Should the Southern Baptist Convention divide east and west? That was the question in 1920 when theological uneasiness helped generate a larger attendance at the annual meeting in Washington, D. C. than the facility could hold. Gwaltney opposed the idea saying both groups had enough common ground to work together.
Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama
According to the June 22, 1845, issue of The Alabama Baptist:
Readers began arguing over the $250 contribution to convention causes required in the new Southern Baptist Convention constitution. One writer scored the “extravagant estimate put upon the privilege of membership.” Another added, “The price of membership should be only in proportion to the actual expenses of the convention and not an inducement for anyone to give to missions.” (TAB)
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