All star game tonight. Big deal…actually not so big a deal. Omar Infante and Matt Thornton? I like the team of the former and the name of the latter.
These are not SBC rock stars, a group for which there is, lamentably, far too many to choose from.
Annotated SBC all stars, completely subjective:
Adrian Rogers: Though not the the conceptual guide or the organizing force, he was clearly the leading figure. Charismatic, resolute, and unflappable, no individual was more influential or compelling in motivating SBCers. I would love to have his reading on SBC things that have transpired since he died in 2005.
Paul Pressler: Though unimpressive in appearance and in speaking, his organizing skills were indispensable.
Paige Patterson: Solid in every defense of the CR, best I can see. Who else could have done better what he did during those years?
Jerry Rankin: Seems to me that what Rankin accomplished during his tenure – after following the moderate Keith Parks in 1992 and enduring all the changes and challenges since – is underappreciated. Not a compelling speaker but compelling in his steadfast commitment to taking the Gospel where it has least been heard.
B. Gray Allison: Not a man who got many headlines but he may have accomplished more as an individual than any Southern Baptist in the last half-century. Allison conceived, founded, and sustained a seminary (Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, would rank ahead of a couple of the SBC's six in enrollment) without a ready-made funding stream like the Cooperative Program, without a TV ministry that instantly generated millions and without well-fixed benefactors. I’m an alumnus, of course.
Al Mohler: Mohler has been for some time the go-to guy for the SBC when secular media want commentary on culture stuff and he always does well. Who else in SBC life in the last half-century has done as well, or would do as well in such a role?
Well, that’s only two-thirds of a starting lineup….