Beginning the Sunday after next, the pastor has asked me to start a 3-5 minute talk about Baptist heritage, history and doctrine. This will go on every week then, so I thought the first week I would start out with there are xxxx number of Baptists in the US and xxxx number in the world ......... and the first thing Pastor asked me was "well, what are you defining as a Baptist?" Good question. Is a Baptist anyone who attends a church with Baptist in the name? Too easy. If we counted them up would the number be to high (because there are "Baptist Churches" who really aren't Baptist or too low because there are church who don't take the name Baptist but practice Baptist doctrines? so here is the question... WHAT DEFINES A BAPTIST?