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    Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    Q&A with Rev. Benjamin S. Cole
    By Batman

    We at the ARB were granted an instant message interview with Rev. Benjamin Cole, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Arlington,Texas, about his new book project. We think we break news here about something that will be of interest to many Southern Baptists.

    ARB: Is it true that you are writing a book about Paige Patterson?

    BSC: It is certainly true that I'm involved in several writing projects right now. Among those projects is a book that reflects upon the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, and especially as it relates to the leadership of that particular movement as I have observed it.

    ARB: When will your book be published?

    BSC: Well, I will have to find a publisher for it, but I have already been approached by someone who is very interested in having first cut at publishing the book. As of yet, I have submitted no manuscript. The book is not my first publishing priority, however, and I have no set date of completion.

    ARB: Is this book going to be a personal memoir, an expose, or a history?

    BSC: The answer is yes. It is going to have a little of all those things. For the past several years I've been compiling notes and conducting interviews. Some of them are on the record, some of them have been off the record. I've been privileged to become friends with folks on all sides of the divide in our convention. By the time I'm done, there are some people in Southern Baptist life who will be angry that I didn't tell it all. Others will be angry that I told too much. I'm striving to be fair, but I recognize in the beginning my own biases, which will be understandable to readers by the end of the book, even if they don't like my conclusions.

    ARB: Have you had any difficulty getting people to talk to you for interviews?

    BSC: Every person I've asked for an interview has granted me one, except for one man, and we are still working out the details. I've received boxes of correspondence from folks who share my concerns and have documentation and corroboration to substantiate my thesis.

    ARB: And what thesis is that?

    BSC: Well, I don't want to tip my hand too much, but essentially it is this: The children of the resurgence/takeover have grown up idolizing the conservative leadership and villifying the moderates, or vice versa. I hope to demonstrate that the devils aren't quite as devilish, nor are the angels quite as angelic.

    ARB: Do you have a working title?

    BSC: Yes.

    ARB: And what is that?

    BSC: It's a secret. But it's a zinger.

    ARB: Are you worried about losing influence in the convention by publishing this book?

    BSC: The only people who are worried about gaining and losing influence are those people who never have it. Influence comes and goes. I always try to think of the words of the Apostle Paul when I get asked that question: "If I am seeking to please men, I'm not longer pleasing to God."

    ARB: But do you have to seek to anger men in order to please God?

    BSC: Good question. Pray for me that I don't cultivate such a spirit.

    ARB: Anything else you'd like to tell us about the book?

    BSC: Sure. Don't expect it before San Antonio.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 7/18/2006 10:55:00 PM

    10 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Can you provide some background information about Pastor Cole? Home state, education, etc.?

    Tuesday, July 18, 2006 11:35:00 PM  
    Blogger BSC said...

    I hear he's from Texas. And I hear he's studied in North Carolina and Texas. Rumor has it he's pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion, Politics, and Society.

    I also hear that he's remarkably intelligent and very handsome.

    Tuesday, July 18, 2006 11:53:00 PM  
    Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

    Ben,

    you are a funny man! I want the 1st autographed copy! I look forward to reading it!

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:07:00 AM  
    Blogger Dorcas said...

    I should have been a publisher instead of a lawyer. Talk about missing out on a gold mine.

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:58:00 AM  
    Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

    Dorcas,

    If you become a publisher I want to write a book too!

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:08:00 PM  
    Anonymous Alan Cross said...

    That will surely be an interesting read, Ben. I'll definitely take a look!

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:49:00 PM  
    Blogger art rogers said...

    He's got such a cute little baby face, doesn't he?

    Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:38:00 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Does he shave yet?

    Thursday, July 20, 2006 6:50:00 PM  
    Blogger Rzrbk said...

    Ben,
    I happened to be in Arlington a couple of weeks ago and in the area of your church late in the afternoon so I took a chance on stopping by to try and see you. You were out at the time but the next time I am there I will call ahead and try to set up an appointment. You might be saving this for your book but as an employee of the IMB I remember you saying that in your former life you were employed at the IMB and were there for the pupose of gathering information on Jerry Rankin to use against him. My question was what was your job and how did you get hired or who hired you. I was also interested in your dialogue with Ed Pruitt on another blog about your travels together to many countries. I was wondering did the IMB or SEBTS pay for all these travels and was it cooperative program money. I am always interestd in how these trips are organized and how the travelers are selected. I will look forward to your book and reading your perspective as an insider for a while any way. I agree with your thesis that the angels were always angelic and the demons weren't always demonic on both sides.

    Saturday, July 22, 2006 9:14:00 AM  
    Blogger Rzrbk said...

    I meant to say angels were NOT always angelic. That is why it has been difficult for those of us who oppose the conservative resurgence because of its hypocrisy and clay feet and do not belong to or support CBF.

    Sunday, July 23, 2006 9:02:00 AM  

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