Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ah, fun and frivolity at the GBC meeting...

These Baptist gatherings are always interesting. You just have to know how to handle them. Some vignettes from the Georgia Baptist Convention meeting:

Excellent! GuideStone (at GBC Church Financial Services desk) giving out toothbrushes. That's a first.

Disappearing: Toupees. Used to abound at these things but now scarce. I saw only one and it wasn't much to behold.

Puzzling: Speaker asserted that, "Doctrine without duty is a disgrace." This is a trap for Christians, I think, but if one alliterates, one has to expect some untidiness.

Unwise: Scheduling a vote on some nominations after a stemwinder sermon. Get the nuts and bolts stuff out of the way, then preach.

Amusing: The messenger who proposed a resolution on gluttony to counterbalance the one passed on alcohol. I though that was a good time to step out for a donut.

Tiresome: Speakers who apparently never heard a cliche they were not willing to use.

Sad: Christian pulp fiction far outnumbered Bible displays at the bookstore.

Aggravating: Reading every single word of resolutions. We can spend $40+ million on a show of hands vote without reading a budget but we can't pass a boilerplate resolution without every syllable thereof being enunciated.

Inspiring: The preacher whose enthusiasm and passion vastly outweighed his shrill voice. You don't have to be Adrian Rogers after all.

Expected: Rambling, incoherent, amusing comments from the floor microphones. Well, it is sort of a large church conference anyhow.

You will not find this stuff in the convention minutes. Happy to help.


Anonymous said...

Umm--just because Christian pulp fiction outsells Bibles shouldn't cause alarm.

Some folks read the same copy of the Bible literally for a lifetime, but don't want to do so with a silly novel.

Kind of like saying we only need one episode of one tv show, run endlessly, as entertainment.

Maybe, but not very entertaining.

William Thornton said...

I was surprised at the stacks and stacks of Christian pulp fiction. I don't know about sales.

Consider me caught in an old codger moment. I don't understand the popularity of the genre.