From CT senior news editor Kate Shellnutt: I was one of more than 20,000 people who attended the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in downtown Nashville last June, the biggest crowd in 25 years. It was my first time at a conference since the pandemic started. Readers sometimes wonder why we write about Southern Baptists so much. They have their particularities—say, a committee to appoint people to a committee on committees (really)—but as the largest Protestant denomination, I find that many of the big dynamics we see in the SBC get echoed in other churches as well.
That proved especially true this year, with high-profile disagreements around race and liberal drift and clashing philosophies over abuse investigations. My hope is that when I write about Southern Baptists, these stories don’t just spotlight a denomination with big numbers, big names, and an alphabet soup of acronyms. They should prompt all of us to consider the implications in our own communities and churches.
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