According to the Florida Baptist Witness Dr. Ted Traylor has now announced he will allow his name to be placed before the convention for President. Dr. Traylor has been Pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida for the past 20 years. Olive Baptist gives over 10% of their undesignated funds to CP and they also receive offerings for Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong. Dr. Ed Litton announced he would be making the nomination. This race just became even more interesting.
Just a quick note to let the readers of SBC Today know that I am adding some duties to my already full schedule. I am restarting Southern Baptist In NC, my personal blog. The reasons for this are varied. I plan to post once a week there and those posts will be more in keeping with issues that one cannot and should not address on a collaborative blog. You can find my blog in the WordPress format. I am not leaving SBC Today, as I will continue posting articles here on a regular schedule.
According to Alabama Baptist news Dr. Jimmy Jackson announced he will allow his name to be nominated for President of the Convention in June. Dr. Jackson has served Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama for the past 31 years as Senior Pastor. According to their latest CP, Whitesburg Baptist forwards right at 5% of their six million dollars received in undesignated funds to the Cooperative Program. Whitesburg also supported the 2009 IMB Lottie Moon Christmas offering at the amount of $236,735. The ACP also reports that Whitesburg supported the 2009 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering with an offering of $138,548.
It looks like this race just got interesting.
We have the first announcement for President of the SBC. I first saw the announcement on Twitter. Dr. Johnny Hunt is one that I follow and he retweeted both the Florida Baptist Witness report and the Baptist Press reporting of the announcement. Does that mean that Dr. Hunt is endorsing Dr. Wright? I do not know, as it could merely mean that Dr. Hunt was just passing along information. The announcement can be found in the Florida Baptist Witness. What is interesting in the story is the following paragraph:
The church reported it gave $1,420,441 through the Cooperative Program, but actually half, $710,220.50, was given through the Georgia Baptist Convention CP and half was given directly to the International Mission Board, according to Joe Shadden, Johnson Ferry’s finance manager.
Here we find the first report of societal giving being acknowledged within a convention that expresses commitment to the Cooperative Program. Praise God that Johnson Ferry gave over $700k to the IMB. But, the way the above paragraph is worded is the very reason that the 1925 convention adopted the Cooperative Program.
The following is a statement from Dr. Ergun Caner, President of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, regarding the recently renewed accusations and criticisms of his life and ministry. He issued this from his website, erguncaner.com, Thursday evening, February 25, 2010. We have reproduced it here, by permission of the author, for your convenience. The original may be found by clicking the following link: Statement of Dr. Ergun Caner.
In keeping with the desire expressed by Dr. Caner in the following excerpt from his statement,
This constant stream of criticism, blogging and berating is not acceptable between believers. I am as guilty as anyone else in instigating such things over the years, but these personal attacks are too much.
I shall not participate in this anymore.
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STATEMENT RELEASED ON 25 FEBRUARY 2010: