Southern Baptist Convention

The Old SBC, the Age of Fear and the End of an Era?

Who knew there was another Littleton somewhere in the United States concerned about the current condition of the Southern Baptist Convention and its future? I didn’t. To say that we see things differently would not be distinctive enough. Read More

Only Everyone Else (In the SBC) Should Turn the Other Cheek

Not once when watching a cartoon bullfight did the animators expose the truth of the event. It wasn’t a fair fight. At least it wasn’t when I went to my first and only bullfight in Madrid in about 2003.  Read More

Stained (Glass) Heroes or, Dr. Patterson Is Only a Symptom

The canopy caught the wind. We slowly drifted toward the steel cable barrier that kept us a safe distance from the dam. Our anchors could not hold the 21’ pontoon boat from which we hoped to reach our limit of rainbow trout for the day.  We pulled in our fishing lines. After firing up the motor, we fought the wind to free ourselves from the barrier. Read More

In the SBC Is There Nothing New Under the Sun?

What a contrast between the vision cast on the platform of the SBC Annual meeting and the upcoming Symposium at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If Ronnie Floyd worked hard to present the ethnic diversity within the Southern Baptist Convention, President Allen’s line up of speakers takes us back to when the SBC leadership reflected no diversity, except maybe based on what state a speaker was from.

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The Great Divorce: The Church and the GOP

After a long, frustrating courtship with the GOP, Richard Land, then President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention declared, ”The go-along, get-along strategy is dead. ‘No more engagement. We [conservative Christians] want a wedding ring, we want a ceremony, we want a consummation of the marriage.” That was 1998.

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