After a prayer (start-3:45), Olin Trivette Binkley, the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, presents new members to the administrative staff (3:46-15:50). The event closes with prayer and a hymn (15:51-end).
The service begins with prayer (00:00-01:45). Olin Trivette Binkley, the second president of SEBTS, addresses this chapel congregation according to its founding and direction, based in 2 Timothy 3:17 (01:46-06:57). He discusses that “man of God” was used of Moses and is used today to refer to the quality of life of those in Christian leadership. Two factors are noticed about authentic ministers for Jesus Christ (06:58-09:12). Firstly, a mature (complete) minister has a personal knowledge of God accompanied by a concern for the distresses of His fellows (09:13-12:19). Secondly, a mature minister has a knowledge of men, including an understanding of their patterns of behavior as well as their potentialities, through intercessory prayer (12:20-25:25). He ends his time in prayer (25:26-26:05).
Dr. Olin Trivette Binkley, the Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics, read Philippians 1:27-30, and then preached about "Citizenship in a Theological Seminary" from verse 27. He shared three characteristics of good theological citizens: indefectible faithfulness to Jesus Christ and to those who love and serve Him, courageous participation in the advancement of the Gospel, and readiness to suffer in the struggle for justice.
The inauguration of W. Randall Lolley as the third President of SEBTS. This recording features the entirety of the inauguration ceremony from the Prelude to the Recessional. President Lolley spoke on the raging currents of life that Southeastern must march towards and against in his Inaugural Address titled, "Quo Vadis, Southeastern?" from 57:55-1:26:41.
Dr. Olin Trivette Binkley gives the Invocation from 7:51-9:20. Mr. Roscoe Lolley gives the inaugural prayer from 44:28-46:46. Mr. Carl A. Hudson gives the Installation of the President from 47:01-57:31. Dr. Cecil A. Ray closes with the Benediction from 1:30:43-1:33:05.
The opening music is titled "Prelude and Fugue in C Major" from 0:00-7:48. "O God of Our Fathers" plays from 9:25-11:55. "Almighty God of Our Fathers" plays from 40:25-44:15. "The Seminary Hymn" plays from 1:27:15-1:30:40. "Allegro Maestoso" and "Toccata" close out the audio recording from 1:33:07-1:39:41.
A bulletin for this ceremony is located via the "Related URL" field below.
After some hymns, reading Colossians 3:12-21, and a prayer (start-7:50), Olin Trivette Binkley, the Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics (and future President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), reviewed the seminary’s covenant, specifically the part about family.
After the reading of Philippians 4:7 and a prayer (start-2:10), Olin Trivette Binkley, the Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics (and future President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), preached a sermon entitled “The Life of Man in the Light of God” from John 1:1-14.
After a prayer and an introduction (start-2:06), Olin Trivette Binkley, the Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics (and later President of SEBTS), preaches about the relationship between the resurrection and the moral struggle in which we are all engaged from 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.
After a prayer and an introduction (start-5:15), Olin Trivette Binkley, the Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics (and later President of SEBTS), speaks about the purpose of theological education from 1 Timothy 1:5.
On Friday, May 16, 1958, the graduation program was given in the SEBTS Chapel. The audio begins with the conferring of awards and degrees by Dr. Sydnor Stealey, the President of SEBTS (start-19:14). Dr. Olin Trivette Binkley, Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics and Academic Dean of SEBTS, then gave the charge to the graduates (19:15-33:02). [The recording ends at this point due to the rest having being inadvertently overwritten at some point before digitization.]
The service begins with the reading of Psalm 27:14 (00:00-00:10) and 3 John 1:1-8 (00:11-02:01). No introduction was given for Olin Trivette Binkley, but he was Professor of Christian Sociology and Ethics and Academic Dean of SEBTS. Focusing on 3 John 1:8, Binkley asks how students in a theological seminary might help the faculty to be productive scholars and creative teachers (02:02-03:49). Firstly, students may do this by affirming participation in a deeper knowledge of the truth about God and its relation to human decisions. They must join the professors in academic scholarship and see both parties as desiring to know the truth (03:50-06:59). Secondly, students and faculty must keep the channels of communication open with each other (07:00-09:54). Thirdly, students must show a readiness to recognize the perils confronting servants of God, namely three: accommodating the gospel to the culture, subordinating what God demands of us to what man expects of us, and practicing cruelty in human relations (09:55-13:23).