Here's one to be filed under the category: "The more things change the more they stay the same."
While doing some research, an Arkansas Baptist State Convention staff member found this little tidbit in the book, The Baptist Heritage by H. Leon McBeth, published in 1987 by Broadman and Holman:
"Proposed name change. SBC leaders have long struggled with the anomaly of a regional name with a national constitution. In 1903 the convention heard a proposal to change its name to "The Baptist Convention of the United States," but the next year a counterproposal suggested changing the constitution instead to conform to the facts. From the 1950s the name change has been raised at different times, and for a few years in the 1960s the issue occupied front-page space. Some argued that changing the name would aid Southern Baptist work nationwide; others countered that the SBC had established a doctinal identity that went beyond mere geography. After an intensive study in the early 1970s, the SBC voted to keep its present name. The issue was complicated by the fact that no acceptable alternative name could be found (emphasis added)."
Well, we will see if "Great Commission Baptists" passes the Southern Baptist mustard next week in New Orleans.
If not, we can truly say, "The more things change the more they stay the same."
Editor, Arkansas Baptist News