New Baptist Covenant, Atlanta

There is talk of 20,000 people coming to the New Baptist Covenant celebration [see BLOG] next January but i don’t know if that is hopeful dreaming or Baptist big talk. It has been suspected of having a strong political agenda but there are some fine upstanding Baptist groups who are supporting it for other reasons. Suzii Paynter, of my home church back in Austin, says that Baptists are coming “together to reconcile racial divisions, and speak in unity about priorities of the gospel” [ link]. I am considering coming and a few weeks ago I asked about some help in getting there. Sooooo . .. who else is going and do you think it is worth me turning up?

UPDATE: OK _ thanks. I decided not to go.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Steve K. says:

    Well, I don’t know about this “New Baptist Covenant” business (although I’m curious to see they’re having a “Stewardship of the Earth” luncheon with Al Gore!?), but if you do decide to cross the pond, Andrew, you’ll HAVE to make your way back to the UK via Charlotte, NC, so that you can pay us a visit at the “Everything Must Change” Tour with Brian McLaren, Feb. 1-2, 2008 ( 😉

  • chad says:

    I really was thinking about going until I found out it is going on during a class in January that I can’t miss. It looks really good and I wish I could be there.

  • sf says:

    Does anyone think it strange that one of the two keynote speakers is a freemason?

  • Ted says:

    Andrew, I always took you for a fellow with some pretty good common sense. 🙂

  • andrew says:

    ok – i decided not to go. i really do like to support my baptist events in usa but this really does seem a different flavor.

  • Ted says:

    A wise perception, imo.

  • I encourage you to come to the Celebration.
    It will be a noteworthy event.

  • John Henson says:

    I’ll be there. It will be a memorable gathering and great foot forward for Baptists. Hope to get a chance to meet you there.

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