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Newsmagazine for Alumni and Friends of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College, SBC

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  • Newsmagazine for Alumni and Friends of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College, SBC

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  • Spring 2009

    Newsmagazine for Alumni and Friends ofMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    R. Philip RobertsPresident

    Tammi LedbetterInterim Editor

    Josh ErismanCharis BucklandCommunications Assistants

    Jenny BuehlerDesigner

    The Covington GroupPublisher.............................................................ADDRESS CHANGEPOSTMASTER: Send address changes to Communications Office5001 N. Oak TrafficwayKansas City, MO 64118

    HOW TO REACH US

    Phone:816.414.3700, ext. 709

    Fax:816.414.3724

    Internet:www.mbts.edu

    Mail:5001 N. Oak TrafficwayKansas City, MO 64118

    Email:communications@mbts.edu

    The Midwestern is published quarterlyand is distributed free for alumni andfriends of Midwestern Baptist TheologicalSeminary by the Office of InstitutionalAdvancement, 5001 N. Oak Trafficway,Kansas City, MO 64118. Postage paid atKansas City, MO.

    The Midwestern highlights the Seminarysmission: Midwestern Baptist TheologicalSeminary serves the church by biblicallyeducating God-called men and women tobe and make disciples of Jesus Christ.MBTS is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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    MIDWESTERN NEWS: Faculty office honors Johnny Hunts legacy of missions and soul-winning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

    PRESIDENTS EDITORIAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

    MIDWESTERN NEWS: Evangelist Billy Kim reminds Midwestern audience of evangelistic mandate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

    COVER FOCUS: Inaugural Dead Seas Scrolls conference opens to dialogue on Gospel of Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

    FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Watson provides Old Testament studentsinsight from studies of ancient world . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

    MIDWESTERN NEWS: Trustees select experienced educatorand pastor as academic vice president . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    MIDWESTERN NEWS: Midwestern Seminary teams ministeramidst cults and false religions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

    MIDWESTERN NEWS: D.Min. in Spanish provides students with education in heart language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

    INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT: All in the same boat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

    ALUMNI PROFILE: West Texas ministry becomes homefor Midwestern alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

    FACULTY COLUMN: Undervaluing sermon introduction harms enterprise of preaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

    KEEPING IN TOUCH: News and updatesfrom alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

    CONTENTS

    2 The Midwestern Spring 2009

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  • MIDWESTERN NEWS

    Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt washonored March 10 at the dedication of a faculty officethat will be occupied by Professor Stephen J. Andrews,who teaches Old Testament, Hebrew and archaeology anddirects the Morton-Seats Institute of Archaeology andAnthropology at Midwestern.

    Vice President for Academic Development Jerry Johnson notedthe appropriateness of honoring Hunt in a building dedicated tothe memory of two martyred missionaries who graduated fromMidwesternWilliam Koehn and Martha Myers. Just as theprophet Elisha sought a double portion of Elijahs spirit, Johnsonsaid, my hope and prayer is that our pastors, missionaries andevangelists going out of Midwestern catch some of the fire youhave for soul-winning, missions and evangelism.

    Trustee and Regent Dan McDonald of Roswell, Ga., providedfunding for the office, offering a dedicatory prayer in which heexpressed gratitude for the leadership Pastor Johnny haspersonally given me and my family and my church that hasenabled me by power of the Holy Spirit to lead people to Christ.

    Marty R. Harkey, vice president for institutionaladvancement, read the following resolution:

    Today we honor Pastor Johnny Hunt, presidentof the Southern Baptist Convention and seniorpastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.,where he has served for over 22 years. He andhis wife, Janet Allen Hunt, have two daughtersand three grandchildren.

    He has led First Baptist Church Woodstock tobecome a strong financial supporter of missionsaround the world. Under his leadership, FirstBaptist Church Woodstock has grown from anaverage attendance of 275 to a presentmembership of almost 17,000 with threemorning worship services averaging almost7,000 in attendance.

    His ministry spans the world in internationalmissions, evangelism, pastoral ministries, andtraining and equipping leaders and other

    believers to reach people for Christ. His legacy in the lives ofbelievers and his ministry influences will live on for all eternity.

    Because of his dedicated service and his faithful and powerfulproclamation of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, today we arehonored to dedicate this room to Pastor Johnny Hunt. Thank you,and may God continue to bless you.

    Whether as an acknowledgment of your family, pastor,church, or as a memorial to a loved one, room naming is aunique opportunity to show publicly your support of the Lordswork at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Harkey laterexplained. Midwestern is currently involved in a capitalcampaign for building renovation and new construction projectscalled Building for the Future! This campaign is instrumentalto providing an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.The Office of Institutional Advancement offers many room-naming opportunities for new and existing buildings. Forfurther information please contact Marty Harkey in the IA officeat 816-414-3720. MW

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  • 4 The Midwestern Spring 2009

    The word came to us as we were leaving church onSunday morning, March 8. It was unbelievable andshocking news that Fred Winters had been shot down

    in his pulpit, First Baptist Church, Maryville, Ill. He waspreaching the Gospel and was in the middle of his sermonwhen approached by a gunman from the front rows. The firstbullet, it has been reported, shattered Freds Bible. The secondbullet wounded him and apparently was the killer round thatended his life. Among Fred Winters last words to the manwho was about to kill him were, How may I help you,brother? What a testimony to Freds life purpose. Fred hadbeen our National Alumni President just the year previous andhad also served us faithfully as an adjunct professor at our St.Louis extension. He was a friend and a great encourager to ushere at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    As I pondered the shock of his sudden and violentpassing, several key thoughts came to mind. Number one,Freds life was not taken that Sunday morning but it hadalready been given. He had lived out the eternal truth thatwhoever seeks his life shall lose it, as Jesus said, but whosoeverloses his life for My sake shall find it. That had been the storyof Freds life since he was a teenager in high school. Havingbeen invited to church by a high school buddy, he came toaccept Christ as his savior and was baptized at First BaptistChurch at Raytown. That is the point at which he had givenhis life to Christ. He had also given his life to Christprofessionally and vocationally having answered the call topreach the Gospel and to serve the Lord in the capacity andthe calling of the New Testament role of pastor.

    Notably Fred was the third MBTS alum to have died as theresult of an assassins bullet. Dr. Martha Myers and Bill Koehnwere both killed in Yemen, December 30, 2002. It was thenthat Dr. Jerry Rankin spoke of them in these same words thattheir lives had not been taken because they indeed had alreadybeen given. We rejoice to know that this is the power of theGospel and this is the power of a life lived, not to ones self butto the service and cause of Jesus Christ.

    The second great truth is that Fred didnt cease to live onthat Sunday morning, rather he graduated to glory. For to meto live is Christ, the apostle Paul said, and to die is gain.The wonderful truth of heaven and the triumphant gloriousresurrection that awaits each of Gods children is not fiction, afable or a fantasy, it is a fact. We rejoice in this great news thatall the worlds religions are still seeking to find an answer for.Eternal life is not found in how we live our lives or how muchgood we do or keeping the balance scales of good and badworks on the good side on our behalf, rather it has to do withthe atoning death of Christ on the cross. It is the hope of glorythat we have bolstering the message of the cross. The crucifiedone, the executed, persecuted Messiah is now the gloriousrisen Lord. He is the Lord of our life and death and He giveslife to all who believe and trust in Him. The scripture saysclearly that whosoever has the Son has life, whosoever doesnot have the Son does not have life. The good new