Seminary sermon may signal thaw among Texas Baptists
At Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Nov 18, 2008
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.”
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).