MBC Day set for Aug. 25 at Midwestern Seminary
President Roberts invites all MissouriBaptists to attend
By Bob Baysinger
August 17, 2004
KANSAS CITY – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) has declared Aug 25 as “Missouri Baptist Day” on the Kansas City campus.
“The purpose of Missouri Baptist Day is to express our gratitude for the unity we have with Missouri Baptists and the commitment to work together to reach the state of Missouri and the world with the Gospel,” said Phil Roberts, MBTS president.
The relationship between Midwestern and Missouri Baptists has been growing stronger the last five years with the resurgence of conservative theology in the MBC. Midwestern, at one time a bastion for liberal theologians began its move back to conservative theology with the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention that began 25 years ago.
The relationship between the MBC and MBTS was strengthened earlier this year when the MBC Executive Board gave $100,000 to the seminary to use in the startup of an undergraduate Bible college.
“We want to express our appreciation for Missouri Baptists’ support of Midwestern through the Cooperative Program and all the giving and sacrifices that have been made to help make our mission possible,” Roberts said.
“I’m not certain if this is the first time the seminary has declared a day such as this. I’m somewhat unclear about the previous administration’s stance on SBC seminaries. But it is very clear that the current administration is behind what we stand for theologically and what we are doing practically to take the Gospel to the world.”
Missouri Baptist Day will feature David Clippard, MBC Executive Director, speaking in MBTS chapel services.
Roberts will host a noon luncheon, saluting the MBC. A reception is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Vivion Farm Home.
The seminary will conduct an open house throughout the day at the future Koehn & Myers Center for World Evangelism. Roberts said all Missouri Baptists are invited to the day-long festivities.