GBC tackles old bus problem


As mentioned in the blog below, the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) passed a policy earlier this week that gives Executive Director Bob White and the GBC Administration Committee the authority to reject undesired donations.

Committee member John Waters, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro, Ga., explained in a Baptist Press article that the GBC can now refuse unwanted gifts such as old buses.

Interestingly, during my 18 years as a GBC employee I never heard of the great old bus dilemma. Glad that is being resolved and that all the brothers and submissive sisters gathered in Jonesboro, Ga., were given the chance to vote on this significant matter.

We wouldn’t want any top-down decision making going on in Southern Baptist life. That would violate the priesthood of the believer and local church autonomy.

This way, everybody can feel like they had a part in addressing this significant issue that will impact cooperative missions and ministry across the state for decades. Uh…wait a minute.

The Baptist Press article (based on reporting by Georgia Baptist editor Gerald Harris) does go on to mention that the new policy will allow GBC leaders to reject mission gifts from (and therefore end cooperation with) the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., a congregation that called a female pastor last year.

Apparently, cooperating with this historic church in an effort to fulfill the Great Commission is a big problem — almost as threatening as all those old buses people apparently keep leaving in the parking lot of the GBC’s pristine headquarters northeast of Atlanta.

But, Georgia Baptists, you can rest easy now.

10 Comments

  1. The problem is not old buses but old prejudices that have weak biblical basis in contrast to the strong biblical basis for the alternative. In both the Old and New Testaments, it is clear that women were speaking prophetically — also known as preaching. And teaching men (Priscilla).

    So what is needed is not a way to avoid old buses, but to put a lot of old, weak thinking into one of those old buses and send it to the graveyard.

  2. It is amazing how much anger can be seen in these current GBC leaders that is expressed in pushing punitive actions against anyone who does not embrace their narrow thinking. I’m not guessing here; I’ve seen and heard it up close.

  3. Conventionism was created for the purpose of getting money out of Baptist churches. Its pretty bad when a group of “Baptists” goes so far to the left that they can’t even buy favor with the Conventions.

    Mark Osgatharp
    Wynne, Arkansas

  4. …or to the right of you, Mark. At which point they fall off of the flat earth which was created in six 24-hour days 6,000 years ago.

  5. To paraphrase Bill Self: “We built the bus, we paid for the bus, and now they won’t even let us give them the bus.”

  6. Mark Osgatharp said…
    “Conventionism was created for the purpose of getting money out of Baptist churches. Its pretty bad when a group of “Baptists” goes so far to the left that they can’t even buy favor with the Conventions.”

    John D. Pierce said…
    “…or to the right of you, Mark. At which point they fall off of the flat earth which was created in six 24-hour days 6,000 years ago.”

    David Flick: Johnny, that’s the funniest comeback I’ve ever seen to a reply from Mark Osgatharp. Here’s a well deserved BaptistLife.Com Golden Spur.

    http://www.baptistlife.com/flick/humorspur.jpg“ REL=”nofollow”>BaptistLife.Com Golden Spur of Humor

    I’m still laughing… 🙂

  7. David-
    Thanks for the most high honor.

  8. John and David,

    Yeah, when you can’t give a reasonable answer you just mock and ridicule. That old tactic of the theological left may work on people who are more concerned with being liked than being right, but it won’t work on me.

    That is why the freedom of speech loving folks over at Baptist Life forums had to kick me out. But I’ll have to give David one thing, he was all for letting me back in after I had done penance, but Bruce and Ed would have none of it.

    And Tony had to put a speech filter on his blog to keep people from hearing what I had to say about his opinions unless it passes his approval. And your buddies at ABP would have none of my commentary on the sodomite invasion at Union.

    Oh well, the Lord will have His say in the end and then he will have you all in derision.

    Mark Osgatharp
    Wynne, Arkansas

  9. …and what that has to do with the Georgia Baptist Convention and its old-bus smoke screen — who knows?

  10. John,

    You said,

    “..and what that has to do with the Georgia Baptist Convention and its old-bus smoke screen — who knows?”

    Nothing any more than David’s applause for your lame attempt at humor at the expense of God’s word.

    Mark Osgatharp
    Wynne, Arkansas

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