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Updated: Jul 2, 2023

At their annual meeting in New Orleans this week, Southern Baptists doubled down on their crusade against female clergy. “Messengers” (delegates) of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination ratified the expulsion of two congregations — one of them Saddleback Church in Lake Forest — for condoning the ordination of women.


When I headed to graduate school in the summer of 1980, my aspiration was someday to teach at a Christian liberal arts school. With recent developments at several evangelical colleges, I see now how precarious that path would have been.


  • Writer's pictureRandall Balmer

It qualifies without a doubt as the most unusual baptism I’ve ever done.


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