Friday, June 13, 2008

The New Face of the Southern Baptists

The Southern Baptist Convention, meeting this week in Indianapolis, elected Johnny Hunt as its new president. He's pastor of a suburban Atlanta mega-church. He's closely identified with the "fundamentalist" wing of the church. And he also happens to be a Lumbee, which is fairly significant for the world's largest Protestant denomination with the world's sorriest record on acknowledging the national legacy of slavery.

According to Christianity Today, Pastor Hunt is also a leading opponent of Calvinism. Calvinism? Yep. Apparently there's a flaming out-break of predestinationism, right here in River City.

The comment string on the Christianity Today article linked above contains this exchange:

Poster: Jesus died because he was a conservative.

Counter-Poster: No, Jesus died because he was a liberal.

Other Voice: Jesus was not only a liberal. He was a radical liberal.

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