Dr. Sam Balentine was Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at SEBTS. The scripture reading came from Genesis 22:1-14 and 1 Corinthians 10:13. The theme of Dr. Balentine's message is God's provision, especially through his place as the God of Mount Moriah.
Dr. E. Luther Copeland was Visiting Professor of Missions at SEBTS. This chapel address was presented during the Spring 1989 Convocation. In this message, Dr. Copeland's subject was "Three Particular Areas in which the Unitive Mission of Christ Uniquely Intersects with the Intellectual Mission of Theological Education." Dr. Copeland says that Western secular culture, religious pluralism, and the inner division of Christianity are major challenges in this area.
Leonard Farrar, an M. Div. student at SEBTS, was pastor of Wake Baptist Grove Church in Garner, NC. The subject of the message was "A Cause for Celebration, Martin Luther King Day." Before the message, several quotations in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. are given. In his message, Farrar advocates for social justice among Christians, especially concerning the Civil Rights movement in America.
Dr. Donna Forrester was the Chaplain of SEBTS. The scripture reading was from John 1:1-18 and Matthew 1:18-25. In this message, Dr. Forrester explores the signs of God being with us, truth, love, and peace. This is connected to the scripture reading through Jesus being called Immanuel, "God with us." She also briefly explores learning perseverance through the example of African American slaves.
Caralie Brown was a retired teacher and gave this address for "Missionary Day." The scripture reading came from Acts 2:37-47. In this message, Brown speaks about her experiences helping to plant a church in northwest Raleigh, NC. Her theme is that the purpose of "church planting" is not to plant a church, per se, but rather to proclaim the gospel and be a church.
Kurt Richardson was Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at SEBTS. The scripture reading came from Acts 1:6-11. The subject of the message was "Helplessness and Hope." In this message, Richardson speaks about the hope of Jesus, especially found in the Day of the Lord.
Dr. John Wiles was Assistant Professor of Old Testament at SEBTS. The scripture reading was from Isaiah 32:9-20. In this message, Dr. Wiles speaks from this passage of scripture, examining the difference between the prophetic message and that of "kings and managers." He exhorts listeners to be more like the prophetic message by maintaining a humanitarian focus as opposed to managerial concerns.
Dr. William Willimon was Minister to the University and Professor of the Practice of the Christian Ministry at Duke University in Durham (N.C.). In this message, Willimon speaks from Luke 4 with the subject of the temptation of Jesus. He especially focuses on the people searching for a sign, both at the time of Jesus and in the modern day.
Dr. William Willimon was Minister to the University and Professor of the Practice of the Christian Ministry at Duke University in Durham (N.C.). The subject of this message was "The Church and the World: For, not Of." In this message, Willimon addresses the relationship of the church to politics in America, social work, and morality. In particular, Willimon offers his appraisal of the Moral Majority movement in the United States.