I’ve been waiting since 1975 to find a good use for this headline in SBC life. Thank you, Conservative Baptist Network for the opportunity.
Before they even went public with their mysterious new group, the CBN arranged a partnership with my old and beloved alma mater, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. MABTS is a good school. I benefited greatly from it forty years ago. The late founder and longtime president, B. Gray Allison was one of the greatest Southern Baptists of his time, in my view.
But I’m not understanding this formal arrangement between MABTS and the CBN. Not to worry, I’m sure to be told, the CBN has an event at the MABTS campus on March 17th where, to quote Michael Corleone, all of your questions will be answered. The school says that their campus will be used by the CBN for a “Get to Know Us” event. There will be discussion on why the CBN was formed, what the average SBCer should know, next steps, and details on the CBN event in Orlando for the SBC Annual Meeting.
I would attend if in the area. I’m a long distance away. I’d ask during the Q & A who handles their website and social media messages. Noting is ever signed or attributable to any individual. Presumably, both the seminary and the CBN will allow reporters and others to attend and report on who’s there and what is said. Maybe there will be finger food, tee shirts, stuffed animals, bling and swag.
But, on the CBN partnering with MABTS, where does that leave the six SBC seminaries? Are they potted plants? Not conservative enough, I’d guess. There is no comparison between the six seminaries as a group in 2020 and the six as a group in 1978 when the Conservative Resurgence was launched. All the SBC seminaries are conservative.
These are curious times. I’m curious to hear if the CBN is going to move from being a secret group to an open and transparent group.
Southern Baptists fit into a fairly narrow slice of any theological continuum. Some entities are slightly to the left or right of each other. It would be great if cooperation could be continued in spite of slight differences. Looks like some have decided that the differences aren’t slight, either that or this is all just a sophisticated attempt to grab some of the power structures in SBC life. Count me as not being up for another takeover attempt. We don’t need it. Such things are long and bloody.
The MABTS meeting is on St. Patrick’s Day but I suppose it will not feature green beer. I bet there will be an appeal for some greenbacks, though.