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  • SWBTS 'moving forward' despite 'certain events'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Although certain events took place this summer," Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary interim president Jeffrey Bingham told the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Southern Baptists are invited to "move forward" with Southwestern.

    During his Sept. 18 report to the EC in Nashville, Bingham referred at least five times to the May 30 termination of Southwestern president emeritus Paige Patterson, a week after he was accorded that status. Yet in an effort to focus on the future, Bingham never described what happened, utilizing instead the refrain "certain events." His only mention of Patterson by name was a request that EC members pray for him and his wife Dorothy.

    "Yes, events happened this summer," Bingham said. "But you know what? Southwestern, by the grace and the mercy of God, is moving ahead to fulfill its mission, which is to train God-called men and women for a variety of ministries. We are not living in the past." Read More

  • Exec. Comm. members' questions aired in open forum

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18.

    The forum was initiated by the EC's interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day's agenda during the Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville.

    Boto, who also serves as the EC executive vice president and general counsel, called the forum an "experiment" apart from regular business "to voice the views from your home territories," whether questions, complaints, suggestions or praises regarding Southern Baptist ministry at the national level. Read More

  • Evangelism & counseling empower church's impact

    by Katie Coleman, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Photo by Sarah Chelf/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Nestled in a southwest Fort Worth neighborhood is the house of a woman who leases rooms to people in need of a home. Many of her tenants are new to the city, while others have left difficult circumstances and would be homeless if not for her assistance.

    All five of her tenants happened to be home when they heard a knock at the door on a Saturday in September 2017. The homeowner answered the door to be greeted by a door-to-door evangelism team from Great Commission Baptist Church who had partnered with several students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The woman recognized one of the church members and asked that they share the Gospel. After the five tenants agreed to a conversation, everyone crowded into the living room. Read More

  • SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

    by Alex Sibley/SWBTS, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (8 days ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work.

    The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: "(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings in order to allow students, staff, and faculty to voice their opinions regarding what characteristics they would like to see in the institution's next president."

    The first prayer meeting was held today (Sept. 12) on the Fort Worth, Texas, campus. Members of the Southwestern family were invited to gather to seek God's face and ask for His guidance throughout the search process. Other prayer meetings are scheduled for Oct. 10 and Oct. 15. Read More

  • SWBTS pres. search team to focus 1st meeting on prayer

    by SWBTS & BP Staff, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (20 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The first meeting of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's presidential search team, slated for Sept. 10-11, will focus on prayer, according to an Aug. 31 news release from the group's chairman Danny Roberts.

    "On behalf of the entire presidential search team of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, we ask you to partner with us in prayer," said Roberts, executive pastor of North Richland Hills (Texas) Baptist Church.

    Roberts offered a prayer in the release. "Mighty Father, lead us to the man You have chosen for Your great school. Give us wisdom and clarity to recognize Your will and follow it in the process," he prayed, "We ask that, as a result of this calling, You will use this man to train and encourage many men and women to 'Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' (Matthew 28:19)." Read More

  • SWBTS appoints 9-member presidential search committee

    by SWBTS & BP Staff, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (27 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A search committee comprising nine Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees has been appointed to recommend the seminary's next president.

    Led by chairman Danny Roberts, an at-large trustee and executive pastor of North Richland Hills (Texas) Baptist Church, the search committee was appointed by trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert and announced to the full board Aug. 23.

    In addition to Roberts, the committee includes: Denise Ewing (Ill.), Jamie Green (at-large, search committee secretary), Guy Grimes (Calif.), Todd Houston (N.C.), Tom James (Ky.), Philip Levant (at-large), Andre Palmer (N.Y.) and Calvin Wittman (Colo., search committee vice chair). Ueckert and board vice chair Connie Hancock are ex officio members of the committee. Read More

  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have "heightened the alert."

    From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse, reemphasizing personal sexual morality and offering resources to those struggling with sexual sin.

    Southeastern has "raised the flag and heightened the alert," Akin told Baptist Press, "given the cultural trends that we're now encountering, given the technological world in which we live" where moral failings often are widely publicized. Read More