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  • SWBTS announces presidential search team

    August 24 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS announces presidential search team

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees released the list of names on its presidential search team Aug. 24. The 9-member committee will seek a replacement for former president Paige Patterson who was terminated in May.

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  • Donors ditch SWBTS over Patterson dismissal

    July 6 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Donors ditch SWBTS over Patterson dismissal

    A group of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary donors released a letter June 29 announcing their decision to halt financial support for the school as a result of former president Paige Patterson’s termination. The seven-page document, apparently drafted by oil industry executive Gary Loveless and cosigned by 25 other alleged donors, expressed “utter disdain” …

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  • Kie Bowman calls for new life in dry bones

    June 19 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kie Bowman calls for new life in dry bones

    Kie Bowman, pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, preached the convention sermon from Ezekiel 37, calling on Southern Baptists to ask God to breathe life into families, churches and the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting in Dallas June 13. Bowman, this year’s alternate convention sermon preacher, stepped in to give …

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  • ‘Southwestern moves forward,’ interim president tells SBC

    D. Jeffrey Bingham, interim president of Southwestern Seminary, began his report to the Southern Baptist Convention with an acknowledgement that, though he came to talk about the future of Southwestern, “as a Baptist and as a Christian, I cannot speak to you about the future of the seminary without reflecting responsibly upon its past …

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  • Patterson forfeits keynote SBC sermon

    June 8 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Patterson forfeits keynote SBC sermon

    Paige Patterson, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who was recently dismissed amid controversy, has decided to step down from giving the keynote sermon June 13 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. An alternate preacher, Kie Bowman, will give the address in Patterson’s place.

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  • Patterson denies mishandling ‘reported abuse’

    June 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson denies mishandling ‘reported abuse’

    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.”

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  • String of statements dispute details of Patterson’s firing

    June 5 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    String of statements dispute details of Patterson’s firing

    The specifics of what led to Paige Patterson’s removal from leadership at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have been scarce, largely due to closed-door trustee meetings and confidential student files, but a recent series of statements by two seminaries and Patterson’s attorney have begun to parse the finer points of the controversial decision.

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  • Woman hushed by Patterson comes forward, tells of 8 more

    June 1 2018 by Seth Brown & Liz Tablazon, Biblical Recorder | with 4 comments
    Woman hushed by Patterson comes forward, tells of 8 more

    Megan Lively, a former student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was encouraged in 2003 by then-president Paige Patterson not to report an alleged sexual assault to police, said several women have contacted her with similar stories about Patterson since she came forward. Lively said she “wanted people to know” because she “felt like there were others.”

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  • SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    May 30 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    SWBTS: Patterson stripped of emeritus title, benefits

    The executive committee of the board of trustees for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced their decision tonight (May 30) to terminate President Emeritus Paige Patterson after meeting to discuss how he handled allegations of sexual assault against a student while he was president of another school.

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  • Mohler confronts SBC’s ‘horrifying #MeToo moment’

    May 25 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mohler confronts SBC’s ‘horrifying #MeToo moment’

    R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC’s “own horrifying #MeToo moment” and said it stems from “an unorganized conspiracy of silence” about sexual misconduct and abuse. “Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Mohler wrote.

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  • Trustees: Patterson move aims for ‘benefit’ of SWBTS

    May 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trustees: Patterson move aims for ‘benefit’ of SWBTS

    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.”

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  • SWBTS trustees transition Patterson to president emeritus

    May 23 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 2 comments
    SWBTS trustees transition Patterson to president emeritus

    UPDATED: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees convened May 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the school's campus in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss and deliberate controversy that has engulfed SWBTS President Paige Patterson. As the meeting extended into the early morning hours of May 23, more than 12 hours later, the trustees issued a statement on Patterson's retirement and the seminary's future.

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  • Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    May 14 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Steve Gaines released a statement May 11. Gaines specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on women, divorce and domestic violence.

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  • Patterson apologizes for comments ‘hurtful to women’

    May 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson apologizes for comments ‘hurtful to women’

    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. In the ongoing discussion surrounding Patterson’s comments, nearly 230 people have signed an open letter in support of Patterson.

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  • Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    May 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson comments draw women’s responses

    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 has garnered nearly 2,500 signatures – with more than 1,800 in its first 24 hours online. Other Southern Baptist women defended Patterson’s character without affirming all his specific comments.

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