Paige Patterson is out as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, but he still has his defenders. On Monday, we did a post on Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s reporting that Patterson, while serving as president of Southeastern Baptist Seminary in North Carolina, told a woman not to report an alleged rape to police and asked the … Continue reading Paige Patterson’s Supporters
Here the press release: The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) board of trustees is grateful for the contributions Dr. and Mrs. Paige Patterson have made since his presidency began in 2003. Further, we honor his longstanding dedication and commitment to serving the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in its mission to present the Gospel of Jesus … Continue reading The Southwestern Baptist Seminary Board of Trustees on the Paige Patterson Ousting
I just learned the news. I am still processing everything, but I thought I would get the Washington Post story on the blog. Patterson is out at Southwestern, but he will stay at the seminary in some capacity. Here is a taste of the piece, as reported by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Bobby Ross Jr., and Michelle Boorstein: … Continue reading Paige Patterson is “Out” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
If you don’t know why Paige Patterson is apologizing, get up to speed here. Here is the apology: Pastoral ministry that occurred 54 years ago, repeated as an illustration in sermons on more than one occasion, as well as another sermon illustration used to try to explain a Hebrew word (Heb. banah “build or construct,” Gen. 2:22) … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on Paige Patterson’s “Apology”
Robert Jeffress just prayed at the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Today he is also on record supporting Paige Patterson, the president of Southwestern Baptist Seminary who has been in some trouble lately. If you are not familiar with Patterson’s problems, get up to speed here. Here is a taste of Bill … Continue reading Robert Jeffress Backs Paige Patterson
On May 6, 2018, Southern Baptist women published an open letter calling for the firing of Paige Patterson for a host of remarks he has made about women and abuse. As I type this, the letter has 3032 signatures and counting. Three days later, Southern Baptist men published an open letter calling for the firing … Continue reading Where are All the Southern Baptist Men Calling for Paige Patterson’s Resignation?
Paige Patterson has responded to an open-letter from Southern Baptist women. I wonder if this means he will not resign, as the women asked him to do. Here is the apology letter: Pastoral ministry that occurred 54 years ago, repeated as an illustration in sermons on more than one occasion, as well as another sermon … Continue reading Paige Patterson “Apologizes” to Southern Baptist Women
We have reported on the Southern Baptist women who called for Patterson’s resignation here. Now Southern Baptist men are making the same call in an open letter. Here it is: Dear Pastor Ueckert and Board of Trustees, We are concerned Southern Baptist men who affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, including its statements on … Continue reading Now Southern Baptist MEN Are Calling for the Resignation of Paige Patterson
Lee Enochs, a 2014 graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has an op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News calling for the resignation of seminary president Paige Patterson after a series of controversial remarks. (Get up to speed here). Here is a taste: I am an alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Patterson’s very image is … Continue reading A Recent Southwestern Baptist Seminary Graduate Urges Paige Patterson to Resign
Washington Post reporter Michael Gerson reflects on evangelical Protestantism’s #MeToo moment. Get up to speed on the Paige Patterson debacle here. A taste: Evangelical Protestantism, thank God, is experiencing its own version of a #MeToo moment. Paige Patterson — head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and icon of conservative Baptist belief — is being called … Continue reading Michael Gerson on the Paige Patterson Debacle
A group of Southern Baptist women (937 and counting) have signed a letter to the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees urging the board to remove seminary president Paige Patterson from his post. As I said last week, Patterson’s world is collapsing all around him. Read our coverage here and here and here. Here is … Continue reading Southern Baptist Women Have Had Enough of Paige Patterson
Sarah Pulliam Bailey is reporting at the Washington Post that Southwestern Baptist Seminary president Paige Patterson just fired a Ph.D student from his job in the seminary kitchen and took away his financial aid because he was disloyal to the seminary. (That should probably read “disloyal to Patterson”). Why did the 31-year old student get fired? Because … Continue reading Paige Patterson Fires a Student and Takes Away His Financial Aid After a Disloyal Tweet
Ed Stetzer‘s piece at Christianity Today confirms everything I have heard about Paige Patterson’s authoritarian rule at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stetzer writes in the wake of this. Here is a taste: Because of the Conservative Resurgence and the role that he has played for decades, Patterson is one of the most significant leaders in SBC … Continue reading Paige Patterson “does not often get criticized without the critic receiving significant backlash”
Paige Patterson‘s world is collapsing all around him. This audio tape is the latest example. The authoritarian, gun loving, Christian nationalist leader of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has suggested that women undergoing physical abuse from their husbands should submit to it. Michelle Boorstein has it covered at The Washington Post. Here is a taste of her piece “Southern … Continue reading Paige Patterson’s World
And he also took documents from Southeastern Seminary that did not belong to him. Kevin Euckert, the chair of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, published this statement today on the seminary website: Based on a number of follow-up questions I have received this week, I am providing this additional statement related to our … Continue reading “Dr. Patterson discussed meeting with the student alone so that he could ‘break her down’ and that he preferred no officials be present”
In the 1980s, the Southern Baptist Convention went to war over the inerrancy of the Bible, the ordination of women, and abortion. The so-called “fundamentalists” won that war and gained control of the convention. Most of the liberal and moderate evangelical theologians either left the denomination or the conservatives forced them out. People like Albert … Continue reading A movement that rejects social justice wants to “unite” the Southern Baptist Convention
Fred Clark, aka Slacktivist, packed a lot of stuff in a post today titled “Some say he was an outlaw.” Here are some highlights: On the difference between Jerry Falwell Sr. and Jerry Falwell Jr.: “But look a little deeper and you’ll find only differences in degree, not in kind.” I made the same argument … Continue reading Slacktivist is on fire today!
If you want to know what’s happening at Cedarville University, a Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, read Bill Trollinger at his blog “Righting America.” (What is the scandal at Cedarville? Get up to speed here). Trollinger’s latest post is titled “A Whitewashing at Cedarville (Even While the Stories Keep Multiplying): It is significant that not … Continue reading More on the Cedarville University Scandal
Some of you may recall that we have spent some time here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home covering the ongoing drama at Cedarville University, a conservative Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio. Most of our posts here have linked to the writings of University of Dayton historian Bill Trollinger, who has been covering the … Continue reading Cedarville University reinstates president Thomas White in the wake of a scandal surrounding his hiring of an administrator accused of sexual misconduct
Bill Trollinger of the Righting America blog and the University of Dayton has been closely following what is going on at Cedarville, a conservative Christian university in Ohio. Get up to speed here, here, and here. But their is apparently a lot more to this story. Here is Trollinger: Of course, Cedarville desperately wants to get past … Continue reading What is (Still) Happening at Cedarville University?