Persecuted Church". There are links to websites from the Voice of the Martyrs organization as well as websites for news about the ongoing persecution of believers in many countries. [Other links may be added in the future.]

    This is an issue that pains our heart and we hope you will visit some of these sites and pray for our brothers and sisters who believe despite oppression, despite chains, and despite fear. May God Bless The Persecuted Church.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/01/2006 08:42:00 AM

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    Tad vs. Darth

    Pastor Tad Thompson airs complaints against Darth Hatley over at his blog. It's worth a read.

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    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

    For those who have wondered, Rt. Rev. B.S. Cole is a real person!

    We ran across the pic of him today on his blog. Ben, don't worry we have heard that there will be metal detectors at the convention hall entrances. You should be safe.

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    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    Wade Burleson: Made for Television.

    A few weeks back, Wade Burleson wrote about doing an interview with a local Oklahoma television station and some concerns he had. We've seen the report and would like to say that he did a wonderful job. We hope he doesn't mind us posting the link to the video and text. We do wonder what the Winston Curtis, the other Oklahoma IMB trustee interviewed for the story, meant we he said, while defending the IMB policies on Baptism and the private prayer language:
    "Southern Baptists have some Baptist distinctives. They were biblical distinctives before they were Baptist distinctives and we're very serious about maintaining those positions."
    Curtis went on to say that "If a man wants to exercise dissent, then he can resign his position and he can go to the marketplace and exercise his first amendment rights of dissent in the marketplace. That's carried out in every other major institution in our country.� Ugh Winston, could you provide examples? You're not arguing from a point of strength here.

    Check it out and we think you'll agree that Wade is the professional here.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/30/2006 10:55:00 PM

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    Editors note: We saw this column in the Arkansas Baptist News and thought we would pass it along to you. Arkansas appears to be under represented in the Young Leaders' and reform movements. We don't know why that is. We call on more Arkansans to become involved in the SBC reformation. One might think that some of the theology professors at Ouachita Baptist University might have an opinion on these matters.

    We need these young leaders

    There's a new faction in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) life. It's a bit hard to categorize the group. Many are young pastors. Some are bloggers. But some are not so young, and some don't blog. Most are conservative and applaud the conservative resurgence of the 1980 and 90s. The common thread is their discontentment with the "triumphalism, arrogance and isolationism" they see in Southern Baptist life.

    I showed up at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Memphis May 2 to cover a gathering of about 30 of them. They would not allow me in their meeting, saying it was an invitation -- only meeting and they did not want the presence of a journalist to inhibit anyone in the group -- even though another Baptist editor had been invited. It also is ironic they have called for more openness in Baptist life, yet closed their meeting.

    However, they were gracious in granting me an interview with several of their leaders after the meeting ended May 3. They were open and candid.

    I applaud their "Memphis Declaration."

    Read Charlie Warren's full column.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/30/2006 04:42:00 PM

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    Emerging Matters?

    We received an e-mail from a faithful reader the other day asking us what we thought about the "emerging church," and Brian McLaren. Our pursuits have mainly been outside the realm of new church movements. There is a lot of concern about some of the players in the movement and what type of theology these leaders subscribe to. We have our own concerns, but are certainly not experts in the field. There are aspects of the movement that we like, but some of the baggage that comes with the movement that is way too much to swallow

    We would like to invite some of our more informed readers to comment on the subject of the Emergent Church, the language that is sometimes used, just what it means to us as Southern Baptists and how this movement impacting in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

    For the record: We see a lot of what is going on in this movement as repackaged open theology and not a lot different from what we hear from our more liberal Episcopalian and Presbyterian friends.

    UPDATE: Charles Colson has an interesting column on "the emerging church"in the current issue of Christianity Today. He does not discount the movement, but expresses some confusion toward their teachings on "truth". Read it here.

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    Arkansas Station Focuses on Faith

    The ARB would like to say we are pleased that one of our local television stations has been highlighting the role of faith in the lives of Arkansans in a weekly series called "Faith Matters." KARK Channel 4 has been running the series since February. It is encouraging to see something like this acknowledged and reported on in a positive way. With all the other news that's reported, it's just good to hear positive news anywhere! You can view the weekly segment Monday nights at 6 PM, or you can read the stories online at KARK's Faith Matters page. You can also submit story ideas for the segment by emailing reporter Sydney Hart at faithmatters@kark.com.

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    Monday, May 29, 2006

    Happy Memorial Day from the Dynamic Trio

    Enjoy your BBQ, beer --just kidding Dr. Akin :) -- and time off to reflect on those
    who have given so much for our country. Hug yourself a veteran today and tell them thank you. We're watching Patton today!

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    Sunday, May 28, 2006

    To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo

    The 'temple' defiled, or statement of faith? For many, tattoos celebrate spiritual growth, devotion

    By Joe Rodrigue
    Knight Ridder Newspapers
    May 28, 2006

    WICHITA, Kan. -- Martha Arana wears her faith on her skin -- in permanent black, red and green ink. Arana, a 24-year-old Wichita State University social work student, recently had a cross wrapped with a vine and two roses tattooed on her right ankle. It was her first tattoo.

    Her 21-year-old sister, Maria Arana, got the same tattoo at the Elektrik Chair, a tattoo parlor in Wichita, Kan.

    "Whenever we've gone through stuff, the only thing that gets us through is our faith," said Martha Arana, a Catholic. "So we both decided to get something that symbolizes our faith." The two are among countless people of faith nationwide who have tattoos that reflect their spirituality and religious beliefs. But is a tattoo an appropriate way to display faith?

    Read the full story

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    Getting at the Truth

    Pastor Paul Littleton sent an e-mail to Darth Hatley and John Floyd that you should read. This is very revealing and sheds light on Wade Burleson's supposed breach of confidentiality. We hope Darth and John respond; something tells us
    that on this matter, there is little interest in the truth .

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/28/2006 05:05:00 PM

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    The Christian Behind 'X-Men'

    From the Culture Desk...

    An interview from beliefnet.com:
    Producer Ralph Winter may have one of the most unusual resumes of any filmmaker in Hollywood. A history major at Berkeley, he shunned film school, and instead worked his way up through the studio ranks in various production jobs. As a producer over the past decade, Winter's credits range from successful big-budget action pictures--such as "The Planet of the Apes," "The Fantastic Four," and the "X-Men" trilogy--to smaller, overtly Christian movies, such as "Left Behind" and "The Visitation." Even more unusual by Hollywood standards is that Winter is equally comfortable giving instructions on a movie set as he is speaking to Christians at a prayer breakfast. When not working on location, Winter routinely teaches at Christian conferences and is involved with more than one ministry dedicated to furthering the communication between Hollywood and the religious community.

    Winter's latest project is "X-Men 3: The Last Stand," the final installment in the blockbuster trilogy. In it, mutant hero Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his comrades discover a cure that could eliminate all genetic mutations--leaving them to choose whether to rid themselves of the traits that make them at once unique and shunned by society. Shortly before leaving for the Cannes Film Festival to premiere "The Last Stand," Winter talked with Beliefnet about the power of storytelling in communicating truth and how the dialogue between the church community and Hollywood is continuing to evolve.

    You are currently in a position in Hollywood where you can decide what projects you want to work on. How do you pick the stories you want to tell on the big screen?

    I am interested in stories that explore universal questions and themes. I look for stories that have spiritual pointers or markers that will speak to people on a large scale. Film is a great way to examine questions, but not necessarily to answer those questions.
    Read the whole thing...

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