Update: EC search team recommends Frank Page
    May 14 2010 by Baptist Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Frank Page, vice president of evangelization for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will be nominated as the next president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, the chairman of that group has announced.

    Randall James, assistant pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., said he was thankful for strength and guidance from God in the completion of the assignment. “Our search team of committed servants of the Lord, which includes 6 men and 1 woman, has worked and traveled many long hours since last September in search of God’s man for the job,” James told Baptist Press. “In the face of much lobbying, yet striving to be still and listen to the Holy Spirit, we are unified in our belief that God has indeed revealed to us His man to replace Dr. (Morris H.) Chapman.”

    A vote on Page’s nomination will be held June 14. If elected, he will succeed Chapman, who will retire Sept. 30 after 18 years in the post.

    Page told BP he was humbled to be named, and praying about his possible new role.

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    Frank Page

    “I’m honored to be considered for such an important position,” he said. “My prayer is that in some small way I might help in bringing unity to our convention.

    “My prayer is based on John 17:21, which tells us that our unity affects our evangelism, and we desperately need unity at such a crucial time with many competing opinions and agendas being expressed.”

    Page, who was elected to the North American Mission Board position in October 2009, is a former Southern Baptist Convention president and was pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., for nine years before joining NAMB. He is a member of the SBC’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and was named to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in February 2009.

    It was during his 2006-2008 tenure as SBC president that Page called upon NAMB to lead the convention in a new evangelism initiative that would involve all Southern Baptists in an effort to sweep the continent with the gospel. That initiative became GPS: God’s Plan for Sharing, which launched in the United States and Canada this spring.

    In the recently released 2009 ACP data, Taylor’s First Baptist Church reported 145 baptisms and primary worship service attendance of 2,310. The congregation gave $652,014, or 10.8 percent, through the Cooperative Program from total undesignated receipts of $6,052,088. According to the ACP, the church’s total mission expenditures were $1,349,600, with $185,623 given for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and $78,730 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.

    A native of Robbins, N.C., Page holds a Ph.D. in Christian ethics focusing on moral, social and ethical issues from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, along with a master of divinity degree from Southwestern. He earned a bachelor of science degree with honors from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, majoring in psychology with minors in sociology and Greek.

    Page is the author of several books, including Trouble with the Tulip, an examination of the five points of Calvinism, and commentaries on the biblical books of Jonah and Mark.

    He also contributed as lead writer for the Advanced Continuing Witness Training material.

    James said he would encourage Executive Committee members to continue to pray and he expressed deep appreciation for the work of those with him on the search committee.

    “I challenge the EC members over the next 30 days to diligently seek God’s face on this matter and respond ONLY according to the leading of His Spirit,” James said. “I extend my humble thanks to (search committee members) Martha Lawley, Doug Melton, Clarence Cooper, David Dykes, Jay Shell, and Danny Sinquefield for a ‘job well done.’”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press assistant editor, and Will Hall, BP executive editor.)
    5/14/2010 8:02:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 3 comments

Dr. James Willingham
"You have gagged on a rib and turned right around and swallowed a live monkey...and you call that scholarship." My friend, Gene, might do well to consider that quote from Dr. R.G. Lee with the proviso of this slight alteration, "...and you call that science." Now for a more serious comment. Bro. Gene is right to question Dr. Page's failure to respond in a more positive fashion to the Stop Baptist Predators of Christa Brown's effort. However, Brother Gene, I do have to say that this is due in part to the fact that few in any levels of leadership in religion, government, education, etc., are prepared for the end results of subliminal seduction advertising techniques, open and free access to pornography, and other evils (too numerous to be discussed here) of our now permissive society which involve the possibility of the total collapse of the family and hence of society - in other words the total and complete chaos of insane existence on all levels. Brother Page's desire for unity is beset with his failure to understand the forces with which he deals. Consider his work against calvinism, his trouble with tulip. That is hardly an encouraging word for the calvinists in principle who are the true successors and, in some cases, the actual descendants of the true founders of the Southern Baptist convention and its fountains of origin in, first, the FBC of Charleston, the Philadelphia and Charleston Baptist Associations, and the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, the Rock Springs Baptist Church, The Sandy Creek Baptist Association, and the Gum Springs Baptist Church and others, along with such five point calvinists as the Keaches, Knollys, Bunyan, Screven, Gano, Stearns, Marshall, Furmans, Mercers, Manlys, Boyce, et. al. I noted in the above article that Dr. Page's church had baptized 145 in the past year. I thought he might want to know that my supralapsarian, hypercalvinist (he used both terms in the pulpit and in personal conversation to describe himself) ordaining pastor, Dr. Ernest R. Campbell (Ph.D. Bob Jones University), had 100 professions of faith in a revival preached in the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church back in the late 40s or early 50s, that he founded the American Race Track Chaplaincy (cf. Who's Who in Religion, 2nd. edn.Chicago: Marquis Pubs., 1977)(same source in which our friend Dr. Del Parkerson is listed along with with yours truly). Dr. Campbell was also the only minister to be listed in Dr. R.G. Lee's will to preach his funeral, leading Dr. Campbell to say with a laugh, "Dr. Lee had five preachers for his funeral, but the only one that was legal was me." O yes, Dr. Lee was a five point calvinist, too. Now as to Dr. Page, he use to hear as a young boy at (was it?) Southside in Greensboro, Brother Gerald Primm (the noted pastor of Eller Memorial Church and a fighter pilot of WWII who crashed landed a P38 Lightening at 150 miles per hour and lived to telll about it) who used to come over to Southside church and talk abut the five points. Remember, dear folks, these hard-to-swallow five points of TULIP are the theoogy of the First and Second Great Awakenings of the launching of the Great Century of Missions (I always think it is highly ironic that I should choose Latourette's title of his history work on the 19th century and that I should have as professor of preaching one who knew him personally, Dr. Theodore Adams). They were the truths preached by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield and John Gano and Shubal Stearns and Daniel Marshall. We have at least one Baptist peacher in this state whose ancestor was actually converted under George Whitefield in 1747/48. I refer to Rev. David Stevenson who is in bad health and in need of a liver transplant, if he is to recover at all. His ancestor's brother converted the year after would be the ancestor of Adlai Stevenson of noted political fame back in the 40s & 50s. In any case, people have been praying for the Third Great Awakening, some since the fifties. I have been praying for such a thing, since 1973, since I pastored the Gum Springs Church in the Sandy Creek Assn. The Third Great Awakening is the one that wins the whole earth and every last soul upon it in one generation and then for a thousand more after that in order to literally fulfill the promises to Abraham that his seed would be as numerous as the stars of heaven, the sand of the seashore and the dust of the earth and een as we are told that the number of the redeemed in heaven will be a number that no man can number (did the Holy Spirit mean a person in heaven ould never count them though he had all eternty to do it...but it would probably be a woman as the only one who can be patient enough to listen to a child's babble could possibly have the patience of such a task?). This wonderful event draws closer ever day. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
5/17/2010 12:56:39 PM

Gene Scarborough
While advocating that they shy away from anyone with a mega church mentality as an EC Executive, I see some promise in Frank Page. I would vote for him.

[b]My only concern is the way he failed to respond with much gusto to Christa Brown (Stop Baptist Preditors) in her requests for recognition.[/b] Despite his degree in Christian Ethics, Frank took a "let's keep covering it up" stance by claiming Baptists have no control over their clergy because of Autonomy. This is total bull!!!

[b]EVERY[/b] pastor is ordained by some local church or association. A person justly accused of molesting can have his ordaination revoked by those who gave it! The GBC can kick out a church with a woman pastor in Decatur, GA, but can't control abuse--give me a break!!! Give me an equal break when Broadway was kicked out by the SBC last year over homosexual ministry.

The statement of Jesus that anyone hurting a child (physical or spiritual) should have a millstone tied around their neck and cast into the middle of the sea is as clear as it gets. The Prince of Peace advocated capital punishment in such a situation with no forgiveness attached.

As far as I am concerned, it's not how high you jump--how many degrees and how much conservative theology you jump with--[b]IT'S HOW STRAIGHT YOU WALK WHEN YOU HIT THE GROUND![/b]
I hope he will walk straighter on this issue in the future. Our neglect of strong advocacy for the abused person over the abuser, causes me to be ashamed of Southern Baptists and their closeness to Catholics' heads buried in the sand. A leader with head buried in the sand is showing his monkey tail just as much as those who climbed the tree in past days saying "God doesn't hear the prayers of Jews."

[b]Remember: "The higher the monkey climbs the tree---the more you see his tail!"[/b]
5/17/2010 10:40:46 AM

Del Parkerson
Frank Page is an excellent selection. He did an outstanding job as the president of our convention a few years ago. He stands solidly on the truth in God's Word. He is a proven soulwinner. He is a proven visionary leader, and he believes in and supports missions unreservedly.

Dr. Page's goal to work for unity in our convention is a much needed one. I believe he is correct in saying that the success of our evangelistic outreach to those who are lost depends to a large degree on achieving unity of effort. Southern Baptists have never agreed on all things, nor will we ever do so. It is not necessary that we do so. It is necessary, however, that we stand firmly on the truth of God's Word, that we work together in carrying out the Great Commission, and that we love one another. Loving one another is how the world recognizes that we are Christians. In the last thirty years we haven't done a very good job of loving one another.

I commend his selection. I shall be praying for him and for those who are still involved in the process of finding our new leader.
5/16/2010 5:15:12 PM

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