Our willingness to keep up with the inner workings of the Southern Baptist Convention is easily taxed, so we're thankful Houston Chronicle religion writer Kate Shelnutt is there to pick up the banner.
She points us to the Baptist News, whose subscription we really meant to renew, once we actually ordered it and let it lapse, which says the Southern Baptist Convention might be looking for a name change.
As in losing the "Southern."
First they came for the Kentucky in Kentucky Fried Chicken...
"First, the convention's name is so regional," Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright said. "With our focus on church planting, it is challenging in many parts of the country to lead churches to want to be part of a convention with such a regional name. Second, a name change could position us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching North America for Jesus Christ in the 21st century."
Hiding the "Southern" in "Southern Baptist"....well, like we said, in a world with "KFC" anything is possible.
So what are some potential names?
5. SBC Lo, and a Kentucky Fried Chicken shall leadeth the way. Plus it already comes with a cool logo:
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