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10/24/97 2 new education degrees get Southwestern trustee approval

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Two groundbreaking degrees in religious education were approved by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees Oct. 22: a doctor of educational ministry and master of arts in Christian school education. Trustees also endorsed and participated in the work of Southwestern’s “presidential committee on theological education in the 21st century” and changed the name […]

SWBTS hires 1 professor, promotes 5, gives 1 tenure

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–In matters related to seminary personnel, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees March 11 elected one faculty member, promoted five professors and granted tenure to one. The recommendation for another faculty appointment was withdrawn without a trustee vote being taken. Scott Langston was elected assistant professor of Old Testament. Step promotions were approved […]

At each stop he makes, he builds racial bridges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP)–Halfway between midnight and dawn, Conley Bush got the call. Halfway. Appropriate for a young man splitting Sundays between his African American home church and a white congregation. “I’d had a great day of worship,” Bush said of that January 1993 early morning. For months he had made the one-hour commute between two […]

First African American student at Southwestern held to the Word

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–The three-day-old baby wailed and sobbed for a mother who would never again sing to him or whisper his name. His grandmother, stunned by the death of her daughter but stirred by the infant’s cries, picked up her well-worn Bible and placed it gently on his chest. The whimpering stopped. Chester Brookins, […]

Garrett, retiring, reiterates Jesus’ prayer plea for unity

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–“Leo’s Theo” comes in a two-volume set. But his prophetic challenge comes from a few verses in the Gospel of John.“Systematic Theology: Biblical, Historical and Evangelical,” republished in 1996 by Eerdmans, covers the spiritual and intellectual watershed of James Leo Garrett’s 48 years of teaching. But as he officially retired from the […]

‘God did it,’ says 60,000th student at Southwestern

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–A bird in the bush was worth $600 in Traci Jackson’s hand. Along with balloons, a certificate suitable for framing and a footnote in history.On Aug. 20, the 25-year-old Jackson became the 60,000 individual to enroll at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. The surprise scholarship was “worth a whole […]

5/27/97 Southwestern ‘commissioning’ launches grads into ministry

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Spring 1997 graduates of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary received one final assignment May 17 in the closing moments of commencement: Invest their lives in the “restoration and healing of a world too sick to heal itself.” The charge was part of the “commissioning” of the 361 graduates, a first-time commencement event at […]

Southwestern cuts tuition; sets $100 million campaign

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Money didn't just talk at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustee meeting March 12. It sang two-part harmony: