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New iPhone app aids in preaching, evangelism
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

May, 2010

Apple iPhone users now have the opportunity to strengthen their preaching and share the Gospel in addition learning about and staying current on news from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Southwestern recently launched a free iPhone application that includes preaching resources and evangelism tools.

"More than just provide information about Southwestern, we wanted to give all Christians and pastors helpful resources for use in life and ministry," said Matt Fuller, director of web services and developer of the iPhone app. "We believe this app captures Southwestern's heartbeat: 'Preach the Word, Reach the World.'"

The app features several preaching resources, including audio from the seminary's annual expository and advanced expository preaching workshops. During the past 6 years of the Expository Preaching Workshop, Southwestern professors, along with guest professors and pastors such as Jerry Vines, Jim Shaddix, Sidney Greidanus and David Platt, have led sessions discussing the state of preaching and strategies for becoming more faithful expositors of God's Word. The seminary's Advanced Expository Preaching workshops feature intensive studies for pastors who know the basics of expository preaching and wish to go deeper, utilizing the original languages. In addition to audio, the app contains "10 Steps to Effective Text-Driven Preaching," which takes a pastor through the development of an expository sermon.

Those wanting to use cutting-edge technology to tell the timeless message of the good news of Jesus Christ can use any of the four Gospel tracts included in the app. For reaching men, Southwestern president Paige Patterson's personal tract, both in English and Spanish, uses his hunting experiences to point people to Christ. The other three tracts include the bridge illustration, the "Romans Road" and the Ten Commandments for helping people see their need for a Savior.

Southwestern's app also includes a news feed, which shares the latest happenings at the seminary. Those wanting to learn more about Southwestern can take a video tour of the campus, view video messages from deans and watch the latest videos from the seminary. The app also connects to Google maps, offering driving directions to the campus, and includes contact information for various departments on campus.

To download the free app, go to the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/southwestern/id369293170?mt=8.

Keith Collier is director of news and information for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (www.swbts.edu/campusnews).

A photo for this story is available at http://www.swbts.edu/campusnews/story.cfm?id=6E8F8832-15C5-E47C-F96CD6E8E90FFA14. (Click picture to download)

PHOTO CAPTION: Southwestern's new iPhone app provides resources for preaching and evangelism.


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