Moral Contradictions

Friday, June 30, 2006

More on Obama

I must admit that I did not read the entire speech by Obama, but the buzz around it has compelled me to do so. This quote as editorialized in the Washington Post struck out to me and made me want to read the entire thing.

On the matter of church-state separation, Obama doesn't propose some contrived balancing act but embraces religion's need for independence from government. In a direct challenge to "conservative leaders," he argued that "they need to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice."

"Folks tend to forget," he continued, "that during our founding, it wasn't the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment," but "persecuted minorities" such as Baptists "who didn't want the established churches to impose their views.


That's why I'm so passionate about learning our history as Baptists and how that applies to today's issues. I believe the general term is "Christian ethics", but more in line with the old Christian Life Commission and the current Baptist Center for Ethics as opposed to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Comission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

I can't wait to start seminary - now I just gotta get the money lined up...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Watch this guy

From this article, it appears that the junior senator from Illinois gets it:

"Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters," the Illinois Democrat said in remarks prepared for delivery to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.

"It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase `under God,'" he said. "Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats."

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Obama said millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews have traveled similar religious paths, and that is why "we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse. ... In other words, if we don't reach out to evangelical Christians and other religious Americans and tell them what we stand for, Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons will continue to hold sway."

Obama coupled his advice with a warning. "Nothing is more transparent than inauthentic expressions of faith: the politicians who shows up at a black church around election time and claps — off rhythm — to the gospel choir."

At the same time, he said, "Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square."


We as Christians would do well to check ourselves to make sure politicians don't take advantage of us for mere political gain. Politicians who only address moral issues a few months before an election are opportunists.

We are a people of faith - not a consumer group or voting bloc.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What does that have to do with anything?

While staying dry here in the soggy East, I was perusing some blogs and news sites as I'm wont to do and asked myself this same question three different times: "What does that have to do with anything?".

I first asked that question while reading a Talk To Action story about fundamentalists efforts in the United Methodist Church. A suspiciously well-written and controversial resolution was offered at a conference that originated from the Institute on Religion and Democracy. The mission statement of the IRD reveals the following intention:

The Institute on Religion and Democracy is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad....

...The IRD believes that the Christian tradition has great resources for the building of a just society. Among the basic teachings with profound political implications are these: God alone is sovereign and worthy of worship. All persons are created in the image of God. Endowed with inalienable rights, persons have the responsibility to love their neighbors. A church that faithfully proclaims and demonstrates these teachings will do much to sustain and spread democracy.


Um... I'm a patriotic American, but where exactly in the Bible are we called to spread democracy? I can point you to what we are called to do, but the word democracy isn't even in my Bible. This mission statement's misguided theology is revealing in its cherrypicking of biblical teachings and for subsequent justification for mixing in Enlightenment ideals.

The entire statement is worth reading as it focuses on even more extra-Biblical judgements bordering on national idolatory, which will be examined at a later date.

The sample resolution demands the UMC to pull out of the National Council of Churches for no less than fifteen reasons. The very first is thus:

WHEREAS the NCC regularly takes controversial positions on divisive political issues (such as opposing the war in Iraq, opposing Republican efforts to reform Social Security, and supporting judicial filibusters) while purporting to represent its member denominations;

I'm sorry, but what does the reformation of Social Security have to do with denominational life and our Christian faith? What does that have to do with anything?

The other question was asked while reading a Baptist Press article about the Texas CBF meeting. The below quote is this article's culprit:

Currie also spoke for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (formerly Public Affairs), an advocacy group located in Washington, D.C., that consistency has taken positions different from social conservatives. Among other things, the BJC has opposed school vouchers, the posting of Ten Commandments displays on public property, public prayer and certain abstinence programs.


What in the blooming world does opposition to school vouchers have to do with anything, and again, why is it the first reason listed? Growing up in the South and given its history, I have an idea of why that may be, but again, that's a topic to explore another day.

Please let me know if I'm wrong in asking the following question: Does the Bible condemn opposition to school vouchers and other Republican initiatives, including disagreeing with the Iraq war and opposing judicial filibusters?

Am I the only one who's wary of connecting any particular party's ideal to God's holy Church? Am I the only one that understands that God gave us His Church, not a government, to follow His Great Commission? Am I the only one who is completely confused that these folks oppose governmental social programs because it's the Church's responsibility, yet advocate that the government is responsible for legislating morality? And further, am I the only one who understands that Jesus changed the course of history forever, and did it without ever casting a vote?

Watch out for these wolves in sheep's clothing - they take advantage of our faith and pervert biblical teachings to serve their culturally and humanistic biases.

Some quotes...

Life has been crazy with Vacation Bible School, trying to get my head straight with seminary, and watching soccer. I currently have three books that I'm wading through - slowly, yet surely.

One of them is written by Dr. Israel Galindo, a professor at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, called The Hidden Lives of Congregations. The book is proving to be a must-read for congregational leaders and laity to understand the underlying dynamics that are in play in everyday church life.

So, on that note, chew on this:

The institutional tendency of organizations, however, is to focus primarily on self-preservation and on the comfort and benefit of their own members. And while a congregation is an institutionalized expression of the Church, it is wrong, and against its nature, when self-preservation and comfort become the primary reasons for its existence. When that happens, says pastor and auther C. John Miller, the local congregation ceases to be the incarnate Body of Christ or a fellowship of disciples, and has become more like a retreat center where anxious members come to draw resources to help them cope with their own lives. (Galindo, 41)


I heard a sermon about six weeks ago explaining that an alternate sign for the front of the church should read "assisted living home". That's great and a necessary component, but cannot be the sole reason of why we, as the Church, are here.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

600,000 Americans dead

Does the subject line irk you? It should.

That would be the equivalent of the 50,000 plus Iraqis dead since the invasion. 50,000. Just over 600,000 Americans died during the Civil War, to give you some perspective. Thus, 50,000 out of 26 million is kind of a big deal.

Does 50,000 Iraqi dead irk you? If so, you're probably a minority here in America.

We lost 3,000 people in one day. How do you think Iraq feels with losing the equivalent of 600,000 people in 3 years?

If we're so bent up about fighting the insurgents over there instead of here at home, why didn't we stick around in Afghanistan and finish the job there?

Remember how everyone agreed that we needed to go to Afghanistan? There was no question - that's where the bad guys were, we had to go there.

I think that question is appropriate, given how nearly every excuse...I mean justification, for going to war with Iraq continues to be debunked. The latest comes from the Washington Post:

In late January 2003, as Secretary of State Colin Powell prepared to argue the Bush administration's case against Iraq at the United Nations, veteran CIA officer Tyler Drumheller sat down with a classified draft of Powell's speech to look for errors. He found a whopper: a claim about mobile biological labs built by Iraq for germ warfare.

Drumheller instantly recognized the source, an Iraqi defector suspected of being mentally unstable and a liar. The CIA officer took his pen, he recounted in an interview, and crossed out the whole paragraph.

A few days later, the lines were back in the speech. Powell stood before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5 and said: "We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails."

The sentence took Drumheller completely by surprise.

"We thought we had taken care of the problem," said the man who was the CIA's European operations chief before retiring last year, "but I turn on the television and there it was, again."


I'm proud, fiercely proud, to be an American, but I'm ashamed of our conduct and lack of stategic anticipation and planning. Let's start acting like the country we are.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Minimum Wage

I'm ashamed of the Senate's refusal to raise the minimum wage - how can you justify cutting taxes for the wealthy and giving yourself pay raises all while CEO pay is skyrocketing - and not raise the minimum wage? Oh yeah, not to mention gas prices are eating more and more into folks' budgets, including mine.

Via Howie Luvzus comes some truth from Barbara Ehrenreich's blog:

From a Congress that has consistently cut taxes for the wealthy, themselves included, while cutting programs that serve the poor and the middle class, the minimum wage vote is not entirely surprising. What merits special notice in this instance is the unctuous rhetoric that arose from the sties as Republicans rushed to explain that by holding down the minimum wage they were actually helping the poor. If we don’t keep wages down, they said, grease dripping from the corners of their mouths, the Predators might find their prey less tasty, and unemployment will rise!

Never mind that there is no empirical evidence for this prediction. Employment didn’t plunge the last time the minimum wage was increased, in 1997, nor has this happened in any of the states – Massachusetts for example – that have raised their own minimum wages in the last few years. I grant you that there might be trouble if the minimum wage were to rise at the same rate as CEO pay. As the Institute for Policy Studies reported in 2005, “If the minimum wage had risen as fast as CEO pay since 1990, the lowest paid workers in the US would be earning $23.03 an hour today, not $5.15 an hour.”

Nor is it true, incidentally, that the minimum wage is paid mostly to teenagers working to support their Abercrombie and Fitch habits. According to economist Heather Boushey at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, fewer than one in five minimum wage workers is under the age of 20. In my experience, many of those youthful minimum wage workers are in fact making important contributions, however tiny, to their families’ inadequate incomes.


Recognizing and addressing this issue, to me, is more pressing than useless non-binding resolutions and gay marriage debates.

Call me a crazy liberal, but I have a sneaking suspicion that a single mother working 2 jobs just to put food on the table would benefit more from a small pay raise than knowing that 'dem gays aren't a-marrying.'

I mean, when you have your kids in daycare all day and come home exhausted, only to find yourself charged with helping out with homework, cleaning house, and oh yeah, praying for health insurance, I would think this Congress as failed people in these types of situations.

I've experienced the mentality of paying people minimum wage just because they can. There was no fiscal reason - the attitude was 'they should consider themselves lucky to have a job at all'.

Jesus gave a damn - maybe we should too.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Ralph Reed lied

...or so the evidence seems to indicate.

Via Raw Story, emails insinuate that Ralph Reed received contributions from Jack Abramoff, despite saying in January that he did not.

So - is lying allowed in the Bible? Maybe I should visit the nearest courthouse and find out.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The temptation of arrogance

Over at Inspired Thoughts, my sister wrote an excellent post called "How being right can hurt". I encourage you all to read it as she defines the problem I have with arrogance in the church.

One of the biggest lessons I've learned through my faith walk is that the Bible isn't always as clear-cut as we want it to be. Does this weaken the strength of the Bible? No. I believe the Holy Spirit, combined with our free will, to work within us to allow for multiple interpretations depending on our life-walk.

Jillian hits the proverbial nail on the head: Putting one's theology above loving others, not to mention over God Himself, weakens the Body of Christ.

I fear for today's church as arrogance and domination seem to become more accepted in our common theology. Arrogance is not of God - you can come up with your own source of this pervasive yet tolerated malady.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

BTSR?


I stopped by the admissions office at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond today to ask a few questions. I also received materials from Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education yesterday, which is right across the street from BTSR.

BTSR just has the M.Div, while Union has a dual-degree program w/ a M.Div and M.A. in Christian Education. I really like the MACE, but I'm thinking if I do that, I want to be in a Baptist seminary for the Divinity degree.

My question was 'could I do a dual-degree program between the two seminaries' - M.Div at BTSR, MACE at Union.

I'm already planning to audit a couple of courses this year, but if I plan to go to BTSR I'll take them for credit and maybe add a couple more to give me a headstart for Fall '07. Also, it would be nice to ease on in back to school as I've gotten used to being out.

Yay, fun times.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Usurping the power of the Gospel

Streak pointed out a paragraph I somehow missed in an post I read earlier from Baptist Blogger. Though I am not as theologically conservative, it is interesting to watch those without power in the Southern Baptist Convention realize something many moderates have understood for years - the SBC is eating it's own.

The post highlights a point that I've wrestled with for a long time. My contention is that there seems to be a mentality of "I'm going to heaven if I vote for the right candidate and warm my pew every Sunday". The ability and power of the Church, which God clearly gave us, has taken a backseat in lieu of Washington, DC.

Why are so many Christians trying to dominate society through man-made government instead of affecting and changing society through Christ's Church? That, to me, isn't biblical.

Baptist Blogger writes:

The Southern Baptist Convention has relegated Christian liberty in Christ to confessional oblivion and those who are willing to engage seriously in a discussion of its meaning and limit are characterized as an ungodly, immoral, unholy, and impure bunch of bootleggers peddling liquid licentiousness. Yet when the stars and stripes are waved, or 'God Bless America' is sung, tears roll down cheeks and hands are lifted high.

We are, it seems, no different that the German Church at the close of the Weimar Republic. Nationalism is our religion. The Gospel is now emptied of its power to set the captives free. This disturbs me more than the resolution itself. In fact, I could have stomached two years of the runner-up much easier than to stand in the convention hall and watch my fellow messengers rise to their feet when the death of Al-Zarquawi is announced. A soul is sent to hell, and we do not grieve. We cheer."


The SBC of yesterday allowed discussion, dissent, and honest yet biblical discourse. The SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday engaged in all aspects of our country's moral issues - the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday understood that the only reason Baptists got together in the first place was to do missions, yet the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of yesterday understood hat a large doctrinal umbrella through cooperation was an effective tool for reaching the lost, yet the SBC of today does not.

The SBC of today is more culturally based than Baptist based. There's a reason why most Baptist historians are moderate - they study how Baptists got started, why they were persecuted, what they stood for, and look at the Southern Baptist Convention and realize that its abandoned its heritage in favor of political back-stabbing, unbiblical doctrines, power moves, and culturally conservative norms.

The SBC of yesterday was a powerful instrument of which to advance God's Kingdom - now, it risks dividing itself into obscurity, all because a few leaders sought complete control and power.

Moral economics

In my mind, something more pressing than gay marriage is the ton of debt assumed by many Americans. Ethics Daily has a great article written by Jim Evans regarding the Payday loan industry and how churches can potentially address this issue.

Outside of home mortgages, Americans owe over $2 trillion. I'm no economist, but that's a lot of money.

I believe Evans handles the issue in a fair way, acknowledging that many folks have put themselves on the edge of financial ruin through compulsive spending. Yet, there are folks who, for whatever reason, are just hanging on.

Instead of charging exorbiant fees, we as Christians, if we truly desire to emulate Christ in today's world, should work toward a multi-pronged approach to help combat debt.

Church seminars advertised toward the community may be a good step.

Nightly funerals...

I've become amazed at how non-chalant folks are when the news comes across that "34 Iraqis were killed in a bombing today" or whatever the headline may be. Iraqis are dying everyday, but those articles seem to be squashed in favor of the latest celebrity news or white girl missing in the Caribbean.

I don't mean to take focus away from American soldiers that are killed over there, but I'm wondering if we as the American people are underestimating the effect of these Iraqi deaths.

For instance, these 2 US soldiers that were kidnapped - that sucks, I hope they're okay and they make it out alive. I've gotten to know some Marines at the store and I pray to God that after they are deployed that they come back okay.

I wonder what the Iraqis think when so much focus is placed on that story stateside while scores of their countrymen, often innocent, are killed weekly. In fact, that same day as the kidnappings, 31 Iraqis were killed. 31! Yet we focus on our two. Is that wrong? I'm not necessarily saying that - I am saying that we need to understand the Iraqi psyche in order to understand how the view progress in their own country.

What's worse is I typed in "iraqis killed" at Google News, and I was astonished at the lack of US news outlets represented. Plenty of middle east sources cover them, but I wonder if news such as that even warrants a shrug from most Americans.

What finally gave this post words was an article detailing a memo sent from Iraq's ambassador to the US just before President Bush arrived. The memo sent to the State Department details a much different picture that the Administration would probably like for us to ignore.

Signed by Khalilzad himself, the cable details how native embassy workers cannot blow their "cover" that they work for the Americans for fear of death. Electricity is still sparse, with one employee's two-year old son with asthma cannot tolerate the 115 degree heat. Women are threatened and forced to cover their face, a more conservative move than Iran at its most radical state.

The snippet that stuck out to me was this:

"Another employee tell us that life outside the Green Zone has become 'emotionally draining.' He lives in a mostly Shiite area and claims to attend a funeral 'every evening.'"

While we here in the United States grieve the loss of our own countrymen, we cannot forget about that same effect in Iraq.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Do-nothingers

I watched the Colbert Report last night and shook my head - I was waiting to see if Crooks and Liars would post the video before I wrote about what I watched, and I was not disappointed.

Colbert interviewed Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, a freshman Republican from Georgia. He is one of two representatives (the other a Democrat) who have not introduced any bills into this Congress. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch......

He has, however, co-sponsored a bill on the Ten Commandments and believes that everyone should know them and be reminded of them by having them in courthouses and public squares.

Summary of the dialogue:

Colbert: You have not introduced a single piece of legislation since you entered Congress.

Westmoreland: That's correct.

Colbert: This has been called a do nothing Congress. Is it safe to say you're the do nothingest?

Westmoreland: I, I, ..Well there's one other do nothiner. I don't know who that is, but they're a Democrat.

Colbert: What can we get rid of to balance the budget?

Westmoreland: The Dept. of Education.

Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?

Westmoreland: You mean all of them?--Um... Don't murder. Don't lie. Don't steal Um... I can't name them all.


The congressman truly did not come off well. Visit C&L for the video.

Perhaps if this Congress started governing our nation instead of pandering for votes from the Christianista Right, maybe DC can start pulling it's head out of, well, you know where, and address other issues that have strong moral components that affect millions of Americans everyday.

Heh... call me a dreamer.

Seminary watch...

Here's my current thinking/feeling/etc... maybe it would be good for me to look at non-SBC/CBF divinity schools. I got excited about Gardner-Webb, but am very nervous about the immediate future of the North Carolina state convention as they appear headed towards a showdown between moderates and fundamentalists, with the latter assuming control.

After talking with a professor from McAfee at the BHHS conference, I'm considering them, especially after he said I stood a good chance to earn a full scholardship. The only other CBF related school that's in the running is Duke.

In the American Baptist world, I'm interested in Andover-Newton. Both A-N and Duke are pricey, yet I don't want that to be the factor.

A good friend and spiritual mentor encouraged me to look at some Methodist and Presbyterian schools, yet I don't know too much about any of them.

I can almost see myself staying in town and going to BTSR or even Union, but I dunno.

All that to say - has anyone heard of anything about these schools that I should probably know?

Oy - quite overwhelming.

I must say...

...that the role bloggers had in the SBC Presidential election is intriguing and certainly a first.

The more I write this blog, the less I want to even lend space to talking about the SBC as I'm becoming more and more convinced that part of moving on is saying goodbye. Stalking in the shadows benefits no one and takes away precious time to ascertain and act on God's will.

Yet, everyone, Christian or non-Christian, should take note to yet another example of the potential influence of blogs.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Nothing's changed

Dear Southern Baptists,

You should not be surprised by what Wade Burleson and now Benjamin S. Cole are saying - political maneuvering and selfish undermining have been Paige Patterson and his ilk's calling card since 1979.

The only thing that's changed is now the "Old Guard" is targeting those who survived the moderate purge of the late 1980s and early 90s.

Let me repeat that: the same tactics they're employing now are the same they've used to gain control - only now they use those tactics to keep control.

The ends justify the means in their eyes, but not in mine. Read books like Exiled, talk to those hurt by the struggle - those killed by the struggle.

Whether you and I disagree on the ends of is fine - but to ignore the actions of the last 27 years and just now start condemning the means is dishonest, un-Christian, and hypocritical. Lies, deception, spying, and gossip have no place in Christian life, whether it's 2006 and the IMB or 1992 and Southern Seminary or 1979 in Houston.

Ask how many moderates' microphones were turned off before you rise up to condemn Mr. Burleson's ordeal in New Mexico. Then, maybe you'll come to understand why so many moderates literally couldn't stomach what happened to their convention and decided to leave rather than submit to the uncompromising and conniving "Old Guard".

Sincerely,

Someone who tries to understand that missions rather than legalistic doctrine is why Baptists got together in the first place.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

What I missed...

One tornado, seven states, and 2000 miles later, I'm back in town and am now catching up on the over 700 blog entries awaiting me. Here's a brief roundup of stories I've touched on or would like to put my two-cent opinion in:

Gay marriage ban fails in Senate: This was predicted, merely pandering to the religious right in hope for votes, and even surprising... despite winning 4 seats since the last vote, the GOP only gained one additional vote and fell short of the expected majority with a 49-48 vote. If Congress is truly concerned about affecting change in the country, there are countless and more pragmatic ways to go about it - just ask my wife and those folks living in the ghettos of Camden, NJ.

Ann Coulter: Finally the mainstream media is seeing her inner nut-jub. She needs a therapist to explain that everything she thinks on the inside doesn't need to see the light of day.

(Grace) Left Behind
: Mark Carver, business advisor to Left Behind Games and aide to Rick Warren, (the producer of this upcoming gem) resigned his position of business advisor to the gaming company. Very interesting reading.

Roy Moore loses Ala. gubenatorial primary: Again, there's much much more to our faith and how we as Christians are supposed to interact with our society than obsessing over symbols. How many of the homeless do these types of protesters step over to further their cause?

More corruption on the Hill? I'm wondering whether everyone will be de-sensitized as more and more of these stories come out, or if it'll actually have some effect at the ballot box.

Jon Stewart & Gay Marriage: In a debate where Bill Bennet said "Look, it's a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.", Stewart replies with: "I disagree, I think it's a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish." I am still forming my opinion on this subject (with no end in sight), but I must say that his quote is compelling.

Finally, the Southern Baptist Convention meets this week in Greensboro, NC. The top positions are now three-way races, a first in years. However, I smile to myself as the current dissenters complain about the very same political and un-Christian tactics employed by the Paige Patterson-types that were used against moderates in the 1980s.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dispatches from the land God forgot


I'm currently sitting here in the middle of nowhere Colorado (altitude 5300 ft)- I'm with my wife, dad, and uncle waiting for some storms to fire. We did see a tornado yesterday in Nebraska, and just drove over 300 miles today....

I strangely have cell phone service out here, and can connect to the internet via Bluetooth, so decided to take this opportunity to recap this past weekend.

I did enjoy J. Brent Walker's speech about James Dawson and James Dunn - what made the talk even more special was that Dunn was present and the audience participation was very informative. Walker 'walked' through the important issues that Dunn helped address and definitely helped give the beginning of the conference a great start.

Networking opportunities presented themselves, and I feel like I've made a significant step into the infamously small "Baptist World". I made seminary contacts, historical society contacts, and even met a lady with the BGCT.

Posts will be sparse this week as we're out here in the plains until Saturday. Tomorrow we're probably headed to Wyoming and from there who knows...

Check out my personal site for storm chase updates if you're interested... I need to write up seeing the world's largest ball of twine, the geographic center of the lower 48 states, and a brief tornado that was at least 10 miles away.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Leaving the cart behind

We have two more sessions of the Baptist History and Heritage Society's annual meeting in DC, one tonight and another in the morning. I've met a ton of people - I really feel like some Joe Blow amongst all of these giants. I am starting to understand the power of 'networking' as I've received some good Baptist historical leads as well as a couple in regards to seminaries.

I met Carl Kell last night, editor of Exiled, Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War. We had a good chat and got him to sign a copy for me. Former Baptist Joint Committee Director James Dunn provides a foreward for the book, which is great reading so far. I met him today, but will bring the book to tonight's session so he can sign it for me. I know this book will be a prized possession in my meager yet increasing library.

I'm biased, but Dr. Cecil Sherman's essay was very familiar, and I agree with him whole-heartedly - we as moderates must move on. Dwelling on the past ignores the future. Yes, that's much easier for me to say as I wasn't close to being born in 1979, but it's significant for the leader of the moderates to admonish those who cannot look beyond the past and into the future.

What's done is done - let's venture forward and strategize how to best pool our resources. At the conference today, a speaker quoted a person he did not name as saying "We're a lot, but we're not much". We need to stop dwelling on the past, stop pointing fingers at the SBC, and chart our own destiny.

We'll never escape the fact that we originate from the SBC - those lessons will help shape structures to further God's Kingdom.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Blogging from the capital

I'm high atop the Holiday Inn Central here in the District, about 5 blocks away from the White House, to attend my first Baptist History and Heritage Society Meeting.

The topic for this meeting is "The Contributions of Baptist Public Figures in America"... right up my alley.

I'm hoping I can meet a few folks and learn a few things... weee.