SBC21 Course, RAC Summer Hours, Army Recruiting Webinar and more

| May 17, 2021

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


RAC Summer Hours

The RAC has shifted to Summer Hours as of today, May 17. Hours of operation are as follows:

RAC Summer Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8am-5pm; Saturday: 8am-12pm 
  • Closed for COVID-19 Mitigation on Monday – Friday: 2-3pm

RAC Pool Summer Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8am-4pm
  • Closed for Swim Lessons on Friday and Saturday: 8am-12pm

For more information, click here

SWBTS at SBC Annual Meeting

Earn class credit while you attend the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 13-16. 

Taught by Research Professor of Church History Gregory A. Wills, Baptist History course, “Southern Baptists,” provides a history of the founding and development of Southern Baptist church life. Basic organizational principles and characteristic functions of the Southern Baptist Convention will be addressed in this study as well as the role of associations and state conventions.

The only course meetings are in Nashville. Students are required to be there from Monday morning at 9am (for a class meeting) until the convention finishes its final Wednesday session. Students must register either as messengers or guests at the SBC annual meeting website.

Visit to sign up for Southern Baptists: BPTST-4853-NSH (3 credits).

While you're in Nashville, add the following events to your itinerary:

  1. SWBTS Alumni and Friends Luncheon: You're invited to the Alumni & Friends Luncheon on Wednesday, June 16, immediately following the morning session of the annual meeting. This gathering of alumni and friends of SWBTS will feature updates from Seminary Hill, a report from President Adam W. Greenway, and presentations of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni awards. Register here.
  2. Crossover Nashville: Invest a week of your summer doing evangelism. Join the SWBTS and Scarborough College Crossover team as we engage Nashville with the Gospel before the SBC Annual Meeting. The cost of participating in Crossover Nashville is fully covered and class credit is available. Email for more information or to register.
  3. RevTalk: Lostness in the United States and the Role of Replanting & Revitalization: The Center for Church Revitalization is hosting a RevTalk on Sunday, June 13, from 2-5pm. Make plans to join us for this event at FBC Donelson in Nashville. Register now!

Register for Summer and Fall Classes

Course enrollment is open for Summer and Fall 2021! View the list of available classes and access the registration portal at Fall classes begin August 16. Summer courses are offered weekly throughout the remainder of the summer. Students can enroll up until the first day of each class.

Campus News

Greenway provides COVID-19 update

In a May 10 letter to the Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College community, President Adam W. Greenway provided a coronavirus update, noting an “overall easing of many COVID protocols.”

While encouraging “each of you to take whatever steps you feel necessary to keep yourself healthy and safe,” Greenway outlined several changes on the campus with the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. Further details will be provided later, he noted.

The entire letter follows.

Read more here

FROM THE PROFS: Student born again during Systematic Theology lecture

Editor’s note: “From the Profs” is an occasional feature highlighting past experiences of Southwestern Seminary and Scarborough College faculty in sharing the Gospel.

Research Professor of Theology Malcolm B. Yarnell III still rejoices over a student who was born again during a theology lecture. 

Nearly 15 years ago, Sanghwan Lee, then a Master of Divinity student, was sitting in Yarnell’s Systematic Theology II class at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, listening to a lecture on eschatology. To the surprise of both Lee and Yarnell, by the end of the lecture, Lee tearfully placed his faith in Jesus Christ for the first time.

Read more here

Evangelistic discipleship yields fruit of salvation

Robert grew up in the church and believed he had a good sense of Christian beliefs, but he struggled with whether he could have faith in the Jesus people often preached.

When Justin Knippers, a Master of Divinity student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his wife, Michaela, started their evangelism efforts with Robert, he often came to them with a long list of questions about faith. So, over the course of about three months this spring semester, the couple established a team effort in their evangelism, patiently answering Robert’s questions and presenting the Gospel.

Michaela works with Robert in a grocery store bakery, where long shifts afforded them numerous in-depth conversations about their lives. As Michaela and Justin discussed how she could more intentionally engage with Robert as well as other co-workers, she started inviting Robert to attend a church service and connected him with Justin for more personal conversations.

Read more here

FIRST-PERSON: Celebrating 200 stories of Everyday Evangelism

Regardless of what had happened at school that day, nothing would match the weight of Anthony’s experience walking home that afternoon. After class was dismissed, Anthony, a middle school student, headed home through Rosemont Park, and there, according to God’s good will, he crossed paths with two evangelists from nearby Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Anthony listened as the two Southwestern students shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life that this resurrected Savior provides. Convicted of his sin, alerted to his need for salvation, and sensing the call of the Holy Spirit upon his heart, Anthony responded by repenting of his sin, professing faith in Jesus Christ, and surrendering to Him as Lord. 

Up to that point, Anthony probably thought it was a normal day, but following that encounter, he knew better—it was actually the day of his spiritual rebirth.

Read more here

Army Recruiting Webinar with SWBTS Graduate CHAPLAIN (COL) Bob Hart

Tune in for a live webinar on June 1, 2021, from 9:30-10:30 CST with SWBTS Graduate CHAPLAIN (COL) Bob Hart about opportunities to serve in the US Army Chaplain Corps. Register at