GARBC Conference 2010

Event blog posts from the 2010 annual conference

Fighting the Bantam Roosters: Baptist Fundamentalism Still Grapples with Its Colorful Heritage

Ninety years ago we gave ourselves a name: Fundamentalists.

“We suggest that those who still cling to the great fundamentals and who mean to do battle royal for the great fundamentals shall be called ‘Fundamentalists,’” wrote Curtis Lee Laws in the July 1, 1920 issue of the Watchman-Examiner, a Baptist newspaper with loose ties to the Northern Baptist Convention.

And 90 years later, we still discuss the implications of the Fundamentalist label. Back then, the issues seemed crystal clear: either you believed the Bible was true, or you didn’t. Simple to articulate and easy to defend, the idea of Fundamentalism was expressed as core doctrinal beliefs. Lines were drawn. Positions were staked. Ink was spilt, often.

But language is elastic, meaning is elusive, and sometimes words just wear out.

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Resolution on Fundamentalism

On Wednesday, the association passed a resolution on the subject of Fundamentalism and its future and the association’s relationships with respect to Fundamentalism. The resolution is especially interesting in light of the two “non GARBC” keynote speakers this year, Tim Jordan and Dan Davey. Look for an article soon including the text of the resolution as well some perspective from Jordan, Davey and others.

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Thursday Evening Update: Spiritual Warfare

Responsive Scripture Reading: Psalm 96:2-3, 7a-10

Songs: Holy, Holy, Holy; You Are Holy

Oral Interpretation of the Scriptures – Talent for Christ winner Emily Wiedemeir (First Baptist Church, Carroll, IA)

Male Voice – Talent for Christ winner Zac Singletary (First Baptist Church, Wellington, OH)

Invitation to 2011 Conference in Denver, CO

Offertory: Piano – Talent for Christ winner Sarah Parsons (Youngs Corners Fellowship Church, Wadsworth, OH)

Service Awards for Youth – presented by Lance Augsburger and John Greening

Song: Sovereign God, by written by Lance Augsburger (Conference Youth Program Director)

Daniel 10 -- Dr. Dan Davey

Introductory Comments:

  • There are 4 visions in the second half of Daniel. Ch. 7-8 are apocalyptic; Ch. 10-12 are more revelatory w/o symbols.
  • Ch. 10:1-11:1 is the preparation for Daniel to receive the vision.
  • I approach this with incredible fear but incredible joy.
  • J. Vernon McGee “We are moving into a very eerie section. Maybe you would call it weird or strange. The veil of the spiritual world is partially and momentarily pulled aside and we look temporarily in the unseen world.”
  • My goal is to awaken us to the unseen battle that surrounds us.
  • I’m not asking you to agree with my conclusions. Just to be good Bereans.

Notes about the Body of the Message:

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Thursday Morning Highlights

Today, the schedule included two morning general sessions rather than a general session and a workshop period. So we heard two more speakers from the book of Daniel, covering chapters 8 and 9. The first was chaplain Bill Gesser, and the 9 AM general session had a chaplaincy focus.

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Earthen Vessels

Could two guys be any more different than Dan Davey and Tim Jordan? Yes and no.

Following the afternoon general session, conference attendees were invited to a more intimate setting for a Q & A session with pastors Jordan and Davey, moderated by Gerry Weber. Why these two? Certainly one reason is that they are not what most people would characterize as “GARB guys,” so conference attendees are presumably unfamiliar with them and their ministries.

Since I had heard of both men before, but had never heard their stories, the Q & A session was enlightening to me as well. Weber described the aim of the event as an effort to help us “see the fingerprint of God” on these men’s lives. I believe that print was unmistakable.

But the session also served as an excellent complement to the preaching of both men, and here is where their dissimilarity and similarity come into focus. Seconds into Tim Jordan’s message in the afternoon general session, I was thinking, “Could two men be any more different than Jordan and Davey?” The reason for my reaction is that Tim is blessed with comedic timing and a keen grasp of the absurdities of our human ways, and he had us laughing… a lot. Davey’s delivery is weighty and deadly serious (though not humorless).

Seeing them sitting together at the Q & A session emphasized their differences even more. They just lookvery different.

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Wednesday Evening Update: The Greatest Chapter in Daniel

Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:13-14

Songs: Great is the Lord Almighty; Ancient of Days; A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Recognition of New Churches into the GARBC

Baptist Church Planters Check Presentations

Offertory by Larry Kauffman “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

Psalm 97, Dr. David Harris, “The Lord Reigns”

Songs: No Other Name; Crown Him with Many Crowns

Daniel 7--Dr. Dan Davey

Introductory Comments: (v.1)

  • When we talk about apocalyptic literature, we are talking about images, things which are seen.
  • Over and over in this chapter, Daniel “saw” or “looked” or “watched”
  • Don’t get lost in the fierceness of the imagery; it is only the vehicle of transportation that carries the important message.
  • God uses this imagery (1) to promote memory and (2) to make prophecy manageable b/c God is going to call attention to significant prophetic events by means of a symbol.
  • When God speaks through these images of fierceness, it overwhelms Daniel.
  • God uses such imagery sparingly. (e.g. vv. 8-9, a horn with eyes and mouth speaking blasphemy; a seated “Ancient of Days” on a fiery throne—“a greater contrast could not be imagined” (Whitcomb)
  • Daniel doesn’t tell us the whole vision, but rather that which the Holy Spirit led him to record.

Notes on the Body of the Message

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Wednesday Afternoon - Dr. Tim Jordan

Daniel 6 - Tim Jordan

Introductory Comments:

  • The simplest things are often the hardest to explain to our children.
  • Over the years we learn clichés and repeat them.
  • This simple Sunday School story contains a perfect illustration of the truth that we exist for God’s glory.

Notes from the Body of the Message:

1. What did the people around Daniel end up saying about Daniel’s God?

  • Daniel loves and serves the living God. (5:23)
  • Daniel loves and serves the God who will endure. He cannot be stopped or thwarted. (Gates of Hell…)
  • Daniel loves and serves the God who is indestructible.
  • Daniel loves and serves the God who is sovereign.
  • Daniel loves and serves the God who is personally engaged in the lives of those who trust Him.

“There are years of theology to unpack in the true statements by pagans about God.”
 

2. What does this reveal?

  • Daniel’s life became a showcase for God’s nature and power.

3. Why did they come to these conclusions about Daniel’s God?

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Wednesday Morning Update

Daniel 5 - Pastor Joe Earle, Iowa

Introductory Remarks:

  • Darius is coming and Belshazzar’s soul will soon be required of him.
  • God is seeking vindication for his sovereign might.
  • He is seeking His glory, and Daniel is the proof of it.
  • Belshazzar is a man of pride. 

1. He spurned God’s holiness (vv. 1-4).

  • The situation facing Belshazzar is troubling. The Persians are attacking. At first the battle was out in the fields. Then Babylonians were forced back into the city of Babylon where they felt safe with their big walls and high towers.
  • His pride has led him to believe that he would send the Persians packing.
  • Possibly out of a drunken stupor, he calls for the vessels from the temple of God to be brought for use at his party.
  • The presence of women at the feast probably indicated a sexual nature to the feast as well.
  • They drank to gods of material objects, from gold to stone. What depravity it must have taken to do this before God!
  • Though not having gods of stones or sticks, our people also have many idols. For example, we say that life is not counted unless it is on this side of the womb, etc.

2. Belshazzar discounted God’s sovereignty (vv. 5-24).

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