Other reflections on the 2007 ACP report

The Southern Baptist blogosphere is buzzing with comments on the ACP report that was released yesterday. Chris Elrod has a 30 minute video conversation with Ed Stetzer about it. Timmy Brister has weighed in with his typically insightful analysis.

The best comments that I have read come from Nathan Finn. Nathan teaches church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is one of the sharpest thinkers of the rising generation of Southern Baptists. Some guys are easier to like from a distance. Nathan wears well. The more you know him, the more you love and appreciate him. His insights are prophetic and need to be read by every Southern Baptist pastor and church member who cares even a little bit about the association of churches known as the SBC. He asks the question, “Does the SBC have a future?” and succinctly highlights some of our very serious problems that certain leaders either refuse to admit or regard as traitorous to articulate. Nathan defies that mentality and speaks humbly, clearly and boldly. Just go read it.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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