I have known Jarvis Williams for about ten years. He’s a fiery preacher, a fierce academic, and a faithful man of God. You may remember Jarvis from the plenary address that he delivered at the 2012 Desiring God National Conference. Or perhaps you saw his message that he preached in Southern Seminary’s chapel last September (see above). Or maybe you read his book One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology.
If you don’t know him, you need to. He’s one of the good guys. He believes in the inerrancy of scripture. He also adheres to the Southern Baptist confessional standard known as “The Baptist Faith and Message 2000.” Nevertheless, he is being released from his faculty position at a Southern Baptist college in Kentucky because of his beliefs. Other faculty at the school reject inerrancy and teach evolution. There appears to be room for them, but not room for a publishing scholar who is orthodox and firmly ensconced in the Southern Baptist tradition.
I cannot lay out the situation any better than Patrick Schreiner has at his blog, and I recommend you read his page. But I just want to add my support to team-Jarvis. He is being let go for nothing less than holding to the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). And that ought not be. I’m pretty sure Kentucky Baptists who support the college would agree that it ought not be as well.