LISTEN – Big Tent Revival: Russell Moore, Pastor Dwight McKissic, and Christena Cleveland Discuss Southern Baptists’ Challenging Their Racist History on NPR

A sign warning to yield for a church is posted on a road near Anderson, South Carolina, February 16, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

This year’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention got heated over a resolution that demanded the official denouncement of white nationalism and the alt-right. The resolution was put forward but not actively considered until outcry picked up, and a revised resolution was ultimately accepted.

The meeting brought to light clear divides in the Southern Baptist denomination, the largest Protestant body in the U.S., and further, a continuing legacy of racism in the U.S.

What does this move mean for evangelical Americans? And what does it say about the church’s place in today’s divided country?


  • Russell Moore President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; author of “Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel”
  • Christena Cleveland Professor of the Practice of Organizational Studies at Duke University’s Divinity School; author of “Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart”
  • Dwight McKissic Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas
  • Tom Gjelten Correspondent (Religion and Belief), NPR; author, “Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause” and “A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story”