Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, discussed the hot topic of the school’s undergraduate concentration in homemaking on “The Albert Mohler Radio Program,” Sept. 25.

“Our big concern in the present era is the fact that women who choose to focus on their marriage and their home as the major commitments of their lives are, in our estimation, immensely discriminated against in this society,” Patterson said.

He mentioned that he has received many positive responses from women of all faith backgrounds in regard to the program. One non-Christian woman, for example, told Patterson she had gone to school to prepare for a particular career, but now she finds herself with a husband and kids and does not know what to do.

At the heart of the debate is whether there should be a distinction between the roles of men and women. One radio caller asked why homemaking skills need to be taught in higher education. Patterson responded that many women today do not have a role model who has taught them these skills, and he hopes that women completing the program will pass these skills along to their daughters. He also noted that many women leave the seminary and serve “in countries where they do not have large shopping centers or running water or hardwood floors.” He added, “We’re going to have to prepare them for that, and get them to be ready to be homemakers in very adverse conditions.”

In reference to caring for the home, Patterson said, “The wife’s assignment is given a nobility in Scripture that rises above any other assignment that anyone else could possibly have.” Mohler and Patterson agreed that Scriptures, such as 1 Timothy 5:8, clearly state that a man is responsible for providing for the family, with the exception of circumstances such as illness that would keep him from working. While discussing the unique alternative of stay-at-home dads, they agreed that men are not as gifted as women  relationally and emotionally to manage the household and care for children.

Patterson made the guest appearance on Mohler’s radio program while on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to deliver the E.Y. Mullins Lectures on Preaching. He discussed the necessity, content and subject of expository preaching during chapel services, Sept. 25-27.

“Miracles happen when the preacher opens the book and proclaims the word of God,” Patterson said. He considers the lack of relying on the Holy Spirit to be the greatest failure in preaching. Christ must be preached faithfully to open the eyes of religiously confused individuals. While conceding that topical preaching has been partially effective in reaching some, Patterson believes expositional preaching helps listeners read, understand and apply Word of God to their lives.

A recording of Patterson’s appearance on “The Albert Mohler Radio Program” can be heard on Southwestern’s Web site at Recordings of Patterson’s E.Y. Mullins lectures are available at Mullins_Lectures.aspx.