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    Friday, June 23, 2006

    UPDATE:
    Here is a little Saturday morning project: Examine your Guidestone Funds -- equities, real estate, etc. -- and tell us what you see.
    Tad Thompson has done his homework (see below). We want to know what else might send red flags flying.


    The Catholics Do it Right With Investing! GUIDESTONE might learn something.


    Reading over on Total Truth, about Tad Thompson's information about Guidestone Financial Investments made us a little concerned.

    I recieved a tip yesterday to look into the holdings of Guidestone Financial Resources. The information is very interesting. It seems that our very convention has a litany of inconsistencies when it comes to what we demonstrate from the floor and what we do within our organizations.
    These holdings are no secrets - I invest with Guidestone. I do think we should be consistent as a denomination on all levels.


    Examples:
    Starbucks: I love starbucks coffee - but they do have a pro-homosexual agenda. BP just did a story on this.

    Carnival Cruise Lines - gambling, alcohol, and yes...gay cruises (sry...i forgot we are not supposed to use gay LOL)

    Cox Communications and Comcast Cable: ########### and other questionable programming (What Tad didn't say is that both companies have hardcore porn on their pay-per-view services.)


    Listen - I am not calling for a boycott of Guidestone and I really don't have a big issue with the alcohol resolution...I mean it seem silly to me to come out in arms in support of even social drinking in light of our culturally abusive climate today. But, instead of saying that no trustees should drink, maybe we should be asking our own institutions to be careful who we invest with
    .
    Well some might not have a problem with this type of investing, but we do. We think that the folks at Guidestone would do well to look what our Catholic brethren are doing. A few examples:

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds
    America's fastest-growing Catholic mutual fund family.

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds are designed specifically for morally responsible investors who are looking for financially sound investments in companies that do not violate the core teachings of the Catholic Church.
    Catholics across America use our five funds to build well-diversified investment portfolios.
    Solid investment performance.Moral integrity.

    The Ave Maria Mutual Funds place equal emphasis on investment performance and moral criteria in selecting securities. That means shareholders don't have to sacrifice financial performance for their pro-life and pro-family beliefs.

    Every stock and bond we consider must first meet the strict financial criteria set by our experienced team of portfolio managers and analysts at Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., a registered investment adviser with over two decades of experience and more than $500 million in assets under management.

    Then, using a proprietary screening process developed by our distinguished Catholic Advisory Board, we eliminate those companies connected with abortion or pornography, or that offer their employees non-marital partner "benefits".


    The Timothy Plan family of funds
    The Timothy Plan ® is a family of mutual funds offering individuals, like yourself, a biblical choice when it comes to investing. If you are concerned with the moral issues (abortion, pornography, anti-family entertainment, non-married lifestyles, alcohol, tobacco and gambling) that are destroying children and families you have come to the right place.

    The Timothy Plan® avoids investing in companies that are involved in practices contrary to Judeo-Christian principles. Our goal is to recapture traditional American values. We are America's first pro-life, pro-family, biblically-based mutual fund group.


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/23/2006 08:54:00 PM

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    Ten Weeks and Counting.

    We started this little blog ten weeks ago while drinking espresso. Thanks to everyone who visits and helps make blogging fun.

    The Arkansas Razorbaptists

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/23/2006 09:01:00 AM

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    This is really something.

    This comes from the New York Times....
    Senate Report Lists Lobbyist's Payments to Ex-Leader of Christian Coalition

    The report by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee portrayed Mr. Reed, now a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in his home state of Georgia, as a central figure in Mr. Abramoff's lobbying operation, the focus of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

    Mr. Reed was depicted as having used his contacts among conservative Christian groups in the South and Southwest beginning in the late 1990's to block the opening or expansion of casinos that might compete with the gambling operations of Mr. Abramoff's clients.

    Read the full story

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/23/2006 07:38:00 AM

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    Thursday, June 22, 2006

    Coach Floyd vs. Beer Part 2

    Pastor Clarifies Position On Ballpark, Beer

    City Council Has Power To Restrict Alcohol Sales At Stadium
    By Richard Dean Prudenti
    The Morning News




    SPRINGDALE -- The sale of alcohol is a "possible detriment" to families who would use a proposed multibillion dollar ballpark in Springdale, according to the Rev. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Springdale.

    Floyd, who also leads the Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, issued a news release Wednesday clarifying his position on the proposed ballpark and beer.

    Floyd originally supported the project because it would provide for family entertainment and boost the local economy. Springdale city officials estimated an increase in revenue of about $600,000 a year through lease payments and taxes.

    He backed away from his endorsement Tuesday because beer would likely be sold there.


    Read the full story

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/22/2006 09:59:00 PM

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    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Coach Floyd vs. Beer
    This comes by way of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

    SPRINGDALE — The Rev. Ronnie Floyd has withdrawn his support for Springdale’s proposed baseball stadium after learning of plans to sell beer at the minorleague ballpark.

    Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale, appeared last week in a video supporting the proposed $ 50 million baseball stadium. The video was shown June 13 at a Springdale Chamber of Commerce luncheon and has been replayed twice a day on Jones Television network on Cox Cable in Northwest Arkansas since Monday.

    But the church’s spokesman said Tuesday that Floyd hadn’t been informed of the intended beer sales before taping the address three weeks ago.

    Alan Damron, associate pastor of strategic communications, said Floyd was in meetings Tuesday and unavailable for comment. Floyd, Floyd however, addressed the issue in an e-mail to a Springdale resident who brought it to his attention.

    “At the time we stated our support we were unaware that alcohol would be sold at the park,” Floyd wrote this week in an e-mail to Virginia Pozza. “Our support will be withdrawn from any action that would place the sale of alcohol in a family-oriented environment.”

    Read the rest of the story

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/21/2006 09:50:00 PM

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    Pray for Dr. Sam Shaw's newborn granddaughter

    We saw this item on Pastor Tad Thompson's blog. We have written about Dr. Sam Shaw on our blog before -- we are fans. He is family is in need of God's Grace and Healing. Dr. Shaw's newborn granddaughter is in critical condition here in Arkansas.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/21/2006 08:20:00 AM

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Rollin' Wit His Homies
    James A. Smith, Sr., is smakin' others for his boyz

    We wonder why James A. Smith, Sr., felt the need to go after so many people in his latest editorial in the Florida Baptist Witness. He popped a cap on Wiley Drake, a man duly elected by a majority of Southern Baptist messengers on the first ballot. Here's how Smith busted Bro. Wiley:
    "...it was sad that the Convention elected a man more known for his microphone-hogging, self-indulgent and almost always out-of-order motions than for his serious support for the work of the Convention through the Cooperative Program."
    Has Smith spent a day at Wiley's ministry to the downtrodden? Nope, he sits in front of his computer feeling self-important (that is what it reads like.) He also levels shots at the Bloggers, Burleson and Ben Cole that were uncalled for.

    Smith, please stop smakin' others for the boyz -- we figure you're aiming for a PR position at a major seminary. :) And Smith, thanks for visiting the blog.







    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/20/2006 09:41:00 PM

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    Wade the Theologian

    We love it when Wade Burleson gets theological. This recent post about the doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ is wonderful.

    Grace and righteousness flow from the same source!

    BTW, we like Wade's approach to theology and think it is a model for all Baptists (we think we have this right Wade): Rally around the essentials -- heck, even die on a hill for the essentials, but on secondary matters of doctrine argue your position, accept your brother who might differ with you (say on something like the doctrine of election) maintain fellowship with him and love him.

    If you're not listening to Wade's sermons you are missing out on a wonderful blessing.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/20/2006 07:35:00 PM

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    We're back after a few days of relaxation and it's been a slow day.

    Marty Duren moved SBC OUTPOST to WordPress last week, and until yesterday was using this cool template. We checked it out this afternoon and Marty has migrated his Joe Kennedy-stylized template into WordPress - it looks great.

    With all of Blogger's problems we are thinking about following Duren and Bussey to WP.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/20/2006 06:56:00 PM

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    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    40,000 Hits And Counting!

    Some soul in
    Hermitage, Tennessee, registered our 40,000th hit tonight. We started this blog on April 21st, because of our concern over the direction of the Southern Baptist Convention and because we like to have fun. Thanks for coming and visiting out little blog.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/18/2006 06:12:00 PM

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    Others are paying attention.
    This comes from the National Journal's Hotline, which is the daily, must-read, Web-based political journal out of Washington, D.C. We don't agree with all the conclusions here, but is it interesting to see how the secular media is running with this.

    Four Reasons Why The Southern Baptist Convention Election Matters To You (If You're Not A Southern Baptist)

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    A blogswarm propelled a revolution in the leadership of the nation's largest protestant domination yesterday; delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention chose an outsider from South Carolina as their new president, rejecting the establishment candidacy of an Arkansas mega-church pastor who had sewn up the body's top endorsements. Here's why it matters to students of American politics. The Southern Baptist Convention remains the most influential organized religious body in the South. More than 16 million Americans identify as Southern Baptists.

    The new president is Frank Page , pastor of the First Baptist Church of Taylors, S.C.

    Page was drafted to run by SBC bloggers fed up by the SBC's establishment. The media says Page is "reform-minded," which is a word that smells like "liberal" to many outsiders. But Page has affirmed his belief in the inerrancy of the bible and the primacy of the Southern Baptist faith. What he'll reform, he says, is the operations of the SBC institution and its perception to outsiders that it's closed and intolerant. (He responded to a note from the Hotline with a simple sentence. "Please pray for me," he wrote.

    There are several direct connections to American politics.

    First, Page defeated Ronnie Floyd, who can't seem to appear in a newspaper article without the words "pastor of the biggest church in Arkansas" attached to it. Floyd is one of the most powerful preachers in the South. When Mike Huckabee, an unassuming minister ran for president of the SBC in AR,, associates of Floyd, his opponent, pegged him as too liberal for the state. Huckabee and Floyd are close, though, and have grown closer over the years. Huckabee, in an interview, said denominational politics "was way too much for me. They can be so much more brutal than regular ol' politics, he says.

    This year, Floyd's national SBC presidential campaign was endorsed by the leading lights of the convention, including Paige Patterson, one of the original conservative reformers who yanked the SBC to the right (or, toward purity) in the late 70s and early 80s. Patterson is now the head of a venerable SBC seminary. One of the major issues: a complicated row over what's called the Cooperative Program, which helps to fund SBC ventures across the country. The split is sort of similar to the debate in the Democratic Party over Howard Dean's decision to spend money on state and local parties. Floyd was, at best, a medium-warm supporter of the Cooperative Program; Page promised to strengthen it. Smaller churches want less CP money to be controlled by megachurches like Floyd's in AR, and Huckabee, who keeps up with the church bulletins, said the election probably represented the collective will of small churches who thought that Page "would stand up for the little guy" over the larger megachurches. [MARC AMBINDER]

    Connection two: Dr. Richard Land, one of the most powerful figures in evangelical politics, is the denomination's chief lobbyist in Washington. If Page cleans house, will Land go? (Probably not; Land is very effective and Page is very conservative.)

    Connection three: Page is from, eh, South Carolina. Of the nearly 1.3 million self-described evangelicals in South Carolina, about 75 percent of them identify as Southern Baptist. A plurality are concentrated in northern counties around Greenville. Page's church, a few minutes north of Greenville, will almost certainly become a must-stop destination for presidential candidates. (The data comes from the Association of Statisticians of Religious Bodies as presented on the website of the Association of Religious Data archives.)

    Connection four: Consider that the SBC is beset by, as Page himself put it in his nominating announcement, "declining baptisms, declining Sunday School attendance, declining participation in almost every category." Even the most liberal SBC members are not diffident to apostasy and the SBC considers itself the guardian of a very specific set of theological principles. The debates that have riven the SBC for years have almost always been about doctrine -- when it's ok to dissent from the SBC, what other denominations it's ok to work with. The SBCers don't consider Mormonism a true expression of Christianity.

    One of the larger unknowns associated with Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy is whether Protestant pastors -- not Protestant laity -- would find it salubrious to support a Mormon for president. After all, the fasting growing American religious denomination is Romney's LDS church. The competitive pressures for the affection (and souls) of Americans is intense. Will these pressures make supporting Romney untenable? Put aside theology and focus on filling the seats: would these pastors dare endorse (with the nudges and winks, of course) a Mormon over a non-Mormon evangelical? Will these pastors choose Romney if they know a Romney presidency would likely usher in both a new wave of acceptance for Mormon theology and lead to the further growth of Mormon congregations?

    Incidentally: our search for information about religious conservatives tempted us to check Iowa, too. Most religious conservatives there are Catholic; the rest are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the more conservative Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church; there are 75 Southern Baptist congregations in the state .


    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 6/18/2006 12:33:00 PM

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