Leaving the cart behind
I met Carl Kell last night, editor of Exiled, Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War. We had a good chat and got him to sign a copy for me. Former Baptist Joint Committee Director James Dunn provides a foreward for the book, which is great reading so far. I met him today, but will bring the book to tonight's session so he can sign it for me. I know this book will be a prized possession in my meager yet increasing library.
I'm biased, but Dr. Cecil Sherman's essay was very familiar, and I agree with him whole-heartedly - we as moderates must move on. Dwelling on the past ignores the future. Yes, that's much easier for me to say as I wasn't close to being born in 1979, but it's significant for the leader of the moderates to admonish those who cannot look beyond the past and into the future.
What's done is done - let's venture forward and strategize how to best pool our resources. At the conference today, a speaker quoted a person he did not name as saying "We're a lot, but we're not much". We need to stop dwelling on the past, stop pointing fingers at the SBC, and chart our own destiny.
We'll never escape the fact that we originate from the SBC - those lessons will help shape structures to further God's Kingdom.