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Family, friends, Southern Baptist leaders, and employees of LifeWay Christian Resources celebrated the installation of Thom S. Rainer on February 6 during his inauguration ceremony as the SBC entity's ninth president.

Unanimously approved in September 2005 by the LifeWay trustees, Rainer succeeds James T. Draper Jr., who led the organization for nearly fifteen years.

"God has uniquely provided you for the task of leading LifeWay," Draper said to Rainer as he passed the presidential medallion. "I am proud of you and look with great expectation at what God will do in the days ahead."

Prior to coming to LifeWay, Rainer was dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Rainer worked thirteen years with seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

"One thing more than anything else that qualifies Thom Rainer as president of LifeWay for ...

"Pray the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers unto his harvest." - John 9:38

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson takes the words of Jesus seriously and is concerned that young people today are not being encouraged to think and pray about the possibility that God might call them into the ministry.

"My conclusion based on the [John 9:38] passage would be that it is appropriate to pray that God will, in fact, impress upon people everywhere the necessity of giving their lives to bring in the harvest," Patterson expressed. "I cannot help but conclude that it is also proper, therefore, verbally to extend that call to people throughout our Southern Baptist Zion."

Patterson said for the next few years, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's message to the churches is going to be an invitation to begin following the Scriptural admonition of the Lord and to pray that the Lord w...

Southeastern Students Proclaim Christ

For eight Southeastern Seminary students, the tragic events from the past few weeks sparked a compulsion to put "feet to their faith" and run to the hurting souls at "ground zero," in New York City.

"We could tell God prepared our way because the first person to receive Christ was our [New York City] parking attendant," said Thomas White, a Ph.D. candidate from Honea Path, S.C.

Standing as close as they could to the actual tragedy site, the students passed out over 2,000 tracks, a multitude of Bibles, preached to the masses, prayed with those who were hurting, and saw eight people receive Christ as their Savior.

With Bibles in hand and displaying a sign that said, "We are here to pray for you," the eight young men took turns street preaching and singing praise songs.

They said they traveled to New York City because they wanted to be used by God and their desire was to see Christ glorified in this situation.