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After holding a blue collar job in the secular work force for ten years, I cannot tell you how humbled I was to recognize the calling of God into the ministry one lonely morning at approximately 10 a.m. Having wrestled for numerous months with the Spirit of God, it seemed quite unlikely that God would be calling me to serve his Kingdom as a minister. Nonetheless, upon that morning when time stood still, in one harrowing moment I worked up the courage to say, “Lord, here am I, send me.”
To make a long story short, I was encouraged to at least consider going to Southwestern Seminary for a tour of the campus. Quite overwhelmed and perplexed by the course of events, some 18 months later, my wife, two kids, and myself “sold it all” to follow what we believed to be the will of God. That was seven years ago. Now, I am but a few classes away from completing an Advanced Master’s of Divinity degree, something that was beyond my wildest imagination in the summer of 2000 when we abandoned all for the sake of obedience.
Entering SWBTS with nothing more than a high school diploma meant that I would have to pursue a Diploma in Theology. The years have come and gone far too quickly as I have wrestled late into the night with such subjects as Apologetics, Philosophy of Religion, Pneumatology, and so forth.
Those seven years have also provided me with any number of experiences, both positive and negative. I have known seminary couples who have divorced and I have seen many meet the love of their lives. I have said “goodbye” to as many friends as I have met. I have been confronted with ideas that were more liberal than my own, and a few that were more conservative than my own. Both have been beneficial, either to correct my own wrong thinking or teaching me to defend my right thinking. I have been on the receiving end of financial gifts from concerned administrators and have helped many international students learn how to set up a bank account or change a battery in their car. I have had Paige Patterson as a professor, and Ben Cole as a grader. Both have made unforgettable impressions for different reasons. Continue reading
SBC Today would like to introduce to you Dr. David Allen. Dr. Allen serves Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and George W. Truett Chair of Ministry. His positions are many and his focus is simple–preach the Word. Dr. Allen served for twenty-one years as Senior Pastor of two local churches. His experience in local church ministry is one of exemplary service. He proceeds in his teaching as a scholar with a pastor’s heart.
Dr. Allen presented this message at the First Baptist Jacksonville Pastor’s Conference. His command of the text and his grasp on theology is what makes this message so relevant. Dr. Allen certainly gives a prophetic voice to the issues facing the SBC in today’s environment.
While most of us are laboring away in colder climes, Tim Rogers is enjoying himself in the Sunshine State. He’s attending the annual Pastor’s Conference at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and on Saturday he was able to sit down with Southwestern Seminary president Dr. Paige Patterson.
Dr. Patterson talks about the New Baptist Covenant Celebration, the lawsuit brought against the seminary by former professor Dr. Sherri Klouda, and his vision for the future of Southwestern Seminary.
The interview runs about 20 minutes. You can listen to the interview directly from this page, you can download it by following the instructions below, or you can access it along with all of our other interviews by visiting our “Interviews” resource page. Check back later in the week for more interviews from the conference.