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“A Side…That I Never Knew Existed”


By Dub McClish


A recent article by John Rose (“An Open Letter to Garland Elkins, Dave Miller, and Miller’s Supporters,” CFTF, March 2009) chronicled his and his wife’s visit with brother Garland Elkins on July 22, 2008. Among other interesting things, brother Rose revealed that at one point brother Elkins claimed to have seen “a side of Dave [Watson] and Dub [McClish] I never knew existed.” I must assume that he had reference to our reactions to the grievous fellowship confusion and compromise precipitated by the scandal relating to Apologetics Press (AP) in May-June 2005 and the horrendous fallout therefrom. As a brief memory refresher, said fallout included the following:

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A Classic Demonstration of Ad Hominem

By Terry M. Hightower

“To Whom It May Concern”

A Florida School of Preaching article entitled “To Whom It May Concern” was published in the April 2009 volume of The Harvester, a paper that I was entrusted to edit for about two years when I was a full-time instructor there. Though no personal name is attached, I must assume this article was written by the Director on behalf of the Board of Directors, given the points made and its style of writing. It would have been much more admirable and courageous to have signed it, leaving no doubt as to its authorship, but I (and others) have found out of late that these two traits seem to be in short supply with some brethren who are part of (or aligned with) this school. Before reaching this point in its history, this institution has in the past done much good for the Lord’s church. I have known and loved the majority of these brethren for many years and will always remember their fellowship and the great opportunities afforded to me as a part-time instructor for eight years and especially the privilege and honor which was mine to work with them full-time from 1984-1986. While there are some names of Board members that are new to me, I note with fondness the names of brethren Jackie Stearsman, Brian Kenyon, Gene Burgett, Ted Wheeler, Gordon Methvin, J. H. Blackman, George (Kenny) French, Robert McAnally, Bill Norton, and Phillip Lancaster. I have shed literal tears over this matter. Once again, this article is being written by me with the attitude set out in my open letter in Defender back in September 2008: “So then am I become your enemy, by telling you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16). Read the rest of this entry »

Florida School of Preaching Board of Directors and/or To Whom It May Concern

David Watson

A published piece (of junk) ap­peared in the April 2009 issue of The Harvester, the official publication of the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland, FL, titled “To Whom It May Concern.” The piece began by stating: “Occasionally the Florida School of Preaching receives requests for infor­mation regarding the policy or position of the school on a given issue. The ques­tions may come to a faculty member or a member of the Board of Directors.”

I would certainly hope that the school would receive requests for infor­mation regarding the policy or position of the school since the school solicits the support of the brotherhood. In that very same issue of The Harvester Brian R. Kenyon published an article in which he solicited support for the school saying:

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An Open Letter to Jackie Stearsman and the Florida School Of Preaching Board

Terry M. Hightower

August 25, 2008

Beloved Jackie and Board of the Florida School of Preaching:

I pray that this Open Letter will be received with the recognition of my love for you and the school not as some hostile critic, but as one who has been privileged to teach for eight years part-time and two wonderful years (84-86) full-time at Florida School Of Preaching (hereafter FSOP), as one who has encouraged many persons over the years to contribute financially to this much-loved and valuable institution begun so many years ago by brother B. C. Carr, and as one who has even fairly recently encouraged a young man to move from Texas to central Florida to attend classes with you. Surely through your request that I write chapters for and return to speak at numerous FSOP lectureships you have implied and recognized my high regard for you and the school you oversee. Thus, you know that my attitude toward you is that of Paul’s when he wrote to the Galatian brethren: “So then am I become your enemy, by telling you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16).

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