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FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS receives MacGorman library; MBTS represented at ETS

Jack MacGorman donates personal library to Southwestern Seminary

By Katie Coleman

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – J.W. “Jack” MacGorman, long-time professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and namesake for the MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center, is donating his personal library to the seminary.

“Dr. MacGorman is an incredible treasure of Gospel faithfulness who gave more than five decades in service to Southwestern Seminary,” SWBTS President Adam W. Greenway said. “That he would now honor this institution with his library, papers and other valuable items is even more evidence still of the blessing he has been to the seminary. A long-beloved and honored figure, Dr. MacGorman is the epitome of what it means to be a Southwesterner.”

MacGorman, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in December, devoted his career to the teaching and training of its students.

“We figure he has likely taught more [Southwestern] students than anyone has or ever will,” said MacGorman’s daughter, Linda, noting his first job after completing his first degree at the school was to begin teaching seminary students.

A two-time graduate of Southwestern, MacGorman began teaching at the seminary in 1948 when he joined the seminary faculty as professor of New Testament. He ultimately served for 53 years, retiring in 2001.

The donation includes thousands of titles from MacGorman’s time as a student and faculty member, as well as many titles from his father, also a minister. Additionally, MacGorman is donating many of his files, notes and records from classes and sermons dating back to the 1940s.

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Midwestern Seminary faculty, students to present papers during ETS meeting

By T. Patrick Hudson

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (BP) – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will be represented by 39 faculty members, current Ph.D. students, and recent graduates as they present scholarly papers at the 72nd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, which will be held virtually in light of COVID-19, on Nov. 16-20. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Christianity and Islam.”

“In serving the local church, one of Midwestern Seminary’s primary goals is to produce future generations of pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders who are intellectually capable of leading their churches and ministries headstrong into our lost and increasingly godless culture,” MBTS President Jason Allen said. “As such, high-level scholarship is amongst our chief training goals, and an excellent place for this to be showcased is the ETS annual meeting. At ETS, our faculty and many of our brightest Ph.D. students are afforded the opportunity to exhibit this top-notch scholarship, interacting with the most significant issues affecting today’s theological landscape.

Allen added that he is extremely pleased with the strong number of representatives Midwestern Seminary has presenting papers and serving in other capacities at this year’s meeting. This continues to grow each year, he said, and “it speaks volumes to the quality of our faculty and of our Ph.D. program.”

Midwestern Seminary Provost Jason Duesing added: “I am grateful to see our faculty and Ph.D. students persevere this year by continuing to present their papers amid adjusted circumstances. This is a credit to their diligence but also to their desire to continue contributing to scholarly engagement among evangelicals.”

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