FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Of the 288 graduates at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's 205th commencement May 10, only one received her diploma and a kiss from the seminary's president.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--He doesn't look like the average, clean-cut youth minister because he isn't. His church's youth facility is anything but average as well.
John Mark Seelig, "skate pastor" for Lakepointe Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas, oversees the church's "Pier 419" youth center, a radically different design and atmosphere from the traditional confines of church gyms and softball fields.
Pier 419 is all about evangelism, all about finding a way to reach an often-overlooked segment of society -- young people on the fringe of the urban, middle class.
The idea for Pier 419 began with the account in Matthew 4:19 in which Jesus told some of the disciples He would make them "fishers of men." Eight million dollars and 48,000 square feet later, the Pier 419 youth center emerged.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Why would the president of the world's largest evangelical seminary leave his post to work in the "unknown?"
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The sounding of a shofar called youth ministers, volunteer youth workers and young people to worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Youth Ministry Lab April 4-5. A shofar is a ram's horn similar to the type used in Solomon's temple.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--He was one of the U.S. Navy's "quiet professionals" trained in the arts of underwater demolition, marksmanship and escape and evasion. He participated in classified operations.
Today, combat veteran Scott Russell has a different mission -- he's looking for a pulpit to fill. The former Navy SEAL will graduate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May.
Even though his days currently are filled with exams, term papers and making plans for life in a pastorate after graduation, Russell said he cannot help but reflect on his past in light of the current situation in Iraq.