Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

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Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby Mark » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:25 pm

I've seen several blog and non-blog references to the fact that he is, or was, going to do write some reflections on his experience in Atlanta, but haven't seen anything yet. Forgive me if I've overlooked something already posted.
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Re: Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby William Thornton » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:46 pm

Mark wrote:I've seen several blog and non-blog references to the fact that he is, or was, going to do write some reflections on his experience in Atlanta, but haven't seen anything yet. Forgive me if I've overlooked something already posted.


He's been busy with the anti-PP stuff. A guy's gotta have priorities you know.
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Re: Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby jeremy_shoulta » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:27 pm

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.
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Re: Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby Stephen Fox » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:09 pm

Mark:

Enlist BDid in this cause. I think they are in Baylor Doctorate program together.
I do think there is hope in dialogue between Bdid and Ben Cole and David Rogers and other signers of the Memphis Declaration; including Ryan Hale of this board who shows every sign of seeing the light.
David Gushee is the key outreach person, seems to me, to the MemDec folks.
I wait with you for more from Ben Cole on the Bap Covenant.
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Re: Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby Ed Pettibone » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:31 am

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 :oops: to say his name did not really click with this, non-blog reading, old man.
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Re: Has Ben Cole written about New Baptist Covenant yet?

Postby Stephen Fox » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:19 pm

Will Ben Cole be working with Wagner to bring elements of the Memphis Declaration within the Covenant Tent?
Can Bdid help us answer this questions.
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