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Leadership secrecy is an ‘insult to Southern Baptists’

Norman Jameson, editor of North Carolina’s Biblical Recorder, gets right to the point:

Being a denominational journalist or any Baptist with a contrary opinion in the current era of Southern Baptist Convention upheaval sometimes feels a bit like a tick picker atop a rhino. It’s an important role, but the rhino is going to go where he will.

And nowadays, he gets there in secret.

His immediate concern is the closed-door session in which the SBC North American Mission Board on Sept. 14 “interviewed, discussed and voted on their new president behind closed doors.”

The 37-12 vote hiring Kevin Ezell for that job was ferreted out, but not announced.

As Jameson argues, secrecy is the longtime, continuously destructive rule at the Southern Baptist Convention.

For example:

We agree with Jameson that the result is destructive:

Baptists want to believe in the work of our institutions. We want to continue supporting them. Closed doors indicate a lack of trust in us. It is hard to support an organization that doesn’t trust you.

Do Southern Baptists who refuse to put up with it have to leave the denomination?

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September 16, 2010 - Posted by | SBC | , ,

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  2. Au contraire,

    We should be surprised and please that this was done totally behind closed doors without any input from those whom they serve. You see, “The Conservative Resurgence” ™ is now fully couched and comfortable within the Southern Baptist Convention. The fully-vetted SBC Daddies, and token Mommies, who sit on occupy BoD seats know best and we should be kept in the dark.

    “I’m the Daddy(Mommy, if Daddy allows her to speak), that’s why.”

    Gary
    Norman, Oklahoma

    Comment by Gary | September 17, 2010

  3. Wow! I really butchered my comment above. It *should* read:

    Au contraire,

    We should not be surprised but pleased that this was done totally behind closed doors without any input from those whom they serve. You see, “The Conservative Resurgence” ™ is now fully couched and comfortable within the Southern Baptist Convention. The fully-vetted SBC Daddies, and token Mommies, who sit in BoD seats know best and we should be kept in the dark.

    “I’m the Daddy(Mommy, if Daddy allows her to speak), that’s why.”

    Gary
    Norman, Oklahoma

    Comment by Gary | September 17, 2010


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