Just like the entire leadership structure of the SBC, everytime I want to know what is going on in Southern Baptist life, what the issues of major concern are, and what both pastors and lay people think about what is happening, I go over to SBCVoices.com. SBCVoices is the one-stop-shop of Southern Baptist opinions and opinion makers. Every Baptist blog of note (including this one) is included in the blog aggregator at the top of the page. There are also multiple articles a day posted on the site itself from contributors from all walks of Baptist life. It is a great place to learn, interact, talk about ministry, and hear the opinions of others. One of the major reasons that it works so well is because of its editor, Dave Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Dave is fair, balanced, and generous in his role as editor. He also has a great wit and a fantastic sense of humor as well as a sharp theological mind and love for Christ and people. Whenever I see Dave chime in, I know that I am going to hear a perspective that is well thought out, reasonable, fair, and Christ-centered.
It is because of all of these qualities that I am glad to be able to nominate Dave for the office of 2nd Vice President of the SBC next week in New Orleans. Dave is exactly the kind of guy that Baptists need in leadership right now. He is the son of a Southern Baptist pastor and his parents became SBC missionaries. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served churches in Florida, Virginia, and for the past 21 years, he has pastored in Iowa. He has the background to know how the SBC functions in all respects, but he has also served outside of the South and knows where the SBC should be headed if it is going to thrive in an increasingly post-Christian America.
In addition to Dave's experience, his passion is to see Baptists continue to work together in ever increasing ways. Dave believes strongly (as do I) that our true unity is in Christ, that the Baptist Faith & Message (BF&M) is our standard of doctrinal unity and that all who agree with it should be able to work together in Baptist life and mission. He also believes and promotes the fact that we should cooperate in the Great Commission both locally and globally and that we should do that through the Cooperative Program. Dave's church, Southern Hills Baptist, is the leading CP church in Iowa as well as in Lottie Moon and total missions giving. Dave clearly articulates his hopes and prayers for the SBC in this post at SBCVoices. Good and needed words.
Dave's heartbeat is that we would work together as Baptists according to what we already have in common to know Christ and make Him known to the ends of the earth. He provides a platform for discussion and mutual understanding everyday through SBCVoices and he leads his local church in faithful mission both in Iowa and around the world. Dave is exactly the kind of leadership that Southern Baptists can hope to have to lead us forward, and for that reason, I will gladly give him my support.