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    Friday, September 01, 2006

    Here and See More from Dwight McKissic on WFAA

    Watch the story here

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 9/01/2006 01:02:00 AM

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    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    From today's Dallas Morning News:

    Minister: Seminary censored sermon

    Fort Worth: He says it's not on Web because he questioned SBC policy
    12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, August 31, 2006
    By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth faces a charge of censorship from an unusual source – one of its own trustees. And he says he's the one the school is censoring.

    The Rev. Dwight McKissic, longtime pastor of the 4,500-member Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, preached in the seminary's Tuesday chapel service. During the address, the new seminary trustee briefly questioned a Southern Baptist Convention policy that forbids foreign missionary candidates from employing a "private prayer language" – a form of speaking in tongues.

    He noted that he has engaged in the practice himself, beginning in 1981, when he was a Southwestern student.

    Read the rest of the story here

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/31/2006 05:08:00 AM

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    Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    SWBTS story goes mainstream tomorrow morning!

    Our sources tell us that TOMORROW both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will carry coverage of the McKissic-Patterson erruption and the fallout that has accompanied. We are told that there are some local Metroplex pastors who will have some tough words for Dr. Patterson and his handling -- we like to refer to it as censorship -- of the situation.

    Stay tuned ,as soon as we get more confirmation on the content of the stories, we'll share.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/30/2006 07:05:00 PM

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    McKissic Speaks, and there is no mistaking his words.
    This is W. Dwight McKissic's Letter to Dr. Paige Patterson in its entirety:

    August 30, 2006

    Dr. Paige Patterson
    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    2001 W. Seminary Dr.
    Fort Worth, TX 76115

    Dear Dr. Patterson:
    Thank you again for the opportunity to preach during chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and for the opportunity to enjoy lunch with you and Mrs. Patterson. I appreciate the email you sent regarding chapel on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 and I do find it fair and affirming of all parties involved, yet inconsistent with views attributed to you, views you’ve written, and other outstanding Baptist scholars, theologians, and preachers. With regard to the “public criticism of the actions of a sister board”, the IMB policy regarding missionaries who practice a private prayer language is a public policy that is in direct contradiction to what many noted Baptist scholars and preachers believe about the practice of a private prayer language. My statement was designed to cause the students to critically think about whether or not the IMB policy lines up with Scripture, not to criticize the IMB. If addressing the policy violated SWBTS chapel protocol, and apparently it did, I deeply apologize for having done so. Please forgive me; I was unaware of this protocol. I was speaking from my faith tradition (National Baptist Convention), and cultural background that encourages addressing unbiblical and discriminatory issues prophetically and publicly. However, I do believe in submission to authority and I will submit to SWBTS protocol in the future to the extent that I am aware of it. I am very comfortable with your decision to discontinue the video streaming of my message because again, I honor and respect your position of authority at SWBTS. Because I said nothing during my message that contradicted the Bible or the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message, I fail to see how my comments are viewed as outside of the Baptist mainstream. I do believe that banning the free distribution of my message on the school website is a form of unnecessary censorship that is most unusual considering the fact, again, that many Baptist scholars and leaders (Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Ken Hemphill, the late Dr. Jack Gray, Dr. Jerry Rankin, Dr. J.W. McGorman, Dr. Timothy George, and the current Southern Baptist Convention President, Dr. Frank Page as cited at the end of this letter) have expressed views similar to mine. Nevertheless, I value and love you and SWBTS, and I will continue to do so as I submit to your authority in this matter. Just as you suspect that most of the faculty and trustees at SWBTS do not believe the Bible affirms a private prayer language, the leading evangelical African-American churches in America including Black Southern Baptists, would affirm the practice of a private prayer language by those who are so gifted by the Holy Spirit. They would certainly not invoke a policy denying freedom of a gifted person to practice a private prayer language. The practical effect of the IMB policy is treating adults as if you have authority over their private lives and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, beyond the boundary of Scripture. For those of us who believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, I find it difficult to understand how we can hold that view and at the same time disregard or deny tongues or a private prayer language as a valid spiritual gift. I remain committed to support and recruit students to attend SWBTS, but if the majority of the faculty and trustees believe that the Bible forbids the exercise of a private prayer language for those gifted by the Holy Spirit, this would be extremely alienating to the vast majority of evangelical African-American Christians, and many Black Southern Baptist Pastors and congregants, including those who don’t believe in or practice a private prayer language. The IMB policy is not in keeping with Baptist conviction regarding religious liberties and it encroaches upon the autonomy of the local church. It also prohibits and thwarts missionary endeavors for which I thought was the main purpose of the convention. Finally, if offered future opportunities to preach at chapel, I would submit my manuscript to you for your approval and would try not to veer from my approved manuscript. However, I do understand if I’m not invited again, and that would in no wise affect my love and respect for you and the school. My prayerful, moral, and financial support of you and SWBTS will continue whether or not I’m ever asked to preach again in chapel. I am putting this statement on our website and will release it to those interested in the matter. I look forward to future fellowship opportunities with you and my tenure on the trustee board at SWBTS.

    Sincerely In Christ,

    Rev. Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr. Senior Pastor

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/30/2006 06:24:00 PM

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    Tuesday, August 29, 2006

    We feel that Paige Patterson's statement on Dr. McKissic's chapel sermon is alarming. He has either forgotten his place or forsaken his responsibility.

    He has either presumed upon the role of trustees to censor another trustee, or he was negligent in not properly vetting his chapel speakers (or his trustees). Patterson's arrogance has reached a new high, or should we say low.

    His decision to censor a trustee's sermon because he has deemed that it could be potentially harmful to SBC churches should not go unpunished. We call on the Southwestern trustees to take the official action of censuring Patterson for his careless insubordination.

    Nevermind the fact that Southwestern cannot seem to pull out of a three year decline to unprecedented enrollment lows. It is hard to see how Patterson's blunder can do anything but further minimize the ability of SWBTS to recruit the kind of students that seem to be choosing other institutions for a solid theological education.

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/29/2006 09:37:00 PM

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    Trustee McKissic endorses prayer tongue during chapel sermon at Southwestern

    By Robert Marus

    FORT WORTH, Texas (ABP) -- A trustee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary endorsed the concept of a private prayer language in an Aug. 29 chapel sermon at the institution, setting off a wave of discussion in the Southern Baptist blogosphere and triggering the seminary's leaders to ban free distribution of the sermon through the school's website.

    Dwight McKissick, a new Southwestern trustee and pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, delivered the sermon in which he recounted how, while a Southwestern student in 1981, he had an experience of speaking in a "private prayer language" and that the experience has repeated itself.

    McKissic also offered criticism of a policy, recently established by trustees at a sister Southern Baptist Convention institution, that would ban the appointment of missionaries who practice the private version of glossolalia, or speaking in tongues.

    While a recording of the sermon was not immediately available, McKissick repeated his criticism of the International Mission Board's policy in a telephone interview the afternoon of Aug. 29.

    "I couldn't figure out how a policy that contradicts the teaching of many of our believing theologians could be enacted like that. That was amazing to me," McKissic told Associated Baptist Press. "I was so disappointed by the policy that I gave serious consideration to leading my church out of the Southern Baptist Convention."

    He said he believed the policy -- which disqualifies candidates for appointment as international missionaries if they practice private glossolalia -- "is an intrusion of privacy, an invasion of privacy, totally unnecessary, and would exclude a great number of Baptists who would make excellent missionaries."

    McKissic said he believes the IMB policy is "extra-biblical."

    Word of the sermon spread quickly among the numerous Southern Baptist bloggers who have been critical of Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson and others in the denomination's elite cadre of top leaders. Many have noted that Patterson, on recent occasions, has opposed the practice of speaking in tongues.

    Tulsa, Okla., pastor Art Rogers, on his "12 Witnesses" website (twelvewitnesses.blogspot.com), said "McKissic set off the political equivalent of a nuclear device" with his statements.

    The seminary has recently begun live streaming-video telecasts of its chapel sermons, which enabled several bloggers to hear the comments. An Aug. 24 news release announcing the feature noted, "Audio and video recordings of each chapel service will be archived immediately after each service is over."

    However, bloggers began asking why McKissick's morning sermon was not yet posted by the late afternoon of Aug. 29. Neither Patterson's assistant nor officials from the school's communications office responded to phone messages requesting an explanation until the early evening hours. That's when Jon Zellers, the seminary's associate vice president for news and information, directed an ABP reporter to a statement the seminary was posting on its website.

    The statement said that, while the seminary "is honored to have Rev. W. Dwight McKissic as a trustee" and "honored to have him in chapel this morning," the seminary would not disseminate copies of the chapel sermon free of charge.

    "[W]hile Southwestern does not instruct its chapel speakers about what they can or cannot say, neither do we feel that there is wisdom in posting materials online which could place us in a position of appearing to be critical of actions of the board of trustees of a sister agency," the statement said. "Any trustee or faculty member is free to communicate his concerns to the boards of sister agencies, but it is difficult to imagine a circumstance that would merit public criticism of the actions of a sister board."

    It continued: "Furthermore, though most of Rev. McKissic?s message represented a position with which most people at Southwestern would be comfortable, Rev. McKissic?s interpretation of tongues as 'ecstatic utterance' is not a position that we suspect would be advocated by most faculty or trustees. In keeping with Baptist convictions regarding religious liberty, we affirm Rev. McKissic?s right to believe and advocate his position. Equally in keeping with our emphasis of religious liberty we reserve the right not to disseminate openly views which we fear may be harmful to the churches."

    The statement said Patterson had made the decision to limit distribution of the sermon, "lest uninformed people believe that Pastor McKissic?s view on the gift of tongues as 'ecstatic utterance' is the view of the majority of our people at Southwestern."

    Prior to the statement's posting, McKissic said he didn't believe Patterson had a problem with him or his view of tongues. "He has not in any way indicated that he has issues with what I have to say," he said.

    He noted that he had lunch with Patterson and his wife, Dorothy, following the chapel service. "I love Dr. Patterson, Dr. Patterson loves me, we had rich fellowship today," he said. "If they had a problem with it [the sermon], they didn't utter it to me at all."

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/29/2006 08:17:00 PM

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    Southwestern trustee and noted pastor Dwight McKissic shocks SWBTS Chapel, announces he has a private prayer language. President Patterson is eating lunch with McKissic right now. Southwestern has not update the video archives on its site as of 1:20 p.m. today.

    More coming soon!

    posted by Arkansas Razorbaptist at 8/29/2006 11:26:00 AM

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