God had my attention. And the message I got at my church and in my study were directly contradicting what I was hearing at BJU — in a chapel sermon, a campus church sermon, and a set of very popular books published through BJU Press. I was wrestling with the whole issue in my scholarship, but before I said anything more, I had to say something internally. So . . . .
This is the action I was motivated to take after really listening to message the students were receiving. This is the email I sent to Stephen Jones during Bible Conference, 2006 regarding “Our Moorings.” He and I finally talked about it on Monday, June 26, 2006 when, it seemed to me, he communicated that he agreed with what I was saying. My dean, Darren Lawson, communicated to me that Stephen had shared my email with some of the administrators in order to appropriately address my concerns. In August, Darren even asked me for a bibliography so he could read up for himself! That all changed, of course.