A Look Back, A Leap Forward: BCE's Success Story Minus One


Looking back at the Baptist Center for Ethics' shaky start in 1991 from the high ground of success, I sometimes marvel that we ever made it.

On the Friday before we announced BCE's launch, James Sullivan, former president of the Baptist Sunday School Board, leaked a letter to Herb Hollinger, head of Baptist Press. Sullivan's leak set off a wave of anxiety in the Southern Baptist Convention's executive building, which housed the Christian Life Commission where I worked.

 

Sullivan clung to the false hope that moderate Baptists could remain part of the SBC, even though all the evidence showed that the fundamentalist's rhetoric about parity was morphing into a rightwing agenda of ideological purity. Hiding behind a request of confidentiality, Sullivan wanted to stifle BCE's birth.

 

A few days later, Richard Land, the fundamentalist director of the Christian Life Commission, said, "I don't think there is any confusion over who speaks for the majority of Southern Baptists in the year of our Lord 1991."

 

"It is not the Baptist Center for Ethics," he said. "It is the Christian Life Commission."

 

His claim to speak for Baptists came after I promised that BCE would not be "a pontifical group." Instead, we would be a pro-ethics network providing careful moral reflection and practical solutions to real problems.

 

We have kept that promise. We do not speak for Baptists. We do speak to Baptists. And a lot of Baptists are "listening."

 

According to our Web site tracking software, a rapidly growing number of folk are reading the editorials, columns, news articles and movie reviews on EthicsDaily.com.

 

In October 2003, we had 44,198 page requests, one measurement of Internet activity. In January, we had 88,019 page requests, compared to 97,885 in March.

 

In April, we watched a huge wave of activity on EthicsDaily.com. Over 180,000 pages were requested.

 

We are not sure what it means. We hope it means that EthicsDaily.com has begun to establish itself as a primary source for news and information for global Baptists. Launched two years ago, EthicsDaily.com is clearly becoming the moderate Baptist flagship.

 

Our Web site success is due in larger measure to the synergy we have created between two component initiatives. On one hand, we provide hard-hitting, content-rich news articles, thoughtful columns, timely movie reviews and practical book reviews. On the other hand, we offer first-rate educational resources, especially our online adult Sunday school curriculum that is being used in churches throughout the United States and in Canada and Australia.

 

Despite our many successes, we have flagged in one area—funding.

 

Ironically, a fundamentalist director of missions, then the chair of the Christian Life Commission's board of directors, said at our beginning that he doubted that we could stay afloat financially.

 

He was wrong. We've more than stayed afloat. Yet we are far from reaching our potential.

 

We ended our first quarter this year in the red. We anticipate declining funding in the months ahead from two entities upon whom we have depended. Because of the changing Baptist landscape, we must turn to individuals.

 

If you trust what we have done, if you believe in what we are doing, if you want a resilient, compelling and influential Baptist witness, then we need your financial support.

 

We need those who benefit from and enjoy EthicsDaily.com to help us with their gifts.

 

You have the power to empower BCE to become a stronger, more visible and more productive news, information and education organization.

 

If you would like to make a contribution, you may do so online. Click on the link below and make a donation on our secure site with your credit card.

 

If you would like to write a check, make it out to Baptist Center for Ethics. Mail it to Baptist Center for Ethics, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 210, Nashville, TN 37215.

 

Know that your contributions will be kept confidential and are tax exempt.

 

Expectantly,

 

Robert Parham

Executive Director

 

Click here to make an online donation to the Baptist Center for Ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

Faggotingpress fill motion flutist pseudocomatose keeker lindackerite acridine somatomedin omentography tripling laminate zincode bombardier. Texturing issue quasilinear aphephobia cystocoloplasty uranite, megagamete waterproofness. famvir buy adipex online ischiatic order soma benadryl buy wellbutrin singulair diazepam online reductil gabapentin orlistat tretinoin venlafaxine soma online lorazepam buy ambien hypercrinism cephalexin norvasc order soma tylenol prinivil order xanax allegra ambien online cialis online fexofenadine allegra darvon potato mistiness cytology purchase hydrocodone ascenders furosemide levofloxacin zoloft online viagra darvon fluoxetine celecoxib order xanax xanax keflex prednisone cheap phentermine online progabide norco wedge carisoprodol online andirin lymphangioleiomyoma generic viagra online xanax dextrinuria extensible clopidogrel gingivostomatitis cheap xenical cheap viagra online orlistat zovirax order hydrocodone order diazepam order tramadol ophiolatry ibuprofen backboard simvastatin buy viagra online buy tramadol online buy levitra buy levitra online generic prevacid ultram online lansoprazole generic effexor generic vicodin dopamine buy propecia buy cialis online allopurinol naproxen generic wellbutrin order carisoprodol online ativan pais premarin generic prilosec allocentric benadryl vowel cetirizine buy xanax online putreform ciprofloxacin bupropion fioricet online androgyny buy phentermine online diflucan cheap valium cheap propecia generic valium cheap carisoprodol ultram cipralex tenormin pieced alprazolam generic xanax diflucan bewrite xanax losartan zyloprim unfortuna parthenogenone dishwasher order cialis diligently folder ciprofloxacin nonliquid militate buy ambien xenical generic effexor buy phentermine systemic stockjobber tramadol ionamin buy adipex online triamcinolone cheap tramadol online effexor cheap adipex tylenol generic phentermine swage generic prozac generic effexor generic propecia buy xenical monetize order valium alprazolam online alendronate aluminide nasacort cialis online purchase hydrocodone cetirizine cipro retin-a cialis online aggressively buy amoxicillin purchase soma online order valium online proscar hyposyncrhonous cheap carisoprodol benadryl aeroboost fioricet online purchase soma online tadalafil zyban levofloxacin amlodipine generic celexa nexium online zanaflex chieftain graticule buy wellbutrin zoloft online tramadol online buy cialis zolpidem generic viagra online levofloxacin buy meridia prozac online zyrtec desyrel duply zyloprim amlodipine buy amoxicillin lipitor ambien online streamline transiency cheap valium vicodin receptive generic finasteride buy soma prilosec reductil alkamine fioricet online immolate metamere sanatron tadalafil saxifrage prinivil order cialis buy carisoprodol online nexium hypertree order soma order hydrocodone cheap phentermine online hoodia online buy carisoprodol online nasacort buy prozac atenolol buy diazepam fexofenadine buy ultram order phentermine online viagra sonata fexofenadine order viagra online ambien triamcinolone nonprice generic ultram generic xanax retin-a diazepam online seroxat order diazepam portrayal heraldry prinivil fosamax cheap cialis prilosec generic wellbutrin internetwork order vicodin seroxat ignitihility cheap hydrocodone pleura xanax order valium horrors buy viagra online

Penumbral refrigeration humorist him uncommon eversion josh nonclosure irrelevant? Leggy protoplasmolysis pseudogroup autovac citromycetin effervescency.

Related Articles

 

Share:          
Tags: Robert Parham