A highlight of the Baptist World Alliance meetings last week was getting to see Melissa Rogers again. She served as executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2013-2017. She also wrote the back-cover endorsement for my book Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics. She remains one of the top church-state scholars. . (Photo by Brian Ford on Cliff Vaughn's phone.) #Baptist #ReligiousLiberty
It's not every day you meet a #Baptist king! Here's King Adeoye Gbenga Adigun, who leads his clan in #Nigeria. He's also very humble. When we first met, he introduced himself merely as the president of the Youth Department of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship. Only later from someone else did I learn he recently became a king. Never know who you will meet at a Baptist World Alliance meeting.
Rabbi David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, spoke at a Baptist World Alliance event tonight. He delivered a powerful address on the importance of #ReligiousLiberty for all. He also noted the key role #Baptists have played in advocating for such rights. His remarks came as part of an evening celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. . Look for coverage of his remarks in the April issue of Word&Way. Subscribe online at wordandway.org. @the_bwa
The 7th editor of Word&Way (Bob Terry) & the 9th editor (me). Together we represent about 22 of Word&Way's 122 years (I only account for 15 months). I've known Bob, now editor of The Alabama Baptist, for years thru Baptist World Alliance meetings. I've appreciated his leadership & mentoring. . Word&Way columnist Doyle Sager took this photo at today's @the_bwa meeting. Doyle noted that Bob was the editor that got him started, to which I retorted - just as Doyle took the photo - that I might be the editor that finished him off!