Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
MSJ 3:2 (Fall 92) p. 115
One of the notable advantages of education lies with each new school year bringing fresh opportunities for faculty and students alike. Our 1992–1993 start overflows with an unusually vast array of blessing.
TMS’s first faculty-written book, Rediscovering Expository Preaching, reached the book stores in early July. Word Publishing reported that the first printing sold out in three weeks. As I write, purchases continue at a strong pace to deplete the second printing. We are grateful to hear affirming feedback, especially from pastors. It has already been adopted as the textbook of preference for preaching classes in at least three Bible Colleges and Seminaries.
Forty-three 1992 graduates have fanned out to all parts of the globe. They have responded to God’s call for ministry not only within the continental United States, but also well beyond our boundaries. We recently heard from Shuji Kondo who pastors Hamadera Bible Church in Japan. Norm and Cindy Millar just departed for a local church ministry in Toronto, Canada. The Alvord’s and the White’s are residing in Kiev (republic of Ukraine) and learning the language before significant ministry begins. Michael and Carolyn Hanson plan to return soon to New Zealand where they hope to plant a Bible Institute, with a TMS-like training center to follow in several years.
The Lord has sent a special group of sixty new students our way. Over 170 students registered Tuesday, September 1st, which swells our ranks to a record high. We praise God that this is the sixth straight year of increased enrollment in our short history (1986-present).
We’ve planned for several years to launch a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree program. This fall brought nine exceptional men to embark on a new level of learning, with major emphases in New Testament exegesis, Old Testament exegesis, Theology, or Bible Exposition.
An overflow of new students and a new Th.M. degree prompted the increase of faculty. Paul Felix (M.Div., 1992), who is Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Los Angeles Bible Training School, will be teaching elementary Greek while also enrolled as a Th.M. student. Scott Ardavanis (M.Div., 1988), college pastor at Grace Community Church, will be assisting in Pastoral Ministry and Expository Preaching classes. Keith Essex (DTS Th.M., 1974) will be teaching both NT and OT Studies while he continues as Senior Pastor of South Bay Bible Church in Redondo Beach.
When you read this editorial, our President, John MacArthur,
MSJ 3:2 (Fall 92) p. 116
will have just returned from Moscow where he addressed the inaugural classes for Moscow Baptist Seminary, w...
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