2021 Lifeway Women Live events to be in person and virtual
By Joy Allmond
NASHVILLE (BP) – It’s been a long time coming. After a year of canceled or virtual-only events, Lifeway Women Live will bring women together in person for the first in-person Lifeway Women Live event since 2019.
On April 17, Bible teachers Jackie Hill Perry, Kristi McLelland, Kelly Minter, Jamie Ivey, Ruth Chou Simons, Lisa Harper and Angie Smith (emcee) will kick off the first of three 2021 Lifeway Women Live events at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., with special guests Point of Grace and worship with Austin Stone. The event will also be simulcast with thousands of women gathering in homes, coffee shops and churches across the country and beyond.
August and September speaker lineups include Lysa TerKeurst, Jennifer Rothschild and Jen Wilkin and will feature worship leaders Lauren Chandler of The Village Church (Dallas) and the Austin Stone band, respectively.
Lifeway Women Live is focused on women “Pursuing Christ Together” through His Word and worship. Betsy Langmade, manager of Lifeway Women events, said the word “together” has a deeper meaning than it would have in previous years, before COVID-19.
“Women through the centuries have been about community – about doing life together,” Langmade said. “While women are resilient and creative and have found ways to do this, this past year has been a far cry from the camaraderie and sisterhood you feel when standing in a room at a conference or sitting in a room doing a Bible study with a handful of other people. We were made to experience loud laughs and flowing tears together.”
Lifeway Women conducted a survey among several hundred women to gauge their readiness for in-person events under various conditions: COVID-safe restrictions, vaccine prevalence and when restrictions are no longer necessary. Langmade said most of the respondents indicated they would be comfortable returning to large gatherings in one or more of those scenarios.
“Something we’re seeing emerge among women is an extreme hunger for community and being together in person and doing the things we do together – like eating out, Bible study and church, to name a few,” Langmade said.
Speaker Kelly Minter said the church might be especially primed for togetherness because of the isolation from the pandemic, but we’ve always been made for community.
“God fundamentally created us that way – we’re designed for relationship,” Minter said. “I’ve also been reminded in 1 Corinthians 12, the Holy Spirit gave each of us specific gifts that are for the good of others. We can’t use our God-given gifts in isolation. At creation we were designed for community and when the Holy Spirit came, the church was even more poised for it. That’s something I’ve learned this past year – just how much we really do need fellowship. It’s not an optional accoutrement to our lives. We need each other and others need us.”
Southeastern Symposium celebrates scholarship around the world
By SEBTS Staff
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted its second annual Southeastern Symposium, celebrating scholarship among its accomplished faculty, alumni and students March 18-19.
“The Symposium is a showcase of scholarship that offers our students, faculty and alumni an opportunity to give back to the communities and churches that have supported them by sharing the fruits of their biblical research and writing,” said Jake Pratt, director of Ph.D. studies at SEBTS. “We hope that as attendees from around the world listen and engage with the presentations they might consider, first, whether God might be calling them to a teaching ministry in a college or university or a majority world academic or ecclesial context and, second, how the Ph.D. program at SEBTS might help them accomplish that goal.”
A total of 631 people registered for the two-day conference, increasing registration by more than 100 attendees from the previous year. Presentations focused on the areas of New and Old Testaments, historical theology, Christian ethics and public theology, philosophy, missiology and applied theology.
Three plenary sessions included presentations from Jeremy Kimble, Grant Taylor and Susan Booth.
In Kimble’s presentation, “Beholding and Becoming: A Theology of the Efficacy of Scripture,” he argued for how to know and trust that God’s Word works powerfully to transform the believer. Believing in the efficacy of Scripture allows the believer to see life from God’s perspective and live the Christian life through the Holy Spirit’s strength and guidance. Kimble served in pastoral ministry for eight years and currently serves as a co-leader of an adult Sunday school class at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio. Kimble received his Ph.D. from SEBTS in 2013. His academic interests include biblical and systematic theology, ecclesiology, hermeneutics and homiletics, biblical worldview and Jonathan Edwards.