jeremy_shoulta wrote:There was a first-day recap at SBC Outpost...I think it was written by him. Otherwise I don't think that there's been a follow-up.
Ed: Thanks for the reference Jeremy,
Here are Cole's four main points from that Jan 31st post on his blog;
1. Racial diversity — Southern Baptists have no idea what it is like to join in a gathering of Baptists where blacks are as numerous as whites. For all our apologizing for slavery and efforts to elect this or that black pastor to some third tier office, we are sickening in our ethnic homogeneity. There is a tremendous sense among most participants that something is right about this meeting.
2.. Jimmy Carter — This man is bright, articulate, and winsome. E.V. Hill was often fond of saying that “not many men can ‘call a meeting.’” Jimmy Carter knows how to “call a meeting.”
3. William Shaw — This remarkably gifted preacher offered one of the most coherent and theologically sophisticated sermons I have heard at any Baptist gathering. Southern Baptists are almost void of this kind of preaching. Here is a pastor-theologian who can shout when he wants to, but doesn’t need to in order to be heard. In his message, Shaw gave a strong defense of the right of the unborn. Likewise, he gave a strong exhortation about the right of the living to receive justice.
4. The age issue — There are a number of young people here, but I have the sense that like all “big meetings,” the Covenant Celebration is primarily attended by those with increasingly gray or bald heads. The challenge for the New Baptist Covenant will be to ignite passion among young theologians, politicians, pastors, ethicists, and laymen for cooperation on this scale
Under each point he does say more about how it relates to the SBC.
I do hope he gets to his follow up soon.
I think I did speak briefly with Cole but I am
to say his name did not really click with this, non-blog reading, old man.