SBC Annual Meeting predictions...from long distance, since I will not be there.
Election for SBC president:
Stop-the-world: A non-megachurch pastor (Leo Endel) gets elected. I mean, if the small church lobbying group endorses a megachurch pastor for president, what does that say about messengers being interested in anyone but a high-profile megapastor?
Shocking: A president is elected on the first ballot without a runoff. Endel gets even 10% of the vote.
Surprising: Jimmy Jackson, the only major candidate who has spoken against the GCRTF recommendations, is elected.
Ho hum: Bryant Wright or Ted Traylor is elected in a runoff.
I really don’t have a good feel for this but I’ll offer a conjecture: Jimmy Jackson gets in the runoff with the support of the GCRTF critics but loses handily to Wright or Traylor. I’ll go right from my heart on this one and pick Wright to win because (a) I like him, (b) I like his radical approach to SBC funding, (c) I hear he has the support of SBC Orthodontists.
GCRTF Report and Recommendations
Stop-the-world: The convention rejects the report out-of-hand.
Shocking: The convention forces a point-by-point vote on the various components of the report.
Surprising: Any part of the report is amended or rejected.
Ho hum: The convention passes the report as it is presented.
Sorry, but Morris Chapman, the Task Force's most prominent opponent, just doesn’t have the wherewithal to pull many votes. Neither does anyone else in Baptist Press' lineup of GCRTF opponents. The report passes easily.
Maybe I am out of touch here. What do you think?