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Vines left speechless by book in his honor

Longtime Southern Baptist pastor Jerry Vines was given a surprise honor recently when, preparing to address the chapel service at Southwestern Seminary, was presented with a book written in his honor. The book contained essays provided by several leaders, pastor, and theologians.

FORT WORTH, TX — Moments before standing to preach a sermon in a Southwestern Seminary chapel service, well-known Southern Baptist preacher and former SBC president Jerry Vines was presented with a book written in his honor by a number of leaders, pastors, and theologians. The unexpected recognition left Vines in an unfamiliar state – speechless.

“I was totally unprepared for this,” Vines admitted during the March 5 presentation. “There are a lot of emotions welling up in my heart, and I just say thank you.”

Southwestern’s dean of theology, David Allen, who grew up in and was called to ministry under Vines’ ministry, served as general editor of the book and presented it to Vines. Allen wrote the foreword to the book.

“For 60 plus years, Dr. Jerry Vines has been preaching the Gospel,” Allen said. “You might say that his ministry, in many ways, is John 3:16 in a nutshell. From small rural churches in Georgia all the way to the great mega-church First Baptist in Jacksonville, FL, and everywhere in between, over the past 60 plus years of ministry, Jerry Vines has preached the Word. He has been a model, an example, a mentor, an encourager to so many of us in what it’s all about when it comes to biblical preaching, to expository preaching.”

The book is titled “Preach the Word! A Collection of Essays on Biblical Preaching in Honor of Jerry Vines.” Among its contributors are past SBC presidents Johnny Hunt and Paige Patterson along with other Southern Baptist leaders, pastors, and theologians, including Steve Gaines, Mac Brunson, Stephen Rummage, Steve Lemke, Malcolm Yarnell, Steven Smith, Adam Dooley, Emir Caner, and Jeff Pennington. Additionally, the book concludes with a reprint of Vines’ famous convention sermon “A Baptist and His Bible” along with an introduction to the sermon by the late Adrian Rogers.