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Patterson: 'I will not preach the convention sermon'DALLAS (BP) -- Paige Patterson has withdrawn from preaching the convention sermon next week at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. As a result of that decision, Austin, Texas, pastor Kie Bowman will deliver the meeting's keynote message.
Patterson announced his decision in a June 8 email to SBC President Steve Gaines and said he also is withdrawing as chairman of the evangelism task force appointed by Gaines a year ago in response to a vote of the convention in Phoenix. Read More
Patterson denies mishandling 'reported abuse'DALLAS (BP) -- In a letter to the "Southern Baptist Family," Paige Patterson has defended himself against "accusations that I ever knowingly ignored or failed to follow appropriate protocols in cases of reported abuse of women, students, or staff at any institution where I have served."
Patterson's letter, released to media June 8, also conveyed to Southern Baptists his decision -- announced minutes earlier in a letter to Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines -- not to preach the convention sermon June 13 in Dallas. Patterson, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, added, "In a few days, for the first time in 66 years I will not attend the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention." Read More