Archive Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin

February 23, 2012

Dr. Bailey has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, since 1989.  He formerly served as Professor of Old Testament at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1995. He has authored five books: Step by Step through the Old Testament; Biblical Hebrew Grammar; Joshua: Courage for the Future; As You Go: Biblical Foundation for Evangelism; and (with Kenneth Barker) Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, and Zephaniah in the New American Commentary. He is the current President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention

Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin are the two biggest sports personalities of the year. It seems they have captured the imagination of the American people.

Jermey Lin has the fastest selling NBA jersey. During the NFL season Tim Tebow had the first or second fastest selling jersey for NFL players. What is it that makes them so popular?

Maybe, it’s the rags to riches story. Actually, it’s hard to think of it that way. After all, Tim Tebow won a Heisman trophy and Jeremy Lin led the Harvard Crimson to their best record ever. At the same time, no one really predicted stardom for either. The experts said that Tebow would never be an NFL quarterback. Lin wasn’t even drafted, but here they are taking losing teams toward winning records.

Maybe it’s the fact the experts didn’t give either any chance at making it. Maybe we do all like the story of an underdog.

Or, maybe it’s something else.

Maybe it’s the fact that both are leaders who make the people around them better. Maybe they elevate the play of all their teammates. Maybe they are simply people that others want to follow.

Of, maybe it’s something different entirely. Maybe it’s the faith that is so evident in Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin. Maybe the American people really want heroes they can point their children to. Rather than being ashamed of the Gospel, maybe the American people are looking for believers who are not ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Maybe for this reason more than another, the American people have made both of these young men real heroes and cultural icons–icons of the best kind.

And, maybe, just maybe, our neighbors want to see the same from us. Could it be that they want genuine and credible Christianity? Could it be they are looking for us to live out our faith on the playing fields of our neighborhoods and workplaces?

What can you do to make your faith real and credible?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on It is used here by permission of the author.

Pastor Search Committee 101
Part 3: Help! I’m a New Pastor and Don’t Know How to Deal With Search Committees

February 22, 2012

By Joe McKeever, Preacher, Cartoonist, Pastor, and retired Director of Missions at the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans.

This is the third article of a three part series that deals with pastor’s search committees. The previous articles are:
Part 1: What That Pastor Search Committee is Looking For
Part 2: The Pastor and Wife are Visiting a New Church; What to Look For

As far as I know, no college or seminary has a course in how preachers are to deal with search committees. It’s a skill you acquire by trial and error. “Mostly trial,” I can hear someone say.

Recently, on this website, we’ve been addressing this subject. We talked about what the search committee looks for when they show up in your congregation on Sunday and then, prompted by a pastor’s wife, what the pastor is looking at when visiting that church “in view of a call.”

A friend mentioned to me something we’ve never addressed: What about a beginning preacher—not necessary a youngster—who is about to become a pastor? He finds himself sitting across from that search committee for the first time with a hundred questions eating at him. How does a beginning preacher deal with a search committee?

Since the world has changed in the nearly half-century when I sat in that boat, I asked my friend (David) to jot down specific questions. (Did he ever! He sent an even dozen. He’s serious about this!)

So, here, in the order in which David posed the questions, are my responses—such as they are—regarding a beginning pastor squaring off against a search committee (athletic, competitive terminology tongue-in-cheek).
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SBC Name Change News

February 21, 2012

The Administrative Subcommittee of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention unanimously recommended to the Executive Committee today that the recommendations of the SBC Name Change Task Force (that the name “Southern Baptist Convention” be retained, but the alternate name of “Great Commission Baptists” be allowed for churches who prefer to use that nomenclature). The “Great Commission Baptists” name is not being proposed as a legal “doing business as” status, but as a secondary alternative name. The chairman of this subcommittee had been one of the most outspoken opponents of the proposed name change in the October meeting, but felt that this proposal was a good compromise. The proposal was approved by a strong majority of the full Executive Committee this afternoon, and will be presented to the SBC annual meeting in New Orleans this June.