Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The Calvinism Discussion with Dr. Patterson

I was honored to participate with Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in a dicussion on the doctrine of election at the SBC Pastors Conference in Greensboro. Dr. Bryant Wright, President of the 2006 conference and pastor of the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Atlanta is to be congratulated for having the vision to schedule this as part of the program for the conference.

It was great to have Southern Baptists engaged in a serious theological discussion (of all things!) The format was not a formal debate at all, but a discussion among friends. Dr. Patterson is a dear friend and colleague and I was honored to discuss the issues with him. We share a common commitment to Christian truth, Baptist distinctives, and the Great Commission.

I will post further reflections on the discussion in coming days, but I wanted to refer readers to the coverage of the discussion found at Baptist Press.