#65: On contemporary and historical quandaries facing the Southern Baptist Convention with Obbie Tyler Todd.

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Even a cursory visit to the evangelical Twitter-sphere can make one nauseous. Trust me — that’s why I’m no longer on there. By the time I was weighing whether or not to get rid of my inflammatory distraction, my timeline was an incendiary cavalcade of quandaries and dilemmas, with many more folks talking past each other than actually conversing with one another. The dissonance between “this resolution” and “that interpretation” is nigh unbearable (at least for me it was). It would appear, then, that evangelicalism (and, more specifically, the Southern Baptist Convention) has come to perhaps the most formative moment in history. In order to think out loud and actually have a conversation about some of these contemporary and historical quandaries, there is no one I would rather consult than church historian and pastor, Dr. Obbie Todd. In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, Obbie and I — a Southern Baptist and Independent Baptist, respectively — dive into the murky waters of the current state of the Southern Baptist Convention and attempt find grace, hope, and peace along the way.

Resources.

Have Southern Baptists Changed Theologically Since 1845?” Obbie Todd 

The Prodigal Baptist,” Obbie Todd 

Should We Erase Southern History?” Obbie Todd 

Across the Great Divide,” David Zahl 

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray

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Notes.

Obbie is the pastor of The Church at Haynes Creek, in Oxford, Georgia, where he lives with his wife Kelly, and their two children, Roman and Ruby. Obbie is an accomplished writer and an incredible thinker. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His writing has been featured in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Jonathan Edwards Journal, the Founders Journal, and Themelios. You can find the majority of his writing online via his blog, Vernacular. You can also follow him on Twitter, @obbietyler.

Credits.

Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.