In an address to the 2015 Global Theological Innovation (GTI) Summit on the campus of Southwestern Seminary, Craig Blaising, executive vice president and provost, informed the more-than 50 seminary presidents and academic deans from roughly 20 countries in the Spanish-speaking world of the many signs on campus indicating their common concern and commitment to the work of the Gospel. Specifically, Blaising called attention to the plaques positioned throughout campus that cite Scripture in both English and Spanish.
Southwestern graduate Brandon Warren received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lee College at the Texas Correctional Education Conference, June 18. Upon accepting the award, Warren, who earned an associate’s degree from Lee College while an inmate in Huntsville Unit, shared his testimony with attendees and explained how God has used him since his release from prison. Specifically, he explained that, after enrolling in the master’s program at Southwestern’s Havard campus in Houston, he became heavily involved in the seminary’s Darrington prison program, doing for those prisoners what Lee College did for him.
Southwestern Dean of Libraries Craig Kubic was named the Barbara K. Nelson Indexer of the Year by the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) at their annual conference, June 8-11. The ACL is one of the oldest and most well-known evangelical academic library organizations, and the Indexer of the Year award is one of only seven awards given each year.
Bachelor of Arts student Marla Rasberry was already a passionate evangelist, but after participating in Crossover, an evangelistic push that took place in Bexley, Ohio, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Columbus, June 8-13, her zeal for reaching the lost with the Gospel has reached new heights. Reflecting on the week, she says, “It changed my life because it ignited that passion even more so that [now] I’m not going to let anything hinder me.”
Amid all of the lugubrious prognostications about the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage, may I risk the ire of many by suggesting that this is a good thing? Certainly, it is unfortunate to see our country move to exceed the liberalism of Europe. Sadness must be in the heart of every Christ-honoring, Bible-believing follower of the Lord over the moral implications of the ruling and its devastating effect on the social order. More eloquently stated by a hundred others, yet I, too, sense the panic of attempting to negotiate our Brave New World.
BEXLEY, Ohio (SWBTS) – This year, 51 Southwesterners hit the streets of Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, in order to saturate the community with the Gospel, June 8-13, as part of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual Crossover evangelism push prior to its annual meeting in Columbus. Before Crossover even began, however, students were already eager to share the Gospel. Doctor of Philosophy student Brandon Kiesling, who led Southwestern’s team, reported on Sunday, June 7, that two people had already professed faith in Christ as a result of Southwestern students’ evangelistic witness. Regarding one of these professions, Kiesling said, “Idris is a taxi driver who brought one of our students from the airport and became a child of God before he dropped her off!”
Southwestern’s 2015 Music Camp, June 8-12, gave 36 high school students the opportunity to spend a week with School of Church Music faculty to learn more about their art as well as how to use their musical gifts for the Lord. On the last day of music camp, campers demonstrated what they learned during the week at a recital for family, friends and fellow music campers.
BEXLEY, Ohio (SWBTS) – When Doctor of Philosophy student Beau Brewer woke up on the first day of Crossover, June 8, he was already exhausted. Having spent the previous day flying from Texas to Ohio, aiding in renting vehicles, picking up students from the airport, ensuring that students were settled into their hotel, participating in an evening prayer session, and getting to bed late, Brewer woke up that morning an hour earlier than usual because of the time difference. Although this was his fourth time participating in Crossover, the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual evangelism push prior to its annual meeting, the present circumstances made it difficult to get excited about the prospects of the day.
With summer in full swing, parents looking for fun activities for their children were able to take advantage of a week of football, basketball and soccer at the sports camp at Southwestern’s Recreation and Aerobics Center (RAC), June 8-11. Children in third through eighth grade participated in the four-day camp designed to introduce them to healthy and fun activities as well as teach them the fundamental skills of each sport. Jared Howard, director of the RAC, says the camp also gives campers a setting to “practice these skills in friendly, low-pressure competition.”
A five-to-four decision of the nation’s highest court to redefine the nature of marriage plays with far more than a definition of terms. Homosexual sin, like my sin and your sin, has a long history. But seldom has anyone had the chutzpah to assume such authority as to deny the authority of the God of all law, trash the Genesis creation order, and plunge a country into a dark abyss. New Testament Christianity has never sought to invade the private domains of individuals with a series of legal mandates. Ours is to love all women and men and faithfully disseminate the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who will hear. We grieve when some do not hear, but we grant them the right inherent in their humanity to chart a course far from that revealed by the Lord.
COLUMBUS, Ohio—On June 15, Southwestern Seminary hosted its first-ever “Tea at 3” during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. The event was standing-room-only as nearly 200 women filled the space to share tea, scones and fellowship.