Wow and amen!


Sometimes it seems like all I do is point people to others’ posts. I promise I have original thoughts, but this week we seem to be inundated with fantastic posts by thoughtful writers.

Today is no exception. Please take a minute to read Nathan Finn’s post “Why I don’t want to be a Southern Baptist sometimes.” It is extremely powerful.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

6 thoughts on “Wow and amen!

  1. Great article. I was struck by how many of the reasons he stated are reasons why I left the SBC.
    I would add to the list the SWBTS prof who told me over the phone that he had designed a class so that most of the students would fail, to send a message to the board of trustees.
    Or the years I spent on the Board of Directors for my state convention, and watched votes take place, some to spend tens of millions of dollars, that were not really votes at all.
    I could put together a long list, but I’ll leave that to Nathan. Thanks for the link.

  2. The short answer as to why I’m a baptist is FBC Pelham is where God wants me to serve. But it goes beyond that, now.

    We did a comparative study of the articles of faith of the Assemblies of God and the United Methodist church, alongside the Westminster Confession and the BF&M. The overwhelming result of that, for me, was a coming to view the SBC beliefs as the most responsible “system of faith”, of the ones we studied. The security and priesthood of the believer and the responsibility of the believer to know what he believes and prepare to stand before God.

    My hope is that the higher-ups don’t try to narrow down, or otherwise pervert what I perceived as the most effective system out there.

    Now, church government is a whole ‘nuther smoke…

  3. I love your euphemisms, Bob.
    Certainly I can appreciate the doctrine of the SBC. Having been a Southern Baptist for more than 35 years, doctrine was rarely an issue for me.
    For me, it was the selective application of Scripture.
    It was the way we always majored in the minors. My pastor preached once that he didn’t see how a person who drank beer could be a Christian. Yet he is fifty or more pounds overweight.
    As a member of a United Methodist Church, I have found the same commitment to Scripture, expository preaching, and security of the believer, but they don’t major in the minors.

  4. That’s a great post. I certainly understand when someone else says something I couldn’t say better myself.

    One of my pet peeves is the fact that being Southern Baptist often involves being both “Southern” and “Baptist” in combination. It is hard for those of us who were not raised in the South, and do not relate as easily to “Southern” cultural elements of SBC life as those from Dixie, especially when there are some people who elevate the importance of those things to equality with the Baptist side of it.

    BTW, Micah, I’ve read your blog a couple of times, when it popped up on a referral from another site. I spent some time in Missouri, in a small town way down south in the Ozarks. My wife is a native of St. Louis. Thanks for the chance to post a comment. I’m discovering how much I like blogging.

  5. Micah:

    Don’t apologize for pointing out what others say. Dad said to use all the brains I had, and all I could borrow, too.

    I’m 68 years old and can’t remember the last original thought I had, but I’ve gotten along pretty well.

    Jason: I was a Methodist in the early-mid 60’s. I think it was a different place, then. We were there when they and the United Brethren merged to make the UMC, in fact.

    I’ve also been 3 different varieties of Presbyterian. Is it any wonder?

  6. Lee-

    Thanks so much for the kind words. After having grown up in the south and now living in the Midwest, I can certainly appreciate your thoughts about the regional connotations. The unfortunate reality, though, is that the “seat of power” in SBC life is definitely in the south and as long as that is true, those outside of the south will always struggle to understand certain realities in SBC life.

    Bob & Jason-

    Thanks for the dialogue and for the very well thought out statements.

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