August 2005

Find ways to solve problem : Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005

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Find ways to solve problem : Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005

Find ways to solve problem

When I read the first paragraphs of Mr. Ledbetter's letter in the July 23rd (printed) issue of the Recorder I thought that maybe I should try to explain my thoughts to him. It seems to me that we can wring our hands and blame others for the fact that 88 percent of Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) youth do not continue in church after leaving school. Or on the other hand we can look at ourselves (SBC) and see if there are steps, consistent with Christ's teaching, we might take to help solve this problem. Insofar as "preaching the whole counsel of the word of God" is concerned we need to be sure we have our priorities right. Jesus established the rules not St Paul. John 3:16 and Matt 22:37-40 pretty well sums it up. I did not say that preaching the gospel forces "Kids" out of the church. However, the SBC's focus on more rules rather than more grace and love does cause many good Christians to rethink their loyalty to the organization. Whether Mr. Ledbetter or I like this or not does not alter the facts.

Lloyd Johnson

Jefferson, N.C.

8/2/2005 12:00:00 AM by | with 0 comments



BSC family a 'life-long commitment' : Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

August 1 2005 by

BSC family a 'life-long commitment' : Monday, Aug. 1, 2005
Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

BSC family a 'life-long commitment'

If the body of Christ is the family of God, including the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship alike, what might that family look like? North Carolina is my home, and the Baptists in this state my family. It deeply grieves me that we fight so much. We are like two sisters who don't call each other anymore, regarding a petty argument whose origin neither sister recalls.

Call me ignorant or naive, but you don't give up on family. Though you may see them as wrong, though they may hurt you, family is family.

A mentor of mine, Steve Scoggins, once said something to the effect that the Baptist State Convention (BSC) needs to maximize diversity while simultaneously maintaining Scriptural fidelity and orthodoxy. My interpretation: The family of God needs both truth (correction) and love (forgiveness/compassion).

Who would want to inherit the shaky family status of today's BSC? No one wants to join a dysfunctional family. If we are to again make the kingdom an appealing place to live, we must focus on our immediate families in the local congregation and do our part to heal old wounds. Family is a life-long commitment, and when you factor that into the kingdom equation of eternal life, we all have a lot of work to do.

Seth Smith

Hendersonville, N.C.

8/1/2005 12:00:00 AM by | with 0 comments



SBC, CBF both have Christ at center : Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

August 1 2005 by

SBC, CBF both have Christ at center : Monday, Aug. 1, 2005
Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

SBC, CBF both have Christ at center

Our Lord must weep. Recently the Baptist Press, news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), reported that the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, at a recent assembly meeting, removed the name of Jesus Christ and reference to the Great Commission from its purpose statement. Interesting, and initially, alarming! I had opportunity to read the purpose statement of the SBC and find the name of Jesus Christ does not appear there either. Neither does it specifically contain the words, Great Commission. However, as I read both statements, it is very clear to me, especially when putting them in context with the remainder of their constitutions, that both organizations consider Jesus Christ to be at the center of their reason for being, and the Great Commission to be their highest calling.

We need to be reminded, Jesus tells us when judgment comes, we will all be judged by the same measure we use to judge others. News agencies, don't allow yourselves to be used by the devil to hurt and cause misunderstanding.

If all of us who claim Christ would concentrate on centering our lives in Him and carrying out the Great Commission, loving and respecting each other, perhaps our Lord could stop weeping.

Gayle Stafford

Conover N.C.

8/1/2005 12:00:00 AM by | with 0 comments



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