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Baptist leaders challenged at summit to exit comfort zones,
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By Aaron Weaver and Carrie McGuffin
ATLANTA — The pastor of the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged a diverse group of Baptist leaders Wednesday to move outside their comfort zones to create covenant community. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, called for “holy agitation,” the courage to be unsettled and the power of difficult conversations.
“It is in the context of this creative and redemptive agitation that the Holy Spirit does its best work,” Warnock said. “Jesus talked about the pearl of great price — well there are no pearls without agitation. …Come out of the comfort zone, whatever the differences and nuances of our theology, theology ought to mean good news to the poor.”
Warnock applauded the efforts of the New Baptist Covenant, which kicked…
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