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  • Reaching the world through theological education

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (9 days 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 (29 days 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 (2 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 (2 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 (3 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

  • 'Great things from God' seen by seminarians abroad

    by SWBTS Staff, posted Tuesday, September 06, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Night market vendors were just beginning to set up their kiosks as the mission team prayerwalked the community around a mosque in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    The team's leader, Keith Eitel, walked roughly a block behind his wife and a translator as they handed out Thai-language Gospel tracts. One man, after receiving a tract, became puzzled.

    As they later learned, the man was from Nepal and had only come to Chiang Mai ... Read More


    by SBC Seminary & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (4 months ago)

    Today's From the Seminaries: Convocation reports from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • SBC seminaries healthy, face M.Div. challenge

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to training pastors, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries compare favorably with North American seminaries generally, according to a comparative data analysis by Baptist Press.

    Still, a slight shift of students away from the master of divinity -- the basic pastoral training degree -- and toward less rigorous master of arts degrees focused on general theological studies parallels a trend nationally at seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. Read More

  • Right place, right time: 4 professions of faith

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Juan was sitting by the baseball diamond in Rosemont Park when a team of seminarians saw him. In need of a job, Juan knew he needed prayer, but on this Friday afternoon an even greater need would be met.

    Five students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had gone there that day, July 29, to evangelize.

    When two of the student evangelists happened upon Juan, they broke the ice by asking him for prayer requests, and he answered by sharing his need for employment. Read More