Thanks for stopping by to see what happened in Deuceology Land this week. It was a pretty good week. Traffic seems to have been up, but best of all comments have increased.
Sunday’s post was How To Be A Linchpin In Your Church.
On Monday, First Church Year #5 continued our first year in our new church.
Tuesday was a good day with What Size Is Your Crayon?
Wednesday’s post proved popular with Stop Living The Dream.
Thursday had the post of the week with Southern Great Commission Baptists???
Friday ended the week with Skip Like A Calf.
I added a Speaking Schedule page. Nothing is there yet, but as I begin my campground speaking in May, those dates will appear. Also, any other opportunities will appear there as well.
Thanks for your support of Deuceology. You are what makes this thing enjoyable. I love your visits and your comments.
The Southern Baptist Convention decided this week to sort of, kind of, not really change its name this week. The legal name will remain the same, but a modifier has been added. In addition to, or in substitution of, SBC churches may call themselves, Great Commission Baptists.
I know that my regular followers have been wondering where the Deuceology blog post about this has been. They know that I have been a lifelong Southern Baptist and are wondering what I think about it. So, here goes.
I don’t care.
I hope that wasn’t too anti-climatic. I simply don’t care what the name of the denomination of my local church.
I understand all the sides of the issue.
Are you really a Southern Baptist if your church is in Massachusetts or Kenya?
The name is offensive to some due to the origination being tied to the South and slavery.
Some are proud, like the leadership of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, of the Southern Baptist name. They do not see the need of any sort of change.
Again, I don’t really care. I’m not terribly proud or ashamed of my Southern Baptist heritage. I’ve never felt the need to apologize to anyone for what my ancestors did. All of that is history. I don’t ignore it , but neither do I fly a banner or allow it to trip me up.
My concern is whether people know Christ.
If I call myself a Great Commission Baptist in New England, and people know Christ, then that’s what I want.
If I call myself a Southern Baptist in the Bible Belt , and people know Christ, then it’s a win.
I won’t boast in either one.
All I want to do is boast in Christ.
Are you a Southern Baptist? Do you care about the name? Are you okay with this non-change change? Did you even know about it?
Jon Acuff recently wrote a blog post about holding your hands in the air while worshipping in song. Of course, his post was a humorous take on it. I read it and commented. Why? Like Jon, I don’t raise my hands while worshipping.
I commented and said that it was because I wasn’t raised like that. I also asked if I should hold my hand up while I jumped on a bridge. I jest, I jest.
I grew up a traditional Southern Baptist. I mean, what would have happened if we had raised our hands? We would have gotten the same looks as the first lady who wore pants to our church got. I mean, that was scandalous.
In 1986, I began attending a good Baptist college. We couldn’t have dances on campus. We couldn’t even advertise having dances off campus. We could, however, advertise our off-campus ”foot functions.”
I went to one such ”foot function” in a dilapidated skating rink. Word Up by Cameo was a popular song at the time. I even danced, or foot functioned, to the song.
What would have happened if the choir director (this was before the days of Ministers of Music or Worship Pastors) at our church had said while leading music, “Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care!!!” We may have broken every Baptist law about dancing ever devised.
Now days, of course, it is very common to find good Southern Baptists putting their hands in the air. My church is a traditional, non traditional Southern Baptist church. There are people putting their hands up and lots of clapping. Sometimes I think I’m the odd one by not doing it.
Let’s make sure that we don’t move in the opposite direction. Let’s leave room for those like me who don’t put their hands up. I promise that sometimes I will beat the pew to the music. Just like last Sunday.
How about you? Are you a hands up or hands down kind of person?
Yesterday we made our third visit in our church search. I know that everyone is eagerly awaiting to hear about it, so here goes.
In many ways this was a very traditional Southern Baptist Church (we have always been in SBC churches). It is an old school, “main” Baptist church of a town. I only say that to mean that it has been a leader in much of the spiritual direction of the city and fought many fights over issues important to that community in the past.
One of the neatest things about going to this church today was that we were able to witness baptisms to start the service. Four people of various ages were baptized. I took it that the gentleman doing most of the baptizing was someone on the pastoral staff, but I never figured out who he was exactly.
The music would be described as a blend of contemporary and traditional. Several people were on stage playing various instruments. A choir backing a praise group led the singing part of the service.
The pastor preached without the aid of a pulpit. I’m not sure if that is normal or was because children did a couple of special musical numbers. I was mildly surprised that he wore a sweater and some pants instead of a suit.
As a point of interest, my children have been attending youth events with this church for about a year. My daughter’s boyfriend and family attend this church. So there is a connection there.
As a bonus, our community had its annual Thanksgiving service tonight. It was held at our former church that we left three months or so ago. It was rather awkward at first, but there were more people from the other churches in the community than this one.
It was an interesting day. Not only was this the third Sunday we have been back to church, but the first time we have been to church twice on a Sunday in quite some time.
Next week we will visit the final church in our initial list of four. At that point we will decide if we want to revisit any of these and decide if we want to add any others.
I had planned on posting another blog post today, but I had to interrupt my regularly scheduled writing so that I could address an important issue. The Southern Baptist Convention is thinking about changing its name. There are so many reasons, going all the way back to the convention allowing slave owners to be missionaries to being limited by the regional implications of the name. I am a lifelong Southern Baptist, albeit an irreverent one at times. So I thought I would chime in on some possibilities for the new name. With no further adieu………….
The Biggest, Baddest Baptist Denomination. The Southern Baptist Convention was descriptive of what the denomination was at one time. It was Southern. Baptist. Has a yearly convention. It’s kind of like Belk. Modern. Southern. Style. We always hear about how big we are as a denomination. Let’s just go ahead and tell everyone what we really are. We can even call ourselves 3B or B Cubed.
The Baptist Convention Between Canada and Mexico. We no longer wanted to thought of as a regional denomination. Let’s go ahead and take over the entire United States. This tells everyone in the world exactly where we are.
The North American Baptist Convention. We already have the North American Mission Board. We could just co-op a name we already have and use it to describe the entire organization. The only problem is that we have an International Mission Board. What will they have to say?
The International Baptist Convention. The entire reason we have denominations to fund missions. Our International Mission Board administers our foreign missionaries. We may luck out and get both it and the North American version if the two split over the name.
The Conservative Baptist Convention. Since 1979, the Southern Baptist Convention has been known for biblical inerrancy and conservatism. Let’s go ahead and tell everyone what we are about.
Let’s face it. None of these are really good names to change to for the SBC. Worse than that, these are only even funny if I’m trying to write a humorous piece. However, here is my favorite possibility for what the SBC should change its name to:
The Convention Formerly Known As The Southern Baptist Convention. Here everyone would get what they want. It’s not the SBC anymore, but the old timers would still have what they want in its name. It’s Southern. Baptist. A Convention. I’m just not sure what kind of strange symbol would become the name of the group. Hey, don’t laugh. Prince did it for a while.
All of this is intended to have fun with what is going on in my denomination. From what I read, the main reason is so that we can evangelize more people. If the Lord uses us changing our name for that, I’m all for it. Good luck to those who are involved in making this decision.
Do you think the Southern Baptist Convention should change its name? If so, what should it be changed to?
Have you ever thought about whether your church thinks globally? I don’t mean whether or not your church gives money to international missions like my Southern Baptist church does. We give a certain amount of our money to what we call the Cooperative Program that supports missions. We take up an offering called the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering that supports international missions. At Easter, it’s the Annie Armstrong to support North American missions.
But back to the original question: Does your church think globally?
Does your church do more than take up money? Does your church send mission teams out locally? Does your church send teams out regionally? Nationally? Internationally? For me, thinking globally is being outwardly focused? Is your church outwardly focused?
Or is it focused solely on what’s going on within the four walls? Is it focused on what’s happening on Sunday and Wednesday?
Please don’t tell me that people are doing things to help out, but are being so “spiritual” that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. I’m talking about our churches being proactive and intentional in going out into their communities, regions, states, nations or the world.
I believe that churches who are truly following Christ are thinking globally? They are focused on what’s going on outside the four walls. Sundays and Wednesdays are time to worship and “fuel up” together for doing just that.
So, back to the question
Is your church thinking globally?