Tom Nettles Will Stay At Southern

Tom Ascol is reporting that Dr. Nettles has elected to stay at Southern Seminary. You can read the whole story on the Founder’s Ministry blog. Here is an excerpt:

Just prior to last night’s final worship service, He informed me that the Lord had convinced him that he should withdraw his name from consideration and should return to his teaching responsibilities at Southern Seminary.

I informed our church during the evening service and Dr. Nettles spoke with heartwarming humility and transparency about how he had come to this unexpected and abrupt change of heart. He spoke of a renewed sense of call and a burden of stewardship to the opportunities the Lord has given him in teaching seminary students. Needless to say, we were all deeply saddened as we considered that the future we had anticipated was not to be. Nevertheless, we could not help but rejoice in the Lord’s goodness in leading in such a clear way. That has been our prayer from the beginning–that the Lord would direct us to do His will. Though He has done so in a way that we did not expect and which we would not have chosen, He has unmistakably done so, and He is to be praised.

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5 Responses to Tom Nettles Will Stay At Southern

  1. Mark Rogers says:

    This is good news for Southern and hundreds of students that will be impacted by the heart and knowledge of Dr. Nettles in the future. I am glad he is staying.

  2. Brandon says:

    I’m stoked about this. I am just beginning my seminary classes (first one in June!!) and I felt that in his departure I would be losing the chance to sit under a great teacher of church history.

    Glad to know he feels certain of God’s leading in this whole thing. I’m sure much prayer went into it.

  3. Tony Kummer says:

    This means more chances to take Nettles for Jonathan Edwards. I still have not made time to take Dr. Nettles. Although I’ve read several of his books. It is a comfort to know he will be floating around our theology department.

  4. Tony Kummer says:

    Who said education was fun? I’ve had too many LEAD school classes with projects rather than exams. I think I prefer a hard test over a 25 page project. Did you have him for Baptist History?

  5. Tony Kummer says:

    It may be that Dr. Nettles talks very fast at times. I’ve noticed that my slower mind can’t keep up with his arguments all the time. I still have Church History 2 – but schedule usually determines my section more than professor.

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