We need these young leaders
There's a new faction in Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) life. It's a bit hard to categorize the group. Many are young pastors. Some are bloggers. But some are not so young, and some don't blog. Most are conservative and applaud the conservative resurgence of the 1980 and 90s. The common thread is their discontentment with the "triumphalism, arrogance and isolationism" they see in Southern Baptist life.
I showed up at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Memphis May 2 to cover a gathering of about 30 of them. They would not allow me in their meeting, saying it was an invitation -- only meeting and they did not want the presence of a journalist to inhibit anyone in the group -- even though another Baptist editor had been invited. It also is ironic they have called for more openness in Baptist life, yet closed their meeting.
However, they were gracious in granting me an interview with several of their leaders after the meeting ended May 3. They were open and candid.
I applaud their "Memphis Declaration."
posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 5/30/2006 04:42:00 PM