The Money Quote for the Southern Baptist Convention

Timothy George has been at Southeastern the last two days to deliver the annual Page Lectures. He spoke on both days about the Reformation, focusing today on Martin Luther's recovery of the biblical gospel. It was rich stuff.

Yesterday, Dr. George also met with both Southeastern's faculty and her doctoral students, answering a variety of questions on a number of topics. At one point, someone asked him to offer some thoughts about the current state of the SBC. That was when he offered the money quote, which I am going to attempt to reproduce with basic accuracy. This is not an exact quote, but it is 95% correct:

The Southern Baptist Convention suffers from both amnesia and myopia. We don't know who we are, but we know we are better than everyone else. 

This is perhaps the most succinct, intelligent, accurate thing I have heard anyone say about the SBC in the last couple of years. I think he nailed it. Which, I think, begs the question: how can we emphasize (recover?) a healthy, historic, biblical Baptist identity without spiraling into mere sectarianism, unhealthy triumphalism, or prideful self-sufficiency?

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