Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sins of the SBC

Receiving local church money for the Cooperative Program when those same churches don't provide their pastors and families adequate health care insurance.

Transporting state convention executive directors to exotic locations annually for a meetings with national SBC leaders when we have adequate space in Nashville, Atlanta and Richmond in buildings or churches we already own.

Maintaining three different levels of denominational bureauracy when less would do.

Keeping a man as President of the IMB who admits he speaks in tongues when we will not commission missionary candidates who are just like him.

Refusing to compile a national database of convicted sexual predators within the ministerial ranks of the SBC.

Getting up every year in our annual conventions and saying that we have over 16 million members when every one of us knows the numbers are simply not true.

Stalling on making the SBC Annual Meeting a Convention Wide process via the Internet and Electronic Voting.

Paying less mileage reimbursment to laity and pastors who serve the conventions than staff members.

You probably know of others as well.

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Blogger Scott said...

Based on the head in the sand photo, how about adding:
A persistent denial of our rich Reformed heritage.

Or how about: Fostering a worldly pragmatic approach to ministry in nearly every agency, as well as by continously highlighting the "mega churches."

Or how about...never mind, I really don't want to get started.

And yet, is it not still the best boat floatin'? I really don't know. Just asking.

9/03/2007 4:28 PM  
Blogger Jim Shaver said...

Scott, good ones!

Yep, it is the best boat floatin'.

But the ride down here in the engine room sure is hot and greasy!

Maybe if the Captain would just let us walk around on the deck once in a while so we could see where we were going?

9/04/2007 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't know where you are going - mmmm, guess that explains why SBC has not gone anywhere for a long time. Best boat floating - I don't think so. Live on the edge, try something new for the Kingdom.

9/15/2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

At some point you might want to consider a new boat...I did and it's great!

I bet you might be welcome on the deck for a quick view if you would simply buy enough lunches or vacation in the right places.

Good luck and I know God is with you. Heck you have survived this long.

9/15/2007 5:18 PM  

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