Friday, June 06, 2008

Evangelistic Challenge To Timmy Brister And Al Mohler

In a previous article a reader noted the utter ineffectiveness of an extreme /hybrid /hyper Calvinist church in a particular city and said, "it is amazing to me that the preacher there is so noted as a blogger".

I also have marveled about the ability of the hyper /hybrid /neo /extreme Calvinists and their ability to blog. Take for example, Timmy Brister. Brister was recently hired by Tom Ascol (another blogger) to be Ascol's assistant pastor. I visited Brother Timmy's blog today and I noticed that yesterday, June 5, he posted no less than seven blog entries.

That's right, seven!

I can't help but wonder how much "pastoring" Timmy is doing as opposed to "blogging"!

This will make my second article in two days. I often go a week or more without posting anything. Brother Bob Ross is kind enough to pick up the slack and as a publisher and bookstore owner I suppose he can "multitask" effectively, running his business while at the same time sharing his wise words with us.

But an assistant pastor posting seven articles in one day? No wonder the hybrid /hyper /neo /extreme Calvinist churches have almost no growth other than by proselytizing.

I suppose Brister is merely following his mentors. Tom Ascol, for example, has been in one of the fastest growing areas of Florida for twenty years. What does he have to show for it? Al Mohler, the president of Southern Seminary where Timmy graduated, loves to blog and bloviate but I never hear of him sharing the gospel to anyone with any success. Is this the man Southern Baptists want as President of their “flagship” seminary?

I hereby make a challenge to Brister and Mohler. I will take the challenge if they will. Guys, for every blog entry we make, why don’t we share the gospel to an equal number of complete strangers in a “one-on-one” or small group setting. Are you up for it?

I’m not sure Mohler reads The Flyswatter but I’m certain that Brister does. What about it guys?


At Friday, June 06, 2008 10:13:00 PM, Blogger Bob L. Ross said...


Charles said:

I suppose Brister is merely following his mentors. Tom Ascol, for example, has been in one of the fastest growing areas of Florida for twenty years. What does he have to show for it?

It appears that Tom and
Tim have recently been in Owensboro, Ky. where Ascol has been delivering some lectures.

Presumably, they will go from there to the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis where Tom hopes to get a Resolution passed which might lead to reducing the membership rolls of SBC churches.

Tom and Tim could have stayed in Cape Coral and offered their services to several SBC churches in the area which have delinquent members, and Tom and Tim could have gone about seeking to reach those delinquents, according to their needs. Ostensibly, they could have thereby been used of the Lord to restore some backsliding members to repentance and renewed church attendance, or even have won some to the Lord by presenting the Gospel.

But Tom, like Sir Launfal, seems to be in search of the "Holy Grail" with his resolution, and he bypasses those at his very doorstep whom he possibly could help.

But there's apparently more "glory" in getting a resolution before the SBC than there is in the "highways and hedges" type of work.

BTW -- where are those "church plants" Tom said awhile back that the Flounders were going to engage in planting?

On his blog for Thursday, March 22, 2007,"Interview with the Pathway," Tom said:

"We also plan to become more involved in helping churches become actively involved in planting new churches."

Has anyone seen any evidence of this "planting new churches" on the part of the Flounders? If so, would you please tell us where they are and how they got started? It would be interesting to know if any have started other than from splits and proselytes.

At Saturday, June 07, 2008 9:52:00 AM, Blogger Rick said...

Timmy "Squirrel Man" Brister must be the perfect foil for Ascol. Not too bright, willing to follow him anywhere, a good wind-up doll.

Ascol needs an entourage to feel like he's a somebody in the SBC.

His stupid initiative, which the SBC keeps puking out back at him, has no meaning.

I think Mohler, Ascol and company are just hoping someday for a hostile takeover of the reins of the SBC. If they make there presence felt enough (like scum-sucking lobbyists in Washington) they may get there eventually.

Power to the TULIP--NOT.


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