To list the
reasons one by one would possibly break the internet. I suppose I could break
it all down to one simple word: power. The SBC has it, they are losing it, and
they do not like it. What is
really happening in the SBC is that all the “absolutes” they have championed at the expense of others over
the last 35 years or more are coming back to bite them. Most recently, the issue of women in
pastoral ministry (again).
For over three decades I preached like a traditional, conservative pastor should...with should being the operative word.
You see, for the longest time I did what I was told as a preacher. I preached expository sermons, voted Republican, shared the gospel, and towed the evangelical line.
My fellow pastors were pleased with me, and I figured God was too. After a period of time, however, my heart became empty. I was going through the motions, and trying to hide it from everyone.
Mind you, I still believed in Jesus, and in the power of prayer...just not my prayers. I believed that I was disgracing the pulpit, which I loved, by the way. I miss preaching. I really do. I left local church ministry in 2016 at the church's request. When that happened I felt like a failure to my family, the ministry, and most of all to God. I had burnt out mentally and emotionally. My feelings were all over the place and I had no control of them. I had a total nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for thre…
I got a note today from
a dear reader and good friend. He was upset because he just came from a funeral
for an old friend of one of his best friends, who died of a drug overdose. Here is a copy of the message, edited to respect the anonymity of those involved: I
just wanted to share with you something I experienced today that made me
remember why I left the Baptist church. So a preface to this story: A guy that
I went to high school with, (he was in a grade under me, and I only
knew him in passing at school), was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday
after injecting heroin and overdosing. My best friend was really good friends
with him, so I went with her to the funeral service today. The service was at
__________ Baptist. My friend,______, also grew up Baptist and left the church
many years ago. When the pastor got up to give a (what was supposed to be)
short sermon, my heart broke. I was completely disgusted at what he was saying.
One of the things he said to the family was and I q…