May 24 Towers: professor Stam honored at graduation; interviews with Dever, Chapell, Shai Linne & founders

Communications Staff — May 25, 2010

The May 24 Towers combines a collection of interviews with a spotlight on Southern Seminary’s 205th commencement service. You can also read a little about the first commencement held 150 years ago.

  • Carl Stam was honored as the recipient of the Findley B. and Louvenia Edge Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Stam is battling an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been a model to the SBTS community of how to handle suffering in a gracious and godly manner. R. Albert Mohler Jr. charged graduates with a message from Revelation 5:6-10, calling them to not view themselves as professionals in a career, but as ministers in a calling to faithfully uphold and advance the Gospel (pages 3 and 6).
  • Patrick Schreiner interviewed Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., on how his church carries out member care (page 7).
  • Jeff Robinson sat down with Bryan Chapell, president of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, for a conversation about Christ-centered preaching (page 10).
  • Courtney Reissig talked with the founders of Focus on the Family’s, Steve and Candice Watters, about their work with the ministry they founded in 1998 (page 14).
  • Shai Linne, Christian hip hop artist, shared what he is learning in an internship at Capitol Hill Baptist and how his Atonement project came about (page 16).
  • Grant Gaines, SBTS graduate and Ph.D. candidate and pastor of Brushy Fork Baptist Church in Canaan, Ind., passed on what he has learned in his first few months of leading a church as its senior pastor (page 8).

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