Your article from July 16 (religion section) about the Cooperative Baptist requires a clarifying response on three points: First, it is indeed true that Baptists have been fussing for a number of years now. Cooperative Baptists and Southern Baptists do not always see "eye to eye" on multiple points of theology, and thus their separation. The AP report you printed was a reprint of a Baptist Press article (July 1, BP). Understand that Baptist Press is a Southern Baptist news agency, and thus your reporting presents one perspective of what actually happened in Grapevine, Texas, earlier this month.

Second, the statement in question is a revision of the constitutional "Purpose" statement of CBF, and was designed to bring that statement in line with the "mission" statement of CBF. Our "Vision" statement remains as follows: "To be the Presence of Christ in the world." As a member of CBF. I understand that Jesus Christ and His mission in our world is central to all that we do as Great Commission, Great Commandment Christians. The mission of CBF is indeed to serve Christians and churches as we seek to discover and accomplish our God given mission. As pastor of a local church, Cornerstone Baptist, I understand that CBF works for me, not the other way around. I appreciate their humility, honesty and clarity on this matter.

Third, CBF accomplished a great deal more at their annual meeting this year, not the least of which was the appointment of 19 more missionaries, reports on the collection of funds for Tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia, and generally enjoying fellowship with other Christians. Those activities and countless others were the real "news" of the General Assembly, and confirmation of the reason that I remain affiliated with this group of Christian people.

Dr. Richard Dunn

Enid



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