No, we’re not talking about British Petroleum. It’s the other BPâ€”Baptist Press. In an editorial for the Florida Baptist Witness, state paper editors Jim Smith, Marty King and Gary Ledbetter argue that the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention is biased. They write,
“Concern about Baptist Press has arisen among some Southern Baptistsâ€¦ over its perceived lopsided coverage of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Forceâ€¦
“The evidence of BP’s bias against GCR is so obvious as to not require an exhaustive listing of the facts. This should suffice: over just a three-day period, BP ran four opinion pieces by Chapman totaling more than 18,000 words opposing various aspects of the GCRTF report and offering his own alternative set of recommendations. Chapman used Baptist Press for this purpose even though the EC has a separate communications office which promotes the entity’s positions.”
To remedy this situation, the three authors intend to offer a motion at the SBC next week so that Baptist Press might become its own entity with its own board directly accountable to the SBC. This move would take BP out from under the control of the Executive Committee and its president. Here is how the motion reads:
That the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention study establishing Baptist Press as an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, with a board of directors elected by the Southern Baptist Convention and supported with currently allocated funds for Baptist Press within the Executive Committee budget.
This is a bold proposal and worthy of serious consideration by every Southern Baptist who has been disappointed by BP’s lopsided coverage of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report. Read the rest here.