The first question asked Page what he thought were the greatest challenges facing the SBC. The first challenge named by Page in his response was...Calvinism.
Here is the relevant part of the interview:
SBC Today: What do you think are the greatest challenges facing the SBC?Surprised?
Frank Page: I think the challenges confronting the SBC today are different than they have been in decades past. I think one of the issues which is a tremendous challenge for us is the theological divide of Calvinism and non-Calvinism. Everyone is aware of this, but few want to talk about this in public. The reason is obvious. It is deeply divisive in many situations and is disconcerting in others. At some point we are going to see the challenges which are ensuing from this divide become even more problematic for us. I regularly receive communications from churches who are struggling over this issue.
It's not as if Page doesn't have an array of other challenges to the SBC from which to choose: The Cooperative Program is dropping like a rock. The North American Mission Board is undergoing substantial changes. The Great Commission Resurgence has stirred up the convention a good bit.
But Page's mind goes first to the issue of Calvinism in the SBC when asked about challenges.
I have been wary of calvinists for some time because of what I have seen and heard - churches being split and destroyed by agressive calvinist pastors. Here in Georgia one prominent church has even gone as far as defunding SBC institutions that are too calvinist. I recognize some problems.
But is Calvinism at the top of the list of challenges? I don't know. But Page certainly has my attention here. Maybe he ought to be the one to start talking about it.