I am humbled every day by the still-unbelievable fact that I have been given the opportunity to teach and to lead at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Even after five years as a professor here, there are days when I make my way across the parking lots and amble around the seminary lawn not because I have any particular need to be there at that moment but simply to remind myself of the rich history of this patch of earth. I am humbled that I have even the tiniest part in this place where so many God-called men and women “meet to part and part to meet.”
I am thankful for the thousands of Southern Baptists who give sacrificially to this institution and especially for those who serve so faithfully and voluntarily as trustees. Today, I am especially thankful for this action taken by the trustees and the administration:
In addition to approving the 2012-13 budget, the Board of Trustees voted to grant James M. Hamilton Jr., associate professor of biblical theology, with tenure. The board also promoted Timothy Paul Jones, currently associate professor of leadership and church ministry, to full professorship.
“Jim Hamilton and Timothy Paul Jones are two of our most creative, visionary professors,” said Russell D. Moore, senior vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology. “They are not only writing the books the next generation of Christians will read, they are also pouring their lives one by one into students here on this campus. I couldn’t be happier to have them as part of this great, historic faculty.”
Mohler echoed Moore’s sentiment, stating that Hamilton and Jones model Christian scholarship: “Professors Hamilton and Jones are not only capable scholars, but deeply committed Christians and involved churchmen who model for our students just the right picture of what it means to be a Christian scholar.”
From Towers, the news service of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary