This is just for the record.
Bertha and I attended the SBC in Birmingham, arriving Sunday afternoon, June 9, and departing Thursday morning, June 13. I was one of 10 messengers from our church, the First Baptist Church of Jackson, MS where Chip Stevens is pastor.
I did not, however, attend any sessions of the SBC. (Had a controversy erupted which required my vote, I would have stepped into the auditorium and taken a part. But all was well.)
I had another function altogether.
For a number of years in a row, I attend the convention as the guest of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a constant influence in my life since arriving on the campus in the summer of 1964. I have two degrees from there, have been president of the national alumni association, and have received a couple of distinguished recognitions from the seminary. For a number of years, I was a member of the adjunct faculty, teaching in the pastoral ministry division. I love this seminary. Bertha and I are presently active on the NOBTS Foundation Board. I send a monthly contribution to the Providence Fund for student support.