Choosing the ChurchAugust 19, 2009
When the Southern Baptist Convention kicked out Broadway Baptist Church earlier this year, it meant that professors at the nearby Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary could no longer be members there (for background, see my Ethics Daily articles here and here). However, one professor has sided with his church. Music professor Michael Cox is taking early retirement instead of leaving his church. He is apparently quite the musician as he is the "composer of more than 160 published works" and has been "recognized 11 times by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers." The church is hiring Cox for a year to compose music. So, it seems that Southern Baptists are hurting themselves through exclusionary efforts like the action taken against Broadway.