Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Southern Baptist Convention: Annual Meeting

You may or may not know, but the annual meeting for the Southern Baptist Convention was this week. Here are some of the results according to Fox News.

Home Schooling
“Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention refused Wednesday to support a resolution urging the denomination to form a strategy for removing children from public schools in favor of home schooling or education at private schools.”

“Southern Baptists are concerned about how classrooms are handling subjects such as homosexuality and ‘intelligent design.’”

New President
“…the SBC elected a new president, the Rev. Frank Page. The 53-year-old pastor at First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., was supported primarily by younger pastors and others who felt marginalized by an older generation that led a conservative takeover of the denomination in the 1970s and 1980s.”

"…the SBC unofficially barred members who drink alcohol from serving as trustees or members of any SBC entity.

The ban, part of a larger anti-alcohol resolution that was easily approved by delegates, was proposed by Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. While stopping short of officially preventing drinkers from serving, it 'urges' that no one be elected or appointed to SBC offices if they are 'a user of alcohol.'

'Use of alcohol as a beverage can and does impede the message of Jesus Christ' that Southern Baptists are trying to spread, Richards said.

Any thoughts?? What do you think?

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