Author: Paige Patterson

With more than 50 years of faithful service and ministry as a pastor, evangelist, professor, college president, seminary president and denominational leader, Dr. Patterson travels throughout the United States and around the world, preaching in churches and sharing the life-changing message of the Gospel.

The Third Time is a Charm

The Dec. 17, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News carried a shocking headline: “Conservative Belief Spurs Church Growth.” The story recounts the astonishing discovery of David Millard Haskell, associate professor of religion, culture and digital media an... Read More »

Concerning Remarks on Calvinism in Chapel at Southwestern

Recently, a speaker in chapel at Southwestern dealt in a portion of his message with the subject of Calvinism (link to original chapel message). He presented his views on the subject, as would be expected at a Southern Baptist seminary in view of the current d... Read More »

April 30, 1945 and November 8, 2016

What do April 30, 1945, and Nov. 8, 2016, have in common? The first date was the culmination of World War II. On that fateful day, Adolf Hitler apparently shot himself in the mouth as Russian soldiers moved in on his compound. But in the midst of all that trag... Read More »

Do Black Lives Matter?

President Obama and a host of other leaders seem unable to resolve the racial tensions in our country. And neither they nor anyone else will ever succeed unless there is a return to acknowledging the words found in Genesis: “And Adam called his wife’s name... Read More »

Supporting Perry – Supporting Us All

Am I rejoicing at Perry Noble’s forced departure from NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina? I could scarcely believe my ears when that question was asked. To the contrary, I am profoundly saddened – hurting for an obviously gifted young man, sad fo... Read More »

Why Go To Bible College or Seminary?

“Training? You will not need any training! You just need a passion for the USA, for democracy, and a love for the fight. Watch a few videos about war, and you will be as good as any Special Ops operator in the Marines. Don’t waste your youth. Volunteer now... Read More »

Theology Matters: But Why Does Theology Matter?

Not all theology matters. Few today are absorbed in the Process Theology of Alfred North Whitehead, and almost no one would embrace Buridan’s Donkey as a serious contemplative issue. Pre-Copernican perspectives of the universe still provide historical intere... Read More »

Shall We Preach, or Shall We Teach?

The essential distinction between preaching and teaching in the New Testament is the difference between scuba diving, on the one hand, and snorkeling, on the other. In snorkeling, one observes the pristine beauty of the marine world with its variety of ichthyo... Read More »

Why Southern Baptists Declined and What to Do, Part 2

In Part 1 of this assessment, I alleged four things: First, a loss in numbers among Southern Baptists is more asset than liability. Second, baptisms are down because we have ceased witnessing as we ought. Yes, I know that the issue is more complicated than tha... Read More »

Why Southern Baptists Declined and What to Do, Part 1

The lugubrious prognostications about Baptist futures are known and experienced by all. LifeWay annually tells the sad story of reversals in numbers, and statisticians weigh in on the analysis. The latest major assessment comes from Molly Worthen, appearing re... Read More »