Crossover, Serve Tour provide opportunity for Gospel impact in Anaheim
By Brandon Elrod/NAMB
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The North American Mission Board (NAMB), in cooperation with California Baptists, will provide avenues for Southern Baptists to share the Gospel in Anaheim, Calif., ahead of the 2022 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in June through a Crossover Serve Tour event.
“Southern Baptists have an opportunity to do what we do best in Anaheim by serving people and introducing them to the Savior,” said Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president for evangelism and leadership. “I pray that many will get involved and that we will see a harvest of new Christ-followers as a result of our efforts together.”
Send Relief and NAMB are working with California Baptist leaders and local churches to host one-day, outreach-oriented sports camps for their communities.
NAMB is also working with Southern Baptist seminaries to host students who will spend the week learning from evangelism professors and putting those lessons into practice the week before Southern Baptists gather in Anaheim.
To learn more and pre-register, visit www.namb.net/crossover.
B.H. Carroll ‘being dead still speaks’ to SBC issues, Hawkins says
By Kathleen Bustamante/SWBTS
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Though now gone for more than 107 years, the founder of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.H. Carroll, “still speaks” today to the issues that face Southern Baptists, O.S. Hawkins said in an address delivered March 10 as part of Founder’s Day, marking the 114th anniversary of the seminary.
“As Southwesterners, we have a rich heritage, but to find the real strength of this institution we must journey back to the roots, back to the life and legacy of our founder on this Founder’s Day,” said Hawkins, president emeritus of GuideStone Financial Resources and former pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Carroll’s courage, conviction, consistency, and cooperation are applicable to modern-day Baptist debates on the Bible, confessions of faith, women in ministry, and denominational cooperation, Hawkins contended.
In his introduction of Hawkins, Adam W. Greenway, president of Southwestern Seminary and Texas Baptist College, said he is thankful for Hawkins’ “legacy of leadership” noting “there is nobody more fitting to deliver the 2022 Founder’s Day address here at Southwestern Seminary in the historic Truett pulpit in the historic Truett Auditorium than a successor to Truett in Dr. O.S. Hawkins.” The auditorium is named in honor of George W. Truett, who served as pastor of First Baptist Dallas, 1897-1944, and was a longtime trustee and board chair of the seminary.
Greenway also announced the release of The L.R. Scarborough Treasury, the third volume in the Seminary Hill Press Legacy Series. The book is a collection of books and other previously published and unpublished works by Scarborough, the seminary’s second president and B.H. Carroll’s chosen successor. Scarborough was one of the first seminary faculty members and the original occupant of the Chair of Evangelism (“Chair of Fire”) established by Carroll – the first chair of evangelism in theological education, which is now named in his honor.
The gathering was the first seminary chapel service in more than a decade to be held in Truett Auditorium in the B.H. Carroll Memorial Building. Founder’s Day is a special chapel service held annually on the date closest to the anniversary of the seminary’s chartering, March 14, 1908.
Greenway, who welcomed officers of the seminary’s board and members of the President’s Club, also announced that the pulpit being used for the first time in Truett Auditorium is believed to be the same one from which Truett preached his first official sermon in 1890 at the First Baptist Church of Sherman, Texas. The pulpit was recently donated by the church to Southwestern and will normally be on display at the B.H. Carroll Center for Baptist Heritage and Mission.