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It is with a grateful heart that I address you as president of our Southern Baptist Convention. Thank you for allowing me to serve you and our Lord this past year.

Perhaps you remember the frequent episode in the Charles Schultz cartoon Peanuts.

Lucy: Say, Charlie Brown, I’ve got a football. How about practicing a few place kicks? I’ll hold the ball and you come running and kick it.

Charlie Brown: Oh brother. I don’t mind your dishonesty half as much as I mind your opinion of me. You must think I’m stupid.

Lucy: Oh come on, Charlie Brown.

CB: No.

Lucy: I’ll hold it steady.

CB: [hesitates] No!

Lucy: Pleeeease?

CB: You just want me to come running up to kick that ball so you can pull it away and see me land flat on my back and kill myself.

Lucy: This time you can trust me. See? Here’s a signed document testifying that I promise not to pull it away.