FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) –Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected new faculty members; appointed faculty to six new academic chairs; approved new degrees for the college and seminary; and conducted other business during their fall meeting, Oct. 22. Additionally, trustees received reports of double-digit increases in enrollment for the fall semester and learned of a “game-changing” scholarship opportunity.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - In the weeks surrounding the 2014 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore, various news outlets and bloggers noted that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had, based on an exception granted by seminary President Paige Patterson, admitted an Islamic student into its Ph.D. program in biblical archeology. Following Dr. Patterson’s public apology to the Southern Baptist Convention, board Chairman Steven James, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, committed to lead the board to investigate the situation. That investigation is now concluded. The board’s findings are as follows:
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - Harold Mathena announced in chapel, Oct. 16, that he is bestowing to Southwestern Seminary a gift of $12 million for the construction of a new building for The College at Southwestern and the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions. Other gifts are already in hand for this project. This lead gift will cover roughly half the cost of construction.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - Aside from believing that it was God’s will, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson said in chapel, Oct. 9, that he invited that day’s speaker, Carl Trueman, for two reasons: (1) he is Patterson’s favorite blogger, having written for “Reformation21” and the newly-created “Mortification of Spin”; and (2) he is also Patterson’s favorite Calvinist. In response to this latter point, Trueman, the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, humorously referred to Patterson as his favorite Arminian.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - Job 12:7 says that those who want to know God should ask the beasts of the field, and they will teach them. With this verse in mind, Hank Hough, chapel speaker at Southwestern Seminary on Oct. 7, used two Labrador Retrievers to teach the chapel audience about God, demonstrating the numerous parallels between teaching a dog obedience and the sanctification process of Christians.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - At Southwestern’s annual Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop, Oct. 6, Southwestern faculty taught preachers from across Texas and other southern states how to unpack the book of Jonah for their congregations. During the opening session, David Allen, dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern, stressed the importance of preaching the book of Jonah because it reveals the missionary heart of God.
Evan Lenow, assistant professor of ethics at Southwestern Seminary, participated in a debate, Sept. 25, concerning the topic of same-sex marriage and the launch of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality (EME). The debate took place on “Knowing the Truth,” a call-in Christian radio program, which was hosted by Kevin Boling. On the other side of the debate was EME spokesperson Brandan Robertson.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) - On Sept. 25, Southwestern Seminary welcomed representatives of the Dallas/Fort Worth Korean community to the Harvest Scholarship Banquet in honor of the launching of the Harvest scholarship, which will benefit Korean students seeking theological training at the seminary. The scholarship fund was organized by such groups as the Korean Association of Fort Worth and the South Korean Consulate in Dallas.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Prolific evangelist and Southwestern Seminary alumnus Freddie Gage died Friday, Sept. 12, in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – On Sept. 2, President of the Southern Baptist Convention Ronnie Floyd hosted a prayer gathering called “Pray for the Nation” on the campus of Southwestern Seminary. Southwestern students and faculty, as well as representatives from local churches, assembled in MacGorman Chapel for the evening, which comprised worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in America.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – James W. Bryant, distinguished senior professor of pastoral theology at Criswell College and a two-time graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died June 11.