I found this news to be interesting for a couple of reasons: 1. Obama is choosing to worship under a military Chaplain, and 2. the CH is a Southern Baptist and a graduate of the institution I am currently attending, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The article, originally published in Time, uses the opportunity to take a swipe at Southern Baptists, but it is still an interesting story and should provide some good fodder for conversation in Baptist circles. Here is an excerpt from the article and the full text can be found here:
For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting local churches and vetting the sermons of prospective first ministers in a search for a new – and uncontroversial – church home. Obama has even sampled a few himself, attending services at 19th Street Baptist on the weekend before his inauguration and celebrating Easter at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Now, in an unexpected move, Obama has told White House aides that instead of joining a congregation in Washington, D.C., he will follow in George W. Bush‘s footsteps and make his primary place of worship Evergreen Chapel, the at Camp David.
Camp David’s current chaplain, Lieut. Carey Cash, leads the services at Evergreen. If the White House had custom-ordered a pastor to be the polar opposite of Jeremiah Wright, they could not have come as close as Cash. (As it is, the White House had no hand in selecting Cash. The Navy rotates chaplains through Camp David every three years; Cash began his tour this past January.) The 38-year-old Memphis native is a graduate of the Citadel and the great-nephew of Johnny Cash. He served a tour as chaplain with a Marine battalion in Iraq and baptized nearly 60 Marines during that time. Cash earned his theology degree from in Fort Worth – and, yes, that means Obama’s new pastor is a Southern Baptist