Great Commission Baptists?

By Tim Butler | Posted at 1:29 AM

Travis Loller reports:

A panel for the Southern Baptist Convention recommended Monday that its leadership endorse a new, add-on description for the denomination - “Great Commission Baptists” - stopping short of a complete name change.

I think shedding the SBC's regional and related baggage is a good idea. Still, I get uncomfortable with names like the proposed one, since it suggests there are the “Great Commission Baptists” in the SBC and non-Great Commission Baptists everywhere else.

Maybe that's just me.

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It just highlights an us/them, rigid boundary, exclusionary paradigm. And, if pressed, I think they'd agree wih my assessment and place me outside the circle for believing otherwise. :???:

Posted by Caedmon Michael - Feb 21, 2012 | 11:17 AM

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Yes, unfortunate name selections abound in religious organizations. I dare say the people in the SBC today have precious little in common with those who chose that name. It's just too easy to come up with a label referencing a distinction too fleeting to be meaningful down the road.

On a side note, can you imagine what it feels like to have finally dissolved all previous reflexive internal hooks about being a part of that mess?

Posted by Ed Hurst - Feb 21, 2012 | 5:54 PM

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Caedmon, hmm. :???:, indeed.

Ed, it must feel quite good! ;)

Posted by Tim Butler - Feb 22, 2012 | 7:26 AM

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