No, it’s not Friday. In case you hadn’t heard, the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention has taken the controversial decision to withdraw already promised and budgeted funding to church plants affiliated with Acts 29.
At issue? As far as this redactor can tell, it is the secondary issue of Total Abstinence from Alcohol, and that Acts 29 churches are unwilling to preach an unscriptural form of teetotalism.
Southern Seminary bloggers have produced a flurry of blog posts on the topic, and I want to present them here in a special, dedicated edition of the Roundup.
Missouri Baptist Convention rejection of Acts 29
- Steve McCoy links to the story and points out that prominent SBC pastors Darrin Patrick, Ed Stetzer, and Mark Dever are scheduled to speak at the Acts 29 Boot camp in Chicago next month.
- Bryan Lilly has placed helpful links about the controversy on his blog.
- Tom Ascol has conducted an interview with Kevin Larson, one of the axed church planters and a Southern Alumnus.
- Scott Lamb
- Timmy Brister
- thinks that if this is “Baptists Acting Like Baptists” then he is ashamed to be a Baptist.
- wonders why the MBC has suddenly decided to hold accountable Acts 29 churches for their view on a secondary matter, and if they intend to pursue similar accountability for churches on first level matters like regenerate church membership?
- links to an Ascol interview with one of the axed church planters.
- passes the hat asking for dollars and prayers for de-funded churches.
- This is also getting secular press coverage (link fixed 12/18/07)
- New post from Todd Benkert: Toward continued cooperation in missions: Responding to decisions of Baptist decision makers
- Acts 29 Network: A Casualty of ‘the perfect theological storm’
by David Krueger
The world is watching us. What will Southern Baptists do in the face of legalism and cronyism run amok? This upsetting turn of events is yet more evidence that we need a Great Commission Resurgence.