Mohler’s Candidacy in the News

Last week I noted that Dr. R. Albert Mohler will be nominated this summer to serve as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Some reports have already appeared in the media, and they are worth taking a look at.

Not only do these reports describe who Mohler is and his role in the conservative resurgence of the SBC, but they also include some comments from critics of Mohler. Unfortunately, the criticism is not constructive. In both cases, the criticism is at best wrong-headed, at worst subversive to the life of the SBC.

I’ll have more to say about this when/if it becomes appropriate in the coming months. In the meantime, here are the reports.

“Mohler in line for larger role: He’s urged to lead Baptist convention” – by Peter Smith (The Courier-Journal)

“SBC presidency showdown brewing after Mohler announces intention” – by Greg Warner (Associated Baptist Press)

“Prominent Conservative to be Nominated for Southern Baptist Presidency” – by Audrey Barrick (The Christian Post)

9 Responses to Mohler’s Candidacy in the News

  1. Matt Svoboda January 7, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    How can you not vote for a man with such a nice tie?

  2. D. Taylor Benton January 7, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

    I am always jealous of those ties! ….they’re from Brooks Brothers…a nice menswear store in St Matthews Mall here in Louisville…

  3. Joel Patrick January 8, 2008 at 6:43 am #

    I recently came across a post that didn’t cast Mohler in the greatest light (as a presidential candidate). And, to it’s credit, there was one or two great points made. It is here:

    http://kerussocharis.blogspot.com/2008/01/al-mohler-right-man-for-wrong-job.html

    I would be interested in your response.

    All the best.

  4. Denny Burk January 8, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    Joel,

    I’ve read what Burleson has to say, and here’s my response.

    1. The suggestion that Mohler is a fundamentalist is preposterous. He’s a conservative evangelical with theological convictions along the lines of Carl Henry. That’s hardly fundamentalism.

    Burleson’s characterization of what happened at the convention last summer is totally off-base. I was there.

    2. Mohler will not be the first seminary president to serve as president of the convention. The constitution and bylaws of the SBC allow for seminary presidents to be president of the convention, and it has happened several times before. Two of Mohler’s predecessors at Southern also served as President. If Burleson doesn’t like the way the convention is set up, then he can lobby for a constitution/bylaw change. Until then, there is absolutely nothing untoward about Mohler’s candidacy.

    3. Burleson’s characterization of Highview Baptist’s giving is inaccurate. The church has released a statement to correct the record, and you can read it here: http://hershaelyork.blogspot.com/2008/01/statement-from-highview-baptist-church.html.

    Thanks,
    Denny

  5. Bryan L January 8, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    What’s the advantage of being the president of the SBC? What effect does it have on the denomination? Do other denominations have the kind of political infighting and debates that the SBC does (or on the level that they do)?
    As someone who is part of a non-denominational church I wonder like many others what the use of some denominations are especially if the churches are autonomous.
    I’m clueless how the SBC works and why all this stuff takes place.

    Maybe you can shed some light on it because truthfully sometimes it seems people are just fighting over a name and its ultimately a big waste of time (especially when the fighting is so public).

    Blessings,
    Bryan L

  6. Ronk January 8, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    Denny,

    you said:
    “Burleson’s characterization of Highview Baptist’s giving is inaccurate.”

    I just wanted to note that Burleson is only quoting the numbers and figures and percentages that were published in the BP article here:http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=27124

    A lot of people have been making statements to the effect that it is Mr. Burleson who was permeating these false numbers. But the truth is he was reportin what BP and ABP reported. The clarification is good, and since I’m voting for Al Mohler in Indy, I’m glad that Highview put their statement out, but to be fair…lets be fair.

  7. Shane January 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    I think that it is very unfortunate that Highview’s missions giving has been criticized. That is why I think that it is best not to let your “left hand know what your right hand is doing.” I think I read that somewhere?

    I hate the fact that these bits of information are reported on and then broadcasted for all to see…and judge (in this case unrighteously).

    The fact is this: Highview is sending out and supporting missionaries on a much higher level than most SBC churches. Facts are facts. Instead of folks using this against them, they should be thanking God for them.

    Why Mohler’s credibility hangs on this I’ll never know. But I can say this about Mohler: His achievements speak for themselves. Just look at the fruit of his labor at Southern–historic enrollment and pastors committed to God’s Word and His Gospel. They went from a very liberal seminary to THE top conservative seminary– practically overnight. Who else, in SBC life, can match his resume? Who else can match him in cultural engagement and a passion for the Gospel?

    Will he unite the SBC? Why is that even a concern? Are we concerned about all of those “Jimmy Carter” Baptists who might be offended by him? God forbid!

    I’m all for shaking up the SBC. Mohler will certainly shake things up….he already is!

  8. jb January 8, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    I went to pastorjasonpettus.blogspot.com to leave a comment. Unluckily he is, apparently, not printing out the comments to his post.

  9. Joel Patrick January 9, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Denny,

    Thanks for the response. Hope Criswell is doing well.

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