I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans a few years ago. A good friend of mine (who was more excited about the conservative resurgence than I was) had convinced me to tag along and soak in the atmosphere. He had a contact with Judge Pressler and several others in the movement and we were invited to sit in and hear about the lives of these men, the battles they had fought, and absorb the atmosphere.
To be honest, I went for the bookstore. The Alabama Baptist Convention used to have a fantastic bookstore at each of its meetings with great deals on books. I was hoping for some of the same kind of interaction on national level. However, I was quickly disappointed to learn it was just a Lifeway store set out on tables.
The Highlight of the trip came however when we had the opportunity to tag along on a trip with Judge Pressler to Cafe Dumonde. We sat in on the conversation, asked our best questions, bought Cafe Dumonde mugs (to remember the occasion) and consumed beignets and hot chocolate.
We were blessed to be able to interact with Judge Pressler that night and throughout the convention. I was amazed at the character and grace of a man who was both very loving and very kind to most everyone he encountered. He talked with grace about the years of the conservative resurgence and I was surprised to later hear all the things he was accused of saying or doing. Quite simply the accusations didn’t line up with the man I had met.
His book A Hill on Which to Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey is his side of the story concerning the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. It is a very straightforward, orderly account of his life, the issues that lead to the resurgence, and the account of how things took place. It is a great book for anyone looking to hear the conservative side of the resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention. I give it 5 stars.
I picked up my copy several years ago when Pressler came to speak at UM and I got a copy autographed. Recently I had the opportunity to pick it up again and actually read it. I wish I had read it much sooner.