On Sunday, April 19, while Master of Divinity student Enoch Chan sat on his bed reading, the Holy Spirit prompted him to go out and evangelize in the park next to Student Village. Being in a bad mood, Chan’s response was, “No, I don’t want to.”
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – In my nearly five years as student ministry intern at North Richland Hills Baptist Church, I have seen the youth group experience both highs and lows. Some years, the Spirit moves so powerfully that students get saved every week. Other years, even when particular focus is given to explicitly preaching the Gospel and invitations are clearly extended, months go by without even a single response. Recently, the group has matched the latter characterization more so than the former.
Through Global Theological Innovation (GTI), Southwestern Seminary has formed partnerships with 59 seminaries around the world. These partnerships affirm a common faith and a dedication to preparing ministers in the work of spreading the Gospel. As noted by Executive Vice President and Provost Craig Blaising, although students have heard about such partnerships before, they have not previously been privileged to watch a partnership actually come into existence. That changed on April 22.
At a Grindstone Q&A discussion on the topic of starting in ministry, April 16, students had the opportunity to hear from three men representing different levels of pastoral experience. Panelists included Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of Lifeway Christian Resources; Tommy Kiker, associate professor of pastoral ministry at Southwestern Seminary; and Anthony Moore, campus pastor of The Village Church Fort Worth.
Serving in ministry often means making financial sacrifices. After years of paying for school, books and other necessary expenses, students are typically unable to afford something as simple as a nice outfit for church services, job interviews and speaking engagements. Reflecting on her own experience of being unable to afford the proper attire for graduation and early years of ministry, First Lady Dorothy Patterson did not want female students and student wives to have the same experience she did. So, in 2005, she envisioned and established Dressed for Service at Southwestern Seminary.
Bachelor of Science student Rebekah Swicegood and two other Southwestern students set out to share the Gospel with residents of Sharondale Street, April 2. While evangelizing the neighborhood, located south of Southwestern Seminary’s campus, the students were reminded of God’s perfect timing as circumstances allowed them to meet one young girl whose heart God had softened to receive the Gospel.
Students had the opportunity to thank Southwestern ministry partners for their donations to the school at the 2015 Luncheon for Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients, April 14. Speaking on behalf of students, Master of Arts student Putti Sok shared her testimony and expressed her gratitude for the scholarship that has helped her study at Southwestern and be equipped to do ministry.
Bill Wallace was a Southern Baptist missionary martyred in China during the tumultuous years of a Japanese invasion, a civil war, and the beginnings of communist rule. Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Wallace, a medical doctor, was appointed as a missionary by the Foreign Mission Board in 1935. He went to Wuchow (now Wuzhou) in southern China to work as a surgeon at the Baptist-run Stout Memorial Hospital. There, he gained a reputation as a gifted surgeon and a devout man of God.
During chapel, April 8, Professor of Student Ministry Richard Ross noted that, in roughly four months, current high school seniors will be walking onto college campuses. Inviting those in the audience to consider the seniors in their own churches, Ross posed the questions: Are these students prepared to lead a Middle Eastern student to Jesus? Are they prepared to lead a dorm Bible study and correctly interpret the passages of Scripture so that they accurately teach truth to the people in their dorms? Are they going to choose to spend Spring Break in Haiti rebuilding an orphanage instead of lying drunk on a beach for five days?
Because of its close proximity to campus, Rosemont Park is frequented by evangelism teams from Southwestern Seminary. Over the last several weeks, these teams, led by Associate Professor of Missions Mike Morris, have learned that the harvest of that particular field, in the words of Jesus, is indeed “plentiful.”
At their April 15 spring meeting, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees approved an English as a Second Language Institute, passed a nearly $36 million budget, hired five new faculty members, and authorized construction of Mathena Hall once funding reaches a level of 90 percent of costs. An article published in the Southern Baptist TEXAN on April 15 concisely summarized these and other items of business that transpired during the meeting.