More from Southern Baptists …

I mentioned Southern Baptists the other day. Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the US, and they have enormous influence and do a lot of good in the world. (Like all of us, they have some embarrassments too.) Although I’m not a Southern Baptist, I have a lot of affection and respect for SBC folks, so I’m especially glad when I receive a note like this one … [after the jump]

I just finished reading “A New Kind of Christianity” for the second time. It was recommended to me by two pastors in Houston where we are from. We are now meeting weekly to have conversations about the topics in your book.
I just wanted to communicate to you that outside of the Bible, your book was the most thought provoking, challenging and inspiring book I’ve ever read. My background is southern Baptist so I come from a very legalistic, narrow minded tradition. I can’t imagine how hard the work you’re doing is and the harmful, hurtful things you must experience but I wanted to thank you for your courage and the inspiration you have given me. I’m well on my way to seeing things differently and experiencing God differently.
The thing that helped me stay with you in your writings was the obviously deep love and belief you have in our Lord Jesus. Often times, “left wingers” (in saying that I’m proud to classify myself as one) have lost their way in faith or devotion to Jesus but it comes out so clearly of your faith and devotion that it allowed me to stay in the message and consider what you were saying.
Thank you for being who you are and the way you have blessed my life.