Talk with the Preacher

You can read a version of this entry in The Washington Post.

I’ve been a little surprised at the outpouring of interest and support that has come Calvary’s way after we voted this week to disaffiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).  We are not the first Baptist church to leave the SBC, but perhaps we’re a congregation whose history of relationship with the SBC made that separation a little harder.

Calvary’s affiliation with the SBC was long-standing and historic, a source of much pride in years past.  In our church archives we have a photograph of the president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the time, Congressman Brooks Hays, and the president of the American Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Clarence Cranford, both Calvary members (Cranford was Calvary’s pastor then), clasping each others’ arms in friendship, partnership, and cooperation.

I haven’t seen any such reenactment in the years since that…

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