LOUISIANA BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
A Word from the Dean: Dr. Steve Pettey
LOUISIANA BAPTIST May 2013
By the time you receive this electronic newsletter we will be in the midst of our busiest week of the year here at LBU/LBTS—Graduation Week. It is only a few days away as I write these lines. It is an exciting time that we plan for and look forward to with great anticipation every year! We love getting to meet people we have worked with through email and by phone and often have never met in person. Some of them we only know by their voice or a photo they sent when they enrolled, and the information we have gained as we worked together and prayed together through their time of study. We also love the fast paced activities of graduation week, the great food, the fellowship and being with the people we only get to see at graduation time (many friends come every year).
This is an important time of transition for many of our students. Some are completing one degree and starting another immediately—moving directly to the next educational milestone. That is a good idea for many to maintain the good habits and discipline of study and carry it over into the next degree program. Also it is a good way to save money, since students who sign up immediately receive a $200 discount on entering their next degree program. If you were not aware of this benefit or had not considered it, please ask me or Sonja about the details.
The Summer On-Campus classes will be starting May 13. If you have not signed up for on-campus or e-campus classes and plan to do so, please do so as quickly as possible. Soon classes will be closing or making, so be sure to get your name on the class roll. As always, if your chosen class does not make you will have the option of changing to another class that did make at that same time slot.
Also, remember the Graduation Workshop Dr. Keeny and I are doing titled, “Breath of God—Projecting the Mind of God into Human Writers,” is the first in a series of three modular courses regarding the Word of God which we will be doing together this year. Our subject for this modular is biblical inspiration. I have included the details about all 3 of the workshops/ modular classes we will be doing this year in the chart below. Please consider including all three of these workshop/modular classes in your schedule this year. If you can, your life and ministry will be enriched greatly.
God bless you,
Graduation Exit Workshop led by Dr. David Keeny & Dr. Steve Pettey
April 30 – May 2, Tues - Thurs
Title: Breath of God – Projecting the Mind of God into Human Writers
Subject: Biblical Inspiration
God Presented His Holy Word in Inspiration
QeopneustoV QeoV / pnew The Greek word QeopneustoV was created by combining Two Greek words QeoV Theos, which means God and pnew pneuo, which means to breathe. This compound Greek word is found only in II Tim 3:16 and literally means “God-breathed” though it is generally translated “inspired.”
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” II Tim 3:16
Mid-Summer Seminary / Bible Department Modular
July 8 – 10, Mon – Wed led by Dr. David Keeny & Dr. Steve Pettey
Title: Hand of God — Protecting the Purity of God’s Word in Translation
Subject: Biblical Translation
God Protected His Holy Word in Translation
ὁ λόγος ὁ σὸς ἀλήθειά ἐστιν (ha logos ha sos alatheia estin) thy word is truth
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Jn 17:17 (from Jesus’ High-priestly prayer)
Fall Pastor’s Workshop at Camp Bethany
October 24 – 26, Thurs – Sat led by Dr. Steve Pettey & Dr. David Keeny
Title: Voice of God — Proclaiming the Pure Message of God through His Servants
Subject: Biblical Proclamation
God Proclaimed His Holy Word through His Prophets
prjhthV “prophatas”(prof-ἀ-tays) divine messenger or spokesman for God, prophet, seer
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. “ II Tim 4:2
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
April 30-May 2, 2013 Graduation Exit Workshop
Abril 30-Mayo 2, 2013 Talleres de Graduación
July 8 – 10, 2013 Modular /Workshop: Seminary / Bible Department
October 24 – 26, 2013 Modular:Fall Pastor’s Conference at Camp Bethany
Octubre 24 – 26, 2013 Conferencia de Otoño para Pastores en Camp Bethany
Julio 8 – 10, 2013 Modular: de Verano
July 10-12, 2013 Modular: Teaching Elementary Language Arts
DO you need TRANSCRIPTS???
If you need or want a transcript, you must go to our website www.lbu.edu , look under Current Students and following the instructions, click on Request a Transcript. Once the form is entirely filled out, direct your request to the registrar firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL Students enrolled after April 30th, 2010 are required to attend graduation week the year of their intended graduation. LBU graduation is always scheduled on the first Friday in May of each year. The week (beginning Tuesday afternoon and going through Friday evening) includes the graduation workshops as well as the graduation commencement itself. Please keep this information in mind as you progress through your schoolwork so that you can begin making plans for your personal graduation at the appropriate time. Most of you will need to make prior arrangements with your employment, arrange for finances, and make travel and lodging arrangements. Because “your graduation” will be one of the most important events in your lifetime, it will be a SPECIAL week never to be forgotten.
The Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary welcomed thefollowing new students during the month of April:
Gregory Scott Jewell
Jea Sin Lee
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.
thoughts on DEVOTION TO JESUS....
Hang this question up in your homes – “What would Jesus do?” and then think of another – “How would Jesus do it?” For what Jesus would do, and how He would do it, may always stand as the best guide to us.
Christ is not valued at all, unless He is valued above all.
I am born for God only. Christ is nearer to me than father, or mother, or sister – a near relation, a more affectionate Friend; and I rejoice to follow Him, and to love Him. Blessed Jesus! Thou art all I want -a forerunner to me in all I ever shall go through as a Christian, a minister, or a missionary.
Christ is present in all Christians; Christ in prominent in some Christians; But in only a few Christians is Christ preeminent.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013!
Master of Divinity
P. John Dickey
Master of Ministry
*Roger Perez Jr.
Master of Theological Studies
*Dr. E. Paul Emery
Doctor of Ministry
Doctor of Theology
* Graduating in absentia
A Graduation Prayer-
As I look toward the future
Bright hope conducts this prayer,
For I know the plans You have for me
Were wrought with divine care.
Holy Spirit, lead me.
Let me run at Your command,
Yet be still and know that You are God
When trouble is close at hand.
Your Word will be a lamp for me,
A guide to light my way,
A solid place to set my feet,
A compass when I stray.
The following students are celebrating their Birthday this month:
Jeff Scott Blizzard
Chad Richard Colburn
Lenord Fobb Jr.
Daphne Childs Lewis
Andrew Demonte Martin
Frederick H. Mills
Frank A Teat Jr.
Kevin Michael Towery
Ray Woody- Pray for him and his family as the struggle with the recent loss of his wife, Pam.Please pray that God will comfort him, his children, their church family and everyone who knew and loved Pam Woody. Posted 11/12
Michael Britt- His brother Tim recently passed away. Pray for Tim’s wife and children during this difficult time. Posted 10/12
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Prayer Request Update- To keep our prayer request list current, we are now placing a postdate after all prayer requests and will keep them listed for six months. If you wish to have your prayer request re-added to the list you may submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org