If you get a chance, take 15 minutes and watch this mini-documentary on the life and legacy of our friend Brent Walker, who will retire as Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty at the end of the month. Brent has been a tireless advocate for true religious freedom -- the freedom of all to worship as belief and conscious dictates, and not as government or a majority religion would dictate.
On a more personal note, when I briefly joined the BJC as an intern in 2007, Brent welcomed me with an energetic kindness that I've rarely encountered. He so clearly loved his job, that he infected the whole office. His ready smile, though genuine, can be misleading, though -- he has this way of getting you to agree with him before you even realize that's what you're doing.
As Buzz Thomas says at the end of the video, "the BJC's best days are still ahead of it." But we will all miss Brent's leadership and enthusiasm.