I am leaving in the morning for Louisville and the Southern Baptist Convention. I am planning to write a blog report each night after I get home. (Most likely the Wednesday update will not come until Thursday afternoon) I thought I would give a bit of a preview of the major things to look out for before I go. I am sure that I won't do as good a job as some other bloggers but I have regular readers who are interested and I want you to be informed.
Elections - There is really nothing worth mentioning here. Johnny Hunt will be reelected for the traditional second term.
The action towards Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth, TX - I plan to share a meal with an executive committee member before this action takes place to get hopefully a more full understanding, but it seems to me that this is a pretty clear violation of article 3 of the constitution. (For a little background about this click here or here or here) (Hopefully I'll one day write a post on welcoming vs affirming views)
All of the furor surrounding the GCR document - At this point no one knows exactly what will be recommended by the newly appointed task force. I will probably not attend the "meet and greet" session on Tuesday. But almost certainly this is a lot of uproar over something that will not come to a head until next year. Certainly there are some valid questions raised by the discussion following the GCR document's publishing. Much has been written and there are blog after blog devoted to dismantling it and looking at it point by point. I really believe that at this year's evangelism conference we will be reminded of the importance of - wait for it - evangelism. (That was a bit snarky I know, but in reality the Gospel is often one of the first things to fall by the wayside under the demands of church life. If the IECS taught me anything it's that evangelism must be intentional or it will become secondary.) Still, I believe that all of the controversial things will not really be addressed until next year's convention. I'll have plenty of occasions to blog about that in the future
My major prediction - The Broadway baptist issue will sail through the convention with little to no controversy and will surely be the only thing you read about in any national or local newspaper. In fact here's a preview of the CNN screen crawl "Southern Baptists, nation's largest protestant denomination, ban church for having homosexual members" Somebody do me a favor and make a screen grab when you see that headline.