SBC Today is reporting that Dr. Jerry Vines is affirming the Great Commission Resurgence document with caveats. The Great Commission Resurgence website lists Dr. Paige Patterson as having done the same.
I have already listed the areas in which I agree with the document, the areas in which I disagree, and the areas in which I can't quite tell whether I agree or not. I affirm in its entirety the resolution on the Great Commission Resurgence that the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention affirmed at our annual meeting in 2008. Not only am I in agreement with that statement, beyond my mere agreement there is enthusiasm about all that it says.
I will not ask to be an asterisked signatory on the GCR website. However, I request that nobody construe me as an opponent of the idea of a Great Commission Resurgence. I am indeed someone who is enthusiastically in support of portions of the statement, uncertain what the convention would mean by other portions of it, regretful about the absence of some things within it (e.g., the actual interaction with the text of the Great Commission evidenced in the SBTC resolution), and yet willing for the deliberative process to unfold further before concluding one way or the other about this particular set of ideas.
I have determined to do this: I am going to bring the text of the SBTC resolution before my church for its own consideration. I would encourage each of my readers, if you desire to see a Great Commission Resurgence in our convention, to start in your own life and in the life of your local congregation. Let this not be exclusively a conversation of blogs and national conventions; let it be a conversation opened in our own assemblies, where it ultimately must rise or fall.