I had a phone conversation with a lady tonight who is about to turn 76. I had met her long ago through a mutual friend and she emailed me today asking to speak about Memphis. I called her and we exchanged pleasantries. I asked her how she got my email address. Her answer: "I read your blog every day." I almost lost it.
Apparently blogs are no respecter of age. She has served on boards in her state convention in the past and has been an active member of Southern Baptist churches for more than 50 years. She's been around the block a time or two when it comes to polical maneuvering; she worked at a Baptist entity for more than 30 years (that's my educated guess). She told me the last national convention she attended was in 1990 when it was in New Orleans. She asked if I remembered that one. I didn't have the heart to tell her I was only 14 at the time, though I'm sure she'll read this and find out :)
Baptists from all parts of the country, all walks of life, and all ages are surfing the internet to read the stories of the SBC. In my conversation with this lady, she told me she reads everything she can find, from both sides, because she's an intelligent woman who can make up her own mind. It was a good conversation and encouraging to me to know that there are many unknown, unnamed people who honestly care about the status and future of our convention.