Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, January 10, 2002

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  • Longtime SBC leader W.A. Criswell dies

    by Todd Starnes, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--W.A. Criswell was a legendary Texas Baptist pastor who influenced a generation of Southern Baptist preachers to preach confidently and faithfully the Word of God and those who knew him said he was a "giant of the land."

          Criswell, longtime pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and founder of Criswell College, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 10 in a private residence. He was 92.

          He served as pastor of one of the nation's largest Southern Baptist congregations from 1944 until 1991 when he was given the title of senior pastor. He had held the title of pastor emeritus since 1994. Read More

  • Yale, Brown or Southern? Criswell's choice was obvious

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

          LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The year was 1931, and a young W.A. Criswell was trying to find God's will in choosing a graduate school.

          Criswell had just earned a bachelor's degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and he had his list of graduate schools narrowed down to three: Yale University in New Haven, Conn.; Brown University in Providence, R.I.; and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

          Yes, Yale and Brown.

          Criswell -- who later described himself as a "Bible-thumping preacher," who wrote a book titled "Why I Preach That the Bible Is Literally True" and who was a key leader within the Southern Baptist Convention through the later half of the 20th century -- actually considered attending a non-Baptist school. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Books and the Book,' from 2 Timothy 4:13

    by W.A. Criswell, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    EDITORS' NOTE: This sermon was preached on May 29, 1977, and is among 1,600 sermons posted at the Criswell Sermon Legacy Project, www.wacriswell.com. Used by permission.

          DALLAS (BP)--The title of the message is: "Books and the Book." And if you would, all of the thousands of you who are listening to this service on KRLD and on KCBI, would you turn in your Bible to Second Timothy.

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  • Chapman: W.A. Criswell was 'giant in the land'

    by Staff, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, released a statement concerning the death of W. A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas. Read More

  • Texas governor, senator mourn loss of Criswell

    by Todd Starnes, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    AUSTIN, Texas (BP)--Texas Gov. Rick Perry was one of several political leaders who expressed their sorrow at the death of W.A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. Read More

  • Texas Baptists prepare to memorialize Criswell

    by Todd Starnes & Tammi Ledbetter, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--Texas Baptists are mourning the loss of the Lone Star state's most prolific Southern Baptist preacher, W.A. Criswell. Criswell died Jan. 10 at the age of 92. He was pastor emeritus of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas. Read More

  • Baptist leaders remember life, legacy of Criswell

    by Todd Starnes, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists from across the nation have responded to the news of W.A. Criswell's death with memories of his faithfulness to God and his belief in the inerrancy of the Bible. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Trust the Bible & preach it, W.A. Criswell helped us grasp

    by Mark Coppenger, posted Thursday, January 10, 2002 (17 years ago)

    EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)--British man of letters, Isaiah Berlin, drew a distinction between the fox and the hedgehog. The fox knew many things. The hedgehog knew one big thing. So too with thinkers. Some are known for their fascination with multiplicity. Others are known for their fixation on one unifying truth. Read More