David Platt's new job
Last Wednesday the news was fast and furious in the world of Southern Baptist media when the International Mission Board’s (IMB) trustees announced the election of David Platt as the new IMB president. BRweekly went out at 6:30 that morning, so we were not able to cover the issue in the e-newsletter. But our website lit up with the second highest visitor count this year.
The news was met with enthusiasm for the most part. Almost every recognized SBC leader issued a statement of support or blogged positively about the trustees’ choice to succeed Tom Elliff. Some raised concerns about Platt. Most of the questions about his election fall in 4 categories: (1) his church’s low Cooperative Program (CP) giving record, (2) his Calvinistic theology, (3) his young age and (4) the fact that he has not served as an IMB missionary.
The Biblical Recorder has been posting news items and blogs on BRnow.org every day. If you follow our "Best Blogs" section on the right side of the front page, you have seen many opinions. We have not posted the opinions of those whose conclusions are not based on fact. One blogger said Platt’s church gave nothing to CP, which is false. One pastor call Platt a "hyper-Calvinist," which is not true.
Platt, 36, is young. In fact the youngest-elected IMB president just followed the oldest-elected IMB president. Platt is not the first IMB president who did not serve on "the field" as a career missionary. Out of 12 IMB presidents, five were appointed to overseas service. Seven, including Platt, did not serve overseas.
If you missed our news stories about Platt’s election, here they are:
The first story on Platt’s election
Brook Hills’ giving record (church where Platt served as pastor)
Platt’s first address to IMB missionary appointees
We also posted this guest column by Russell Moore
So, Platt is the new IMB president. Let’s pray for him, his family, all of the IMB staff and all overseas personnel. We can also work harder to increase both our CP giving and our gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The Great Commission is still our calling. Let’s roll!
Here in North Carolina, we have a biblical, Acts1:8 responsibility to the lost people of our state. The North Carolina Missions Offering begins this week and it is extremely important as we obey this commission. If you will take a few minutes to learn the effectiveness of these mission dollars in sharing the gospel, I believe you will give with excitement and generosity.
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