UNION TRUSTEES OK ACADEMIC REORGANIZATION

Union University News Office

Union University

JACKSON — Union University trustees approved an academic reorganization for the university that will create the School of Social Work and the School of Adult and Professional Studies, in addition to changing the names of three other schools at their April 21 meeting.

The McAfee School of Business Administration will become the McAfee School of Business, the School of Pharmacy will become the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Human Studies will become the College of Education. [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE PASTORS SPOTLIGHTED IN UNION EVENT

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Steve Gaines

Steve Gaines

JACKSON — Four Tennessee Baptist pastors were front and center during the Festival of Preaching held March 8 at Union University.

The festival was held prior to Union’s REF500 Conference on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Festival of Preaching focused on the five central themes of the reformation. 

“Preaching played such a role in the Protestant Reformation,” said Ray Van Neste, director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University, which hosted both the Festival of Preaching and REF500. [Read more…]

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REF500 FESTIVAL CELEBRATES PROTESTANT REFORMATION’S 500TH ANNIVERSARY

By Nathan Handley
Union University

Union UniversityJACKSON, Tenn. — Union University celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with the REF500 festival March 9-11. The festival included lectures, music, theater, film, sermons, and a public reading of the entire Bible.

Ray Van Neste, professor and director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union and organizer of the event, said the Reformation is something to be remembered, carefully thought about and celebrated. [Read more…]

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DOCKERY RECOVERING FROM HEART ATTACK

Baptist Press

David Dockery

David Dockery

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Trinity International University President David S. Dockery is recuperating from a cardiac procedure performed in Chicago March 8 that followed what doctors call a mild heart attack.

Cardiac specialists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital placed four stents in coronary arteries after Dockery suffered chest pains and dizziness on Monday, March 6. Following the procedure, doctors reported excellent progress and told his family there were no complications.

Dockery is former president of Union University in Jackson.

TIU faculty and staff met March 8 in the A.T. Olson Chapel on the Trinity campus to pray for Dockery, his family and the caregivers. [Read more…]

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SCRIPTURE READING MARATHON CONTINUES AT UNION UNIVERSITY

By Tim Ellsworth
Associate VP for Communications, Union University

Union graduate Erin Mount takes part in the Scripture reading marathon under Miller Tower. -Photo by Kristi Woody

Union graduate Erin Mount takes part in the Scripture reading marathon under Miller Tower.
-Photo by Kristi Woody

JACKSON, Tenn. — Despite drenching rain and forceful winds, the Scripture reading marathon at Union University went on as scheduled.

About 500 volunteers from Union and the broader Jackson and West Tennessee communities are participating in the five-day public reading of the Bible from start to finish. The event was designed as a kickoff and wrap-up of sorts for REF500, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, from March 9-11 on the Union campus. [Read more…]

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THE SHAKINESS OF ‘THE SHACK’

By Todd Brady
Vice President for University Ministries, Union University

Todd Brady

Todd Brady

Based on the wildly popular best-selling book, The Shack, the movie by the same title hits theaters March 3.  While all that glitters is not gold, The Shack proves that all that is spiritual is not trustworthy.

Pastor Eugene Peterson outrageously claimed that the book “has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his.”  Wynonna Judd said that the “story has blown the door wide open to my soul.” [Read more…]

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GAINES TO HEADLINE RALLY

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Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, fields questions about topics of interest to Southern Baptists, from President Trump to the need for revival, during the annual meeting of state Baptist paper editors. -Photo by Lonnie Wilkey

Steve Gaines, at the recent the annual meeting of state Baptist paper editors.

JACKSON — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines will be the keynote speaker at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 5 at Union University.

Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union, said last year’s rally was much more successful than he had hoped, with more than 800 people attending.

He said the need for such an event is clear. [Read more…]

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UNION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN D.C. EVENT

Baptist Press

Union UniversityJACKSON — Thirteen Union University students took part in the annual March for Life, a peaceful pro-life demonstration, held Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C.

The students are members of Life139, Union’s pro-life student group. They also participated in Evangelicals for Life and Students for Life conferences while in D.C.

“Abortion is the greatest human rights issue of our generation,” said Andrew Edmiston, a junior physics major and president of Life139. “It affects all races, all people. It’s the human life at its most innocent stage.” [Read more…]

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TN SENATOR CHALLENGES UNION GRADUATES TO BE COMMUNITY SERVANTS

By Tim Ellsworth
Associate VP for Communications, Union University

Senator Bob Corker

Senator Bob Corker

JACKSON — Sen. Bob Corker in his Dec. 17 commencement address advised Union University graduates to master a skill, to create a bold vision in their undertakings and to give back to their communities.

“You don’t have to be a United States Senator or a mayor or in any other elected position to give back to others,” Corker said. “There’s nothing in life from a secular standpoint that makes you feel more whole  as a human being than to know that a portion of what you’re doing is enhancing someone else’s life.” [Read more…]

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UNION HONORS DOCKERYS WITH LECTURE SERIES

Baptist and Reflector

David & Lanese Dockery

David & Lanese Dockery

JACKSON — Union University will launch a new lecture series in the spring that honors its former president and first lady and celebrates the school’s Baptist history and heritage.

The Dockery Lectures on Baptist Thought and Heritage, named for former Union President David S. Dockery and First Lady Lanese Dockery, will be an annual event designed to examine the importance of the Baptist heritage, the distinctives of Baptist thought, and the influence of the Christian intellectual tradition. [Read more…]

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