Sunday, September 17, 2006


The Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention missed a golden opportunity, in my opinion.

They were assigned the task of investigating the Motion brought by Wade Burleson at the Convention. That assignment fell to them by action of the Convention's committee on the Order of Business, in accordance with certain rules of the convention. I've heard nothing of a committee specially appointed by the BoT to handle that, so the logical assumption is that the BoT, or the Executive Committee of the BoT, is going to handle that themselves. If that's not the case, the only other logical conclusion is that they are not dealing with the assignment, yet.

The charges in Wade's motion, explicit and implicit, were most serious. If untrue, that's equally serious. And they have to be one or the other. It is further in everyone's best interests (in truth) that they be investigated and action be taken, and pronto.

If I'd been chairman of the BoT, and it's a really, really good thing I'm not, I'd personally ask the SBC to appoint a committee themselves to handle the matter, and to make sure at least half the members didn't like us one bit. Get some blood-spitting radicals in there to try to find something. If there's nothing to find, a clean bill from them will put it to rest once and for all. And if there is dirty laundry, they'll get it out in the open, so we can all do laundry.

Anything less than that may very well result in things being "smoothed over" ... which leaves wrongs unrighted and, very likely, wrongdoers unrepentant. There won't be anything happy, and certainly not "politically correct", about their standing before God and explaining why they did what they did. It would be grossly unfair of the BoT to have allowed that to happen. And they'd surely have to assume responsibility for that.

Wade Burleson has said to be patient. OK ... I shall ... perhaps all this is being attended to. I certainly hope so. I'm sure that many of the alleged wrongdoers are good folks who have just painted themselves into a corner, and now have no way out. It would be a crime for us to leave them there.


At 4:48 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Monte Erwin said...


I often check in and read Wade's blog. I often see and read your comments as well. I was surprised one day when you identified Pelham as being where you lived. I also live in Pelham--small world. I work for Student Life and my wife is the editor for Mission's Mosaic Magazine at WMU. We just moved here from Okla. in July.

At 5:12 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...


Hi, neighbor! Where you going to church? We go to the big one on Highway 31 -- FBC.

Tell your wife to ask Brett McArdle about his Sunday School teacher.

At 9:17 PM, September 22, 2006, Blogger Monte Erwin said...

Good to talk with you today--look forward to lunch on Monday.

My wife said that she knew Brett McArdle. I told her that you had been his SS teacher.

I'm sure we'll find much to talk about and we'll enjoy having you and Peggy as neighbors. We have two teenage boys: one a freshman, and the other a senior.

Looking forward to having your friendship through the years.


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