by Lauren Crane
Alumni and friends of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary gathered together to honor the work of President Daniel Akin, as well as honor alumnus and outgoing president of the Southern Baptist Convention Johnny Hunt.
The two men, along with International Mission Board representative Gordon Fort, were the keynote speakers at the 2010 Alumni and Friends Luncheon of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, held as part of the annual Southern Baptist Convention. This year’s activities honored the work and leadership of Akin and Hunt and their part in the recently-passed Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommendations.
Thanks to the leadership of both, the new Johnny Hunt Endowed Chair of Biblical Preaching was announced at the luncheon. The chair will enable one professor of preaching to train more to take the gospel to the nations.
Albie Brice, Director of Alumni Relations at Southeastern, also announced the recent launch of the Southeastern Alumni Association, an initiative in which alumni and Southeastern can be more effectively networked, for the benefit of both.
“It’s amazing what can happen when you gather people together,” Brice said.
Fort, Akin and Hunt then addressed the supporters and alumni on the importance of faithfulness, especially in the final days.
Akin said he is thankful for the faithfulness of Southern Baptists, especially for the work done at this convention. “This has been a historic convention in many ways, and the Lord has been gracious and kind to us.”
Hunt said it has been God’s graciousness that has carried him thus far in ministry, and it will be God’s faithfulness that enables him to finish well.
“I’m now in the last quarter (of my life). What if the last quarter is the best quarter?” Hunt said. “Strive to live so your last words are a commendation of God’s faithfulness.”
The mission of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Southeastern is an institution of higher learning and a Cooperate Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention.