During the opening session of Southwestern Seminary’s annual Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop, Oct. 5, Associate Professor of Preaching Vern Charette highlighted the importance of the one-day conference’s theme of preaching Christ from the Old Testament. Noting the overall decline in evangelistic preaching among Southern Baptist churches and the tendency of preachers to favor the New Testament over the Old, Charette pointed out that there are eternal implications to preaching or not preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
Myrta Ann Latimer Garrett, wife of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theology James Leo Garrett, died Oct. 3 in Nacogdoches, Texas, just 13 days shy of her 91st birthday. A librarian, faculty spouse and committed Christian, Garrett’s Southern graciousness, keen intellect, moral earnestness and playful spirit attracted legions of friends and admirers wherever her husband’s career took them, from Princeton to Harvard, from Kentucky to Washington, D.C., and Oxford, England, and then back to Texas.
For the fall 2015 semester, Southwestern Seminary has unveiled a slew of new technology to enhance the theological education of its student body both on- and off-campus. From a new smart phone app to the flexible access Ph.D., Southwestern has become a place where theology meets technology.
Widows’ Might, a prayer ministry composed of widows from across the country who are committed to praying for Southwestern Seminary, gathered Sept. 28 for the fall 2015 Widows’ Might Conference. In addition to a time of prayer and fellowship, 80 women heard from speakers who discussed “the gift of welcome,” emphasizing the importance of hospitality.
Tom Nelson, senior pastor of Christ Community Evangelical Free Church in Overland Park, Kan., spoke at Southwestern Seminary’s chapel service on Sept. 24. The author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Nelson exhorted the congregation to rethink the meaning of everyday work in a biblical context. His sermon, which marked the first session of the Land Center’s Pastor's Institute (Sept. 24-25), encouraged ministers to connect the gap between work and worship in the context of their own churches.
Hundreds gathered in MacGorman Chapel on the campus of Southwestern Seminary for a citywide pro-life rally, Wednesday, Sep. 23, to support the cause of ending abortion. In addition to testimonies and a time of prayer led by local pastors and Southwestern faculty, those in attendance heard from Sen. Konni Burton; State Rep. Matt Krause; and Anthony Moore, campus pastor of The Village Church in Fort Worth.
When the Holy Spirit used LifeWay associate Patricia James to lead Vincent, one of her customers, to Christ, James, humbled by the experience, realized that God wants to use His children in that way every day; they just have to be willing. In her written account of the experience, James, addressing her fellow Christians, said, “Everyday He tries to use you and me to further His kingdom. You might just have the opportunity to talk to a Vincent today. Are you looking?”
On Saturday, Sept. 19, Southwestern Seminary professors Matt Queen and Brandon Kiesling partnered with Calvary Baptist Church in Kaufman, Texas, to train 50 Southwestern students in evangelism. Calvary Baptist Church, led by pastor and Southwestern alumnus Robert Webb (Master of Divinity, 1992), hosted the training, which was led by special guest William Fay and based on his book, Share Jesus Without Fear. After the training, students partnered with Calvary church members and hit the streets of Kaufman to evangelize local residents. As a result, 12 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
When Ariel Lee, a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling student at Southwestern, met a young man named Lawrence in an evangelism encounter several months ago, Lawrence rejected the Gospel outright. On Sept. 16, however, when engaged a second time with the Good News, Lawrence’s heart was softened.
On Sept. 15, Southwestern Seminary’s first Grindstone of the fall semester explored some of the difficult questions of ministry related to people who struggle with same-sex attraction. The three panelists were Charles Hott, a Texas businessman; August Boto, executive vice president and general counsel for the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Evan Lenow, assistant professor of ethics and chair of Southwestern’s ethics department.
More than 60 students from the College at Southwestern participated in the second annual College Retreat held at the Heart of Texas Camp in Brownwood, Sept. 11-12. Led and organized by Student Life, the weekend getaway provided opportunities to connect with fellow students through worship, Bible study and evangelism.
Barry McCarty, who has served as the Southern Baptist Convention’s chief parliamentarian for nearly three decades, has accepted the position of professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Not previously identifying as a Southern Baptist, McCarty recently “converted” after observing the missional heart of Southern Baptists and the merits of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.