FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Many are aware that Dr. David Platt was not my choice for the presidency of the IMB. But the presidential selection committee has assured us that at the end of the intercessory road, Dr. Platt is God’s choice. He will be confirmed by the Board, so he is the next president of the IMB. Therefore, it is time for a burial. All critics beginning with me, must bury our reservations and get on our knees in behalf of this talented young man who now assumes this role. Throughout his first year in office, all Southern Baptists owe David Platt ten things just as we would any duly elected Southern Baptist agency head.
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Evangelism has been a component of Southwestern’s annual Oxford Study Tour since Malcolm Yarnell, professor of systematic theology, began directing the program in 2003.
“The United Kingdom is part of post-Christian Western Europe,” Yarnell says, “so the descendants of the very people who once gave us their faith are now in sore need of hearing the eternal Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed to them in a loving, compelling manner.”
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Keith Eitel, dean of the school of evangelism and missions at Southwestern, says he hopes the lifeblood of all the seminary’s mission trips will be engaging lostness with the Gospel.
Recalling Romans 10:15, Eitel says, “I guess you could say our aim is to make sure we all have beautiful feet.”
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – When Tom Elliff challenged the Southern Baptist Convention with the Embrace program—to adopt unreached and unengaged people groups (UUPGs) around the world— Southwestern Seminary accepted that challenge and the Antandroy people of Madagascar.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention announced August 11 that it is launching a new Research Institute to equip churches to engage ethical and cultural issues of the day. Fellows of the institute include scholars and professionals from prominent institutions, including Southwestern Seminary faculty, staff, students and alumni.
NEVE SHALOM, Israel (SWBTS) – An international team of archaeologists has excavated the remains of the Solomonic city at Tel Gezer. The site is known as one of the three major cities that Solomon fortified according the biblical account of Solomon’s reign as recorded in the Book of Kings (I Kgs. 9:15-17).
MPEKETONI, Kenya (SWBTS) – Kenya Baptist Theological College, a school run by the Baptist Convention of Kenya, announced on its Facebook page that its former principal, Enos Nambafu Weswah had been murdered July 5.
GEZER , Israel (SWBTS) – Tensions and conflict between Hamas and Israel—including Palestinian rocket-fire on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and Israeli air strikes on Gaza—have increased over the past week, but Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s archaeological teams at Tel Gezer, which lies between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, continue to work and unearth valuable historical data about the region.
LEMGO, Germany (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee President Frank Page encouraged more than 900 pastors from 170 European evangelical churches during a pastors’ conference in Lemgo, Germany, June 18-19.
BALTIMORE, Md. (SWBTS) – The advancement of the Great Commission will never be accelerated without Christians engaging in personal evangelism, newly elected SBC president Ronnie Floyd said at an evangelism panel discussion at the SBC annual meeting, June 11.
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.