It is fair to say that most youth ministers desire to not only personally live a Christian life, but lead others to do so, as well. They want to honor God, share Christ and minister to adolescents and their families. In pursuit of that goal, youth ministers seem to have a mystical ability to transcend controversial divisions, denominational litmus tests and personal preference in the name of collaborating with others who love God and teenagers as much as they do. This is evidenced by the many conferences and events held each year in the United States and around the world, where thousands upon thousands of youth and adult youth leaders come together to praise God and learn more about serving Jesus with and among teenagers. However, there can be a potentially negative side of youth workers bypassing differences. This can happen when theological convictions take a back seat to cooperation, leaving theological convictions necessarily shallow.
Dr. Henry H. Mitchell, retired Visiting Professor of Homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, will present this year's W.C. Dobbs Endowed Lecture in Applied Christianity on "Holy Spirit, Human Emotion and Black Preaching" at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor campus.
Truett Seminary will host the second annual "Pillars Conference: A Celebration of Senior Adults", May 24-26, 2011. More information about the conference as well as registration information can be found on the Pillars Conference page.
In his parable about the "Good Samaritan," Jesus gives the perfect example of what it means to love outcasts. In the first of his two Willson Lectures at Wayland Baptist University, New Testament scholar Dr. David Garland dug down deeper into the parable to explain what that means.
Garland, who is dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco and Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures, shared his insights on the parable from Luke's gospel during a Tuesday night banquet to open the annual lecture series.