What Will American Religious Historians Say About the 2010s?

Over at The Anxious Bench, historian Philip Jenkins asks, “what will future scholars of Christianity highlight when they write the history of the 2010s?  What tremors reshaped the landscape of faith?” Here is part of Jenkins’s answer: I would start with the papacy of Francis in the Roman Catholic church, with all that has meant … Continue reading What Will American Religious Historians Say About the 2010s?

Can Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Make a Comeback?

Christian Right leader Paige Patterson virtually destroyed Southwestern before he was finally ousted.  New president Adam Greenway is trying to bring the Fort Worth seminary back.  Check out Ian Lovett ‘s piece at The Wall Street Journal. A taste: After the Rev. Adam W. Greenway stepped to the podium during his inauguration as the ninth president … Continue reading Can Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Make a Comeback?

Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows

Watch this video. Last month I wrote a post titled “Big Changes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.”  I wrote about the Fort Worth, Texas seminary’s decision to remove stained glass windows devoted to two architects of of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention: Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler.  Both men were accused of … Continue reading Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows

Court Evangelical Seizes on Ilhan Omar’s Remarks to Score Points for Trump

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, is at it again: Jeffress is quick to condemn such “hate speech.”  Yes, this is the same guy who: Has not addressed in any substantial way the sexual abuse problems happening in his own denomination. Said that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court … Continue reading Court Evangelical Seizes on Ilhan Omar’s Remarks to Score Points for Trump

The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion

The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have endorsed “Fairness for All,” a legislative initiative to protect religious liberties alongside liberties for the LGBTQ community.  This means that these organizations are endorsing so-called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) laws, or laws that add sexual orientation and gender identity … Continue reading The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion

The Southern Baptist Story That Will Not Go Away

Paige Patterson loyalists are looking for payback.  Some big donors to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are threatening to withhold their donations unless the Patterson case is reopened.  Not familiar with the Patterson case?  Get up to speed with these posts. Julie Zauzmer has the story at The Washington Post.  Here is a taste: Thousands of Southern Baptist … Continue reading The Southern Baptist Story That Will Not Go Away

My Latest Piece at *Sojourners*: Pence’s Visit to the Southern Baptist Convention

Here is a taste: In the last several months, the #MeToo movement has found its way to one of the largest Protestant denominations in America — the Southern Baptist Convention. While this year’s annual meeting did address issues related to Paige Patterson, the former SBC Theological Seminary president, and how women are treated in the church, … Continue reading My Latest Piece at *Sojourners*: Pence’s Visit to the Southern Baptist Convention

Can the Southern Baptist Convention Think of Any More Ways to Shoot Itself in the Foot?

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has announced that Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking tomorrow at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas as part of the denomination’s annual meeting. At a time when the SBC needs to get its house in order, heal wounds, and discuss how it can move forward together, … Continue reading Can the Southern Baptist Convention Think of Any More Ways to Shoot Itself in the Foot?

Russell Moore: “The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate”

Check out Adelle Banks‘s piece at RNS on Paige Patterson‘s decision to forego delivering the sermon at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas next week. Here is a taste: “The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate,” said Russell Moore, … Continue reading Russell Moore: “The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate”

Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?

Check out this excellent blog post by Eric Price, a Th.M student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Here is a taste of “Southern Baptists: The Gatekeepers of Christian Orthodoxy?“: The Southern Baptist twittersphere has been up in arms about the Revoice Conference. One of the most extensive criticisms is from Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Strachan’s … Continue reading Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?

The History of the “Conservative Resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention

I am not a scholar of religion in the American South.  Nor am I an expert on the Southern Baptists or the so-called “conservative resurgence” in the 1980s.  But ever since I started writing posts about this whole Paige Patterson mess, people (mostly non-Southern Baptists) have been asking me for good books on the history … Continue reading The History of the “Conservative Resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention

Southeastern Seminary: “At this time there has been no evidence discovered that disputes or discredits our former student’s account”

Here is the official statement from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: During the last few weeks Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has walked through a situation that began when our administration was contacted by a former student who was the victim of an alleged sexual assault in 2003. Dr. Danny Akin, president of SEBTS, communicated the … Continue reading Southeastern Seminary: “At this time there has been no evidence discovered that disputes or discredits our former student’s account”

Southwestern Baptist Seminary is Dragged (Kicking and Screaming) into the #MeToo Era

A few days ago, in a post on April Armstrong’s powerful piece on life at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I wrote: “I imagine we will hear more stories like the ones April Armstrong has shared at the website #SBCToo: Breaking the Southern Baptist Seminary Silence.” Sadly, it looks like I was correct.  Paige Patterson is now out completely … Continue reading Southwestern Baptist Seminary is Dragged (Kicking and Screaming) into the #MeToo Era