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  • Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Following Paige Patterson's termination by a 12-member committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees, reactions have ranged from affirmation of the trustees to defense of Patterson.

    The seminary has canceled planned on-campus events in conjunction with the June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, and at least two of Patterson's speaking engagements at ancillary meetings have been canceled. Patterson has not said whether he will deliver the convention sermon in Dallas, a task messengers at the 2017 SBC annual meeting elected him to fulfill. Read More

  • SWBTS: Paige Patterson terminated 'effective immediately'

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (one month ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has been terminated "effective immediately," according to a statement released Wednesday evening (May 30) by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The decision, according to the statement, was based on "new information confirmed this morning … regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student during Dr. Paige Patterson’s presidency at another institution and resulting issues connected with statements to the Board of Trustees that are inconsistent with SWBTS's biblically informed core values." Read More

  • SWBTS interim pres. Bingham 'humbled' to serve

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (one month ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Historical theologian Jeffrey Bingham has accepted the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The position was offered to him May 23 in a 3 a.m. phone call from trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert after trustees named former president Paige Patterson as president emeritus.

    Meanwhile, reaction to trustees' decision about Patterson has come from a range of Southern Baptists, including Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and both announced candidates for next month's SBC presidential election in Dallas. Read More

  • Trustees: Patterson move aims for 'benefit' of SWBTS

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees say their decision to "move in the direction of new leadership" by making Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately was intended "for the benefit of the future mission of the seminary." Patterson's new role will come "with compensation" and was approved by a "majority vote."

    Patterson released a statement today (May 23) to Baptist Press in response to the trustee's decision. Read More

  • Patterson appointed pres. emeritus by SWBTS trustees

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    In a meeting that began at 1:30 p.m. May 22 and ended just after 3 a.m. May 23, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees appointed Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately. They also named as interim president of the seminary Jeffrey Bingham, dean of Southwestern's School of Theology, pending his acceptance. Read More

  • Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP) -- Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, SBC President Steve Gaines released a statement today (May 11) to Baptist Press.

    Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on women, divorce and domestic violence. Gaines' statement also touched on racial diversity and ways Southern Baptists can pray for the SBC leading up to its annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13. Read More

  • Patterson apologizes for comments 'hurtful to women'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has apologized for a "failure to be as thoughtful ... as I should have been" in describing domestic violence and the physical attractiveness of women in sermon illustrations.

    Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been criticized following widespread sharing online of a video of a 2014 sermon in which he illustrated the Hebrew word used to describe Eve's being "built" from Adam's rib by quoting a teenage boy's assessment that a teen girl was "built." Patterson added that the girl's appearance was "nice." He also has drawn criticism for an audio clip from 2000 in which he expressed his views regarding domestic violence. Read More

  • Patterson comments draw range of women's responses

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An open letter from Southern Baptist women objecting that Paige Patterson has been "allowed to continue in leadership" despite his statements on sexuality and domestic abuse garnered more than 1,800 signatures in its first 24 hours online. Other Southern Baptist women defended Patterson's character without affirming all his specific comments.

    Meanwhile, Southern Baptists continue to discuss a May 3 open letter to Christian men by Bible teacher Beth Moore lamenting "the colossal disregard ... Read More

  • SWBTS grads charged to be messengers of peace, hope

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, May 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- During Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's spring commencement service, May 4, President Paige Patterson charged the 244 bachelor's, master's and doctoral graduates to find the lost among the world's 7.5 billion people and assist them in any way they can.

    "Where there are people who are lost, you are going to find them and bring them to faith in Jesus Christ," he said. "You're going to go out into a world of war and trouble and difficulty, and you're going to be the messengers of peace and harmony and hope for the future." Read More