Today marks my third year on the Baptist Board and it’s been even more of a learning experience than I expected it would be. Here are some of the things I have learned, completely random and in no particular order: 1. The level of knowledge and quality of posts here is very high, a good deal higher than any other board where I have visited or posted. 2. Southern Baptists are not as dominant as I had thought they were. In fact, some of the best posts on here come from Reformed Baptists and Independent Fundamental Baptists (IFB)(a term I also have learned here. 3. Calvinism is a very big deal. In fact it may be the most polarizing serious issue discussed here. 4. Sola fide is a hill that most Baptists are willing to die on. I shouldn’t have been surprised at this but my church is not a place where doctrinal teaching thrives. 5. There is a lot more tolerance of alcoholic beverages on this board than there is in the Baptist churches in my community. 6. I have received from some members here a sense of what is like to live in a community where Baptists are a small and insignificant part of the larger community. 7. If you’re going to post something controversial here, you’d better be prepared to defend it because there are any number of people with the ability to shoot your idea full of holes. 8. Although Baptists believe in soul liberty, they get mighty intolerant if you stray too far off the ranch. 9. The debate threads would be better with more debate and less invective. 10. KJVO is alive and well in many places. Actually I already knew that but I had not heard much about it since the 1960’s. 11. Fundamentalists ought to lighten up a little. They would be a lot more effective if they were slower to denounce every idea they disagree with. 12. There are a lot of people here I would really like to meet and be friends with.