Huckabee urges scholarship support for the College at Southwestern

Huckabee urges scholarship support for the College at Southwestern

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke to a crowded banquet room at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nov. 4, asking them to invest in the future of America by supporting the College at Southwestern’s Legacy Scholarship.

“The reason that the College at Southwestern is an incredibly important part of America’s future is because there just aren’t too many places in all of this country that are truly equipping young people beyond the ‘what’ and deep into the ‘why,’ said Huckabee, host of the hit show “Huckabee” on Fox News.

“The reason that the College at Southwestern is an incredibly important part of America’s future is because there just aren’t too many places in all of this country that are truly equipping young people beyond the ‘what’ and deep into the ‘why,’" Mike Huckabee

“One of the reasons I’m excited to be here tonight and so grateful for Dr. [Paige] Patterson’s vision for the College at Southwestern from the beginning is because he still believes that training students not in just what to think but how to think is the greatest kind of education that a student will ever have.”

Huckabee, who received the distinguished alumnus award from Southwestern in 2012, explained that America needs institutions that do not treat students as computer hard drives into which they can simply pour information but rather treat them like computer processors, “who take the data and actually process it and do something significant with it.”

“The College at Southwestern is not training students to be data drives but rather to be processors, to take the greatest truth of the world of all time, … the gospel of Jesus Christ, to translate it and then transmit it. That is a powerful tool in our world today.”

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Huckabee lamented that the reason the world is in such a mess is because people disregard God’s way and merely “make it up as they go.”

“An education changes that but not just any education. It has to be an education that grounds us in the Word of God,” Huckabee said.

“Imagine a student coming out of the College at Southwestern not only knowing what the truth is but being able to defend it, and most importantly, being able to lovingly share it.

“This campus is still dedicated to the belief that the Bible is the Word of the living God—inerrant, infallible, trustworthy—with no apologies. And this campus is still dedicated to putting the fire of missions and evangelism into every student who walks onto these grounds.”

During his introduction, Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson surprised Huckabee with gift from his time as a student at Southwestern. Patterson presented Huckabee with a graded paper, in which he received a 98, on the topic of Jesus and personal evangelism.

“This campus is still dedicated to the belief that the Bible is the Word of the living God—inerrant, infallible, trustworthy—with no apologies. And this campus is still dedicated to putting the fire of missions and evangelism into every student who walks onto these grounds.” Mike Huckabee

Prior to Huckabee’s presentation, Sarah Jo Thomas, a senior in the College at Southwestern, shared how she left a fully scholarshiped nursing program to prepare for ministry at Southwestern.

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“When I see someone like Sarah Jo, who comes and so eloquently is able to say her convictions to serve God, … I’m reminded that God must still be somewhat hopeful about our future or else He wouldn’t be calling people that young to be out there serving.

“And wouldn’t it be magnificent if there were not only people being called but that there was a school where they could be thoroughly equipped and prepared for what God has called them to do? … Preparing people for the kind of life that will change the world is what the College at Southwestern is committed to doing.”

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    Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to a crowded banquet room about supporting scholarships for the College at Southwestern, Nov. 4. (SWBTS Photo/Neil Williams)
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    Gov. Mike Huckabee enjoys a banquet for the College at Southwestern, Nov. 4. (SWBTS Photo/Neil Williams)
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    Gov. Mike Huckabee explains the benefits of investing in students in the College at Southwestern during a banquet at Southwestern Seminary, Nov. 4. (SWBTS Photo/Neil Williams)

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