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Beeson Divinity School Announces New Scholarship Named for Founding Dean

By Kristen Padilla

April 12, 2016


Beeson Divinity School of Samford University is pleased to announce a new way Beeson friends and alumni can honor its founding dean and help recruit top students, the Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence.

George was financially supported by a generous scholarship during his days in graduate school. This new scholarship in his name will allow Beeson Divinity to offer the same financial support to the next generation of pastors and theologians.

“There is little question in my mind that, without three people, Beeson Divinity School would never have been born, nor would it have prospered. Two of those individuals, Ralph Beeson and Tom Corts, have escaped the burdens of this life, leaving the world much better than they found it. The third, Timothy George, has labored with intellect, devotion to Scripture, persistence, compassion and courage across three decades, shaping students and an institution to reflect God’s grace and truth,” said Andrew Westmoreland, president of Samford University. “In creating the Timothy George Scholarship for Excellence, his many friends will help to preserve the legacy of this dear man. As a result, countless numbers of students will benefit. I’m pleased to offer my enthusiastic support to this effort.”

George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. As founding dean, he has been instrumental in shaping its character and mission. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, George teaches church history and doctrine. He is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic Church dialogue, and chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

George also serves as senior theological adviser for Christianity Today and is on the editorial advisory boards of First Things and Books & Culture. He is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a 28-volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment. A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His Theology of the Reformers (25th Anniversary ed., 2013) is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Carolyn Lankford at 205-726-4480 or at or donate online.
Posted by Kristen Padilla at Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: Five Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Pastoring

By Fred Malone

April 11, 2016

1. I am more sinful than I first thought I was. The constant opening of my heart to self-examination while researching sermons has revealed the twists and turns of sin in my own heart. The result has been a greater thankfulness for our Father’s plan of grace, our Lord Jesus’ suffering for my sins, and a greater understanding that anything I know of truth and holiness is only because of the Spirit’s work in my heart to keep me from falling. But strangely this very recognition of my own remaining sins as a Christian and pastor has not discouraged me simply because it makes me understand even more the height and depth and breadth of the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. This painful process has enabled me to keep Christ and His Gospel more at the center of my thinking and preaching both to the saved and the lost at the same time. I am more sinful than I first thought I was.

2. God’s grace is greater than I first understood. Certainly “the doctrines of grace” have been a joy and a comfort to me most of my Christian life. Finally understanding that grace is not just an influence to help us use our unregenerate abilities to be saved, but a sovereign and effectual gift of God showered upon us from above to rescue us from ourselves and Satan, to bring us by His infinite power out of slavery to sin and Satan into His bosom for eternity, shocked me. It made me wonder why He chose to save anyone, must less myself. But however glorious grace was in the beginning, its testimony to God’s sovereign rule and beneficent love has grown in my mind each passing year. Christians need God’s grace as much as they did when they first understood the bloody death of Jesus for their life of sins. So, to stand before a congregation, seeing once-profligate sinners, once-rocky marriages, once-suicidal souls now singing joyfully of God’s great grace in Christ and Him crucified is almost more than I can handle with composure. Read the rest at Founders.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: 4 Life Lessons from Cliff Barrows

By Kristy Etheridge

April 5, 2016


This post was first published in 2013 to celebrate Cliff Barrows’ 90th birthday. As he turns 93 on April 6, the BGEA team thought it would be a good time to bring back Mr. Barrows’ wise and timely reminders.

Cliff Barrows is an example of a life lived wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ. Still sharp as a tack, Scripture rolls off Barrows’ tongue as he doles out wisdom gained over the course of more than 90 years on this planet.

How to Have a Loving Marriage
During nearly 70 years of ministry with Billy Graham, the Lord has certainly blessed Cliff Barrows. The longtime Crusade song leader is still going strong. He records The Hour of Decision Online, a web-exclusive program reaching people on six continents, and actively serves on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association board.

Even with his busy schedule, Mr. Barrows always makes his marriage a priority. He wakes up every morning at 4 a.m. to spend time praying and reading with his wife, Ann.

“I look over, and she’s got her iPad with a light on, and she’s pulling up devotionals,” Mr. Barrows said. Ann reads to him, since he can no longer see because of macular degeneration. Then the two listen to Scripture before praying together.

Mr. Barrows has been married to Ann for 20 years. Before that time, he spent 50 years with his wife, Billie, who passed away in 1994. His warm, friendly tone becomes especially tender when he speaks about his memories of Billie and his relationship with Ann. He doesn’t, however, pretend marriage is easy or perfect. He’s just learned an important lesson.

“I think there are nine words we should be willing to say every day,” Mr. Barrows said. “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you.”

He adds that an additional four words are often helpful too: “It was my fault.”

“I think the greatest secret to a Christian marriage is the willingness to acknowledge it was you,” said Barrows. He recites Ephesians 4:32—a verse that has become his compass through the ups and downs of marriage:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (NKJV) Read the rest at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Monday, April 11, 2016
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