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  • SWBTS launches Center for Early Christian Studies

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (3 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new center dedicated to the study of the ancient church -- the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies (SCECS).

    The seminary has a long history of research and publications in early Christianity, but now it meets with a heightened focus. A new website, special lectures, patristic reading groups, regular graduate and postgraduate seminars, and a group of faculty and students dedicated to researching the early church will all be features of the new initiative. Read More

  • Prison's 'field ministers' see wide-ranging impact

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, March 13, 2017 (14 days ago)

    Photo by Matheus Oliveira
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "I've been in prison before," Michael Rios humbly reflects. "I came in when I was very young. I had the right ideas, I had the right intents: get out, get married, have a life."

    Dressed in a white prison uniform, Rios speaks slowly but directly, his tattooed hands slowly gesturing to accentuate his words. He has been in prison longer than some of his fellow inmates have even been alive. Though Rios had the "right intents," bad choices kept him locked up, and he is now serving a life sentence. Read More

  • Reaching the world through theological education

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Fewer than 10 years ago, the Baptist seminary in Guatemala City was on the verge of closing its doors.

    Its library bookshelves were nearly bare; its only technological resources were decades-old computers; and its roof had decayed to the point that classes could not be held when it rained lest students become drenched by the impertinent dripping.

    Beyond that, the seminary's reach was limited, leaving would-be ministers who lived far from campus with no option but to fend for themselves. Read More

  • SWBTS grads urged to be characterized by obedience

    by Katie Coleman, posted Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (3 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson urged graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to continually strive for integrity and to respond in obedience to God's call in ministry.

    "All across America, students are graduating from colleges and universities, and the one thing most of them will not be told is to be men and women of integrity," Patterson, president of Southwestern, told graduates during the seminary's fall commencement on Dec. 16. A total of 169 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students graduated. Read More

  • Along the Zambezi, a 'modern-day Livingstone'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    ZAMBIA (BP) -- Elephants, antelope, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and the occasional lion are among missionary Kenny Vines' travel mates as he moves about his ministry in the African nation of Zambia.

    On multiple occasions while on his way to a village for Bible study, he has been cut off by a herd of elephants and had to travel another path. At other times during days of extended ministry, lions calling, hyenas laughing, elephants trumpeting and hippos bellowing were the soundtrack to his nights as he lay in his tent. Read More

  • Reformation: SBC entities celebrate 500th anniversary

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 31, 2016 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Christians kick off a year of observing the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary, Southern Baptist Convention entities have slated a range of commemorative events and publications.

    Traditionally, the start of the Reformation is dated to Oct. 31, 1517, when a monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, challenging the Roman Catholic Church's practice of selling indulgences -- infusions of supposedly excess merit from saints granted by the Catholic Church to decrease a person's time in purgatory. Read More

  • Philosophy degree approved by SWBTS trustees

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, October 21, 2016 (5 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees approved a new master's degree in philosophy and reaffirmed the seminary's media policy during their Oct. 17-19 fall meeting.

    Trustees elected seven faculty members and promoted three others during their sessions at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus. Read More