My fear today is that the gospel being preached from Baptist pulpits is all too often an appeal to self-interest rather than to conscience. When the gospel of God’s grace comes home to the human heart, it does not appeal to our self-interests but rather to our sense of sin.
Some female theologians argue women should abandon the Bible because its language and depictions of women are oppressive. While Baptist minister Katey Zeh certainly sees that oppression in those pages, she isn’t ready to give up on scripture.
Some Baptists are ready to ditch “brand name” Christianity for Christian evangelical mono-culture, ready to run a congregation of called and baptized believer-priests as a corporation and ready to forget that we ever were these people called Baptists. I’m not there just yet.