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MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminariesNASHVILLE (BP) -- When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California.
So Lawler gathered the association's 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service. When he stood to preach, Lawler harkened to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
"In the 'I Have a Dream' speech," Lawler recalled telling the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, "not only did [King] say, 'I have a dream. I have a dream.' He also said, 'with this faith'" repeatedly, "reminding us that it's not just a humanitarian effort" to effect racial reconciliation. "It's an effort based on the Gospel." Read More
Bill Tolar, prof who 'stands large' in SBC, diesFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Bill Tolar, a preacher-scholar who provided transitional leadership at key junctures for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and multiple Southern Baptist megachurches, died Dec. 29 following a battle with cancer. He was 90.
A faculty stalwart at Southwestern for more than 30 years, Tolar served as the seminary's acting president in 1994 after then-president Russell Dilday's departure amid the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence. As a biblical backgrounds and archaeology professor, his students included then-future SBC presidents Jimmy Draper, Charles Stanley, Morris Chapman, Jack Graham and Ronnie Floyd.
Among his more than 50 interim pastorates were First Baptist Church in Dallas, Houston's First Baptist Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Tolar preached his most popular sermon "Creation: Chance or Choice?" more than 100 times to thousands of Southern Baptists -- the last delivery apparently coming less than four months before his death. He also preached multiple times at the SBC Pastors' Conference. Read More
Be 'coast-busters,' Bingham exhorts SWBTS gradsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Alluding to the 1984 film "Ghostbusters" during fall commencement, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's interim president, D. Jeffrey Bingham, challenged the new graduates to be "coast-busters."
Preaching on the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20, Bingham exhorted the graduates to "break the coast of North America."
"And from North America, from this place on Seminary Hill in Fort Worth, Texas, go into all the nations ... and fulfill the Great Commission," he said. Read More
'Yes to God' urged in Southwestern revival meetingsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- "Lord, I need You. I need Your grace, Your forgiveness, Your love, and Your reviving power."
"Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I want to say YES to You in every category of my life."
"Lord, help me prioritize Your kingdom vision, Your Great Commission; and help me love others boldly, just as You have loved me."
These are among the guided prayers provided for the campus community of Southwestern ... Read More
McKissic's 2006 sermon now online at SWBTSFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Pastor Dwight McKissic's 2006 chapel sermon asserting glossolalia is still a spiritual gift has been added to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's digital archive, 12 years after the school banned the message.
The adjustment in no way reflects a new theological leaning at SWBTS and is not about "going around trying to undo" the decisions or legacy of the seminary's former president Paige Patterson, a SWBTS vice president told Baptist Press today (Oct. 26).
The addition had more to do with historical preservation, Charles W. Patrick Jr., SWBTS vice president in the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Communications, told BP in an email. And the sermon was one of about 30 items added to the archive this month. Read More
Candi Finch confirms termination by SWBTSFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Candi Finch, a former professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, confirmed via Twitter she was terminated by the seminary's trustees Oct. 17.
"Yesterday the @swbts trustees voted to fire me," Finch tweeted Oct. 18. "Tough day but I trust in God. It has been a great privilege to serve at swbts for over 15 years & receive my MDIV & PHD degrees there. Would you pray for swbts as they continue training students & for me as I seek God's next step?" Read More
TRUSTEES: SWBTS 'pressing on' with 'refreshed orientation'FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees affirmed the institution's presidential search committee, approved actions of the trustee executive committee and conducted other business during their fall meeting Oct. 15-17.
In addition to their meeting, the trustees enjoyed multiple opportunities for personal interaction with Southwestern students and faculty. Interim president D. Jeffrey Bingham characterized the various gatherings as "three days of ... Read More
SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firingFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee's decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson.
Trustees revisited Patterson's termination at their Oct. 15-17 meeting based on a motion, referred to Southwestern by the Southern Baptist Convention in June, "that the whole board of trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary consider revisiting their original decision concerning Dr. Paige Patterson."
The board also heard a report from its presidential search committee and affirmed an administration decision to discipline a faculty member -- though the faculty member was not named during the board's one public session. Read More
SWBTS: Bingham 'speechless' at call to lead, serveFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- For Jeffrey Bingham, God's call to the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was literally a phone call.
As a May 22-23 meeting of Southwestern's trustees stretched into the early-morning hours, Bingham, dean of the seminary's School of Theology, couldn't sleep in his hotel room at a conference in Chicago. He followed reports of the meeting, wondering what the board would decide about the fate of then-president Paige Patterson. Read More
A fresh sweep of revival at Southwestern envisionedFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had just been dismissed. The seminary found itself embroiled in a bitter dispute. Harsh words were spoken. Relationships were broken.
The year was 1995.
The parallels to 2018 are striking. The larger controversy now is not the issue of biblical inerrancy, but the #MeToo movement. However, the recent dismissal of a president, the rancorous disputes and the painful divisions sound a familiar tone ... Read More