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July 9, 2012 reached an all time low for Peter Lumpkins whose knuckles were already dragging the ground. In an article named, “Big, big $$$$ to attend Send North America Conference by Peter Lumpkins.” Calling the cost a “fat fee,” Plumpkins accuses the North America Mission Board of charging for “what we send money for them to do–educate people on the significance of missions both in North America and the world.”

Wow! One might think such an explosion of concern must mean that Kevin Ezell had set up an entrance fee at the Alpharetta headquarters and instituted the selling of indulgences in the lobby. How much might such “Big, big $$$$” be? $500? $1,000? More?

Has NAMB really reached the point that a conference (really a series of workshops) must cost hundreds of dollars?

In a word? No.

Plumpkins made much ado about nothing. And by “much” that means he made the Rocky Mountains out of a single serving of peanuts.

The cost for the entire conference was $99 per attendee for early registration. For those missing the early bird, the increase was an almost unbearable $20 more. Spouses in each case could come for half price.

In arguing his point, Waco, GA, pastor Peter Lumpkins complains that he could not go even if he had a scholarship. Why?

They cannot afford to send me much less our hauling a van load over to Woodstock to get inspired about church planting.

God forbid if they had held Send North America in a focus city like San Diego. Lumpkins would have given birth to an alien.

Pay close attention: When Lumpkins talks about “hauling a van load,” he is lying. He never had any intention of hauling anyone to SNA. His church barely has a van load in attendance. This is just another smear.

Also, it isn’t the responsibility of the North American Mission Board to tell pastor Lumpkins of Waco, GA, what is going on in the world as his insists. There is an entirely other mission board for that. Of course, he’ll divert the truth about his lack of passion for world missions by complaining about cost. Just as he has no interest in church planting.

Then he complains about the format. Yawn. Then he complains about the lack of diversity in the lineup. One is forced to wonder just how integrated the Corner Stone Baptist Chapel of western Georgia is at 11:00 on Sunday morning? Had any black members join lately?

One observant commenter (Dr. B. Devine) wrote the conference contained lunch and dinner on the first night as well as three meals on the following day. There were 15 workshops and multiple breakout sessions. (If spousal meals were also included, then their registration fee was virtually recouped in saved meal expenses. For general registrants the savings would equal about 1/2 of registration.)

Following this, Peter made two comments (12:09pm and 12:18pm) that are so sarcastic, over-the-top and filled with vitriol it’s very difficult to believe they were made by a Christian. Between he and his girlfriends (Lydia and Mary) the comment thread at this blog is a seething cauldron of bile, rancid flesh and mental excrement.

One wonders why Plumpkins didn’t just borrow the money from this buddy Jerry Vines? He probably has plenty.

All this is set up for an interesting contrast as it concerns Peter Lumpkins. He routinely attacks people and entities all over the Southern Baptist Convention using lies, distortions, half-truths, insinuations, and implications. There literally is no depth to which he will not stoop to “get a story.”

The contrast is why he has never written anything derogatory about recent expenses at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He complained about a $99 conference hosted by the North American Mission Board, but what about the construction of the luxurious and over-priced chapel at Southwestern Seminary?

An article in the Baptist Press dated October 26, 2009 reported the approval to build an expansive, wasteful, 3,500-seat chapel on the center of the campus. The cost was projected to be $30.2 million, although overruns were estimated to have raised the praise to the $32 million range. The chapel features a stage large enough for a 90 piece orchestra, a 200+ voice choir, with a “state of the art” sound and video projection system. (With the passage of time it was state of the art.) The J.W. MacGorman Chapel and Performance Center, as it is called, encloses 96,000 square feet, and was dedicated in late 2011.

What does $30-32 million dollars get you in Fort Worth, Texas, in the center of the seminary campus that once was the crown jewel of the Southern Baptist Convention?

A chapel that is almost never used. Outside groups rent the facility for concerts, and it is most certainly used for “special occasions” on campus. But it is not used for regular chapel gatherings. Why should it be? If all students full and part time were on campus at the same time it would not be full.

Where is Lumpkins on this? Only in Peter Lumpkins can you find a person who strains out a hundred while swallowing 32 million. Flailing away like Don Quixote after a windmill he castigates NAMB for a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR conference, yet gives a pass on Southwestern Seminary’s waste of $32 million for a monument to a man. No criticism at all is to be found of the cesspool called his blog.

Why? Because Peter is in tight with Jerry Vines (Paige Patterson’s best friend in the world) and in tight with the faculty at Southwestern Seminary. His blog features articles and mentions of Dr. Malcolm Yarnell, a professor at SWBTS, and entries from Dr. David Allen, a dean at SWBTS. A review of Peter’s ultra-fundamentalist, anti-liquor book was reviewed at baptisttheology.org, the official theology site of Southwestern Seminary.

Those ties that bind may soon be the ropes that hang.

Waco, Georgia pastor, Peter Lumpkins, has long been known for using half-truths, rumor, innuendo, speculation and creative license to build his blog readership. With a batting average that hovers around .100 on the accuracy scale, Plumpkins latest assult, on writer Jonathan Merritt, should bring a shudder to anyone attached to him in any way.

And speaking of being attached…let’s play Plumpkins for a bit.

Indy from Plumpkins Marriott suite


Did you know Peter Lumpkins was in Indianapolis this week?

Did you know there are no pictures of his wife being with him in Indianapolis?

Did you know there are a lot of drugs and prostitutes in Indianapolis?

Now don’t take this to mean that Peter Lumpkins was doing drugs and running around with prostitutes. These are just the facts. You can draw your own conclusions.

See how easy that is? Not a shred of proof required to cast doubt. No accepting responsibility for irresponsible writing. Two clear cases of innuendo. There is only one eyewitness: Peter Lumpkins himself who admits to being in a hotel room in Indianapolis.

(The completely accurate info is available here: http://peterlumpkins.typepad.com/peter_lumpkins/2012/07/sitting-in-indy.html)

But enough with demonstrations, how about some things that are true and accurate? These don’t even have to be exaggerated to have questions connected to some very real dots.

Did you know that Peter Lumpkins writes Sunday School literature for the prominent anti-Calvinist and former SBC president, Jerry Vines?

Did you know that Vines sit on the trustee board of Liberty University, and on the seminary committee of that board?

One is force to wonder how long Jerry Vines has been the “Liberty leak” from the trustee board to help Peter’s attacks on Mark Driscoll?

How much of Gerald Harris famous rambling rant against Calvinism in the Christian Index was lifted from Peter Lumpkins blog?

How much other information does Harris get from Plumpkins?

How much has Bill Harrell of Abilene Baptist Church in Georgia shared with Peter Lumpkins?

Will Peter Lumpkins and Tim Rogers be working with the leadership of the SBCToday blog, now under the power of Emir Caner, president of Truett McConnell College?

Since Georgia Baptist Executive Director, Robert White, signed the “Traditionalist Document,” which Tim Rogers affirmed, does that mean he has leaked information to either Rogers or Lumpkins?

The plot thickens…

And that’s how pastor Peter Lumpkins comes to his conclusions.

However, there are things here that are unequivocally true:

1. Peter Lumpkins does write for Jerry Vines’ curriculum line.

2. Gerald Harris did use Lumpkins’ blog for source material, or Lumpkins co-wrote the article with Harris or wrote it for him. There is too much overlap (and too many similar mistakes) for it to be any other way.

3. Jerry Vines is from Georgia and on the trustee board of Liberty. Vines also grew up and pastored his first church mere miles from where Peter Lumpkins now lives and “pastors” his church.

4. Jerry Vines, Bill Harrell, Brad Whitt, Tim Rogers, Frank Cox, Gerald Harris and others are among those trying to “take back” the SBC. From what it remains to be seen? Are they trying to take it back from the inerrantists? Regardless, they encourage Peter Lumpkins and allow him to be a mouthpiece for them. That he lies and slanders makes not a bit of difference.

Here’s the $64,000 question: Will Vines and the rest repudiate Lumpkins attack on Jonathan Merritt as discussed on the last article here? Caveats, explanations, elaborations, and updates are not enough. The slime of muckraking is all over these imagined leaders because of their ongoing association with Peter Lumpkins.

Each of these: Jerry Vines, Gerald Harris, Bill Harrell, and others who have waited in the shadows for Plumpkins character assassinations must now rebuke him publicly. Until each one of them has publicly rebuked Peter Lumpkins for gossip, rumor, innuendo and slander, this article will remain and more articles will be added.

Otherwise respected leader, and editor of the Christian Index newspaper, Gerald Harris, dove headfirst from the Georgia Baptist Convention Monument to Waste Ministry and Missions Center this week into an empty swimming pool. Lifting entire sections of puddled drool from Plumpkins blog he combined into a sickening stew for his undiscerning readers: Calvinism, Reformed theology, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, NAMB, Kevin Ezell, Mark Driscoll, The Gospel Project, Trevin Wax (editor of The Gospel Project), Mark Driscoll’s book on marriage, sex toys, the SBC name change, ACTS29, GoDaddy and four domain names. Yes, it was as bad as worse than I made it sound.

It would have been better reporting if he’d just tied the sex toys to GoDaddy and left everyone else out of it.

It was as suspect and pathetic an example of “professional journalism” ever published. I fully expect that Gerald Harris has received an offer from the New York Times to replace the fiction writer Jason Blair. Who knows? His “Calvinism: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.” editorial may have been the first chapter in the next great American novel. It had the same ring of truth.

It’s bad enough that Plumpkins speculative “reporting” is believed by those three people outside his grandmother and great-aunt, but Harris seems to have been taken in hook, line and sinker for two reasons: he also hates likker and Calvinists. Almost as bad as Plumpkins. A good man goes off the rails after a man who has been in the woods for years. ‘Tis a sad sight to witness.