David R. Currie
A Rancher's Rumblings
January 15, 2007


There are now three “must attend” meetings that should be on your calendar.

The first meeting is the annual Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission Conference, meeting in Austin from Feb. 19-20, 2007. This is always my favorite Texas Baptist meeting. Suzii Paynter and her staff have put together an excellent program. The meeting is at First Baptist Church, Austin.

Click here for more information on this exciting meeting, “Ethics Without Borders.”

Later that same week (yes, I know it is a lot to ask—for you to go to two meetings in one week—but please try), Texas will host the annual Mainstream Baptist Convocation in Dallas. Following are the details on this meeting, to be held from Feb. 23-24, 2007:

We will meet at the Marriott Hotel and Resort, DFW Airport, 8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving, TX. The phone number for reservations is 972-929-8800. The regular rate is $249, but we have a block of rooms reserved for $99, which is a super price.

Registration is $60 per person (all attendees are required to register), which covers both Friday night’s banquet and Saturday morning’s breakfast.

Please call the hotel by February 5 th to reserve your room at the special TBC rate of $99. You can call the office at 325-659-4102 to register for the Convocation.

Please see our home Web page for additional details about this meeting.


In some ways, the Mainstream meeting was designed to launch the publicity for the third meeting—the New Baptist Covenant meeting that President Carter has envisioned and planned, and formally announced last week. The New Baptist Covenant meeting is scheduled to be held in Atlanta from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2008. Click here to find additional details about that meeting.

Dr. Bill Underwood, president of Mercer University in Georgia, and formerly professor and interim president of Baylor, has been working closely with President Carter on this project. I greatly appreciate his leadership. I have been honored to be a part of planning this historic meeting.

Also working with us on the Mainstream meeting has been Dr. Tyrone Pitts, executive secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention in Washington, D.C. Because Dr. Pitts has been so closely involved in planning with us, I wanted Texas (and Mainstream) Baptists to get to know him.

The theme of the Mainstream Convocation, “Why I’m Still a Baptist,” fits in well with the purpose of the historic “New Baptist Covenant” meeting. Our purpose in Atlanta 2008 is for all nonFundamentalist Baptists to gather together, and celebrate both being Baptist and being faithful to our historic Baptist principles and vision.

The fact is that most of the Baptists in North America are not Fundamentalists but traditional mainstream Baptists who are more concerned with how we can work together than how we can judge and divide each other.

Please make plans now to attend these wonderful meetings of inspiration, education, and fellowship.

Help someone see how much God thinks of them this week.