The Blogging Baptist
Wade Burleson is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oklahoma. He recently got dismissed from the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board for blogging too openly about his disputes with the other members of the board, who have been (like other zealots in the fundamentalist takeover of the SBC) purging whatever "un-fundamentalist" elements from the various sections they have taken over.
They have successfully purged anyone remotely "charismatic" or "pentecostal" from the ranks of the missionaries, as well as moved closer to identifying an SBC creed. (Those in the know recognize this trend to contradict basic Baptist tradition, which values not having organized theological positions to which all must agree. Of course, Baptists also used to be known for their voluntary, non-binding organizational structures... Look where that went, right?)
Anyway, Burleson's predicament reminds me of Ellen Hampton's recent decision not to publish publicly about work. A wise decision, and one that we all must make--how confessional, how personal should our blogs be? One of Ellen's commenters points us to the expression to be dooced, which means "to be fired from one's job because of one's blog." Heather B. Armstrong is the blogger, at dooce.com.