Friday, December 9, 2011


The bucket now known as KFC
"What if Southern Baptists were no longer called Southern Baptists? Would more people walk through church doors? Some leaders in the nation's largest Protestant denomination say it's an idea that needs to be considered for an evangelistic faith with declining membership.A task force asked to study that question made its recommendation to Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright on Wednesday...."|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Seems the Southern Baptist Convention is having a tough time with gaining members. Part of the reason, I'd surmise, is the hardline teachings concerning issues that run afoul of current leanings in civil rights. It looks like although the name will change, the substance will stay the same.Like KFC!

This isn't just a Baptist issue. It's not like Catholics haven't had to go through some name changes. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that is charge of promulgating and promoting Catholicism throughout the world used to be called "The Holy Office of the Inquisition".

Then there's the whole "let's put Catholic in our titles lest people think we're too liberal" movement that jumped up in the '90's in response partly to Catholic conservatives withdrawing support for initiatives they thought to be off the mark of Catholic principles. Thus we have the  CATHOLIC Campaign for Human Development (formerly Campaign for Human Development) on the national level and in our diocese, the Bishop's paper changed to the Mississippi CATHOLIC (formerly Mississippi Today).

Some would argue they still use the same herbs and spices.