In case you were curious, there is actually a Southern Baptist Convention every year. You can tell it’s convention time when the seminary resembles a ghost town. Anyway, despite some urging from a couple of friends, I opted not to go to Nashville this year. For the first time, though, I have found myself interested in what is going on down there. (Usually interest is limited to the hope that they won’t pass a resolution that will make us all look like a bunch of rhubarbs.)
This year I’m following the action on several blogs:
There are several links at the Emerging SBC Leaders site – Steve McCoy, Joe Thorn, etc.
David Price is down there and blogging.
So is Dee Reju (a Southern and Clifton Baptist guy)
You can catch the official news here.
It seems that the good stuff happens outside the official proceedings, where people meet and talk. It also happens in the exhibition hall where the books are priced to sell. I still don’t really understand the point of much of what goes on there. The big wheels of the denominational machinery seem to chug along as the usual movers and shakers meet beforehand, so what happens there is largely scripted like a political convention. I guess for many the main attraction is what goes on outside the main hall.