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Black Friday sale for the Gettys; Volunteers needed; SBTC scholarship and more

Black Friday sale for the Gettys; Volunteers needed; SBTC scholarship and more

| Nov 21, 2022

"This Week on the Hill" is a weekly roundup of campus news, announcements, and events from Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College.


Twenty percent off Black Friday sale announced for Getty Christmas Concert

Join Keith and Kristyn Getty, known for modern hymns like "In Christ Alone," for their annual Sing! An Irish Christmas tour coming to Southwestern Seminary's MacGorman Chapel on December 7, 2022. This is a concert, including other musical artists, you won’t want to miss. 

This week only use code “BF20” at checkout and receive 20 percent off your tickets. Additional discounts, including for students and groups, cannot be applied during this time. This offer only lasts until November 28, 2022, so buy your tickets today. Purchase tickets using the Black Friday code here.

Students at Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College can get a 50 percent discount off upper balcony tickets by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break


Campus Dining posts Thanksgiving, Christmas hours

Thanksgiving hours for the Coffee House and the Food Hall will be as follows:
• November 21 – 22 – Coffee House open, Food Hall closed
• November 23 – 27 – Coffee House and Food Hall closed
Both the Food Hall and the Coffee House will reopen Nov. 28.

Christmas break hours for the Coffee House and the Food Hall will be as follows:
 • December 3 – 17 – Coffee House open, Food Hall closed
 • December 18 – January 2 – Coffee House and Food Hall closed

For more information on campus dining, click here.

Volunteers needed for Stoa 'Cowtown Corral' speech and debate tournament

Volunteers are needed for the Stoa's homeschool speech and debate tournament, hosted by Texas Baptist College, that will be held on the Southwestern Seminary campus December 7-10.  

Based on the schedule, volunteers can choose whether to judge speech or debate. The schedule can be found here.

Judging is a 3-3.5 hour commitment and includes training, watching and judging the round, and completing ballots. For more information, please go to the website

Dec. 5 preaching conference to include SWBTS's Juan Sánchez 

The Christ-Centered and Clear preaching conference will be on Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church of Irving. The one-day conference will focus on preaching Christ from wisdom literature. Speakers will include Juan Sánchez, associate professor of theology at Southwestern Seminary and senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Also speaking will be Danny Akin, Nate Akin, Jon Akin, and Josh Wredberg. The cost is $20 with lunch included. Southwestern students can get a 50 percent discount by using the code STUDENT at checkout. For more information and registration, click here

Winter term registration is open

Registration for the winter term for Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College is now open through the beginning of the classes which start as early as Dec. 12. Click here for more information, including available courses, dates, and registration.

SBTC offers scholarships for spring semester

Students of Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College who are members of churches affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) have until 8:00 a.m. Dec. 12 to apply for scholarships for the spring semester. This is the first semester SBTC has offered scholarships for the college and seminary. For more information, go to

Revive the Nation accepting applications for March 10-19, 2023, evangelistic initiative 

Revive the Nation is a historic Southwestern Seminary initiative that equips and sends students and faculty to serve churches across the nation. Southwestern Seminary will pay travel expenses, and the host church will provide lodging and meals. Class credit is available for undergraduate and graduate student participants. For more information, click here

Flu shots available at SWBTS clinic

All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive a flu shot, administered at the clinic. They are free for those with insurance, otherwise it is $20. For an appointment, call 817-921-8880.

Deadline to apply for Canada mission trip is Feb. 20

The deadline for the May 7 two-week mission trip to Canada will be February 20. Send any questions by email to the World Missions Center at To submit your application to go, click here.

Campus News

Pandemic ending on a high note for Southwestern Seminary music student

For all the tragedies COVID-19 wreaked on the world, some good things have resulted from it, especially for believers like Luke Waters, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary student, whose call to ministry was redirected in part because of the pandemic.

Read more.

Faculty, students represent Southwestern, TBC at annual ETS meeting

Faculty and doctoral students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College represented the Fort Worth institution through 18 paper presentations and moderation of seven panel discussions at the 2022 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), held Nov. 15-17 in Denver. The theme of this year’s conference was “Holiness.”

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Arriola declares prayer, Holy Spirit are power to save during chapel message

Prayer and the Holy Spirit are the power to move and save, preached Julio Arriola, director of the SEND Network with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, during his Nov. 17 chapel message at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College. 

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‘Beg God for tears’: Pastors challenged to be broken for lost people at Southwestern  SBTC breakfast

Recognizing evangelism is the “heartbeat” of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, O.S. Hawkins, Matt Queen, and Nathan Lorick spoke about the need for “tears” for lost people to a capacity crowd at the seminary’s alumni and friends breakfast held Nov. 15 in Corpus Christi, Texas, as part of the annual meeting of the SBTC.

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Shirley teaches, models disciple-making among students

In the spring of 2016, when South Korean native Sungwan Kim was working towards his Master of Arts in Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he “had a lot of questions” that he sent to the professor of his Ministry of Education course. One Friday afternoon, the professor, Chris Shirley, “spent two hours answering” all of Kim’s questions and continued to meet with him throughout the semester during office hours and over lunch, and encouraged him to “study, graduate, and glorify God.”

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Botticelli, Kubic appointed to new roles at Southwestern Seminary library

Jill Botticelli and J. Craig Kubic have been appointed director of libraries and archivist and librarian emeritus, respectively, at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, David S. Dockery, interim president, announced today.

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Pianist diverted from New York City by COVID led by God to Southwestern doctoral program

Alison Beck and her sister, Elizabeth, had a thriving music business in New York City before the COVID-19 pandemic began. She spent six years working as a freelance pianist alongside her violinist sister and loved the cultural opportunities provided for them living in such a big city. 

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Almost 2,000 people ‘Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery’ on Southwestern Seminary campus

Almost 2,000 people came to MacGorman Chapel on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Nov. 11 as the student and faculty ensembles, choirs, and bands of the institution’s School of Church Music and Worship (SCMW) presented “A Prelude to Christmas: Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” to the seminary and Fort Worth communities. 

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As a professor, Allen passes along godly example of discipleship she received as a student

When asked who positively influenced Ashley Allen, assistant professor of women's ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her answer is almost a “Who’s Who” of Southern Baptist women, many of whom are closely connected to the institution. Today, she is influencing the next generation of women’s ministry leaders studying on Seminary Hill.

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