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Piedmont Baptist Inaugurates New President

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by swaimj, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. swaimj

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    Swaimj,

    How would you compare and contrast Piedmont with some of the other IFB schools? i.e. BJU, PCC, Appalachian, Northland, Clearwater, Pillsbury, Maranatha, Faith, Cedarville, etc.
     
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    It is apparently an epidemic going around. Northland and Clearwater have new presidents this year. Cedarville, while not an IFB school, is getting a new president (from Bryan of all places).
     
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    Seigfried, I don't want to make any specific comparison's to other schools. Between teaching in a Christian school and going to a fundamental seminary I have met fine Christians from each of the aforementioned schools and have good friends who are graduates of almost all of those.

    I will say this about Piedmont. The school's faculty and administration is very stable. The school was started in 1945 and this is only their 5th president. The previous president, Dr. Wilburn, is now the chancellor and pastors Salem Baptist Church, right across the street from Piedmont (That church founded the school). There was no ruckus in the change of adminisration. As to the faculty, my father graduated at PBC in 1971. Some of the faculty he had in the late 60's, I had in the early 80's, and they are still on faculty.

    In addition, I would say that the school teaches the students to be balanced in their life. While they have rules, most students know that the rules are not the defining standards of Christianity. After all, we were often told, when you graduate, you must live in obedience to the Word and the Spirit, not a handbook.

    Finally, the school has been steady in it's philosophy of church ministry over the years. Some may consider them stodgy at times, but they avoided all the gimmicks of the super church philosophy that was rampant in fundamentalism in the 60's and 70's. (I think Jack Hyles preached at Bible conference in 1966 and never was featured on campus again. A record low for a fundamentalist school I am sure). Neither have they have gone into KJVOnlyism as many Bible Belt Fundamentalists have. Rather, they have consistently taught men how to preach expository sermons and have required greek in pastoral training as well as having encouraged men to go to seminary over the years.

    I have benefitted from many pastors, teachers, and ministers over the years, but no time of life has been more beneficial to me than the time I spent at PBC.
     
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