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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- The task force appointed to study a possible name change of the Southern Baptist Convention is recommending the convention maintain its legal name but adopt an informal, non-legal name for those who want to use it: Great Commission Baptists.
The report Monday night ended weeks of speculation by Southern Baptists and fellow evangelicals as to what the task force would do. The convention was formed in 1845, and a name change was first proposed in 1903, although one was not adopted then, or since.
The task force was appointed by Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—From the Panhandle to Central Florida, and from the North of the Peninsular state to the south, where the Miami Baptist Association just celebrated its 100th anniversary a few years ago—news of a secondary optional name for the Southern Baptist Convention was met Feb. 21 with mixed reviews.
A dozen Florida Baptists reacted to the compromise proposal of a special task force appointed to study a possible name change—all expressing enthusiastic support of task force members, if some uncertainty about the effectiveness of a proposal to retain the SBC’s legal name but adopt the descriptor: “Great Commission Baptists.”
WINTER GARDEN (FBW)-A name change for the Southern Baptist Convention could have been a rallying point for those serious about doing the Great Commission, Jason Dukes, pastor of WestPoint Church in Winter Garden, said after learning a task force which studied the feasibility of changing the 167-year-old Convention’s name recommended the legal name remain the same.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – One state representative has advice for Florida Baptist pastors regarding their public policy voice in Tallahassee – financially support Bill Bunkley now before risking the loss of religious liberty later in the absence of his work there.
“Don’t wait until they come to arrest you for preaching biblical truth,” Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said Feb. 28.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW) – As the Florida Legislature moves closer to its scheduled March 9 adjournment, Florida Baptist lobbyist Bill Bunkley is concerned two important bills are in danger of dying, even while another is now ready for Gov. Rick Scott’s signature.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jimmy Draper, chairman of the task force that studied the question of changing the name of the Southern Baptist Convention, presented the following report to the SBC Executive Committee during its Monday night (Feb. 20) meeting. The task force was named by SBC President Bryant Wright last September.
Florida Baptist Darrell Orman was adamantly opposed to a name change of the Southern Baptist Convention. So opposed was Orman, pastor of First Baptist Church in Stuart and a member of the SBC Executive Committee, that he even considered skipping the February EC meeting at which he was to chair the subcommittee that would consider the matter.
Orman, however, is now among the biggest advocates of what he calls a “brilliant, Solomonic compromise” offering a new “descriptor”—but not new legal name—brought by a task force appointed by SBC President Bryant Wright to study the issue at his personal request.
PANAMA CITY (FBW)—December 14, 2010, was a defining day for Mike Jones, Bay District Schools chief of security. It was the day he had to shoot a man who was shooting at members of the Bay County School Board in Panama City.
During the widely publicized incident, Jones says it was God’s providence that protected school board members and him from bullets that hit briefcases, desks, notebooks and walls - but missed the people.
As John Calvin himself recognized, election is a divisive issue. Calvin wrote, “The human mind, when it hears this doctrine [election and damnation], cannot restrain its petulance, but boils and rages as if aroused by the sound of a trumpet.” The followers of James Arminus [the Remonstrances] disagreed with the doctrine of election as set forth by the Dutch Reformed Church. In response to the Arminians, the Estates-General convened in 1618 a council at the city of Dort charged with the task of determining the orthodox adherence of the Arminians to the Calvinist confessions of faith. The council condemned the Arminians, resulting in the removal of 200 Arminian pastors, and issued the Canons of Dort. The Canons responded to the five point doctrinal summary of the Arminians.
Charles Murray, whose book Losing Ground redefined the debate about welfare and the underclass thirty years ago, has a new book, Coming Apart. The book is about the increasing cultural divide among white Americans.
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