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Hemphill leaving SWBTS to lead SBC’s ‘Kingdom’ strategy


Kenneth S. Hemphill
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Kenneth S. Hemphill announced his retirement as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary April 8 to take a new position as national strategist for the Southern Baptist Convention's "Empowering Kingdom Growth" movement.
     Hemphill's new work, after nine years as president of Southwestern, will be a joint venture with the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn., to begin this summer.

Billy Graham returns to Texas for 4-day Metroplex Mission

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--At 83 and battling Parkinson's disease -- and with former President George Bush providing the introduction -- evangelist Billy Graham made a historic return to north Texas to launch his Metroplex Mission Oct. 17-20 at Texas Stadium in Irving.

Be vigilant against pornography, Land exhorts Southwestern faculty

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Seminary professors must guard themselves and prepare ministers to avoid the trap of pornography, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said in a faculty retreat at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Aug. 15.

Surviving the Storms of Life

I was standing on my front porch one recent Saturday enjoying the sights and sounds of a beautiful morning when I heard it. I had heard the sound before, but I realized something for the first time: the faint, musical sound of wind chimes indicated a storm was coming. Springtime in Texas means storms. One […]

FIRST-PERSON: Surviving life’s storms

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--I was standing on my front porch one recent Saturday enjoying the sights and sounds of a beautiful morning when I heard it. I had heard the sound before, but I realized something for the first time: the faint, musical sound of wind chimes indicated a storm was coming.

Parent-teen book gives guidance from Richard Ross & Gus Reyes

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Richard Ross, one of the worldwide True Love Waits sexual abstinence campaign's founders, and Texas youth minister Gus Reyes have bad news.

Southwestern theology dean faces reassignment decision

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--A new dean of globalization position is being created at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the dean of the school of theology has been asked to become the inaugural dean.

Church to become Houston campus for Southwestern in Nov. 4 vote

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Park Place Baptist Church in Houston voted Nov. 4 to deed its $7 million site to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to be used as the seminary's Houston campus.
      About 240 people voted on the proposal at a special business meeting. The agreement allows Park Place Baptist to continue to meet in the building and perform its ministries from there.
      The church has been a landmark in Houston's east end since 1961. The eight-and-a-half-acre campus includes a 2,000-seat auditorium, one- and two-story educational space for 1,500 people and a gymnasium/recreation facility.

Hemphill says Blaising’s hiring culminates convention-wide search

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The hiring of a new executive vice president and provost highlighted the trustee meeting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Oct. 16-17.

MacGorman Conference Center dedicated at Southwestern

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary officially dedicated and opened the J.W. "Jack" MacGorman Conference Center, an $11 million component of the newly constructed $22 million Ralph M. Smith Leadership Development Complex, in a special ceremony Sept. 10.