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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)


quote of the week

"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." .

Dr. John R. Bisagno:

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marty duren
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art rogers
stuart delony
wade burleson
kiki cherry
david phillips
dorcas hawker
arkansas rasorbaptist
cb scott
ben cole
tim sweatman
jason sampler
mark mansheim
adam feldman
scott freeman
wes kenny
alan cross
john stickley
bowden mcelroy
c w
jamie wootten
nate goodwin
paul littleton
jeff richard young
J. A. Gillmartin
villa rica
phillips lynn
micah fries
preachin jesus
morris chapman
tim sweetman
kevin lancaster
jeremy roberts
al mohler
ronnie floyd
david rogers
sbc bloggers
greg pouncey
jason burns
howie luvzus
gary lamb
angela davis
neil elmore
jason shepherd
monday morning insight
wayne cordeiro
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my parents ministry
starbucks gossip
the ooze
willowcreek association
purpose driven
northpoint community church
springs church
albert pujols
shaun alexander
john maxwell
element 2
dale jarrett
bama magazine
bible gateway
biblical studies foundation

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listening [to]

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


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Dysfunction in the SBC...........

Dictionary.com says Dysfunction or Dysfunctional is
Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group
I believe every family has some dysfunction. But some familes are more functional than others. Now, I'm no family counselor, Bowden McElroy can have that job. But I have observed what I see as the difference between Functional Families and Dysfunctional Families by watching my family growing up and watching my friends and how my extended family interacted. My family had it's fair share of dysfunction. But we were able to fight like anybody and not hold grudges. My friends loved to hang out at our house because there was something different about it compared to theirs. We would fight like cats and dogs, yet we would love each other at the end of the day. When we saw each other again, you would never know there was a fight earlier. In contrast I would go to friends homes or now in my extended family and there would be knock down, drag out fights that would do irreversible harm. Family members would go days, weeks and even months not talking to each other. They would try to get family members to turn on other family members. When they were together you could cut the tension with a knife. I believe the Southern Baptist Convetion is Dysfuntional! This hurts me deeply. I accepted Christ as a member of the SBC, I was baptised in an SBC church, I went to a SBC University and Seminary and I serve in an SBC church. But what I have noticed over the last 25 years is we are Dysfunctional! As I read briefs, news reports and blogs I am amazed at all of the venom between followers of Christ. It appears to other denominations that we are arrogant as SBC'ers. But we can't even disagree peacefully! Joe Kennedy has written several insightful posts about this recently. I encourage you to read them. We have resorted to name calling, character assination. Go read this post on Dorcas Hawker's site. Then go to Tom Ascol's site and read this post. Calvanists and non-Calvanists were blasting each other. Why can't we have a "big tent" as Wade Burleson says? Why can't we disagree on the non-essentials? What about love? We need Bowden to give the entire denomination group therapy! God help us!

posted by Kevin Bussey at 3/11/2006 09:30:00 AM


Blogger Bowden McElroy said...

I don't think the denomination is any more or less dysfunctional than a "typical" (whatever that is) SBC congregation.

In other words, I think our denominational antics reflect what's going on in churches all over the country.

Short term solutions for the SBC involve changing the various boards and entities; probably changing our constitution (and the last "short term solution" we embarked on took 25 years).

The long term solution is for every SBC church to reflect healthy patterns of decision making and conflict resolution. To be the Body in action as well as words.

We're great at knowing the Word; we just don't always practice what we preach.

3/12/2006 12:03:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

I'm sure you are right Bowden. But I want us to do what you said in your last sentence.

3/12/2006 09:47:00 AM  

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