FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson was presented with a German-language festschrift by the faculty members of Bibelseminar Bonn last month during a graduation ceremony in Bonn, Germany. Since 2005, Bibelseminar Bonn has been home to a Southwestern extension center that offers master’s degrees to students training for ministry in Germany.
The festschrift, titled Orientierung in orientierungsloser Zeit (in English, Orientation in Disoriented Times), addresses weighty moral issues of the 21st century, like euthanasia, marriage, divorce and homosexuality. The book was edited by Friedhelm Jung, professor of systematic theology at Southwestern and director of the master’s program at the extension center in Bonn.
“Not only in our society, but also in our churches, we notice more and more confusion, especially in moral issues,” Jung said. “This book was written to help our church members to live a godly life among people who have forgotten the 10 Commandments. Because Dr. Patterson has had a lifelong burden to give orientation to our churches and to the whole society, we decided to dedicate this book to him.
According to Heinrich Derksen, president of Bibelseminar Bonn, Patterson has also profoundly impacted Bibelseminar Bonn and Russian-German Baptist churches.
“It has been our privilege to collaborate with Dr. Patterson for nearly 10 years,” Heinrich Derksen, president of Bibelseminar Bonn, said. “He has influentially impacted our churches, our seminary, and key people in our Russian-German Baptist movement in many ways. For me personally, he sets a great example of living life for Christ, and he is one of the most encouraging people I have had the pleasure of knowing. We have gotten to know him as a bright scholar, a passionate evangelist, and a spiritual consultant. His love for lost people has impacted our churches, and he is known for this throughout the Russian-German Christian community.”
Derksen added that, apart from Patterson’s leadership and concern for Baptist churches in Germany, Bibelseminar Bonn would never have been able to establish a partnership with Southwestern Seminary.
“Due to this partnership,” he said, “our students receive highly academic training in theology, a worldwide recognized degree, and biblically conservative preparation for their ministry.”
To learn more about Southwestern Seminary’s partnership with Bibelseminar Bonn, read “A Conservative Resurgence in the Heart of Germany” in the winter 2010 Southwestern News magazine: swbts.edu/southwesternnews/SNWI10.cfm.
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