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Episode #002

A preview of the SBC Pastors Conference, Pastors’ Wives Conference, and music for the upcoming SBC Annual Meeting, highlight some recent news, and sit down with Julio Arriola.





  • ERLC: New magazine releasing at SBC – Light –
  • LifeWay: ACP data should be coming next week
  • Seminary Graduations: around 1200 graduates, not including Golden Gate (no story available at this time)
    • MBTS – – 109 graduates
      • Robin Hadaway received Midwestern’s Professor of the Year— dean of the seminary and professor of missions; served since 2003 including more than a year as interim president
    • SBTS – – 404 graduates including Boyce (297 from SBTS, 107 from Boyce)
      • Gregg Allison received the Findley B. and Louvenia Edge Award for Teaching Excellence – professor of Christian Theology; served since 2003
      • Christopher Mohler graduated from Boyce College, first time a child of a Southern Seminary president has graduated
      • Ben Dockery, son of Trinity International University president David Dockery, also was director of admissions for some time at SBTS and pastor in Louisville as well
      • Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher of books for Crossway
    • SEBTS – – 274 graduates
      • Tim Akin, son of President Daniel Akin
      • Matt Carter, pastor of Austin Stone
      • Scott Hildreth, Director of Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at SEBTS
      • Jeff Struecker, former Army Ranger –
      • Mark Talbert, planter and pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madison, NC— got 5th degree from SEBTS (ADiv, BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD); has gone almost nonstop since 1993
    • NOBTS – – Close to 240 graduates
      • Among NOBTS graduates was Sungjin Son, the first graduate of the seminary’s Korean doctor of ministry program. And Ai Kyung Ra and her husband Jin Kwon became the second Korean couple at NOBTS to both earn doctor of philosophy degrees.
      • The NOBTS class also included a father and son. Roy “Thumper” Miller received the doctor of ministry degree and his son, Joshua, received the master of divinity degree.
    • SWBTS – – 183 graduates
      • 33 inmates at maximum security Darrington Prison Unit completed first seminary prison program in Texas –

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INTERVIEW – Julio Arriola, Global Worship Pastor at Cross Church, Music Director for the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting

  1. You will be leading thousands of SBC messengers across varying demographic lines, people who are accustomed to many different contexts and styles. How do you guide them in a way that brings the people in the room together, rather than appealing to one particular preference over another?
  2. Over the last year, you have participated in a number of events that were all part of this call to extraordinary prayer, as laid out by Dr. Floyd. Tell us about how that experience has been. What were some of the highlights that you encountered in the last twelve months?
  3. What has been the most challenging aspect of planning the music for this year’s annual meeting?
  4. You basically have a blank slate to work with since this is the first year we’ve had this meeting format. How has the different scheduling from years past affected the planning?
  5. We know Shane and Shane will be helping lead us in worship on Wednesday morning. Who are some of the other artists who will be leading us from the stage?

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SBC Preview:


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