April 16, 2001

Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Southern to go ahead with building. Six months after putting off a major construction project due to the likelihood of funding cuts from the Baptist General Convention of Texas, leaders of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have announced they will proceed with a $6 million project to renovate Rice and Judson Halls into a conference center and lodge. Trustees recently approved a general budget for the coming year that is an 8 percent increase over the current year. President Al Mohler said he is convinced the seminary will not lose significant funding.
Patterson given Mullins Award. Trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary April 3 bestowed the seminary's E.Y. Mullins Award for distinguished denominational service on Paige Patterson (above left), president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and an architect of the conservative movement that swept the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1980s and '90s. "When the history of the Southern Baptist Convention--and beyond that the history of Christianity in America in the last half century--is written, if justice is done, Dr. Paige Patterson will be recognized as one of those who most sacrificially, most faithfully and by God's grace most effectively offered leadership when there was so little leadership in the land," Southern Seminary President Al Mohler (above right) said in presenting the award.
___bluebull Expository preaching best, Patterson says. Fewer Christians would succumb to unbiblical teaching if more ministers practiced expositional preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson said at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary April 2. He was keynote speaker at a preaching conference there. "There is no genuinely good preaching except exposition," Patterson declared, claiming that Jesus preached in an expository way as well. Expository preaching is a label applied to sermons that take a verse-by-verse, explanatory approach to a single biblical passage.
___bluebull Prayer asked for Drukpa. Southern Baptists are invited to join in a world day of prayer for the Drukpa, an unreached people group in the remote South Asian country of Bhutan, from 6 p.m. Friday, June 1, through 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Because of their isolation in the treacherous terrain of the Himalaya Mountains--and their resistance to change--the Drukpa are virtually untouched by the gospel. Resources for the Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization are available by calling (800) 866-3621 or going to the website www.imb.org/resources.
___bluebull Correction. Ken Hemphill, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is not interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Houston, as reported April 9. The church does not intend to name an interim, Associate Pastor David Self said.

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