Although I think this is partially directed to me... I'm kind of at a loss to known what you beliefs you consider to be orthodox, conservative and Baptist. I consider myself to be orthodox, conservative (at least as far as traditional Baptist beliefs go), and Baptist. Hmmm.... Here it goes in no particular order. Shout when you hear something you don't like: I affirm the priesthood of the believer. I affirm soul competency. I affirm institutional separation of church and state. I affirm local church autonomy. I am opposed to creeds. I affirm confessions only as teaching tools and guides to Baptist life for those who are outside the faith. I affirm the complete trustworthiness of the Bible, but I wouldn't call myself an "inerrantist" -- I'm more like a practical inerrantist. I believe the meaning of the scripture has been completely preserved although there may be some scribal errors in our copies. I believe that Jesus was the only begotten of the Father and was incarnated as fully human/fully divine. I believe that the nature of God is Triune. I believe the Holy Spirit gives believers spiritual gifts and the gifts are active today, although many believers will not manifest certain gifts because of our cultural situation. There is no single gift that can be used as certain evidence that someone is filled with the Holy Spirit. I believe that homosexual acts are wrong, just like any other sexual sin. A person may be born with a genetic predisposition to sexual confusion (homosexuality) and they are not to be blamed for their feelings, but they are responsible to possess their bodies with honor, dignity and not indulge in sexual sin. (A heterosexual person can be celibate, why can't a person with homosexual tendencies also exercise self-control?) I believe that God calls women to minister to the church, whether they have a vocational position or not. I am very skeptical of the tradition of ordination that most Baptists have inherited from the Roman Catholic tradition. I believe the model for the New Testament is that people are ordained for a specific task, but it does not give them special rank or authority in the church. (I have personally avoided submitting to ordination. If a church really felt that I should be ordained, it would submit to it, but I think the way Baptists generally practice it is extra-biblical.) I draw no spiritual distinction between "clergy" and "laity". I think the New Testament model is that all believers are ministers to the Body of Christ. There are some who are called to vocational service to be sure, but they have no special authority over the congregation other than a moral authority gained by an honest and committed life. I do not believe "the doctrines of grace" or "5 point Calvinism" is the true expression of God's heart or God's work in the work. I do not believe that human beings earn their salvation. It is a work of God that humans receive when they put their faith in God. I believe Jesus is the only way to God (John 6:44) and has always been -- believers born before Christ were saved through faith in God's provision (Christ). In the same way, I also believe that everyone has an opportunity to respond to the light that they have, no matter if they hear a full gospel presentation or not. God save those who trust in Him with the faith of Abraham (see Romans and Galatians). I believe that God calls us to share the gospel with those closest to us, those who live in our area, and those on the other side of the world. I believe in the divine paternity of Jesus (yes, the virgin birth too, but that's not as important) I do not believe in original sin. I have some affinity for what is called Open Theism, although I am still studying it and not ready to enter a serious discussion yet. Okay, it's getting late... Anything yet?