Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All Around the Web - July 22, 2014

Andrew Dyer - Campbellsville University has Not Changed…and THAT is the Problem
Over the past week a long-percolating, yet mostly quiet, rift between the leadership of Campbellsville University (CU) and the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) boiled over into a very loud & public divorce. It takes two to tango, but I am very disappointed with the CU leadership who publicly, frequently, and recently stated they were committed to maintaining the partnership with the KBC, while privately working hard to do the exact opposite of what they were saying. (Something about let your “yes be yes and your no be no” comes to mind.) The end result is a unilateral decision, without dialogue, by CU Trustees to turn their backs on the Convention who elected & entrusted them to hold the University in trust;  and to jettison all accountability to the churches to which the school owes its present strength.  The average CU alum, Kentucky Baptist pastor or church member is left with many questions. Chief among those questions is “Why?”

Campbellsville President Michael Carter and Board of Trustee Chairman Joseph Owens released a statement on Wednesday explaining the Board’s decision to break covenant with the KBC which stated it was to “avoid both undue influence and imposition of theological and doctrinal control.” They also said repeatedly that Campbellsville University has not changed. In my opinion, that is correct…and that is the problem.

CU leadership has tried to make the problems between them and the KBC sound like differences between two camps of conservative, evangelical orthodoxy. Campbellsville leadership has repeatedly tried to convince its Board of Trustees, the KBC Mission Board, and the churches of Kentucky she stands doctrinally for/with the majority of Baptists in Kentucky. The flip side of the argument is that KBC is trying to promote some fringe doctrine, which is out of step with the majority of Baptists. Both of these things, however, are far from the truth. From my vantage point, there are real, substantive, and deep doctrinal divides that are at the heart of this dispute. The real issues concerning KBC leaders about CU are not mere preferences or secondary or tertiary issues, but issues at the heart of the gospel.

I am a member of the CU family. I loved my time at CU. I grew in my faith. God allowed me to establish many friendships which continue to this day and will continue into eternity because of the work of Christ. In numerous ways, I was equipped for life & ministry while at CU. I am grateful to God for my time there. While I am going to mention several significant issues, I want it known that this is far from an overarching indictment of each individual professor or administrator. It is also not saying that CU is a bad place.  That is not at all my point, nor my heart.

I am a member of the KBC family. I have been a member of KBC churches since 1984. I pastor a church that is proud to cooperate and serve alongside other Kentucky Baptists as well as our state mission board staff. I have had opportunities to serve on the Mission Board and the Administrative Committee (although the views expressed in this blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of anyone else).

The Blaze - ESPN Sportscaster Battling Cancer Just Gave What’s Being Called One of the ‘Best Speeches Ever’

Thom Rainer - Five Pleas from Pastors to Search Committees
  1. “Consider carefully how you first contact me.” It can be highly disruptive to my present ministry if you just show up at my church. And remember that if you send an email to me at my church, others may read it.
  2. “Please stay in touch with me.” I can feel like I am in limbo if I don’t hear anything from you for a long time. I would rather be told that you are moving in another direction than not to hear anything.
  3. “If I am called to your church, please let the congregation know the issues you and I agreed upon.” For example, if you are letting me hire my own staff rather than it going through a personnel committee, please let the church know this change is taking place before you present me.
  4. “Clarify both the strengths and the challenges of the church before I come.” Do your best so I will not be surprised by the major struggles and challenges. I can deal with them better if I know about them in advance.
  5. “Understand that if I come to the church, my entire family will be a part of the transition.” So please talk to my spouse about the issues, challenges, and opportunities. Include the entire family, not just me.

John StonestreetMacroevolution Has No Clothes
Professor James Tour of Rice University, one of the ten most cited chemists in the world, engineers molecules for a living, but says he’s got “no idea” how macroevolution—the common descent of all life from a single ancestor by natural processes—is supposed to work on a molecular level.

Tour says he’s asked National Academy of Sciences members and Nobel Prize recipients to explain the chemical details of the origin of life and the evolution of new organisms.

“Every time that I have [asked], ‘Do you understand this? How do you get DNA without a cell membrane? And how do you get a cell membrane without a DNA?’…they just stare at me.”

Tour goes on to note that anyone who admits this endangers their careers. He’s even advised students to keep their doubts about evolutionary theory to themselves.

LA Times - Big jump in number of millennials living with parents reported
More Americans than ever live in multigenerational households, and the number of millennials who live with their parents is rising sharply, according to a study released Thursday.

A record 57 million Americans, or 18.1% of the population, lived in multigenerational arrangements in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. That's more than double the 28 million people who lived in such households in 1980, the center said.

A multigenerational family is defined as one with two or more generations of adults living together.

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