Good Morning SBC Today!
This is the first day of a new month and the first day with me as the editor of this blog. Perhaps I should tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. I have been a Southern Baptist all of my life. My grandfather pastored the church that we all attended for almost 30 years. Needless to say, I was actually going to church nine months before I started going to church!
Having grown up in a Christ-honoring home one might think that I was saved at an early age. Actually, I didn’t repent of my sins and trust the Lord Jesus as my Savior and Lord until I was fourteen years old.
I served four years in the United States Coast Guard, got out and took advantage of the benefits of the G.I. Bill. I Attended both Criswell College in Dallas, Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. My wife, Leah and I have two sons, who keep us very busy. I have pastored in West Texas, the Dallas, Texas area, and am currently at Southview Baptist Church just south of Houston, TX.
What Is My Vision For SBC Today?
SBC Today has been a tremendous place for articles, discussions, and even debates. I don’t think that will change. I will continue the trend that my predecessor, Jonathan Carter had- I will not write a post on a regular basis, but will from time to time offer an article on an issue that I feel needs to be addressed. I do hope to continue to publish articles by our current contributors and add a few others to the line-up.
This is part of the communication arm of Connect 316. We are signers of the traditional statement of soteriology and believe that God’s salvation through His Son, Jesus, is offered and available to all. Because of such, do not come expecting anything different. Don’t act surprised that there aren’t articles promoting Calvinism. It should not be expected that you can come and comment on here in an attempt to “hijack” an articles’ comment thread with comments that are contrary to those beliefs. There are plenty of Calvinist blogs that I’m sure will meet with your approval. Dialogue and communication are fine- to a point. In most blogs, there seems to be a desire by the commentors to show everyone just how smart they really are. Most of the “discussions” would be better done in a private, one on one meeting. At some point we all must step back from a conversation and come to the determination that “you aren’t going to change my mind and I’m not going to change yours” and it is best to walk away from the discussion. It’s not conceding a loss, rather it’s just making better use of our time. And I don’t know about you, but I could always use more time. I hope that all of us will strive to have a sweet attitude that honors the Lord Jesus and is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
I will deal in grace and generosity and expect the same from everyone who participates on this blog.
I hope that many of the articles forthcoming will be articles that deal with issues that both Tradtionalists and Calvinists can come together on. I’m not looking for unity, but harmony is desirable.
We will continue to bring articles that are devotional for the edifying of one another. Also, we will run articles that deal with current issues facing the church as a whole, our culture, and even our own Southern Baptist Convention.
People who know me often tell me how forward and upfront I am. I think it’s important to go ahead and let everyone know where I stand. Additionally, I think it would be a good idea to review the rules of this blog as stated on the home page. I’ve provided them here for easier access:
As a ministry of Connect 316, SBC Today exists to facilitate open discussion among Southern Baptists about topics concerning the Southern Baptist Convention. We offer the following guidelines for those who wish to comment on our blog.
1. Obey the Golden Rule.
2. We use our names along with accurate email addresses. Please use yours.
Unless we know you personally, please do not use pseudonyms, initials or partial names as such may imply that you have reasons for preferring anonymity. If you have such a need, please email us to discuss the matter. Please also provide an accurate email address.
3. Stay on topic.
Ranging widely from the main blog post or subsequent commentary is not recommended. Intentionally distracting comments will be moderated.
4. Don’t Make It Personal.
Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Immediate revocation of posting privileges will occur. Because lighthearted ribbing is too easily misinterpreted, please minimize such commentary.
Links are accepted, but not recommended. Please refrain from posting multiple links. SBC Today does not endorse any links that are found within the comment sections.
6. Just the Facts
Demonstrate a knowledge of the difference between opinion and fact. It is not recommended to state opinion as fact. SBC Today staff hopes you continue to participate in the discussions and do so in a way that reflects our Savior’s love and also magnifies Him.
7. Comment Length
Comments should not be longer than the original post! Please limit the length of your comment to less than 500 words. This does not mean that you can then post consecutive 500 word comments in a string. Please do not post an inappropriate amount of consecutive comments. If you are found to be doing this you will be banned.
If you are found to be breaking the rules you will be banned from posting for an amount of timed deemed appropriate by the Editor. If you break the rules a second time you will be banned. If you are found to be a habitual offender you will be blocked from the site.
Interpretation of all rules, regulations, and punishment is under the discretion of the Moderator of SBC Today.
I look forward to the days and weeks ahead of working and dialoguing together.
Kyle B. Gulledge, editor