Surprise, surprise, surprise!!! Guess who’s speaking at the “2010 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference”?
As the title of the post indicates, it’s none other than C.J. Mahaney. Wait a minute!!! Is Mahaney Southern Baptist? Absolutely not! He heads up a “family of churches” known as Sovereign Grace Ministries. Why in the world will Mahaney be addressing Southern Baptists?
Don’t believe it’s possible? Check out the web site advertising the SBC Pastors’ Conference that takes place just prior to the SBC Annual Meeting in sunny Orlando. http://sbcpc.net/
And here’s the line-up of speakers: Al Mohler, Andy Stanley, C.J. Mahaney, Danny Akin, David Landrith, David Platt, David Uth, Francis Chan, Ken Whitten, Matt Chandler, Ravi Zacharias, Russell Moore, Steve Gaines, and Tony Evans.
Take a look at the following greeting posted at the P.C. web site:
Welcome from Kevin Ezell
“The 2010 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference will be held June 13-14, in Orlando, Florida, and I am proud to serve as this year’s Pastors’ Conference president. The conference is open to anyone wishing to attend. SBC President Johnny Hunt and I are anticipating upwards of 10,000 attendees at the two-day event, which immediately precedes the SBC annual meeting. I hope you’ll be there and eager to explore the “Greater Things” that are yet to be done.”
Who is Kevin Ezell? Al Mohler (who not coincidentally heads the speaker list) loves to “Tweet”. The answer is provided in a Twitter post by Mohler last June. Check it out:
“congratulates my pastor Kevin Ezell on his election as president of the SBC Pastors Conference!”
Immediately following this joyous news is the following comment by Mohler on Twitter:
“congratulates my dear friend Jimmy Scroggins as new VP of SBC Pastor’s Conference. What a faithful & wonderful leader and pastor. #sbc2009 12:45 PM Jun 22nd, 2009 from Tweetie“
Don’t you just LOVE Twitter? It takes away all the guesswork… It’s amazing how much information people post with this communication tool. Yes, as Al Mohler has so joyously indicated, Kevin Ezell is HIS pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. And what Mohler wants, Mohler gets…
Did you notice that Ezell claims there should be upwards of 10,000 attendees at this conference? You can rest assured they won’t all be “Southern Baptists” because a good number will be from Sovereign Grace Ministries. C.J. will see to it that his “family of churches” is well-represented.
To read more about the upcoming Pastors’ Conference, check out this Baptist Press article dated January 27, 2010.
SBC Pastors’ Conference to focus on ‘Greater Things;’ website, speakers unveiled
As you likely know, the current president of the SBC, Johnny Hunt, will be stepping down after serving a two-year term. Here’s what I’m speculating will happen at the annual meeting in June. There will be a concerted effort on the part of Mohler and the growing ranks of reformed Baptists to elect a president that reflects their particular brand of theology. After all, many of the “messengers” who will be voting will be hyped up after attending the Pastors’ Conference a few days before. Now I could be wrong… but I think Mark Dever is their candidate of choice. Funny, Mark and I were students at Duke during the same time; however, I believe I’m one year his senior.
Well, that’s enough for today… Tomorrow Dee and I will pontificate on these developments.