Well, my jaunt into denominational politics has ended about as quickly as it began. I take this as a cue from the Lord to return to what I was doing before I allowed my name to be placed in nomination as VP of the SBC a little more than a week ago: working as best I know how to see that souls are won and disciples made, both here in Spain, and around the world.
I also take it as a confirmation of the leadership of Jim Richards on the part of Southern Baptists. I was happy to read in various interviews, questionnaires, and hear in his nomination speech, of his support for President Frank Page, and the direction he is leading us as a Convention to humble ourselves, seek God's face, and turn from our wicked ways. I am also impressed by his record as a strong supporter of the Cooperative Program through the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. I am confident that, as Vice President, he will continue to lead us well to be more and more generous and consistent in our support of missions.
Those who have read this blog carefully, and compared my positions on some issues with those espoused by Jim Richards, will realize we have some differences on this or that. Though I believe we must always be open to the continued guidance of the Lord, I do not plan on changing my views anytime soon, and I don't imagine Jim plans on changing his either. All in all, however, I can say confidently there is much, much more that joins us together as brothers in Christ, and colaborers for the cause of the gospel, than that which might come between us.
I look forward, in the days ahead, to continuing to work together with Southern Baptists, and all of God's people around the world, to see the name of Jesus lifted up, and the gospel of grace proclaimed in love and boldness to a lost and dying world.