As I've mentioned here on BB before I was not raised SBC. This message by Dr. Mohler has helped me gain some better context to some of my personal experiences in the short time I have attended SBC churches. While I may not have much of a right to say it, I do have serious concerns about its future. The SBC has done much good for the kingdom, and has great potential to do so much more. Even though this is a few years old if you are interested in this matter it is well worth your time. http://www.albertmohler.com/2009/08...-future-of-the-southern-baptist-convention-2/ Here is a brief summary: Covers History of SBC SBC Cradle To Grave- Catholics of The South??? Compares it to GM (What Happened to them? – Bankrupt) Compares it to Enclosed Shopping Malls (What Has happened to them? - they are dying) At about minute 42 Mohler Asks: -What has changed and why have we not? -Has the logic of what we’ve been doing been eclipsed by something else? Questions the SBC must ask: (1) Missiological or Bueracratic? (2) Is our identity tribal or theological? Controversy brings clarity! (3) Is the basis of our work together convicitional or confused? We can’t minimize theology! (4) Is our logic more secular or sectarian? (5) The SBC will either become younger or dead. (6) We will either be more diverse or more diminished. (7) We will become missional or more methodological (8) We will either become more strategic or more anemic. (9) We will either be more bold or more boring. (10) Will we be happy or bitter? Conclusions: The SBC has perception and reality problems. We are focused on North America, not realizing the world missions vision of the founders. We need to recover the primacy of the local church. We need to focus on the future. Measure churches by scripture not statistics. I thank God for men like Dr. Mohler, he is very intelligent and articulate. You may disagree with his theology, but I believe he hits a home run here. He is saying things that need to be said, I just hope that folks are listening.