Southern Evangelical Seminary Remembers Legacy of Co-Founder Dr. Norman Geisler
‘To Train Trainers, Teach Teachers, and Disciple Disciplers’
July 2, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—This week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Dr. Norman Geisler, co-founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu). Dr. Richard Land—who has served as SES president since 2013—commemorated Geisler’s homegoing on July 1, 2019, in a tribute praising God for the contributions of the spiritual giant and of his departed friend.
God equipped and positioned Geisler to be a formidable force for His kingdom and a champion of the inerrancy of Scripture, Land told the SES family.
“A prolific author, professor, speaker, lecturer, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian, Dr. Geisler has been aptly described as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham,” Land said. “All of us in the SES family were well aware that a spiritual giant walked among us, and he has been greatly missed.
“As I said at the time [of his death], he was quite simply the most important defender of the full inerrancy of Holy Scripture in the last third of the twentieth century and the first quarter of the twenty-first century. His influence both here in America and on the mission fields around the world has been incalculable.”
The anniversary of Geisler’s death last year, which shares a date with Land’s assumption of the presidency of SES in 2013, is an opportunity for Christians to recommit to a goal Geisler set for the seminary years ago.
“Each year on July 1, I use the occasion to renew my dedication to keeping his legacy alive and to fulfill the goal he set for SES many years ago: ‘to train trainers, teach teachers, and disciple disciplers, so the cycle never ends,’” Land said. “I have had this challenge from Dr. Geisler painted on the wall in a prominent place on our campus to remind us every day to keep our ‘eye on the ball.’”
A month before his passing, Geisler stated that he prayed fervently for his legacy to be firmly rooted in right views of God and Scripture’s inerrancy, noting that “so many of the challenges we face in our world today are rooted in our inadequate view of God and His Holy Word.”
Geisler’s hope was well founded, Land says.
“His diagnosis of the problem was, and is, absolutely correct, and his legacy has been, and will continue to be, priceless.”
Southern Evangelical Seminary has announced the early July release of Arise Together, a 200-page book written by twenty pastors and leaders in the USA—including SES President Dr. Richard Land. In addition, SES has announced its 2020 National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), set for Oct. 16-17 in Charlotte. The seminary will focus on the theme of “Hold Fast” for the 27th annual conference by welcoming some of the nation’s top apologetics speakers. The early bird deadline for tickets is Aug. 1, and SES is offering a free apologetics Bible to early ticketholders.
Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here. Dr. Richard Land is a leading voice of evangelicals in America. He serves as executive editor of The Christian Post and President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a leader in Christian apologetics education.
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