Walter Shurden's "I Believe" column in this month's Baptist Studies Bulletin discusses the recent meeting of Baptist leaders that was sponsored by former U. S. President Jimmy Carter. Here's a quote:
Having no interest at all in creating a super Baptist convention, the individuals at the Carter Center nonetheless recognized the need for a new unified Baptist voice on issues that bind rather than on differences that blind. What binds? Matthew 25 binds! Jesus' call for action on behalf of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner binds. As one of the leaders said of Matthew 25, "This is the sharing of the gospel!" What binds? A personal and public witness to the gospel binds. What binds? The historic Baptist passion for religious liberty and respect for religious diversity binds.Shurden also makes available the North American Baptist Covenant that the Baptist leaders signed Monday, April 10, 2006.