You Thought Things Were Bad?

May 31, 2006 — 1 Comment

I can’t say I’ve laughed so hard in awhile–well, maybe I have laughed harder than I did when I read this article. You ask why? Well, it’s quite simple. The irony of this article is astounding. Writer Robert Parham moans and groans about all those Christian schooled and homeschooled children whose parents are, you guessed it, leading Southern Baptists.

If you want to know what Southern Baptist Convention leaders really think about public education, follow them to school.

The most visible nominee for the presidency of the SBC is Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark. His church has its own school, Shiloh Christian School. On his blog, Floyd lists the school as one of his three favorite Web sites.

The school has some 650 students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Shiloh Christian School estimates that half of its students belong to First Baptist and its mission, the Church at Pinnacle Hills. Only 3 percent of its students are children of color, compared to the Arkansas classroom average of 10 percent.

The once-rumored presidential candidate, Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, has one son at Oklahoma Bible Academy and another one at Emmanuel Christian School in Enid, Okla.

On and on, on and on, on and on…it gets better and better. Now, for those of you who have never been convinced, I’m working on something to help convince you or at least to help you understand where I personally am coming from. The simple fact is this: Southern Baptists need to stand up for what’s right, stop fighting and squabbling over minor things, and get focused on the main thing. We are about the gospel shining. How can it shine when our children can’t see it in school? And how can it shine if it’s faded, smeared, and watered down?

The gospel must shine through.

Related: Scott Somerville’s Take

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Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

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