As of Now, Paige Patterson Will Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention

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So let’s get this straight.  The June 13, 2018 keynote sermon for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas will be delivered by a guy:

Here is a taste of Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s piece at The Washington Post:

Prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was removed Wednesday from his job as president of his seminary amid a backlash from thousands of women, but that doesn’t mean his role in the Southern Baptist Convention is over. Patterson is still set to deliver the high-profile sermon at the convention’s annual meeting, which is expected to draw thousands to Dallas next month, and that prospect has alarmed many Southern Baptists, who fear it could send the wrong message to women.

Patterson was chosen as this year’s sermon preacher during last year’s annual meeting in Phoenix by about 5,000 Southern Baptists who were there. The only way he will not preach the sermon this year is if he personally withdraws or if “messengers” — delegates appointed by Southern Baptist churches — vote for him not to give the sermon. Messengers can make a motion on the first day of the meeting, which is June 12. Patterson is set to preach the next day.

Patterson has sent notices to some groups that were scheduled to have him speak in the future, saying he is willing to step away if it would harm their ministries, according to Ed Stetzer, a highly connected Southern Baptist who is also the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Stetzer said he hopes Patterson will also back down from giving the sermon at the convention.

“If he speaks at the convention, the incalculable damage of the last few weeks will be exponentially magnified,” Stetzer wrote in a statement to The Washington Post. Stetzer said that he hopes Patterson will step away but that if he doesn’t, a motion calling for him to step down will probably pass. Charles Patrick, a spokesman for the seminary, did not respond to requests on Saturday and Sunday for comment on whether Patterson still plans to give the sermon.

Read the entire piece here.

It almost seems like the Southern Baptist leadership WANTS to bring division and disunity to their convention.

3 thoughts on “As of Now, Paige Patterson Will Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention

  1. There is no way for most of us to grasp why Patterson is still going to speak at the SBC meeting. The only way to get a sense of how he can have the audacity to get up in front of thousands in his present situation is you have to imagine being so self-centered and oblivious to reality that you believe you can mesmerize a crowd with your force of will and persuasiveness with words. Dr. Patterson actually believes he can salvage his reputation and perhaps hypnotize the convention attendees with a well crafted sermon and a little homespun, Will Rogers, and Andy Griffith like performance. He cannot accept that his legacy is forever ruined. He is like the man in the Wizard of Oz when Toto is pulling back the curtain for all to see there is no wizard, just a man yanking levers and blowing smoke and saying “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” The show is over and the truth must be faced. Why he did not quietly go away will never be understood.

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  2. Regretfully, Dr. Fea, I’m afraid that you’re right.

    And that, short of an outbreak of sense, there’s precious little we Southern Baptists can do to change it. We’ve become the Titanic: we knew there were problems, alarm bells have rung for ages about some of the people who were leading the SBC, and we have plowed on ahead and destroyed people in the path.

    As a current doctoral student in history (not at SWBTS, elsewhere), I’m beginning to have a bit more sympathy for some of the low-to-mid-level functionaries in those moments of history where we say “What were you thinking?” I know what I’ve been thinking: the people in charge will correct for the errors. Now I’m seeing that they won’t, and I’m part of a system that does not take correction easily, either in practice or take it to heart.

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