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 »

The Rap on Rap

Recent furor over a panel discussion on rap at the NCFIC has ignited a controversy in the Christian cyber community. Tragedy is not lacking in some of what has been uttered. At the outset, I confess that I have neither the rhythm nor the quickness of mind to b... Read More »

The Strange Value of the Internet Bible

As everyone who knows me well is aware, I have often not been a fan of the Internet. However, the Internet is very much like atomic energy. Used properly, there are great blessings. Used in a less than desirable fashion, it is accompanied by great sadness. Rec... Read More »

Book Review: ‘2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse’

Editor’s Note: The following book review appears in Southwestern Journal of Theology, vol. 55, no. 1 (Fall 2012): 187-88. This particular issue focuses on “Scripture, Culture, and Missions.” For more information about the journal, or to subscribe, em... Read More »

Judson and an Unlikely Missions Candidate

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Baptist Press, and is adapted from Paige Patterson’s introduction to “Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary,” edited by Jason G. Duesing, assistant... Read More »

My Hope for ‘Great Commission Baptists’

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Tackling Tough Theological Matters: Problems with Post-Tribulationalism

In this monthly blog series, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson tackles tough theological questions that he has encountered over the years. Q: Many in the scholarly community seem to be leaning away from a pre-tribulational view of the rapture wit... Read More »

Happy Southern Baptists and the Tricky Track

In late 2007, I was asked by the editors of SBC Today to address the relationship between Calvinists and non-Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention. The following article was the result and I repost it today as it represents my thoughts and hopes on the... Read More »

Paige Patterson’s Address to the Executive Committee of the SBC, Feb. 20, 2012

The following is a transcript of the address given by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to the SBC Executive Committee on Feb. 20, 2012, regarding the SBC name change task force, on which Patterson served. To read more co... Read More »