On Aug. 2, 1492, nearly 200,000 Jews were exiled from Spain in the midst of the Spanish Inquisition. This was just one day before Christopher Columbus departed on his famed voyage of discovery. In fact, Columbus’ diary begins, “In the same month in which their Majesties issued the edit that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery of the Indies.”
The annual Eggstravaganza at Southwestern Seminary is not just a time for families to come together and hunt for Easter eggs; it is also an opportunity for children and the community to hear the Gospel. More than 400 people gathered in front of Pecan Manor, March 28, where children ages 12 and under were split into three age groups to search for thousands of eggs dispersed across the lawn.
The Metochai Spring Banquet, March 23, afforded student couples the opportunity to glean wisdom from Assistant Professor of Ethics Evan Lenow and his wife, Melanie. The Lenows discussed their early years of marriage in which Evan was a student at Southeastern Seminary, and they emphasized the importance using that time to build a foundation for their future ministry.
At a Grindstone Q&A discussion on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 26, Roger Olson, Foy Valentine professor of Christian theology and ethics at Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, attempted to convince Southwestern President Paige Patterson—as well as attending students and faculty—that Patterson is an Arminian. Author of Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities, Olson has devoted more than two decades to clearing up misconceptions about Arminianism, and in the process of doing so, he has asserted that many evangelical Christians, whether they realize it or not, are Arminians.
Robert Bernard, professor of modern languages at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, whom Southwestern President Paige Patterson identified as a “spark plug” of the campus with regard to prayer, died in the early hours of March 19 after a multi-year battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
“It’s just the old book of Jude. What use does it have today?”
As noted by Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., this epitomizes the opinion of many Christians on the New Testament’s penultimate book. Speaking at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s annual Expository Preaching Workshop, March 2-3, Vines argued, however, that Jude is especially relevant in the postmodern age. Noting that the key theme of the book is contending for the faith in the midst of apostasy, Vines said Christians must not welcome and embrace heresy in the name of “tolerance” or accept wrong doctrine in order to be “culturally relevant.”
Snow and ice were not enough to stop 117 photographers from doing what they have been called to do: tell stories. The 24th annual Southwestern Photojournalism Conference, Feb. 27 - March 1, was a time for photographers from across the country to gather and learn about the art of visual storytelling from leaders in their field.
Southwestern Seminary honored Ken and Sue Fellers and J.C. and Kay Humphrey as recipients of the B.H. Carroll and L.R. Scarborough awards, respectively, at a special luncheon, March 4. Southwestern President Paige Patterson bestowed these awards to the couples for their prayerful and financial contributions to the seminary, making possible the training of a new generation of ministers of the Gospel.
While sitting in the Mobile, Ala., airport, my phone began to vibrate – not a good sign on Sunday evening. Answering, my wife said through her tears “Leroy Krolczyk just transferred his home to glory.” Many who read this would not know Leroy, but he was precious to Southwestern and especially precious to me. After he served with his wife Sharon for quite a number of years as Minister of Music in our churches, he joined the staff of Houston Baptist University in Institutional Advancement. Later, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was able to secure his services to assist in our growing Havard Campus in Houston.
At the plenary session of the Brazilian Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, Feb. 7, guest speaker Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, preached from the personal Bible of missionary William Buck Bagby, one of the six founders of the first Baptist church in Brazil. This “Bagby Bible” is the same copy of God’s word that Bagby had in his pocket when he first arrived in Brazil in 1881 and from which he subsequently preached his first sermons in the country.
Susie Hawkins, wife of President of GuideStone Ministries O.S. Hawkins, wrote an article, March 27, for the blog “Flourish” that examines the history and significance of Metochai, Southwestern Seminary’s organization for student wives. The article, titled “When a woman is a catalytic leader,” specifically explores the contributions of the organization’s first champion, Neppie Scarborough.