The Great Divide (referenced)

There is little doubt that a great divide has occurred within Southern Baptist life. Marty Duren, after taking a much deserved sabbatical, has returned with a much anticipated post on the divide in SBC life. I would encourage you to read it, and in particular read the comment section that follows. Be prepared to duck, however, as the furious exchange and words, not to mention the firing of salvos, can inflict significant damage if one is not careful.

After reading this, I would encourage you to reflect on the status of the controversy within SBC life. As long as life doesn’t intervene I intend to post within a week on why these comments cause me to be doubtful of the possibility of long-term reconciliation within the SBC, and why – in spite of that – I’m still committed to engaging in the attempts to bring about said reconciliation.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

2 thoughts on “The Great Divide (referenced)

  1. I’ll be looking forward to your comments. There have been many times that I have wondered whether there are very many Southern Baptists who really want reconciliation. I read Marty’s blog about it, and I think he’s pretty much in the ball park. I’m not sure reconciliation is what we will experience, as much as simple change resulting from the fact that those who represent it are younger, and more likely to be around longer than those who resist it. It also seems that those who want reconciliation, and are willing to work for it, often don’t have the power or influence to bring it about.

  2. And yet, Lee, we are all called to a ministry of reconciliation. Sigh. If believers can’t be agents of reconciliation among themselves, what hope have we that nonbelievers will believe the Message of Reconciliation? Thank God it is up to the Spirit and not us.

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