Six years ago I wrote this: "The Southern Baptist Convention desperately needs someone in charge of public relations who will simply tell the powers at be to shut up. Every time they have their annual meeting in June, they always take a position on an issue that gets them beaten to death in the press. Sometimes it is women submitting to husbands, sometimes its women and the clergy. You're free to believe whatever you wish, but do you have to grab hold of a lightening rod every time you meet?"
Well, they took my advice. At least to the extent of trying to project a different image.