I haven’t updated this blog for a while, a combination of being busy and… watching too much basketball. In any case, there’s a situation that I do want to briefly address, but I’ve held off due to the fact that I am a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and didn’t want my words to be twisted to target anyone else that has nothing to do with me voicing my opinion. It’s probably a good time to state something obvious but often needed: What follows are my thoughts alone and nobody asked me to write them down.
The annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention was recently held in Dallas, and it occurred during a time of controversy. One of the stalwarts of the Baptist faith, Dr. Paige Patterson, was supposed to preach at the meeting but removed himself due to first being pushed into early retirement and then being fired outright from being the president at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. If he didn’t remove himself, there was probably a good chance that they would have changed to someone else anyway. From what I hear, it didn’t get prettier at the meeting because someone put up a motion to immediately remove the executive committee of the trustees for the school due to them firing Patterson while he was overseas in Germany. The motion overwhelmingly failed (though evidently an internal report on the actions of SWBTS’ executive committee will be given next year), but it illustrated the fact that Patterson’s firing was polarizing, just as the man himself often was.