Dr. York’s Comeback – Balboa Style

After a long silence Dr. Hershael York is posting again at Confessions of a Pastor. This blogosphere comeback features his usual wit and wisdom. He lists three reasons for his slow posting. Like the many comebacks of Rocky Balboa, he lands a few punches on the young guys.

  1. First, because I’m busy. Blogging is avocation only, and not necessary for my existence.
  2. The second reason I don’t write more is that I don’t want to make a fool of myself like so many bloggers seem to, confusing sharing my thoughts for having thoughts worth sharing.
  3. As a result of my notoriety for nothing I might be invited to the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in January and actually believe that my participation in a conference with people who deny the exclusivity of the gospel of Jesus Christ is worthwhile. I might forget that those people use our words but their own dictionary. I might fail to see the disingenuity in Carter’s previous statements about the SBC and his recent efforts to act the peacemaker. If frequent blogging were to do that, the risk would be far too great.

What makes the article so interesting is Dr. York’s jab at Wade Burleson, Marty Duren and Ben Cole. By Dr. York’s logic the frequency of Albert Mohler’s Blogging might put him at the same risk. I love Dr. York and his blog, but he could have been more clear with his criticism. I appreciate his wisdom and wit. He clearly understands that the Gospel is at stake and these conversations with Carter hold little real promise. However, his pithy statements do not go far enough. Solid argumentation aside – it was a good punch worthy of Rocky himself.

He concludes the post by resolving to blog more in the future. You can read his entire article here. Dr. York and all SBTS professor blogs are aggregated on our “Faculty & Staff Said” page.

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3 Responses to Dr. York’s Comeback – Balboa Style

  1. Marty Duren says:

    Tony,
    I’m not young, but thanks for thinking it!

  2. Tony Kummer says:

    I slightly modified my post on May 28, 2007 to remove two remarks that may have appeared disrespectful to Dr. York. If anyone was offended please consider this my recantation. I am young and have much to learn.

  3. Josh Chavers says:

    Tony, I agreed with you the first time.
    You said, “If anyone was offended please consider this my recantation.”
    No recantation necessary. Frankly, I was offended by a few of York’s statements.

    “I don’t want to make a fool of myself like so many bloggers seem to . . .”

    Fool?
    I recall Jesus speaking to this in his Sermon on the Mount …

    Burleson has responded to York’s point # 3 in his post from May 25. The very attitude and aura with which York writes is what Burleson and Cole have been so diligently working to reform.
    York should know better than this. I agree Tony, this was merely a sucker punch.

    As for his reference to Ben’s list of pre-marital questions posted at Baptist Blogger back in March,

    “I recently read on one blog the most inane set of fifty questions for premarital counseling I had ever seen.”

    Why doesn’t he just say, ‘I read this on Ben Cole’s blog and I think it is stupid. My pre-marital counseling is better!’
    So, if you don’t like it, don’t use it. But, others may have found the piece helpful.

    But York continues,
    “No wonder. The one who thought his questions so brilliant that he had to share them had never been married. Worst of all were the sickening sycophants who congratulated him and asked permission to use them. Wouldn’t that be like me sharing my tips for great golf?”
    uh … no.
    sycophants? C’mon Dr. York.

    Ben Cole is your brother in Christ and so are all of those “sycophants”. Ben Cole is a fellow Southern Baptist. You may not like his style. You may disagree with him on a few points. The two of you may share opposing preferences. But, Ben Cole is your brother in the Lord. Making fun of a fellow brother on public web space is certainly not befitting of a Christian and counter-productive to the goals which we all do share.

    Tony, this is simply the way of the old school. For far too long, Southern Baptists have sounded too much like ungodly women at a beauty parlor on Saturday morning. Gossip, misrepresentations, name calling, and making fun all behind another brother’s back will never lead to the unity and cooperation our denomination needs to succeed in pursuing its mission.

    Thankfully though, as Bob Dylan once sang, “The times they are a changin’ ”

    May it be … sooner than later.

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