Inclement weather, Certificate in Biblical Counseling

| Feb 15, 2021

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

New inclement weather announcement:

Update, Feb. 15, 8:45am: Due to rolling blackouts and electrical grid equipment problems in the Fort Worth area, all classes are canceled for Feb. 15-16 to allow people to focus on well-being and property.

On-campus residents without power are urged to go to the Riley Center to warm up and to get further direction.

Please report any on-campus emergency maintenance requests to facilities by calling 817-923-1921, ext. 2290.

Please report any other on-campus emergencies to Campus Police by calling 817-921-8888.

Personnel essential for safety and security of campus will be contacted and given instructions by the their supervisor.


CANCELED: Global Missions Week

In light of the current weather conditions, Global Missions Week activities will be postponed later in the semester to insure the safety of our SWBTS family and our visiting IMB missionaries.

Stay tuned for updates!

This week in Chapel, we'll be led by Drew Erickson, pastor of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Forth Worth, TX.

Why get a certificate in biblical counseling?

"I’ve been blessed to be part of the SWBTS Biblical Counseling Certificate Program for the last 5 years. One of the greatest parts is seeing our local churches embrace and practice Biblical Counseling and continue to send their leaders and lay people to study how to minister the Word of God to those who are broken and seeking Truth. With COVID we have seen an increase of those in need of counseling for various life dominating issues, our hope and prayer is that our Certificate program continues grow and minister to those in need."
- Jonathan Okinaga, Biblical Counseling Certificate Instructor

Training sessions are coming up soon for the SWBTS biblical counseling certificate:

  • Weekend 1: February 20
  • Weekend 2: March 27
  • Weekend 3: April 2

2021 Day-Higginbotham Lectures

The School of Theology will be presenting this year's Day-Higginbotham lectures March 4-5.

The theme of this year’s lecture series is “God, the Bible, and Being,” and will be delivered by Dr. Scott Swain, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

Campus News

FROM THE HILL: McCoy discusses gender executive order, new book released on IMB history

Episode 168: Adam Greenway Looking Back and Looking Forward,” Adam W. Greenway (president of Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College), interviewed on “Not Another Baptist Podcast”

  • “Kyle and Matt welcome the return of Dr. Adam Greenway, president of The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to the podcast. We discussed lessons learned in 2020 and what we hope to see in 2021 as God continues to breathe new life on Seminary Hill.” 

Falling Seed: Hymnals’ value for your worship planning” (article in The Baptist Standard), by Scott Aniol, associate professor of church music and worship

  • “Many churches recognize the importance of utilizing traditional hymns in corporate worship, and hymnals remain valuable sources of such historic Christian songs. However, in an internet age, some worship planners are unsure how to use a hymnal effectively. Here are some ways to use hymnals as you plan a service.”

Preaching Points Series” (online training videos produced by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention), featuring Deron Biles (professor of preaching and pastoral ministry), Matthew McKellar (professor of preaching), and Jim Wicker (professor of New Testament) 

  • “Kenneth Priest, director of convention strategies [and interim director for Southwestern’s Center for Church Revitalization], and Matthew McKellar, professor of preaching at SWBTS, host a 13-week series focused on church revitalization.”

Read more here.

Settlement returns Harold E. Riley Foundation control to Southwestern Seminary, Baylor University

A settlement returning control of the Harold E. Riley Foundation to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baylor University “vindicates” the schools’ action in bringing a lawsuit to protect the “donative intent” of the foundation’s namesake and longtime benefactor of the schools, Southwestern Seminary President Adam W. Greenway said following a Feb. 8 hearing in which the settlement was entered in the 67th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas, presided over by Judge Don Cosby.

Greenway expressed thanks to “report that, in the Lord’s kindness, truth and justice has indeed prevailed.”

The lawsuit filed by Southwestern and Baylor in September 2020 alleged the HERF board led a “secret coup” in June 2018 in an “attempt to seize control of the Foundation and its assets,” which altered the foundation’s purpose, removed the schools’ rights and status as charitable members and sole beneficiaries, and misappropriated assets worth millions of dollars.

Read more here.

IACE conducts second annual conference

Leaders in Christian education gathered at the Riley Conference Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Feb. 3-5 for the second annual conference of the International Alliance for Christian Education. 

The IACE has 62 member or affiliate institutions of higher learning, and 17 other member organizations representing locations in the United States and beyond. About 100 representatives of those entities attended the Fort Worth event, with another 40 attending virtually through online streaming. This year’s total attendance represents about a 40 percent increase from that of last year’s inaugural annual conference in Orlando. 

“IACE in 2020 exceeded all of my expectations,” said IACE President David S. Dockery, interim provost and distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Seminary. “From what I’ve heard, it exceeded your expectations as well.” 

Read more here.

Prioritize the Gospel with a charitable and convictional courage, Brian Arnold preaches

Christians must exhibit both convictional and charitable courage in the face of cultural challenges, preached Brian Arnold, president of Phoenix Seminary, during a Feb. 3 chapel service at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“We need men and women with undaunted courage in this day,” Arnold said, preaching from 2 Timothy 1. He said Christians must remain steadfast in grace and truth as they prioritize the Gospel, recognizing that this will not be easy and will require Christian unity in the Gospel message.

“At a time of confusion and chaos,” Arnold said, “many of us are uncertain of what to speak, how to speak, and when to speak. What we need is a reorientation of what to speak, and it’s the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s going to take battlefield-like courage in the days ahead to preach the Gospel.”

Arnold acknowledged that this type of courage will inevitably present challenges for leaders and everyday Christians alike. This courage, he added, will at times put Christians at odds with the culture and even their own friends and family. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be able to act with the necessary courage.

Read more here.

Mohler brings ‘urgent exhortation’ about faithful Christianity in Southwestern chapel service

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, offered an “urgent exhortation” about the challenge of passing along faithful Christianity to today’s generation in the midst of growing cultural hostility during a Feb. 11 chapel message at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Preaching on Jesus’ question in Luke 18:8—“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”—Mohler invited his listeners to consider, “What must be necessary for it to be true that when the Son of Man comes, He finds faith on earth?”

Prior to Mohler’s sermon, Southwestern Seminary President Adam W. Greenway introduced him to the chapel audience, noting the relationship between Southern and Southwestern, the two oldest seminaries in the Southern Baptist Convention. 

“I said at my inauguration as president here that while Southern Seminary is our Harvard, Southwestern Seminary is our Yale,” Greenway said. “And it is good, I think, when, despite whatever uniquenesses and distinctives we have as institutions, the president of ‘Harvard’ comes to ‘Yale’ and finds a common cause in the things that matter most—our commitment to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture as the Word of God, a shared commitment to confessional fidelity, a passion for the Great Commission, and for cooperation.

Read more here.