Friday, June 13, 2008

SBC 2008

The annual SBC meeting was held June 10-11 this week in Indianapolis. I did not go, choosing to spend my conference allotment this year on Banner of Truth (and I have no regrets on that choice). Not going seemed to be a popular option. Only c. 7,300 messengers attended. You can read first hand reports by various bloggers. Here's a sampling:
Reformissionary ("Ten Things That Happened at the 2008 SBC" is pretty funny);
The big news of this year was a resolution on regenerate church membership and the election of Johnny Hunt to the influential office of President on the first ballot in a crowded field. It will be interesting to see how Hunt leads over the next two years (given he serves the usual unopposed second term). Hunt has been an outspoken critic of "creeping Calvinism" in the SBC. His church, FBC Woodstock, will be hosting "The John 3:16 Conference" (sponsored by Jerry Vines ministries) November 6-7, 2008. This may prove to be the anti-"Together-For-The-Gospel" Conference. The conference introduction reads:
Did Jesus die on the cross for every person? Are believers eternally secure? Can grace be resisted? These and many other questions will be addressed.

This conference is not going to be a "Let's bash the Calvinists" conference. This conference is going to be a biblical and theological assessment of and response to 5-point Calvinism. It will be helpful for lay people as well as preachers.
Will Hunt be a uniter or a divider?

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