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Free Will Baptists and Evangelical Scholarship

by Theological Commission

Two years ago a post appeared on this blog that noted the relationship between Free Will Baptists and evangelical scholarship. This was specifically in reference to there being four presenters at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society who serve Free Will Baptist churches and/or entities. This year’s meeting took place two weeks ago in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme was the Heritage of the Reformation, and as usual the meeting featured a range of interesting presentations, panel discussions, plenary addresses, and more.

This year five Free Will Baptists presented or moderated across five different sections of the program. The following are the presenters and their paper titles:

Dr. Matthew McAffee (Provost and Professor at Welch College): “Ugaritic Ditanu and  Greek Titans: An Appraisal of Etymological and Narrative Connections.”

Rev. Jesse Owens (Church Planter, Adjunct Professor; Doctoral Candidate) – “English General Baptists: the Arminian Anti-rationalists.”

Dr. Matt Pinson (President of Welch College; Commission Chairman) – “Are Predestination and Election Corporate or Individual? Toward a Reformed Arminian Account.”

Rev. W. Jackson Watts (Pastor, Commission member; Doctoral candidate) – “Cultural Analysis and the Dynamics of Leading Change in the Church.”

Dr. Jeff Cockrell, professor at Welch College, moderated a New Testament section on the Gospel of Mark, and Mr. Matthew Bracey, Vice Provost and Professor at Welch also attended.

Audio recordings of these presentations can be found and purchased at Word Mp3. Readers may also note that a few of these papers are adapted from presentations given at the 2017 Theological Symposium. For more information on ETS or these specific presentations, you may leave us a question on the blog’s comment thread.


Thank You, Randy!

by Theological Commission

In 2013, Rev. Randy Corn was elected to serve on the Commission for Theological Integrity. As a veteran pastor, a man deeply committed to his family, church, and denomination, and one of great wisdom, we had no doubt he would be an excellent addition to our Commission.

However, due to ongoing health concerns, Bro. Randy recently tendered his resignation from the Commission. Though we all regretted this, we want to publicly thank him for his service to our denomination.

He always brought insight, humor, and concern to our discussions. He was a promoter of the work of theology, ministry, and reading. Indeed, few pastors read as broadly as Bro. Randy.

He blogs at, so we encourage readers to keep track of how they might pray for him and his family there.

In closing this post, we want to say THANK YOU AGAIN RANDY. Below, we have included a brief bio of Bro. Randy so those who don’t know him as well can learn a little bit more about his ministry.

Also, readers may click here to read past posts about or by Bro. Corn.


I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee with East Nashville FWB as my home church.  I graduated from Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1982 with a Master of Divinity.  I also studied at Temple Baptist Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary, receiving the Certificate of Advanced Ministry Studies.

My pastoral experience began in 1982, serving churches in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Tennessee.  Since 1995 I have served the Bethlehem FWB Church in Ashland City, TN.

At the outset of my ministerial career I served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve. I have also been a curriculum writer for Randall House Publications, and an adjunct instructor as well as an online facilitator for Welch College. I have had a weekly hour-long radio program called The Shepherd’s Hour on our local station, WQSV, for 18 years.

I have been active on both the quarterly and state levels of the denomination having served for two terms on the Tennessee Home Missions Board.  In 2013, I was elected to the Commission for Theological Integrity.

Perhaps the most significant event in my life was when I married the former Miss Joy Ketteman in 1980. We have two grown sons, Benjamin Randal and Paul Daniel, as well as a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Faith, and a beautiful granddaughter, Melody Grace.

For the last few years when talking with my ministerial buddies, from time to time the subject of serving on some National board or Commission would come up.  A few of my friends desired to serve with the Home Missions board; a few others coveted a place on the college board.  My response was always the same: I would most like to serve on the Commission for Theological Integrity. The Commission serves the National Association by staying abreast of the ever-changing currents of the theological world and how they might impact our constituency. It is both a challenge and an honor to serve.

2017 Theological Symposium Program

by W. Jackson Watts

It’s time once again for our annual Theological Symposium. We’re pleased to be hosting this year’s event on the new campus of Welch College at 1045 Bison Trail in Gallatin, Tennessee. For our out-of-town guests, we recommend you consider booking your lodging at the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Hendersonville. We have negotiated a special rate with them. You may contact them at (615) 824-0022, and let them know that you’re with the ‘Symposium.’ Please contact them by Wednesday, October 18.

Below is a tentative program. Some presenter times are subject to change, but the start and finish times themselves are set, so you can plan accordingly.  Please join us Monday, October 23-24th.

Monday Evening

6:00–6:10      Welcome and Prayer

6:15–7:05      Matthew McAffee: Losing Favor with the Gods: Divine Judgment in the Old Testament World

7:05–7:25      Refreshments and Discussion

7:25–8:15     Joshua Colson: Calvin’s View of the Supper

Tuesday Morning

9:00–9:05     Welcome and Prayer

9:05–9:55   Jesse Owens: English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists

9:55–10:10   Refreshments and Discussion

10:10–11:00  David Outlaw: A Consideration of Christopher Wright’s Missional Hermeneutic

11:00 – 11:15    Refreshments and Discussion

11:15–12:05   Matthew Pinson: Individual Election in the Thought of Jacobus Arminius

Tuesday Afternoon

 12:05–1:50      Lunch in Area Restaurants

1:50–2:40  Raven Tuttobene: I Love Lucy: Assumptions in Using Cultural Evolution as the Basis for the Documentary Hypothesis

2:40–3:00      Refreshments and Discussion

3:00-3:50     Matthew Steven Bracey: Faith and Scholarship: A Christian Calling

3:50–6:30     Dinner in Area Restaurants

Tuesday Evening

6:30–7:20   Jeff Cockrell: Understanding Paul since Luther: The New Perspective and Its Effects

7:20–7: 40     Refreshments and Discussion

7:40 – 8:30     Adam Holloway: Presuppositional  Apologetics in a Postmodern Age

8:30–8:35      Closing Remarks

If you have any questions concerning our program this year, feel free to email me at

Seasons Greetings from the Commission

by Theological Commission

Most of those reading this post do so in the context of the 2016 holiday season. The Commission for Theological Integrity would like to thank all of our readers for their interest in our work. We hope that we are able to provide an even greater degree of service and support to you in your work for the Lord in 2017.

Normal blog posts will resume following the holidays. Until then, we wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Randy Corn

Kevin Hester

Rodney Holloman

Matt Pinson

Jackson Watts