Trying to Forget the Tennessee Baptists

A past president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention who served on numerous key committees over the years is saying goodbye to attendance at annual meetings, explaining the organization has become so theologically narrow that it is no longer relevant.

Leonard Markham, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fairfield Glade, Tenn., described his reasons for walking away from Tennessee Baptist life in a 3,500-word open letter. A native Tennessean and pastor in his home state since 1975, Markham said the statewide Southern Baptist Convention affiliate is a different fellowship than the one he joined in the 1980s.

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