Fifteen Top Responses To The Word "Baptist"

Jan 11, 2017 by Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Baptist”?

That is the question I asked in the Twitterverse. And many responded. Many responded quickly and frequently.

Of course, it is only an informal poll. It’s not scientific. It does not have clearly measured margins of error. It is, nevertheless, informative.

In the future, I will try other words like “Presbyterian,” Methodist,” and “church.”

But for now, it’s “Baptist.”

Here are the top fifteen responses in order of frequency.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Baptist”?

1. Legalism
2. Potluck
3. Immersion
4. John the Baptist
5. Traditional
6. Bible
7. Outdated
8. Southern
9. Boring
10. Conservative
11. Sound theologically
12. Fundamentalism
13. Hymns
14. Suits and ties
15. Missions

Here are some responses that just missed the top fifteen: fighting; inerrancy; business meetings; men only; eternal security; Sunday school; Republican; religious liberty; pre-millennial; choirs, no alcohol; no dancing, and altar calls.

Though it only had one mention, I must note one of my favorites: grape juice.

You will notice I did not comment on any of the responses. I will leave that with you.

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