Newsletter
April 2002

 

Articles By David R. Currie, Executive Director

The Sad Climate of Fear



 
The individuals you see standing before you have come to this meeting to indicate our strong support for the action taken by you today to aid our missionaries that decide, as an act of personal integrity, that they cannot sign a creed.
A Statement of Faith
By Stan R. Lee, D.V.M.
I thought that before I began to write the enclosed document, it would be appropriate for me to answer the letter that you have written to me containing Dr. Rankin’s letter and the affirmation form
DALLAS—Chaplains and pastoral counselors soon will be able to seek endorsement from the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
BRIAN CHAIRS TBC BOARD
By Bill Brian
Greetings from Amarillo! It is my privilege to serve as chair of Texas Baptists Committed for 2002.
Confessions and the Local Church
from The Baptist Studies Bulletin, March 2002
S. G. Hillyer (1809-1900) was a prominent Georgia Baptist pastor and professor at Mercer University in the nineteenth century.
On September 11, 2001, our nation was attacked by a radical fundamentalist cult who claim to be of the Islamic faith.
The Southern Baptist Convention’s 124-year-old witness in the nation’s capital may be in jeopardy following charges that the District of Columbia Baptist Convention is out of step with the SBC’s conservative leaders.
Religious fundamentalism quickly became a key element in the discussion of religion and violence Monday at an interfaith seminar hosted by the Middle East Studies Center at the University of Arkansas.
If churches reduce funding to Texas Baptist ministries, as suggested in a mailing from President and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, missions and ministries will suffer. Total cost could be $13,362,515.
Let’s bring the Southern Baptist missions crisis into closer focus.
Not Enough
By Louis Cobb
During the years I directed the appointment process for missionary candidates at the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) I discovered many Baptists did not understand the significant difference between a person’s confession of faith and their doctrinal statement.
Within one week, the week before the Texas Baptist Evangelism Conference, I was in three churches—two celebrating ten years as two of our 2000 new church starts, and another just moving into a new building.
Southern Baptist Convention leaders have been urged to “cease and desist from seeking to undermine the mission endeavors of state conventions in general and the Baptist General Convention of Texas in particular.”
Some Churches Never Learn
By Frank S. Wells
A friend of many years called recently and after we exchanged greetings she said, “Frank, I am on the pastor search committee for my church, and we need some help.”
The Bible
By Darrel Baergen
A pastor once said, “Worship God and use the Bible; or, worship the Bible and use God.”
Eighteen prominent Texas Baptists announced a collective pledge of $1 million after the Texas Baptist Executive Board voted Feb. 26 to establish a fund to cover transition needs of any Southern Baptist missionary who refuses to sign the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message statement.
Would You Eat A Bug For Jesus?
By Rev. W. Allen Thomason

When we were kids we used to dare each other to eat things.


Quotable Quote:

“Uninspired, fallible men make their own opinions tests of orthodoxy, and use their own systems, as Procrustes used his iron bedstead, to stretch and measure the consciences of all others by. Where no toleration is granted to nonconformists, either ignorance and supersition prevail, or
persecution rages.”—John Leland

from The Baptist Studies Bulletin, March 2002

 

 

 

 


Jerry Rankin’s Letter to the Missionaries

Regarding the Demand for Missionaries to Sign the BFM 2000
By R. Keith Parks


AN URGENT OPEN LETTER TO DR. JERRY RANKIN AND TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD

By Bill O’Brien

Response to Rankin
By Mike Chancellor

Letter of Support for Missionaries Fund
By James R. Fuller

 

Mainstream Baptist Network National Convocation
Includes 13 Texans inducted into the
MBN Hall of Fame

 

MISSIONS IN CRISIS TEXAS BAPTISTS RESPOND

 

RECOMMENDATION PRESENTED TO THE BGCT EXECUTIVE BOARD FROM THE MISSIONS REVIEW AND INITIATIVES COMMITTEE

 

Quotable Quote

“Two centuries ago
John Leland explained: ‘Why this Virgin Mary between the souls of men and the Scriptures. I
question whether
there now is, or ever was, a body of men, who should cooly compose a creed of faith... but upon examining it once a year, would annually see cause to alter parts of it. Shall human creeds
then, mixed at least
with imperfection,
be made a standard
to measure the
conscience by? I
would not write a
creed of any length and bind myself to
live or die by it for the price of my head.’”


— Dr. Fred Anderson,
Executive Director,
The Virginia Baptist
Historical Society

 




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