Monday, June 19, 2006
Secretary Rice and the Southern Baptists
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice recently visited the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting and there delivered an excellent speech, If Not America, Who?
Secretary Rice is a highly intelligent, charismatic, and articulate spokesperson for
Full disclosure: I signed on early to the “Draft Condi in ’08” campaign.
In her speech, Secretary Rice perfectly articulates the principle behind President Bush’s muscular advancement of Democracy in the
Interestingly, the occasion of Secretary Rice’s visit to the SBC Annual Meeting coincided with what has been described as an upset election of a new SBC President, Pastor Frank Page of
As reported here, President Page won election in an upset over several, power-broker preferred candidates:
In a major upset, outsider Frank Page of
Page, who described his election as a victory for grassroots Baptists, was elected with 50.48 percent of the vote on a first ballot against
Sutton, pastor of
Page's election signaled a defeat for the SBC's conservative powerbrokers, who have hand-picked all but one president since 1979. Only
More full disclosure: Mrs. Dadmanly and I attend a local Southern Baptist church, although we maintain that we are ostensibly non-denominational, and believe that, in Jesus, as He himself said, there is but one church. But we believe we benefit by going to church somewhere, so…
The linked article quotes Page:
After his election, Page, 53, said he would seek to create a more open Southern Baptist Convention, but added: "I'm not trying to undo a conservative movement that I have supported all these years." He said he would continue the trend of appointing leaders who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible but who also have "a sweet spirit."
"I'm an inerrantist -- I believe in the word of God -- I'm just not mad about it," Page said in a post-election news conference.
Close enough to what I’d like to see myself amongst Christian Communities – more adherence to the timeless truths of God’s word (as reflected in the Bible), and a “sweetness of spirit” in dealing with strongly held convictions on the part of people, who disagree, sometimes strongly and with great passion, but should be able to accept some shared vision for common purposes, for His Kingdom.
Interesting that Secretary Rice stops by. She’s one of those people with a sweetness of spirit that comes to mind, despite however else she can be tough as nails when representing US Foreign Policy.
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