I just read from dallasnews.com that Dwight McKissic has resigned from the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary.
“It has taken a tremendous toll on my family and ministry, and my wife believes it has negatively impacted my health,” he said in a resignation letter to Van McClain, chairman of the Fort Worth seminary’s trustee board. “I simply want to return to the place I was prior to being a trustee.”
What a terrible shame that becoming a trustee of a conservative seminary would be a stumbling block for one of our brothers. In a place where open discussion and challenging believes should be welcomed they had been silenced and hidden away. And for what? To protect churches from these challenging beliefs.
I often wonder why Jesus sent us a helper, when we clearly already have people in offices willing to do the job for him.
This article ends with this quote from Dr. Patterson:
“My personal relationship with Pastor McKissic has been a long one and overwhelmingly a happy one,” Dr. Patterson said. “I anticipate that that relationship will continue and that Brother McKissic will continue as a faithful supporter of the seminary. It is well known that we have not always agreed, but we are brothers in Christ, and I love this pastor.”
I sincerely hope that Patterson and McKissic do sustain a relationship. But I found myself wondering what, if anything, does this have to do with McKissic being a “faithful supporter” of the seminary?
As ABBA (the group, not the father) once said, “money, money, money…”
P.S. I made up a new word – Batholic. I really like it, it is a combination of Baptist and Catholic. What really endears me to the word is the fact that “Bath” can be found in it – like a baptism! This is hilarious on so many levels! Looks like we can have our cake and eat it too!
(HT: Ben Cole for linking to this article)