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Re: Anniversary...

Postby JE Pettibone » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:00 am

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David Flick wrote:.
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    FWIW: Today, March 13, 2017, is the 17th Anniversary of the founding of the BaptistLife website and Discussion Forums.
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And we are still at it. Wow!


Ed: And unfortunately with more Secular Politics than Baptist Life.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Rvaughn » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:12 am

I don't post that much, but looked at my profile and see I have been a member for ten years and my most active forum is the Baptist Faith & Practice Forum.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby William Thornton » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:31 am

...and we are all getting a little long in the tooth.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby William Thornton » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:32 am

David, when did the old SBCNet start operating?
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Sandy » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:12 pm

Well, Happy Anniversary! And many more!

I don't think I was on here initially, but at the point I joined, it used the format where each addition to the same thread was indented.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Tim Bonney » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:20 pm

William Thornton wrote:...and we are all getting a little long in the tooth.


Yes, I've got a lot more gray than I did when I first logged in here.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby David Flick » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:45 am

William Thornton wrote:David, when did the old SBCNet start operating?

    SBCNet was associated with LifeWay Christian Resources. Based on this article, the discussion forum SBCNet was launched in 1991. I discovered SBCNet through CompuServe. My first email account was on CompuServe. The connection to the internet was by telephone hookup. By today's standards, it was slower than molasses.

    As per the article above, SBCNet terminated service on 1/1/99. Acutally, things shut down around midnight on 12/31/98. On a lighter note, I and several other crazy people were posting messages to the forum to see who could be the last person to get a message up before the forum went down forever. It was hilarious. we were posting crazy meaningless mumbo jumbo nonsense until the end.

    In 1997, I went to Nashville for a week-long writers conference. I had written some devotions which were published in Open Windows. I thought the writers conference would improve my writing skills. While I was there, I went over to the SBCNet office and visited with the two moderators. The Webmaster and lead moderator of SBCNet was David Haywood. There was another moderator, Lisa ?, whose last name I've forgotten. I'm sure Ed can jump in here and give her last name.

    I first met You, Bruce G, and Ed Pettibone and several other BL.Com current members on SBCNet. It was during that time, and I'm sure you remember quite well, that I gave you a lot of misery in some of the discussions. :) I confess that I was a terrible rejoinder in many of the discussions.

    It was during that time that Bruce was writing Godmakers: A Legacy of the Southern Baptist Convention? Sometime in late 1996, he sent me one of the first copies to read before it was published. We had been carrying a private conversation via email and telephone. I don't remember the exact date, but Bruce made a trip to Georgia from Billings, MT, where he was living at the time. He drove through Dewey and spent the night at our house. That's where I first met him face to face.

    After SBCNet folded, Bruce began to plan for creating a new website with a discussion forum similar to the old SBCNet forum. He began buying internet domain names. He invited me to get into the action by buying some domain names, but I didn't know anything at all about that sort of thing so I declined on that offer. BaptistLife.Com and BaptistLife.Org were two of the domain names. He worked about a year creating a website that finally became what we now have (BaptistLife.Com). Bruce will need to help me out here, but I think he created a website that preceded this discussion forum. It went through several iterations before what we have now. As I recall, BL.Com was first launched on March 13, 2000 with Ed and myself as first moderators. We had only one discussion forum, which was the Baptist Faith And Practice Forum

    Off hand, these are my best recollections about the endings of SBCNet and the beginnings of BaptistLife.Com Discussion Forums.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby JE Pettibone » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:00 am

Ed; David, could Lisa's last name be Thornberg or any thing close? It is keeping me awake. You always do a great job recapping the BL.C history.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Haruo » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:43 pm

Glad all of us are still here who are still here. I miss a number of the women particularly. Have some contact with Cathy and Jane on FB but not as much as we had here in times past. Glad Jon Estes is still around occasionally, and very glad to see RLVaughn contributing some diverse insights and not all on Politics.

Mrs. Haruo (the only really active woman here it seems; Trudy is usually computer code for Ed) and I hope to be in Portland for the ABC Biennial (June 30 - July 2); if any of you are headed there let's get together.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Bruce Gourley » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:46 pm

Thanks, David, for the reminder of our board anniversary. And thanks to you and a number of others for being there -- here -- from even before the beginning!

BL.Com remains one of the few places where Baptists of many different stripes interact regularly. Some of us have changed our own stripes a bit over the years, at least in some ways. Others, maybe not so much. :)
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby David Flick » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:24 am

JE Pettibone wrote:Ed; David, could Lisa's last name be Thornberg or any thing close? It is keeping me awake. You always do a great job recapping the BL.C history.

    Eureka!! Very close, Ed! It was Lisa Traughber. I wouldn't have remembered it had you not given me the hint. Name began with a "T" with a "b" in the last syllable.

    Anyway, I confirmed Lisa's last name by googling [ Lisa Traughber + SBCNet ]. Came up with this article that contained this paragraph:

    Lisa Traughber, system operator for the Baptist Sunday School Board's SBCNet forum on CompuServe, says she frequently receives requests for particular types of clip art. "We have no problem posting sbc items, but if it's copyrighted by someone else, we don't post it," she says.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby JE Pettibone » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:55 am

ED; So now I can sleep. :)
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Jon Estes » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:50 pm

If it was not day 1, it was problably day 2 I found SBC.net and watch it reform itself into bl.com.

We differ on many thing. Sometimes not understood. More often poor presentation of what wants to be conveyed. Many have shown up and left quickly. Others were thrown off and returned by grace shown.

Enjoyable. Not as ritical to be here daily as one before.

I think I have met two member... have no idea where J Sneed is these days. Missed Chris when at the Chesapeake last fall. Connected by my current church with G Milligan.

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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Mrs Haruo » Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:23 am

Time flies since as a newlywed, I looked over Haruo's shoulder after he came home from work and shared a drink of milk with our cat and messaged back and forth with a bunch of people on some board called "Baptist Life". Some of the discussions were pretty interesting, I had just joined the Baptist church where we were married, and was interested telling apart all the seeming "31 flavors" of Baptist there are. I am not a cradle Baptist so much of the history was new to me. My background is Presbyterian/Mennonite Brethren/Nazarene. I have moved a lot since I left home, and when I looked for a church home, denominational affiliation was not as important as a place I could walk to and I felt welcomed and wanted when I walked in the door. I signed into Baptist Life and soon found I was making friends across the country that I still consider friends to this day. Thank you for welcoming me into your cyber offices and letting me lean back and rest my aching feet on your coffee table :lol:
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:34 am

Mrs. Haruo,

One of the reasons I still hang out here are friendships I value, despite me being in a much different place theologically than when I joined years ago.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Jon Estes » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:08 am

BL.com memories…

I remember making online friends when online friends were not even a common consideration, culturally (online forums were a brand-new thing – we were on the cutting edge - LOL)

1 – Though SBCNET was a LifeWay thing, it seemed most who frequented there were not in support of the SBC and the direction she was heading.
2 – I began to see not all moderates / liberals were bad people. The few good ones hung out on SBCNET (which was the hunting grounds for BL.com as we know it).
3 – Frequenting BL.com allowed me to sharpen my typing skills. There was a day when the typos were really bad.
4 – BL.com gave me a many sermon illustrations.
5 – I was called out on my typos by William for contextually misspelling “site” (I spelled it “sight”).
6 - I thought Ed was old.
7 – Being here led me to lead my church in El Paso to do a mission project with J Sneed in N Dakota.

I remember being banned and maybe I should have been. These things I do remember concerning this:

1 – BL.com was a place I enjoyed bantering back and forth with others. That place where I would attempt to go at it with the same veracity as the one I was posting with / against / for.
2 – The only thing I was disappointed in was the lack of effort to understand what I was trying to say (which I admit was probably stated not well, at all).
3 – I held no grudges (then or now). I still believe those who rule here have the right to rule as they deem necessary. Grudges is not synonymous with disagreement.
4 – Norm was one who could write with precision, in ways that sometimes were hard to follow if you did not take time (not as hard to follow as S Fox who writes in a completely different style than anyone on the planet). It is possible I did not take the time to fully read and understand what Norm was saying prior to my reply.
5 - I believe Norm got what he wanted from the exchange - I could be wrong.

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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Dave Roberts » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:25 am

One of the joys of BL for me has been getting to know some of the members personally. One of them is James North. Through James, I linked up with Hampton Baptist in Hampton, VA where I served as interim pastor for 18 months. Jim and his wife Judy love Mexican food, and several times during those 18 months, we had Sunday lunch together at their favorite Mexican place. We also had a number of interesting conversations during the time together. He is not as active here as he was, but it is fun to get to know folks from BL in various other contexts.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby John Sneed » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:21 pm

I have been around for a few years. Though I don't often make posts, believe it or not, not two days go by without me having stopped by the board to see what is going on. Though I have many times been the conservative gadfly on the board, I have found some friends in the crowd, sometimes in unlikely places. Jon Estes has already mentioned coming to North Dakota for a missions trip (good times), but not before his own church hosted me for a F.A.I.T.H. training conference. I remember the green chili (good times).

As I am transitioning into a new phase of life I am still finding unlikely friends. As I get ready to finish a master's degree in history, I have found a friend, advisor, and mentor in our very own Dr. Gourley. I have found his advice to be accurate and timely and his friendship to be warming and engaging. Stranger alliances have been formed.

I also remember crossing paths with David Flick at one of the SBC annual meetings. I confess I forget which one, but I also forget what I wore to work today.

Though I have found many things said on the board to be frustrating as all get out, when I had an interest in the topic, I have found a lot of good times connected to this board too. Good memories.

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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Haruo » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:44 am

Particularly good to hear that you and Bruce are getting along well.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby KeithE » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:24 am

John Sneed wrote:I have been around for a few years. Though I don't often make posts, believe it or not, not two days go by without me having stopped by the board to see what is going on.

As I am transitioning into a new phase of life I am still finding unlikely friends. As I get ready to finish a master's degree in history, I have found a friend, advisor, and mentor in our very own Dr. Gourley. I have found his advice to be accurate and timely and his friendship to be warming and engaging. Stranger alliances have been formed.


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Again I suggest you contact Bill Cooper who lives in Springfield and is a history teacher (more books than any one I know), retired PCA minister, and still Reformed in his theology.

I don’t thave his phone number, but you can get his phone number by calling his son Ben at (417) 536-7985. His wife Regina runs the Springfield Library system (a good one).
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Bruce Gourley » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:53 pm

John, it has been great to engage with you regarding your excellent scholarly work. We find common ground in a desire to learn more about our faith's history, in ways that transcend any particular (if I may pun for a moment) personal theological convictions.

I look forward, one day in the not-too-distant-future, to reading the fruits of your efforts. And, hopefully, to coffee or a meal in North Dakota or Montana (admittedly I don't get over to ND very often).
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Postby Stephen Fox » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:39 pm

My participation here helped get me kicked out of the Collinsville Baptist Church where My Mother was baptized!
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Re: What can I say

Postby William Thornton » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:41 pm

Stephen Fox wrote:My participation here helped get me kicked out of the Collinsville Baptist Church where My Mother was baptized!


A deplorable and scurrilous event...
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby Chris » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:40 pm

Bruce Gourley wrote:...a few of our early regulars have, sadly, passed away.

I really miss Marilyn, from Tyler Texas, and Ralph Storm.
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Re: Anniversary...

Postby JE Pettibone » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:47 am

Chris wrote:
Bruce Gourley wrote:...a few of our early regulars have, sadly, passed away.

I really miss Marilyn, from Tyler Texas, and Ralph Storm.


Ed: I am hesitant to name one, thinking thinking their are others that I should mention, but Allen Roper of Alabama was a valued contributor to BL.C in the early years. During the combined ABC/CBF meeting in DC, Allen really wanted to go to 5 Guys for lunch and we gave it a try but after a long wait, I persuaded him to go to a far less busy place next door, reluctantly he followed us, but his disappointment was quite evident. Had I had any Idea that he had such a short lime to live, we would have waited. In Upstate NY we visited 5 Guy's a couple times a month and each time I thought of Allen.
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