Interview with Dr. Ed Stetzer

November 29, 2007

stetzer.jpgI had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Stetzer for the first time at the Baptist Identity Conference in February, 2007. He needed a ride from the hotel to the conference and I was leaving town. I apologized all the way for not being able to stay and hear him. However, I previously planned to take my daughter to a Father/Daughter dance and needed to leave. We then met again at the SBC in San Antonio. This was after the research on PPL was released and he lovingly corrected me on some areas of mis-information I had placed on my personal blog.

Dr. Stetzer is a gracious person but one that has convictions. We were able to take time for this interview at the end of the day. There was a group of people around when I conducted this interview and you can hear laughter in the background. It was an interview conducted in the lounge area, so it is a discussion of questions–not just an interview. While Dr. Stetzer and I are not in agreement on every aspect of ministry, we are in agreement that our task is to take the Gospel to the nations. His heart is one that desires to do such and I can whole heartedly support him in that endeavor. As you will hear in the interview, Dr. Stetzer is in an interim position at a traditional church. He showed me a picture of him preaching in a suit. It is the only suit he owns and now that he will be preaching on a consistent basis in this traditional church setting, he has to go and purchase suits. :>) Who says that God does not have a sense of humor?

You can listen to the interview by clicking below, or you can visit our “Interviews” resource page to download the file.

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Robin

Dr. Stetzer

Thanks for the interview. May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve.

Tim Rogers

Brother Robin,

Certainly wish you could have made this trip. I had a blast. Someone asked me if I was able to determine if I were a Calvinist or not. I told them that I did not know what I was. The only thing I knew about soteriology was that I was saved. How that came about depended all on Jesus. How I came to that determination was dependent on the Holy Spirit. What happened after that determination was a prayer uttered on my own free will. I was not saved because of the prayer. However, God’s drawing me to Him, resulted in my praying to Him.

I had a great time with Brother Ed. There were about six people sitting around as I conducted this interview. I cannot remember a couple of the names, but one I do remember is Brother Travis Hilton. He is a riot as well.

Blessings,
Tim

Wes Kenney

Sounds to me like you all had way too much fun. Nice job, Tim.

Alan Hughes

Dear Tim and Ed

Thanks for letting me sit around and listen to this interview and to the conversation. It is a small world I found out Ed was licensed to the Gospel ministry at the Church I pastor. I also found this conference most helpful. I hope we can all contend for the Gospel together for the Glory of Christ.

Every Blessing
Alan Hughes

Wes Kenney

By the way, I do feel compelled to point out that fifteen years ago it was 1992, not 1988 as our intrepid interviewer asserts.

I’m just sayin’…

;-)

Tim Rogers

Brother Alan,

In the pastoral ministry it is usually a sign of good manners to invite people back to speak that were ordained in the church. I would encourage you to invite Brother Ed back. Because, it us also usually a sign of good manners to pay your way when the church that ordained you invites you to come back. :>)

Seriously, it was a pleasure getting to hang out with you and Brother Travis Hilton this week. You guys encouraged me more than you will know this past week.

Blessings,
Tim

Tim Rogers

Brother Wes,

It was my interview, so when Brother Ed asked what year that was, I basically told him the years I was referencing. Remember HE is the mathematician. I have an “arts” degree. That means I could take Computer Introduction in order to fulfill my math prerequisite. :>)

At the end of this conference I saw Dr.s’ Yarnell and Stetzer sitting together discussing something. I walked up to them and placed my hand on Dr. Stetzer’s shoulder and said; “my favorite Theologian”. Then placed my hand on Dr. Yarnell’s shoulder and said; “my favorite mathematician”. They both roared with laughter.

Blessings,
Tim

volfan007

tim,

you went to a father/daughter dance? did you dance? i would have paid good money to watch that. can you cut a rug?

my pentecostal leg wants to dance, but my baptist leg wont let it. :)

dancing….a baptist preacher dancing….i’m gonna have to report this to the x-committee.

david :)

Alan Hughes

I told Dr. Stetzer he is welcome at my church anytime I will go on record to say I would even buy him lunch. However, because I believe in the Baptist distinctive of congregational polity it will be up to the church if they would pay him. :>) Brother Tim you would also be welcome but you would have to wear the pink sweater. :>) I have very much enjoyed listing to these interviews in the past I was glad to meet one of the men responsible.

Every Blessing
Alan Hughes

Tim Rogers

Brother David,

My spam word was “faith” so please know that I dance in faith. :>)

Yes, I did dance. I danced to “Sweet Home Alabama”. I tried to get them to put “Give me Three Steps” on, but the DJ did not have that one. :>)

Brother Alan,

I will wear my pink sweater anyplace. Just let me know when and I will be there. I also will take you to McDonalds and ask you in front of God and everybody if you would like to get a spoon and split a Hot Fudge Sundae with me. :>)

It was a honor to meet you and know you. I do remember you from SEBTS.

Blessings,
Tim

Alan Hughes

LOL I leave that splitting a Hot Fudge Sundae stuff to you and our friend in Birmingham. While you may well remember an Alan Hughes from SEBTS it was not this one as I went To Beeson Divinity School. :>)

Every Blessing
Alan Hughes

Robin Foster

Tim

Senility happens when you get older.

:-)

volfan007

tim,

those are good songs, so i guess it was alright. i really like “simple man” and “tuesdays gone.” did they play those?

david

Tim Rogers

Brother Alan,

I am sorry, I must have gotten you mixed up with one of the other guys on Tuesday evening.

Brother Robin,

You are still bitter over dropping Nutt. :>)

Brother David,

I was channel surfing the other Saturday. There was this church that had a soloist singing a song. I knew the tune so I listened through the Guitar break to see if I was really hearing what I thought the song was. Sure enough, it was “Simple Man”. I did not know whether to laugh or cry.

Blessings,
Tim

Robin Foster

Tim

You know me, I am less bitter.

Greg Salyer

Tim,
I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy SBC Today. This was the first of the interviews I have listened to, but will listen to all of the rest soon. By the way, do you remember me from SEBTS? I was there.
God bless you,
Greg

Tim Rogers

Brother Greg,

I am scared to answer your question seeing that I have misplaced Brother Alan in Comment #10. :>)

But, I do remember the name, but I cannot get the face together. If the name is from SEBTS that I am remembering it, I honestly cannot get it together with your face.

Blessings,
Tim

Wes Kenney

You mean that in addition to having a pink shirt, he has a pink sweater, too? What is this world coming to?

;-)

Chris Johnson

Wow Tim, ….from your testimony in #2, you are admitting to a “5” pointer….
(btw…not deer related).
:)

Great interview btw….
Blessings,
Chris

Tim Rogers

Brother Wes,

Someone somewhere took a picture of the pink sweater. :>) If you find it I am certain that you will link that one too.

Brother Chris,

Jokingly you have made an excellent analysis. I could debate and possibly defend 4 points of the Tulip. However, does that make one a Calvinist? This was something that I truly wish would have been debated at the conference. We have certainly defended free will, but does that make one an Armenian? These are the areas I believe we need to define.

I, for one, believe that we need to stop trying to define who we are in Christ and just present the Gospel.

Blessings,
Tim

steve smith

Thanks Tim for a great interview. Dr. Stetzer is a wonderful resource on everything, especially church planting. What I would rather see though is you and Wade splitting a fudge Sundae from McDonalds though

Alan Hughes

Tim do not be concerned as I am quite forgettable. :) Steve the picture of Tim splitting a fudge Sundae from McDonalds would only be complete with the pink sweater. :) Tim you know I am only joking you looked very becoming in your pink after all it takes a real man to wear pink. Maybe I would not be so forgettable if I could pull off a pink sweater-shirt. :)

Every Blessing
Alan Hughes

Chris Johnson

Tim,
“bingo”… the gospel has more than Calvin could ever bring to the table… (oops, that had a Catholic ring)

Blessings,
Chris

Tim Rogers

Brother’s Steve & Alan,

I am trying to carry on a serious theological comment stream and you two want to talk about pink sweaters and splitting Sundae’s. :>)

Seriously, Brother Steve, I would have no problem sharing a meal with Brother Wade, as I do not believe he would with me either.

Brother Chris,

I believe that you need to write a post on what makes one an Calvinists and Armenian. What say ye?

Blessings,
Tim

Chris Johnson

Tim,

I think I might could find “enough freedom” to do that….

Tim Rogers

Brother Chris,

Put it together and submit it to us.

Blessings,
Tim

Travis Hilton

Brother Tim,

I was glad we finally met at Ridgecrest. It was joy talking to you. I do have the picture of the infamous pink sweater in my possession and plan to post it on my blog today or tommorrow.

TBH

Robin

Wes

In reference to comment # 18, the world is coming to Jesus, but from what I have heard that along the way we will find men crying like school girls at the end of silly movies.

:-D

Chris Johnson

I’ll roll something to you in a few days….I’m sure it will need some “tweekin” :)
Blessings,
Chris

Tim Rogers

Brother Chris,

Brother Wes is our high-tech redneck. He can tweak anything.

Blessings,
Tim

volfan007

tim,

they were singing simple man at a worship service….goodness gracious.

also, i hope to goodness that your pink shirt didnt have “real men love unicorns” written on it…did it?

david

Tim Rogers

Brother David,

You have got to quit. The pain from laughing is too much. :>)

Blessings,
Tim

Scott Gordon

Tim,

Forgive me the AR theological terminology correctness police…

Armenian or Arminian?

(I realize the spell checker here at SBC Today does not recognize Arminian…maybe that’s a sign!)

SOLA GRATIA!

wade burleson

Tim,

You said, “I believe that you need to write a post on what makes one an Calvinists and Armenian.”

What makes one an Armenian can be found here

What makes one a Calvinist can be found here and here

And yes, I would share a meal with you, but you may be full from eating crow.

Smile.

Thanks for your reports from the Building Bridges Conference. They were excellent.

Ed Stetzer

Wow. 34 comments… you guys need to get out more! Grin.

By the way, it is Stetzer, not Setzer. I don’t have a band like Brian Setzer.

Wes Kenney

So not only does Tim wear pink sweaters and not know what’s funny, but he can’t spell “Stetzer,” either… ;-)

volfan007

has tim turned metrosexual?

david :)

Tim Rogers

Brother David,

My spam word was “patience”. It evidently in God’s providence for me not to ban you. :>)

Blessings,
Tim

Trish

You guys need a feminine perspective on the pink shirt, but my spam word is ‘kindness’ so I feel restrained from sharing all my thoughts because Tim has been so kind to me :-).

If Tim were to show up at my former place of employment in his pink shirt or sweater, he would most definitely have been the subject of conversation, particularly among the ladies.

The primary subject of the conversation however, would be less about Tim wearing pink and more about what shade of pink. We would probably go to one of the web designers and get theire color chart and hold it up to his shirt to determine the actual color he was wearing. Is it hot pink? Or is it fuschia? Or maybe it’s mauve? How about dusty pink?

From there the conversation would drift over to particular items of clothing we have in our own closets that are close to this shade, what we wear it with, etc.

Tim and his pink shirt is long forgotten and he quietly slips away, no longer the center of attention, feeling dejected because for a minute there he thought all those women really liked him.

Oops, I tried to be kind, I really, really did…

Wes Kenney

Trish,

FF99CC.

;-)

Trish

ok, definitely in the pink family, a little too light to be fuschia, most definitely a pink…

Tim Rogers

Let us be nice to our host.

cb scott

You guys should have seen Tim dancin’ in one of them to-tos during Interpretative Dance Class his Middler year at SEBTS.

He danced to “A HUMPY-BACKED CAMEL (method) AND A KANGAROO” sung by the SEBTS CHOIR. Ben Cole was the narrator. Dr. Patterson broke the whole thing up with an Elephant gun.

There has never been an event like it on the campus of SEBTS since. That very event made necessary the remodeling of the Chapel due to Dr Patterson shooting at Tim and Ben with the Elephant gun. He shot up all the pews and blew the piano to bits. The choir director is now stuffed and mounted in his home in Texas.

Tim and Ben had to drive the campus garbage truck for six months while they were both on probation. The one good thing from all of this is the fact Tim and Ben became great friends untill Wes Kenney led Tim astray.

cb

Villa Rica

The above true story proves beyond doubt Wes Kenney is responsible for all the problems in the SBC at this present time.

Villa Rica

Merle

He may have started the Korean War.

Merle

cb scott

Merle,

You are a liar. I was there. Robin Foster and Joe Stewart started the Korean War by trying to throw the Calvinist Seminary out of Pusan.

cb

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