PROFESSOR TAKES UNUSUAL ROUTE TO TEACH

By Nathan Handley
Union University News Office

Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen

JACKSON — Kevin Chen, associate professor of biblical studies at Union University, has been interested in the study of Scripture for a long time, but he didn’t begin his studies with a career in mind.

“My interest in biblical studies started when I was in high school and never went away,” Chen said. “I had a youth pastor who discipled me in my walk with the Lord and the study of Scripture.” [Read more…]

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ADRIAN ROGERS’ SERMON TAPES GIVEN TO GRANDSON

Kay Wilkes has given her late husband's collection of Adrian Rogers' taped messages to Rogers' grandson, Andrew Edmiston, a student at Union University in Tennessee. -Photo by Kristi Woody

Kay Wilkes has given her late husband’s collection of Adrian Rogers’ taped messages to Rogers’ grandson, Andrew Edmiston, a student at Union University in Tennessee.
-Photo by Kristi Woody

By Amanda Vernon
Union University

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Baptist preacher Adrian Rogers’ legacy lives on in a collection of audio tapes given to his grandson, a current Union University student, during a presentation in Union’s Ryan Center for Biblical Studies.

A giant in Southern Baptist life, Rogers was the longtime pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church who played an instrumental role in turning the Southern Baptist Convention away from liberalism and back to the authority of Scripture.

Kay Wilkes of Union City, Tenn., discovered Rogers’ sermon tapes among the possessions of her late husband, Ben Wilkes, a former pastor who was a student at Union when he was mentored by Rogers. After learning that Rogers’ grandson Andrew Edmiston is a sophomore at Union, Kay Wilkes worked with staff at the Jackson, Tenn., campus to present the tapes to him. Andrew’s mother, Janice Edmiston, attended the presentation, as did his sister, Breezy Edmiston. [Read more…]

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UNION TRUSTEES APPROVE STRATEGIC PLAN

By Tim Ellsworth
Union University News Office

Union UniversityJACKSON – Union University trustees on Friday approved a long-range strategic plan for the university, got a clean audit report and passed the second smallest tuition increase in the last 20 years. “United in Spirit. Grounded in Truth.” is the title of the plan that emphasizes seven strategic themes that will guide the work of the university over the next five years: bearing witness to the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, expanding enrollment across the university, enhancing operational effectiveness and efficiency to advance the mission, revising the liberal arts core curriculum, supporting meaningful research among faculty and students, developing leaders for the future and bolstering student life and building community. “The point of our planning process was to get us to strategically and intentionally think about how we can both unify and coordinate our efforts to accomplish the mission of the institution,” Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver said. [Read more…]

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UNION DEDICATES AND OPENS NEW LIBRARY, THE LOGOS

By Tim Ellsworth
Union University News Office

151123uu-dedicationJACKSON, Tenn. — Hundreds of Union University students, alumni, employees, trustees and friends gathered in front of The Logos Nov. 6 to dedicate and open the new library on the university campus.

“The building of this library, The Logos, has been made possible by the many people who have used their blessings from God to bless Union University,” said Bill Latimer of Union City, Tennessee, who provided the lead gift of $10 million for the building through the Bill and Carol Latimer Charitable Foundation. “We pray that God will bless not only these people, but all of those who attend Union University and all who will walk into this beautiful library.” [Read more…]

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