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Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


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"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

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building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

How do we find balance?

David Phillips quoted a retired SBC pastor that he has spent some time with this week. His words got me to thinking. Here is what he said:

The liberal good 'ol boys were leading us to liberalism. The conservative good 'ol boys are leading us to stagnation.

The battle for the Bible is over. Now the battle is for theology, for missions, and for ecclesiology. The eccleisological ridicule from the Vine's of the world continues through the Steve Gaines of the world.

[UPDATE (per David Phillips who heard the quotes): The context for the second quote above is the following:Vines has that tendency to take the "pot shots" at contemporary worship and churches that use it. According to my (David's) pastor-friend, Gaines is now making similar comments.]

I have respect for both Jerry Vines and Steve Gaines. I believe they love the SBC and have pure motives. I assume this because I don't know them personally. But this quote caused me to really think. There is always the danger of liberalism creeping into the church and denominations. How do we find balance? Most of the pastors I am in contact with are conservative. But we have seen the power-hungry, mean-spirited and ugly tactics in SBC life --at least since I have been an adult. Accountability is needed. But, I take correction much better when I am approached with a humble spirit. I don't see that very much anymore. Church, especially denominational politics, copies the Democrats and Republicans! There is spin, rhetoric, name-calling, etc... Jesus was not a political leader. As much as his own disciples wanted that- He resisted! I don't see Jesus running for the President of the SBC. I'm not saying it is bad to be President. But we need humble men like Jim Henry. We need people who are "cooperative conservatives." I drove through Greensboro on Monday and was thinking about the future of the SBC. I believe it will be a pivotal time for the SBC. God doesn't need the SBC. But we need Him! My prayer is that we will continue to pray and work towards sharing Jesus in the world and stop destroying our own. I pray that those of us younger SBC leaders will not copy the bad example we witnessed over the last 2 decades! God help us all!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 2/15/2006 09:01:00 AM


Blogger David Phillips said...


I want to make sure I put in context that second quote (I missed that this morning), and I'll do it on my blog...

Vines has that tendency to take the "pot shots" at contemporary worship and churches that use it. According to my pastor-friend, Gaines is now making similar comments.

2/15/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger David Phillips said...

That's really a great question Kdawg. I wish I knew the answer.

2/15/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger art rogers said...

What will we become? I just laid down a major post on my blog about some of this. I think that fi we are not taken seriously, Young SBC will find a place where we are. This could take a lot of SBC churches out of the SBC OR could leave a void of leadership that will be equally as devistating.

2/15/2006 02:28:00 PM  

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