I love Dr. Paige Patterson. Dr. Patterson is the President of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. But in the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s, he led a theological recovery effort in the Southern Baptist Convention. As a result of his leadership and vision (and that of Judge Paul Pressler), grassroots Southern Baptists regained control of their institutions of theological education and mission. (If you are reading this and have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to read Paul Pressler’s memoir, A Hill On Which To Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey.) For this reason, a great many Southern Baptists (including myself) look to Dr. Patterson with great thankfulness and admiration. When he talks, we listen.
One of Southwestern’s professors, Dr. Jim Hamilton, recently conducted an interview with Dr. Patterson that is somewhat unconventional. Jim focuses his questions on Patterson’s early ministry efforts before the resurgence for which he is so well-known. The questions cover a wide variety of topics ranging from contextualization to country music. This is an interesting interview and one you won’t want to miss.