Seminary sermon may signal thaw among Texas Baptists

At Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
In a sign that once-frosty relations between the independent-minded Baptist General Convention of Texas and the large Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth may be thawing, the BGCT’s new executive director spoke at the seminary last month.

“I have, as you would guess, gotten a little criticism about having Dr. Everett here, and he’s gotten some criticism about coming,” Paige Patterson, president of the Southern Baptist Convention–run school, said in introducing Randel Everett during an October 15 chapel service.

Everett became executive director of the 2.3-million-member, moderate-dominated BGCT in March.

“That always amazes me, because the theory is we disagree, and I shouldn’t have anybody in who disagrees,” Patterson said. “That’s kind of interesting, isn’t it?” he continued. “Because we haven’t even talked enough to find out if we do disagree about anything.”


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