Dr. Rick Patrick, pastor
FBC, Sylacauga, Ala.
Under the broad heading of “Southern Baptists and Calvinism,” we tend to conflate three distinct topics—etiquette, theology and leadership. Our usual assumption is that some people talk about Calvinism nicely while others do so divisively. Against this notion, may I suggest something else is more often taking place? Our levels of conflict and tension are actually driven more by our choice of topic than by our personalities. Each topic contributes to a different level of intrinsic controversy.