The Great Commission Magazine of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: Fall 2013
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
Seeking & equipping students from every of corner the of the K i n g d o m to s erv e i n e v ery context Kingdom FALL 2013 A Letter from the President > > > > > > > > > > > > > @dannyakin Dear Southeastern family, > > > > > > > > > > > > > Recently I had lunch with pastor J.D. Greear. J.D. leads the thriving Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and is a two time graduate of SEBTS. He teaches for us when he can and is a great friend to me personally and to our school. As we ate, the conversation turned to the challenge of achieving authentic ethnic diversity in the local church and the Southern Baptist Convention. We both agreed that getting there is hard work. We also agreed it is worthwhile work. Yet, we were of one mind that this is something that, at this time, does not usually happen naturally. You must be intentional. It must be a priority. This fall Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary launched what we are calling our Kingdom Diversity Initiative. The goal is to intentionally build and celebrate a school that truly reflects the beautiful diversity of ethnic people groups and races that our God has created for His own glory. To this end we have added two wonderful men to our staff that come to us as gifts from God. Walter Strickland, a former graduate, will serve as Instruc- tor in Theology and Special Advisor to the President for Diversity. He is already making a tremendous impact. Edgar Aponte has begun his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern and will serve as Director of Hispanic Leadership Development. Edgar is a former governmental representative from the Dominican Republic to the United States government. Both of these men bring great gifts and skills to their assignments. They also bring insights and perspectives that will help us move forward. Kingdom Diversity has been on my heart for a long time. It has become a burning passion in recent days that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is from our Lord. Southern Baptists have made significant progress when it comes to ethnic diversity, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. My prayer is Southeastern will be a healthy and helpful catalyst to encourage our churches in this area. I believe this would please our Lord. I am convinced this is a good work we must do. We need your help. We covet your prayers. Join us in this God glorifying endeavor! Daniel L. Akin President Contents Fall 2013 > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Stories 6 7 9 12 14 Fred Luter in Chapel: Southeastern Celebrates Kingdom Diversity with Fred Luter David Platt in Chapel: Platt Challenges Christians to be Faithful to the Gospel A Report of Vibrancy: Southeastern Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees Fall Visit Art Rainer: Southeasternâ€™s New Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern Events 21 Events from Around Southeastern Books Southeastern Faculty Works 24 Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know For Sure You Are Saved J.D. Greear As You Go: Creating A Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students Alvin L. Reid 25 The Problem of Evil: The Challenge to Essential Christian Beliefs Jeremy A. Evans Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline | Edited by John S. Hammett & Benjamin L. Merkle Topics 26 28 30 31 Building a Church on Earth That Looks Like the Church in Heaven, Daniel Akin Southeastern Offers Its First Course on Black Theology, Walter Strickland Kingdom Diversity in Theological Higher Education, Bruce Ashford GTI: An Initiative for the Nations: A Focus on Diversity and Hispanic Leadership Development, John Ewart > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Spotlights 35 36 37 38 40 The Center for Great Commission Studies Scott Hildreth, Director Alumni Development/Denominational Relations Jonathan Six, Director The College at Southeastern Jamie Dew, Dean of the College Distance Learning/EQUIP Jerry Lassetter, Director of Distance Learning Steven Wade, Director of Great Commission Equipping Network Financial Development Daniel Palmer, Director > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Fall 2013 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest, NC Daniel Akin President Bruce Ashford Provost Ryan Hutchinson Executive Vice President for Operations Art Rainer Vice President for Institutional Advancement Alumni Staff Jonathan Six, Director Rebecca Taylor Communications Staff Kenneth Bonnett, Director Ali Dixon Maria Estes Parker Griffin Sam Morris Bailey Shoemaker Ryan Thomas To inform us of address changes or if you would like to receive the magazine, please contact us at 919-761-2203 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). Southeastern is an institution of higher learning and a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention. Support comes through the gifts of the Cooperative Program and the individual friends of the seminary who provide assistance through wills, estates and trusts. The Great Commission Magazine of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (ISSN 2327-154X) is published by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary P.O. Box 1889 Wake Forest, NC 27588 www.sebts.edu Stories Fred Luter in Chapel > > > > > > > > > > > > > See this and other chapel messages at sebts.edu/multimedia Southeastern Celebrates Kingdom Diversity with Fred Luter > > > > > > > > > > > > > A host of students, faculty, guests and friends of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary filled Binkley Chapel for Convocation and the first Kingdom Celebration event on campus on Aug. 20. The day launched Southeastern’s diversity initiative to exemplify, “Every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9) at the seminary and in the Church. Dr. Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern, welcomed new students and introduced the Convocation guest speaker, Rev. Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. Luter is also the first African-American President of the SBC. “My wife and I wept when he was announced as head of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Akin said. “He is a dear friend and I have so much respect for him.” The first chapel of the semester was marked with worship, prayer and conviction as Luter preached on Romans 1:16-17. The sermon focused on the transforming power of the Word of God because it is personal, powerful, practical and persistent. Luter encouraged students to look back at their own “Before Christ” (B.C.) days and asked, “What did it take to change you?” He reassured listeners that the Word of God is available to others regardless of their race, heritage or ethnicity. His words energized and challenged the audience to impact the world in these last days through their personal relationships with Jesus Christ. An intimate luncheon following Convocation featured a panel discussion with Luter and Akin moderated by Walter Strickland, special advisor to the president for diversity. The panel answered questions and listened to insights from local pastors on diversity. “Out of 45,000 Baptist churches with 60 million members, only 8 percent are African-American,” Luter said. “For an African-American to be elected President of the SBC unopposed is unheard of, God had to be in it.” Akin went on to share his heart for diversity at Southeastern. “Despite our intention we all have blind spots,” Akin said. “At chapel this fall, we will have five or six African-American preachers. I pray diversity would be second nature here at SEBTS.” “There is not a whole lot we can do about our past but there is a whole lot we can do about our future,” Luter continued. “I see walls coming down every day.” Luter last visited Southeastern in 1993 and the community is eager to embrace his presence and legacy in the future. Akin charged discussion participants to be intentional about moving forward. “Go out from this place and intentionally start building relationships, discipling others and trusting God to build up leaders in the church,” Akin said. “I am committed to this until I leave this place. By God’s grace, we will be much further down the road than we are today.” 6 sebts.edu Stories @plattdavid David Platt in Chapel > > > > > > > > > > > > > Platt Challenges Christians to be Faithful to the Gospel > > > > > > > > > > > > > David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., spoke to an overflowing chapel of students, faculty, staff and friends of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Platt said: “It is always an honor to be here, I praise God for what He is doing on this campus for the edification and exaltation of the Gospel among the nations.” “In one sense my heart is encouraged, particularly among younger evangelicals, as I sense opposition to injustice regarding the poor, orphaned and enslaved,” Platt said. “Yet at the same time, I am concerned by a lack of zeal on social issues that are just as, if not more important. These issues include abortion, sexual immorality and so called same sex marriage.” The aim of Platt’s sermon was to call the members and leaders of Christ’s church to a contrite, compassionate and courageous battle on the front lines of our culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Platt focused on the heart of his message from Genesis 1 through 3 and spoke about four biblical foundations and their cultural implications from the text. Found in Genesis 1, “God creates us as a demonstration of His glory. … Not natural selection but supernatural provision,” Platt said. This reveals that man is created in the image of God with the unique capacity to relate, know, walk and worship God. In Genesis 2, Platt said: “God designs us for the display of His gospel. Man and women were created with equal dignity, value and importance before God yet clearly designed with different roles. Both compliment each other. … That through this [marriage] relationship it may show the world the relationship between Christ and the church,” said Platt. From Genesis 3, Platt shared how God judges us by His righteous law. “Questioning God’s Word leads to doubting God’s character,” Platt said. As mentioned in Romans 5, all have sinned, yet God seeks the guilty. The fourth foundation was: God pursues us with His redeeming love. “These four truths form the essence of the gospel,” Platt said. “Consider the massive ramifications of these truths applied to the battle fronts of our day,” Platt said. “So what do we do?” The first cultural implication based on first biblical foundation was on the topic of abortion. “We do not have a choice; we are constrained by the gospel to fight abortion as an assault on God’s creation and an affront to God’s glory. … We live in a country where 1 million babies are aborted each year. 3,000 everyday and one baby every 20 to 25 seconds. All over the world 130,000 abortions occur everyday. “I do not believe it is an overstatement to call abortion a modern holocaust. I believe that is an understatement, every month we surpass that number of people systematically slaughtered all over the world,” Platt said. “We must not hide from the reality of what is happening all around the country and all over the world.” “God is creating a person in His image in that womb. That gospel reality changes everything,” Platt said. “In reference to the second biblical truth, we flee sex- sebts.edu 7 Stories ual immorality in our lives. … We must do 1 Corinthians 6:18, run from, not reason or rationalize with it,” Platt said. “We defend sexual complimentary in marriage for the sake of the gospel and the world.” “Today’s cultural climate creates a huge opportunity for gospel witness through marriage,” Platt said. “God’s design for marriage is far more breathtaking and satisfying than anything our culture will ever create.” Platt said: “The third cultural implication is that we work for justice in the world as we speak about the Judge of the world. … We must reflect His character in a world that is filled with the weak and fatherless, the sick and needy, the impoverished and enslaved.” The calling in Micah 6:8 to do justice is modeled by giving a cup of clean water or building a well with clean water while declaring the gospel of the living water. Lastly, “We must give our lives and lead our churches to pursue people still unreached by God’s redeeming love. Surely the greatest injustice in our day without question is that 6,000 people groups and two billion people yet to even hear of God’s redeeming love,” Platt said. The service was held on Aug. 27 in Binkley Chapel on the Southeastern campus. In closing Platt said: “Christ is worthy of glory from every single people group on the planet. There is a battle that is raging in North America and among the nations. I challenge you today to engage in the battle. … To engage the gospel on battlefronts across our culture is to be faithful to the gospel in our day.” > > > > > > > > > > > > > Watch all our chapel services live at sebts.edu/streaming > > > > > > > > > > > > > 8 sebts.edu Stories BOV Fall 2013 > > > > > > > > > > > > > A Report of Vibrancy: Southeastern Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees Fall Visit > > > > > > > > > > > > > In a series of meetings and events, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted its Board of Visitors (BOV) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) for its fall 2013 bi-annual meeting. Over 200 couples make up the BOV, which seeks to assist in fulfilling the mission of SEBTS, financially support the seminary, recruit new students and provide guidance and prayer for development programs. The BOT consists of 30 members charged with the control and governance of the school. The chief function of the BOT is to establish policy governing the seminary, approve the academic program of the seminary and make certain its quality meets the highest standards possible. The three days of events were held on the SEBTS campus. They started on Oct. 13 and ended on Oct. 15. On Sunday evening, the BOV worship gathering featured guest speaker Dr. M.O. Owens Jr., pastor emeritus of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. Owens, preached from 1 John. “Love, loyalty and truth are the three most important facts in life,” Owens said. “Truth is always the same, factual, never changing, complete and beautiful in its glory and wonder.” A 100th birthday celebration was held in Owens’s honor after chapel. Monday included a BOV meeting with a Presidential Address, from Dr. Daniel Akin, president of SEBTS, a discussion panel on preaching and departmental reports. Akin shared current student enrolment numbers of almost 3,100, plans to increase the opportunity to take classes online and the progress of the Kingdom Diversity initiative. The panel discussion featured Akin, Bill Bowyer, lead pastor of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C, Tony Merida, founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. and Owens. “The greatest need in the world is for good preaching to emerge,” Merida said. “We can’t settle for mediocrity in the pulpit.” Monday evening a campus wide BBQ dinner provided a time of fellowship with SEBTS students, faculty, staff and guests. On Tuesday, the BOT plenary session elected Art sebts.edu 9 Stories Rainer as the vice president for Institutional Advancement at SEBTS. The BOT were introduced to four new faculty members including: Edgar Aponte, director of Hispanic Leadership Development, Stephen Eccher, assistant professor of Church History and Reformation Studies and Walter Strickland, special advisor to the president for diversity. The trustees also elected Charles Quarrels, professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, to the faculty. New members of the BOT are Melinda Delahoyde, Jeremy Dollar and Israel Kim. The installation of the Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching was held in conjunction with Southeastern’s chapel service. Akin presented the highest honor bestowed from Southeastern, the President’s Award, to Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. Young serves as the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church. His church has over 63,000 members with five locations and plans are underway for additional campuses. He is a graduate of SEBTS and a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Akin was chosen by the BOT to hold the new chair position. “I protested strongly against this because I don’t feel worthy,” Akin said. “I am honored, if there is a person I do look up to for a faithful pastor, it is Ed Young. I am humbled and I am grateful, until my last breath I will be true to the power and inerrancy of the Word of God.” Young focused his sermon on leadership qualities from the book of Nehemiah. He stated five essential characteristics of a great leader: having a vision, giving away the vision, discernment, tenacity and integrity. Young also stressed the importance of having salt, the prayer of your calling and pepper, which is passion. “If you step out and people follow you over time, you may have the gift of leadership,” Young said. “Success is being in the center of God’s will for your life. And celebrating it.” When asked why he hasn’t retired after 55 years in ministry, Young said: “As a servant leader, I just haven’t lost the wonder of it all.” An Ed Young Chair Installation luncheon was held after the service and featured an interview of Young with Akin. In order to reach the world, Young shared the importance of reaching children and through them, their parents. “You’ve got to demonstrate that you love their kids from when they are born all the way through,” Young said. “If you love kids you are going to build a church.” The fall meeting days challenged and energized the Southeastern community to move forward in fulfilling the Great Commission for King Jesus. As Owens stated in his sermon, “Truth brings people together in a way that nothing else will. …We preach that truth.” 10 sebts.edu Stories > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The Board of Visitors is a society of Great Commission Christians committed to equipping pastors who unapologetically proclaim Godâ€™s truth from the pulpit. Join them today. Celebrate forever. sebts.edu/bov | email@example.com | 919.761.2352 sebts.edu 11 Stories ART RAINER SOUTHEASTERN’S NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT 12 sebts.edu Stories Please join us in welcoming Art Rainer, Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Rainer has co-authored Southeastern’s Vice President for Institutional two books, “Raising Dad” and “Simple Life”. He Advancement. Mr. Rainer is a graduate of the and his wife, Sarah, have a three-year-old son University of Kentucky with a Master of Busi- and a newborn. “My wife and I are excited to ness Administration and is a candidate for a join the Southeastern family,” said Mr. Rainer. Doctorate in Business Administration. He is “It is such a great honor and privilege to serve also working towards a Master of Arts in Bibli- this great institution. I look forward to coming cal Studies at SEBTS. Before moving to Wake alongside the Southeastern team as we train Forest, N.C., Mr. Rainer served as the adminis- and equip students to serve the church and fultrative pastor of First Baptist Church of West fill the Great Commission.” A Word from Mr. Rainer This past October, Southeastern’s Board of Trustees gave me the great honor and privilege of serving this incredible institution. Southeastern is a very special place. It is a place where one will simultaneously feel incredibly comfortable, as if one was at home, and surprisingly uncomfortable, as if one was compelled to leave. I have never felt more at home more quickly than here at Southeastern. The Christ-like hospitality of the men and women of Southeastern is without comparison. When someone arrives to Wake Forest, they are immediately grafted into the seminary family. My family is no different. We are grateful and proud to be a part of this incredible, Christ-honoring school. However, in this midst of this comfort, there is discomfort. While the faculty, staff, and student’s love for one another is strong, their love for Jesus and His command to fulfill the Great Commission is stronger. It is this greater love and passion that creates uneasiness among the Southeastern family. We have been given a mission and it is with great eagerness that we do our part. This faculty, staff and students are not comfortable with letting their moment in time pass without making a significant dent in the fulfillment of Jesus’ command. Southeastern is a place where strategic thinking and thorough training meet for the sake of the Great Commission. It is a place where one can be comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. It is easy to serve men and women at a place like Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is also a joy to contribute to Southeastern. There are few investments that create such a substantial return. Southeastern trains and equips disciples who will train and equip disciples who will train and equip disciples. The return is immeasurable. Southeastern is a place of comfort, but it is filled with men and women who are uncomfortable. Our school is a special place. I am thankful for the opportunity to join and be a member of the Southeastern family. I look forward locking arms with you as we fulfill the Great Commission. Art Rainer Vice President for Institutional Advancement @artrainer sebts.edu 13 Stories Seeking & equipping students from every of corner the of the K i n g d o m to s erv e i n e v ery context Kingdom Story by Ali Dixon | Photos by Maria Estes 14 sebts.edu sebts.edu Stories S outheastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has recently taken intentional a Great Commission seminary, moving in this direction is really an easy decision and one I wish we had made many years before now.” Strickland, an African-American, is a twotime graduate of SEBTS. He desires for the seminary to capture a theological and biblical conviction of ethnic diversity ultimately rooted in Scripture. “This will lead to a school that is more populated with different ethnicities, but that is not the ultimate goal—it is a by-product,” Strickland said. “The ultimate goal is to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission by equipping students to take the gospel to all nations.” In his new role, Strickland advises the president and his cabinet on matters related to ethnic relations and institutional diversity. He also creates strategies for curricula and courses at SEBTS. Aponte, himself Hispanic, provides direction and administration for Hispanic leadership development initiatives. He serves under John Ewart, associate vice president for Global Theological Initiatives. Aponte builds relationships with local and national Hispanic ministries to expand the Hispanic student population at Southeastern. Aponte, with the support of Akin, helped steps toward ethnic diversity by hosting a faculty members: Walter Strickland, special Kingdom Celebration Day and hiring two new advisor to the president for diversity, and Edgar Aponte, director of Hispanic leadership development. President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Frank Page has taken considerable time to invest toward ethnic diversity within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Page has formed advisory councils with African-American and Hispanic leaders. He believes that true relationships with other ethnic leaders are fundamental to both unity and evangelism. Acknowledging Page’s action for diversity, Dr. Daniel Akin, president of SEBTS, desires to serve the church by building an institution that reflects the body of Christ in heaven, as all nations worship King Jesus. Southeastern Seminary’s mission statement is: “To glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.” “Ethnic diversity is hardwired into the Great Commission,” Akin said. “If we are to truly be sebts.edu 15 Stories Attendees dialogue with Daniel Akin and Fred Luter at the Kingdom Celebration luncheon. launch the first 9Marks at Southeastern en Español event. The conference equipped Christian leaders to build healthy churches and was held on Southeastern’s campus on Sept. 25 with approximately 50 pastors and church members in attendance. “Southeastern is here to serve the Spanishspeaking church … and we want pastors to see us as their ally in serving them as they work to fulfill the Great Commission,” Aponte said. “My prayer is that we will bring glory to Christ by training and equipping current and future Christian leaders among the Hispanic community in the United States and throughout Latin America.” Provost of Southeastern Bruce Ashford stated that Scripture affirms the importance of diversity. Ashford said that God’s purposes in history culminate in winning for Himself worshippers from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. Ashford’s desire is for SEBTS to be a preview of that day. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence, shared on the blog “Between the Times” that Southern Baptists need to begin making intentional decisions to attract, reach and train younger generations and welcome ethnic diversity to Southern Baptist church families. “[ When Sout her n Baptists] build a physically diverse but spiritually unified community, this presses us forward together for a c om mon m i s sion,” Setzer said. “That common mission is the proclamation of the Gospel to all nations.” Akin is working to ensure that Stetzer’s ideas become reality. “Southern Baptists still have a long way to go, but these ethnic relations positions at Southeastern are strategic in assisting us in better understanding and serving ethnic communities and the students “Diversity is not peripheral or optional for the Gospel, it is the core of what the Gospel is.” Dr. norman peart 16 sebts.edu sebts.edu Stories A multi-ethnic choir leads attendees in spirit-filled worship at the Kingdom Celebration event. sent our way,” Akin said. “These newly appointed positions at Southeastern are only a first step, but one I believe is in the right direction. It is never too late to start doing the right thing, and this is clearly the right thing to do.” On Aug. 20, SEBTS hosted the first Kingdom Celebration Day with special guest Fred Luter, the first AfricanAmerican president of the Southern Baptist C onvent ion. Luter preached at Convocation and later sat with Akin on a luncheon panel moderated by Strickland to discuss diversity challenges with local pastors. The events were held on Southeastern’s campus in Binkley Chapel and the Hall of Presidents. In the evening students, pastors and local church members came together to worship, pray and listen to a panel discussion on kingdom diversity. Ashford introduced the event as a demonstration of multi-colored splendor and an opportunity to celebrate what Christ can do through His believers. Strickland moderated the guest panel featuring Akin, Aponte, Rev. James White, pastor of Christ our King Community Church in Raleigh, N.C. and Dr. Norman Peart, pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship in Cary, N.C. A kin emphasized the impor tance of building churches on earth that model the Church in heaven and working hard to be part of the movement that brings believers f rom gether. White encouraged the audience to be willing to be learners, to engage in conversation and to be aware of historical contexts. Aponte further developed these ideas. “We should push ourselves to be with people we are not comfortable with and pray that God will bring different people to us,” Aponte said. “Also, forgive where there has been offenses and ever y t r ibe, tongue and nation to- “It is never too late to start doing the right thing, and this is clearly the right thing to do.” Dr. daniel akin sebts.edu sebts.edu 17 Stories where we offended others, ask for forgiveness.” Peart went on to explain the centrality of diversity to the good news. “Diversity is not peripheral or optional for the Gospel, it is the core of what the Gospel is,” he said. Peart also encouraged the audience to persevere and be patient as they work towards diversity in the church. As the Southeastern team embarks on the diversity initative, Strickland shared peronsal highlights and challenges that may lie ahead. “My greatest delight of the kingdom diversity initiative has been observing how the school’s Great Commission focus has prepared us to make widespread changes so that our seminary family and our churches will look more like the kingdom of heaven. “There is a temptation to host a series of large public events to demonstrate the progress of the kingdom diversity initiative, but much of the work that will pay long-term dividend for the campus and for the kingdom is going to be done in the boardroom and in the classroom,” Strickland said. Walter R. Strickland II serves as Instructor of Theology and Special Advisor the President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walter was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, and his passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their context. Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville University, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, N.C. and have a daughter named Hope Eyanna who is waiting to meet them in glory, and a second daughter named Kendra Keziah. Edgar R. Aponte serves as Director of Hispanic Leadership Development and Instructor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Edgar was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. The Lord saved him while he was serving his country in Washington, D.C. The Lord then used the testimony of his local church to call him to the ministry. He is passionate about God, His glory and Missions. This is evident by his burden for gospel preaching ministries in the Spanishspeaking world. Before coming to Southeastern, Edgar served as Minister Counselor in the Embassy of Dominican Republic to the US. Before that he worked in banking and finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a graduate degree in Corporate Finance, a Master Business Administration and a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry; and is currently working on his Doctorate in Systematic Theology at SEBTS. He is married to Sara and is the father of two children. 18 sebts.edu To learn more about Southeastern’s Kingdom Diversity Initiative visit sebts.edu/kingdom_diversity. 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Following the service, a luncheon for local pastors featured a panel discussion with Luter and Dr. Danny Akin and was moderated by Walter Strickland, special advisor to the president for diversity. In the evening, there was a time of worship, prayer and panel discussion focused on kingdom diversity. Strickland moderated the evening panel that included area pastors Norman Peart and James White and SEBTS leaders Akin and Edgar Aponte. The Center for Faith and Culture at SEBTS welcomed Dr. Rosaria Butterfield from Durham, N.C. to the campus on Sept. 6. Butterfield is the author of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith.” She converted to Christianity in 1999 while she was working at Syracuse University in the English Department and Women Studies Program. Butterfield lectured on “Sanctified Sexuality” at a Southeastern faculty and Ph.D. student luncheon. In the evening, approximately 350 attendees gathered at Wake Forest Baptist Church for Butterfield’s lecture on “Sexuality, Identity, and the Doctrine of Repentance: My Train Wreck Conversion.” In the spirit of innovation and a vision to serve God’s kingdom, Southeastern launched the first 9Marks at Southeastern in Spanish. The conference was held on Southeastern’s campus on Sept. 25. Over 50 people attended the conference and four men drove from Houston, Texas to attend. The conference featured four speakers: Ryan Tow nsend, Edgar Aponte, Juan Sanchez and Miguel Nuñez. Southeastern hopes to host and grow the event next year. Aponte said: “At Southeastern we are a servant to SBC churches, but we also want to reach beyond that as a resource to help foster diversity within the church and our denominational environment.” 1 2 3 1 1 3 > > > > > > > > > > > > > See video of our events at sebts.edu/multimedia > > > > > > > > > > > > > sebts.edu 21 Events 4 5 5 4 4 6 4 9Marks at Southeastern Close to 1,000 pastors, students and local church members gathered for the fifth annual 9Marks at Southeastern Conference on Sept. 27 and 28. Evangelism was the theme of the conference and featured six speakers and panel discussions including Danny Akin, Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Dever, John Folmar, J.D. Greear and Peter Williams. 9Marks’s mission is to: “Equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches.” Dever said: “One of the things that marks a healthy church is healthy evangelism.” 5 Southeastern Classic One hundred twenty-eight players making up a total of 32 teams transported by 64 golf carts and supported by 18 SEBTS volunteers made up the participants of the Seventh Annual Southeastern Classic Golf Tournament. Held on Sept. 23, the official second day of fall, crisp temperatures, cerulean blue skies and the first signs of leaves changing color set the scene for those coming to celebrate the initiatives of SEBTS. The tournament was marked by a spirit of sweet fellowship among the guests and pristine playing conditions at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C. 6 Noah’s Flood The Center for Faith and Culture at SEBTS hosted the Noah’s Flood and the Age of the Earth conference on Oct. 25 at Wake Forest Baptist Church. The daylong conference gave Southeastern students, faculty and guests the opportunity to hear a dialogue between four scientists who affirm the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture but disagree on how to relate the Genesis account of creation with the scientific evidence about the age of the earth. Four SEBTS Old Testament professors also shared their interpretations of Genesis 1 in a panel discussion, and over 200 people attended the event. 22 sebts.edu Events A decorated member of the U.S. Armyâ€™s most elite fighting corps, Jeff Struecker was prominently featured in the national best-seller Black Hawk Down, later made into a major motion picture. Get the Stories sebts.edu/multimedia Married to Dawn with 5 children, on staff at Calvary Baptist Church, Columbus, GA MEET JEFF STRUECKER Advanced Degree Student sebts.edu sebts.edu 23 Books Southeastern Faculty Works Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know For Sure You Are Saved J.D. Greear “If there were a “Guinness Book of World Records” record for the ‘amount of times having asked Jesus into your heart,’ I’m pretty sure I would hold it,” says pastor and author, J.D. Greear. In “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart,” Greear seeks to answer the question: “How can anyone know, beyond all doubt, that they are saved?” Throughout the book Greear focuses on his personal experiences as a believer and as a pastor on the topic of assurance of salvation. Greear addresses difficult questions about genuine faith, true repentance and the reliability of scripture. The book provides practical application for young adults and beyond. As You Go: Creating A Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students Alvin L. Reid Alvin L. Reid focuses on the need for student ministry to be engaging, missional and gospel centered in his book “As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students.” Reid draws out practical applications from his work as an author, speaker and evangelism professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He challenges readers to be focused on Christ as they engage with the church and parents to minister to young adults in today’s culture. “I submit the goal of student ministry is to glorify God by developing disciples who learn both to see the world as missionaries and live as missionaries—to live focused on the mission of God.” Have a global impact through your institution 24 sebts.edu Southeastern Faculty Works Books The Problem of Evil: The Challenge to Essential Christian Beliefs Jeremy A. Evans “The Problem of Evil: The Challenge to Essential Christian Beliefs” thoroughly examines arguments surrounding the existence of evil. Evans states: “Christians have generally agreed that evil is not a substance or a thing but instead is a privation of a good thing that God made.” Evans draws from both his pastoral experiences and scholastic training to offer theological and philosophical answers to questions about evil. He covers topics such as hell, divine hiddenness, moral evil (comparing theism and naturalism) and the defeat of evil. Evans gives readers objective and substantive responses to apply to the subject. Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline Edited by John S. Hammett & Benjamin L. Merkle “The title of this book is taken from Hebrews 13:17, where church leaders are characterized as those ‘who must give an account.’” John S. Hammett and Benjamin L. Merkle explore the topics of responsibility and discipline of church leaders and members. “Those Who Must Give Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline” features contributions from pastors-theologians, biblical scholars and church historians. Church membership and discipline are the two foundational topics of their work. Hammett and Merkle offer a fresh perspective on practicing accountability within the church body. for $4 a month. sebts.edu/alumni sebts.edu 25 Topics by Daniel Akin In Revelation 5:9 the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, by his blood, “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” This is the breadth and scope of the redeeming work of the Lamb who is enthroned in heaven. Then, in Revelation 7:9-10 we read that John saw, “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” Here are two complementary visions of redeemed worshipers. Here are two marvelous visions of the church in heaven. When we examine these two passages of scripture a couple of things immediately jump out. First, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is greatly adored, loved and exalted by the church in heaven. Second, those who worship the Lamb have come together from every ethne, from every people group on the planet. They have come together as the ransomed of God (Rev. 5:9), the Bride of Christ (Rev. 19:7; 9) and the wife of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9). This is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ that will exist for all eternity. Such a vision in heaven has tremendous relevance for the church that exists on earth today. It informs us who we are to be and what we should be in the process of becoming. It gives us a kingdom agenda on earth for our churches that says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Racial distinctions, ethnic distinctions and socio-economic distinctions are abolished because we are family. We call out to the same Father, look to the same Savior and share the indwelling of the same Spirit. Therefore, we strive mightily out of gospel gratitude and gospel unity to plant, build and grow churches on earth that reflect the beautiful diversity of all peoples which we see in heaven. I used to say wrongly, but with good intent, that our God is a color blind God. What I meant was he was a God who, as Samuel says, “sees not as man sees, man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). However, I now realize that our God is not color blind at all. He sees the beautiful rainbow of diverse colors that make up the human race and he loves what he sees. He rejoices in what He sees. He is redeeming a people for Himself out of what he sees. If this is how God sees his world of people, this is how I should see them too. A church on earth that looks like the church in heaven! A seminary on earth that looks like the body of saints in heaven! That is a vision worth having. That is a vision worth pursuing. @dannyakin 26 sebts.edu Topics on the web /sebts /sebts /southeastern /southeasternseminary southeasterntheologicalreview.com betweenthetimes.com danielakin.com sebts.edu/multimedia sebts.edu/missions sebts.edu/blog sebts.edu collegeatsoutheastern.com sebts.edu 27 Topics by Walter Strickland At first glance, a course on Black Theology at Southeastern Seminary is like spotting Lil Wayne at a Taylor Swift concert … it just doesn’t seem to fit. In my estimation, the racial and cultural incongruence of the average Southeasterner and a ‘dyed in the wool’ black theologian is exactly what makes this course so dynamic! In recent years there seems to be a rediscovery of value in having Christian community with believers in various stages of life. As each person brings their unique perspective and experience into the community, there are fewer blind-spots, new opportunities to apply Scripture and new awareness of needs in society. Doing theology is no different; the introduction of a new ‘voice’ into a theological dialogue will unearth biases, illuminate blind-spots, and sharpen the thinking of all who earnestly take part in the dialogue. This is why a course on Black Theology is valuable to Southeastern’s campus. As a teaser for the course, I’ll offer a brief sketch of the historical developments that led to the advent of Black Theology, and in this article I’ll offer more spe- cific reasons for how this course will benefit the average Southeasterner. The African American community has nurtured a long-standing Christian commitment, particularly since the Second Great Awakening. The revivalistic Christian faith that slaves and freedmen received carried a marginalized people through chattel slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow Segregation and into the era that is commonly known as the Civil Rights Movement. During the Civil Rights Movement the Christian beliefs that had long undergirded this community were leveraged to speak prophetically into the political, social and economic injustices blotted across the African American landscape of the 1960s. This matrix of events sets the general stage for the emergence of Black Theology. After having faithfully followed Martin Luther King Jr. for nearly a decade, the Movement’s “foot soldiers” began to grow weary of the frequent sit-ins, marches and imprisonments that were part and parcel with King’s nonviolent methods. By contrast, the more ag- 28 sebts.edu Topics gressive tactics of Malcolm X began to catch the attention of the masses, including some Christians. The 1968 assassination of MLK served as a tipping point that triggered a methodological shift in the minds of many. In the words of Dwight Hopkins, “With [the bullet that killed Dr. King], the movement for peace, non-violence and racial fellowship ground to a halt. Within a week of King’s murder, one hundred and thirty cities went up in flames… forty-six civilians died, over three thousand were injured and twenty-seven thousand were arrested.” In 1969 James Cone published his first monograph with the express purpose of demonstrating that the politics of Black Power was the gospel of Jesus Christ. In emotive terms, Cone’s book Black Theology and Black Power articulated a means for blacks to hold fast to black church traditions and teachings (the longstanding backbone of the black community), while providing license to embrace the Black Power movement that sought liberation “by any means necessary.” Cone’s 1969 volume solidified Black Theology as an academic discipline and in short order other black theologians proposed alternative ways of relating the Christian Scriptures to the black experience (i.e. cultural context). In the course, we will spend the majority of our time exploring three major black theologians and their approaches to the relationship between the Scripture and the black context. Beyond James Cone, we will dive deeply into the work of J. Deotis Roberts who emphasizes the necessity of liberation in order to have reconciliation in the church as a testimony of the Gospel. We will also examine William R. Jones who insisted that the primary concern of Black Theology should be theodicy (the problem of evil). For Jones, until that paradox is satisfied there is no reason to initiate constructive theology in the black context. This simplistic historical sketch offers a window into some of the cultural dynamics and theological issues that we will tackle together in the two-week course. I look forward to seeing you in class (THE 7950) from January 6th-17th from 8 am to noon each day. @w_strickland sebts.edu 29 Topics by Bruce Ashford Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) operates with the clear mission to “glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission.” In keeping with this stated purpose, SEBTS has historically engaged in an ongoing, institution-wide effort to foster a missional disposition among its students so that they will minister to people from every national, racial, ethnic and cultural background. The primary justification we have for making this a strategic goal is the biblical injunction to make disciples of all the “ethne” (Matthew 28:18-20) and the biblical eschatological vision of all “tribes, tongues, peoples and nations” one day worshiping the Lord together (Revelation 5). Our conviction is that racial unity-in-diversity is not just a social or political issue; more essentially it is a theological issue. God’s desire is to win for himself worshipers from among the ethne and further to draw the ethne together in gospel unity. As an institution, SEBTS strives to keep this biblical injunction and its attendant eschatological vision at the center of our efforts to be a Great Commission Seminary. Thus, as a reflection of our mission, it is expected that each classroom experience, as well as the overall curriculum, would foster a desire to see the ethne worship together and think together about the things of God. Our faculty members are now discussing what it means to teach for a diverse student body, taking into account some of the questions and concerns that arise within various non-white communities. We are further investing financial and personnel resources into the continued development of co-curricular programs which exist to foster intercultural and crosscultural engagement. The Center for Great Commission Studies represents one such program; the Center for Faith and Culture represents another. Our prayer is that SEBTS will be a microcosm of the kingdom diversity which we will experience one day on the new heavens and earth, when Christ will be seen in his full splendor as King of the Nations. On that day, it will be made clear that our Lord is not a tribal deity of some sort, but in fact the supreme Lord of the entire universe, and the Savior of hot-hearted worshipers from among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. May SEBTS increasingly provide the world with a glimpse of that future day. @bruceashford 30 sebts.edu Topics by John Ewart The Global Theological Initiative (GTI) seeks to deploy the resources of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) to develop theological education around the world. We are engaged in partnerships and projects on five continents including North America. By its very nature and focus, intentional ethnic diversity is a primary characteristic and wonderful product of this initiative. Students participating in various GTI endeavors make up the most diverse arm of SEBTS. Through this initiative we are offered a small glimpse of what the gathering of those from every nation will look like in Revelation 5. In Latin America, for example, we are training faculty and missionaries as well as developing curriculum in coordination with national leaders to reach the unreached and develop the church and academy. In fact, we are in a consultation relationship with one of the worldâ€™s largest sending agencies outside of the United States to work together toward a global mission. Specifically, our work with the Hispanic community includes current partnership and equipping processes as described above, as well as new initiatives soon to come to fruition. With the arrival of Edgar Aponte as the director of Hispanic Leadership Development in July, we are now ready to take major steps forward. Edgar is a key part of the GTI team and the culmination of years of preparation and planning. He is busy networking and planning with leaders on the local church, state, national and international levels. A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in hermeneutics will be coming in 2014 taught completely in Spanish by Mr. Aponte. This will be a free course available to anyone who speaks and reads Spanish and is seeking to develop their biblical interpretation skills. We pray it will be a very useful resource for Hispanic church leaders and teachers around the world. We look forward to meeting new students through this course as well. Aponte and the Distance Learning Office will soon be developing an online Hispanic church leadership certificate in coordination with several of our Hispanic partners in the United States and other nations. We are also working toward an online certificate in Hispanic church planting with one of these partners. Discussions concerning degree programs in Spanish will soon follow. Continued on next page sebts.edu 31 Topics In addition, our EQUIP network office is engaged in the development of local church intern and leadership training processes in key Hispanic churches. Our Center for Great Commission Studies is working to send Spanish-speaking students into strategic locations. These include Spanish-speaking nations and Spanish-speaking populations found in other nations in addition to urban centers across North America. Their language abilities will be critical in sharing the gospel and discipling believers. Our strong desire is to continue to develop our relationships and network within the Hispanic community. It is imperative that we take the mandate seriously to reach people from every tribe and tongue. With the growing Hispanic population across N.C. and the U.S., our strategic international partners and Hispanic leadership development processes are absolutely critical. G R E AT C O M M I S S I O N EQUIPPING NE T WORK Southeastern Seminary believes that theological education is best done in partnership with the local church. Therefore, we began Equip: Great Commission Equipping Network as a way to partner with local churches and para-church organizations to provide practical theological training through internships. sebts.edu/equip 919.761.2460 email@example.com 32 sebts.edu Topics Danny Akin | Thabiti Anyabwile | Alistair Begg | Mark Dever | Ligon Duncan | Jonathan Leeman Membership sebts.edu/9marks September 26-27, 2014 sebts.edu 33 Spotlights Get the stories at sebts.edu/multimedia or scan below 34 sebts.edu sebts.edu Spotlights > > > > > > > > > > > > > Spotlight On: The Center for Great Commission Studies > > > > > > > > > > > > > Scott Hildreth, Director sionaries and church planters in the world. These men and women are a wealth of knowledge and have a desire to pass this off to younger missionaries. Along with these personal contacts, The Missionary Formation Society also mobilizes its members for “hands-on” missionary experiences; students will share the gospel with internationals in the area, minister to the underprivileged and also assist local churches in outreach opportunities. The core component of The Missionary Formation Society is a monthly meeting named after a famous prayer meeting which is said to have birthed a modern missionary movement, The Haystack Meeting. At Southeastern, these meetings mirror the original Haystack meeting which was held at Williams College in New England in the early 1800s. As a result of this original gathering, a group of young men resolved that they would take the gospel to the whole world. According to Will Taylor, the assistant program coordinator of Global Studies, “We hope that the society will be a comfortable means to foster and emphasize camaraderie, friendship and genuine love for one another that is itself a testimony of devotion to Christ.” Students meet together and pray regularly for the nations and for one another. They also encourage one another to be bold witnesses to the lost and to pursue holy living. The combination of the B.A. in Global Studies with the Missionary Formation Society offers a unique opportunity for college students to develop their heads, their hands and their hearts for successful missionary service. For many years, Southeastern Seminary has possessed a world-class missionary training program for master’s level students: the M.Div. in International Church Planting, also known as the 2+ program. This fall, the College at Southeastern, in partnership with the Center for Great Commission Studies at SEBTS, kicked off a new missionary development program designed specifically for college students with a desire to explore God’s missionary call. According to Dr. Jamie Dew, dean of the College at Southeastern, “The College at Southeastern now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. This degree program was designed with mission students in mind and seeks to provide basic training in cross-cultural studies, missiology and world religions. It also provides exciting opportunities for students to complete nine hours of course work while on the mission field.” The B.A. in Global Studies seeks to deliver superior classroom knowledge while at the same time, developing and refining a passion for the Great Commission. In cooperation with this newly developed degree, the Center for Great Commission Studies is sponsoring The Missionary Formation Society. This is a student club seeking to provide college students with the spiritual and practical resources needed for successful missionary service. This society is designed to link college students with people and practical experiences in order to strengthen classroom learning and develop missionary skills. Southeastern’s reputation as a Great Commission seminary grants us the privilege of hosting some of the most energetic and creative mis- sebts.edu 35 Spotlights > > > > > > > > > > > > > @sebtsalumni Spotlight On: Alumni Development/ Denominational Relations > > > > > > > > > > > > > Jonathan Six, Director Diversity is no small task. As Southeastern embarks on her journey to bring Kingdom diversity to this institution, she without a doubt will need the support of her alumni. Southeastern, for almost a decade, has been known as a “Great Commission” seminary. Often this moniker is associated with overseas missions, and rightly so. However, being a Great Commission seminary is a much larger endeavor than only going on overseas mission trips. This notion of a Great Commission seminary entails God’s mission to redeem a people to himself. This comes fully alive in the Apostle John’s account of the throne room scene in Revelation 5. Here we find that there is a “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). This is no small vision. This verse encapsulates for us the diversity of the Kingdom of God and hence provides the biblical and theological warrant for “Christian diversity.” It is this kind of diversity that Southeastern hopes to achieve. How can Southeastern’s alumni participate in this kind of journey? I believe there are at least four ways that you can help. First, pray! This is no small task. Without a doubt we want to see God honoring, kingdom diversity that the Scripture calls us to. Pray that we will be wise and courageous with our approach to diversity. Also, pray that we will be aware of our biases and seek to put to death any bias that will prevent us from honoring the Lord. Second, get involved! In many ways our diversity initiative rests upon the diversity initiatives of the local church. All of our students, in one way or another, come from local churches. They are often churches pastored by you, our alumni. If we are going to become diverse it is important for the Church to also be more diverse, so that our pool of incoming students too shall be diverse. Third, support financially! Like any new initiative there are new costs that arise, often these cost are unbudgeted, but desperately needed. This year alone Southeastern has added two new strategic positions to help with our diversity efforts. The first is a Special Advisor to the President on Diversity and the second is a Director of Hispanic Leadership Development. These two offices have great need to accomplish their task in cultivating diversity at Southeastern. Additionally, we hope to develop more financial aid support to encourage a diverse student body. For more information on how you can contribute please contact our Alumni Development or Financial Development offices.* Finally, participate! Diversity in many cases begins with a dialogue. This dialogue is currently taking place on Southeastern’s campus. In August, we held a Kingdom Diversity panel and pastors’ event. These events were the first steps to having substantive conversations about diversity and hopefully were catalytic to increasing Kingdom Diversity across our denomination. I want to encourage you to participate in these dialogues. We need to hear your voice. To learn how you can be more involved and to keep up with the various Kingdom Diversity events happening at Southeastern visit sebts.edu/kingdom_diversity. Please know that Southeastern is here to serve and help you. In the days ahead, we are earnestly praying God’s blessing upon you. I pray that you are encouraged, excited and have a sense of pride about the new initiatives going on at your alma mater. Alumni Development: firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-761-2349* Financial Development: email@example.com, 919-761-2352 36 sebts.edu Spotlights > > > > > > > > > > > > > @jamiekdew Spotlight On: The College at Southeastern > > > > > > > > > > > > > Jamie Dew, Dean of the College The College at Southeastern: A Changing College for the Sake of the Nations Southeastern has always had a great college. But recent changes and additions have positioned the college to do much more than ever before. As always, we continue to be an institution focused on the church, Great Commission and training people to take the gospel to the nations. Yet, we have given fresh attention to our curriculum and found ways to make it better. nature of this program, we changed the name of this program from “Missions” to “Global Studies”. What Has Been Added? Finally, we’ve recently added four new undergraduate degree programs that will help us place students in churches, the mission field, or in some other vocational setting for kingdom influence. Our new undergraduate Philosophy degree (BACS and Philosophy) is designed for those who want to do apologetics, theology, or anything else that requires intellectual rigor. The new Biblical Studies degree (BACS and Biblical Studies) provides 18 hours of biblical languages and an additional 18 hours in biblical theology and book study. This degree is ideal for those that want to pastor or teach the Bible. Our new Worship Ministry degree (BACS and Worship Ministry) is for those that want lead worship in the local church, but want something beyond basic training in music. This program’s primary focus is on theology, the Bible and ministry preparation. Lastly, our new History/Pre-Law degree (BACS and History/Pre-Law) is for those that want to serve Christ in the public square or possibly in the legal profession. In short, the College at Southeastern continues to be the wonderful place it has always been. But recent changes have given it a greater ability to train students for gospel ministry and send them to strategic places. These changes and additions open new doors for our students and make the College at Southeastern an exciting place to prepare for a life of ministry. What Has Changed? The college continues to offer all the programs that make it distinctive. For example, we continue to read the Great Books of the Western tradition, study Christian theology, and offer a variety of exciting degree programs like Theology, History, English, Pastoral Ministries and Humanities. Overall, this well-rounded curriculum enables students to articulate and defend the Christian faith wherever God may place them. Within the past year, however, we have made some significant changes to our curriculum. For example, while we have kept the History of Ideas program, we have rebuilt it to give it greater clarity and focus. We have also given a major overhaul to our undergraduate missions curriculum. We began by creating all new courses for this program to draw from intercultural & crosscultural studies, theology, apologetics, language and missiology. Next, like our graduate programs, we built into this program a significant portion of the degree that must be earned on the field. In most cases, this part of the program is fulfilled by students serving overseas for 6 months in places like Taiwan, Germany, or the Sudan. Finally, to better reflect the well-rounded sebts.edu 37 Spotlights > > > > > > > > > > > > > Spotlight On: Distance Learning/EQUIP > > > > > > > > > > > > > Jerry Lassetter, Director of Distance Learning Steven Wade, Director of Great Commission Equipping Network Healthy preparation for Great Commission ministry occurs when training includes practical experiences on the church field. Over the past year, we have worked in consultation with key leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) missions sending agencies to develop and propose a 36-hour degree, a Master of Arts in Church Planting (MACP). The MACP can be earned in its entirety through distance education. This means that a student is able to combine the robust online education that Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) offers while serving in an existing church, church plant or international context. The MACP degree is intended for, and thus limited to, students who are in a sending relationship with the International Mission Board (IMB) or North American Mission Board (NAMB). The purpose of this degree is to give the church planter deeper training in the key areas of Bible, hermeneutics, theology and history. Also, practical training is offered in missions, evangelism, pastoral ministry and church planting. To facilitate this training, the SEBTS faculty developed a few new courses including individual classes on Old Testament interpretation, New Testament interpretation and Christian theology. Additionally, a spiritual formation class includes the missions sending agenciesâ€™ process as a component of the course. Qualified students may be able to earn practicum and field ministry requirements for the MACP degree through Southeastern EQUIP network churches. EQUIP churches provide practical experiences and academic rigor by fulfilling syllabi requirements created by Southeastern while meeting our accreditorâ€™s standards. If you are interested in learning more about churches in the EQUIP network, training church planters or additional information on how your church can become an equipping church, please contact the EQUIP office at (919) 761-2460 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the new MACP degree plan, please contact the SEBTS Admissions office at 919-761-2280 or email@example.com. 38 sebts.edu Spotlights sebts.edu 39 Spotlights > > > > > > > > > > > > > Spotlight On: Financial Development > > > > > > > > > > > > > Daniel Palmer, Director Fitting, Strategic and Enduring: Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching Installed As a special part of the fall Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors meetings, Southeastern shared in a joyful celebration of the establishment of the Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching with a chair installation service and luncheon on October 15. Young serves as the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, the largest church in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). His church continues to grow and currently has over 63,000 members. Young is a former President of the SBC and a Southeastern alumnus. Young studied at Southeastern when few professors held a high view of Scripture, but he held fast to a robust, Christ-exalting theology. “Many of you would not be here today or you would not want to be here if it were not for Ed Young Sr.,” Akin said. As Young preached from Nehemiah, he focused on five essential characteristics of a great leader: having a vision, giving away the vision, discernment, tenacity and integrity. “God has entrusted you and me with a calling to bring this world Jesus Christ,” Young said. “The answer for every problem on this earth… is one simple thing, it’s the bending of the knee for Jesus Christ.” After Young’s sermon, Akin presented the President’s Award, the highest honor awarded by Southeastern, to Second Baptist Church. As a part of the ceremony, Akin was installed as the new chair, a selection made by Southeastern’s Board of Trustees. Akin expressed appreciation for the honor of serving not only as president but as a professor of expository preaching with the privilege of investing in the lives of future generations of God-called pastors. An Ed Young Chair Installation luncheon was held after the service with his family and church leadership as well as SEBTS faculty, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors. The event featured an interview of Young with Akin. When asked about preaching, Young shared about his personal style. “I spend a lot of time by myself,” Young said. “If you are going to be a preacher in this world, you better spend a lot of time by yourself with God and with your books. … I spend more time preparing me than the sermon.” “I think preaching should have an element of surprise and warmth,” he said. “It is a wonderful adventure. I don’t have it mastered, but we spend a lot of blood, sweat and tears in preparation.” When asked about the significance of The Ed Young Chair of Preaching, Daniel Palmer, director of Financial Development said, “I would summarize this momentous occasion and this exemplary gift in three words—fitting, strategic and enduring.” Palmer continued, “It is only fitting that the people of Second Houston would commend their pastor with a chair that bears his name and recognizes his faithfulness in the pulpit. An endowed chair is among the most strategic gifts possible because it provides an enduring source of funding for professors—the backbone of a world-class program of Great Commission preparation that is impacting thousands of students who are, in turn, impacting millions for Christ.” Southeastern is training more than 3,000 students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. From now until Christ returns, students training to preach the gospel will learn from a professor sitting in either in the Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching or the Ed Young Chair of Preaching. To learn more about endowing a chair or professorship at Southeastern, supporting the Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching, or joining the Board of Visitors, please contact Daniel Palmer, director of Financial Development at firstname.lastname@example.org, (866) 917-3287 or sebts.edu/give. 40 sebts.edu Spotlights Dr. Daniel Akin presents the Presidentâ€™s Award to Dr. Ed Young Sr., and his wife, Jo Beth on behalf of Second Baptist Church. sebts.edu 41 meet MARA english major from ToPSHAM, Maine collegeatsoutheastern.com Get the stories at sebts.edu/multimedia or scan below loves biking in her free time 42 sebts.edu sebts.edu 43 News Office P.O. Box 1889 Wake Forest, NC 27588-1889 (ISSN 2327-154X) (Occupant) or Resident NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #1854 RALEIGH, NC