Tillman delivers Pinson Lectures address to Wayland students

February 12, 2014

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Bill Tillman spoke to students at Wayland Baptist University during Wednesday’s chapel service as part of the Pinson Lecture Series.

The Pinson Lecture Series was developed by Dr. William Pinson, working with Baptist Churches and organizations to bring awareness to Baptist distinctive.

Dr. Tillman, a longtime leader in Baptist education and ethics, is the director of theological education for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has also taught courses for Logsdon Seminary and Southwestern Theological Seminary.

On Wednesday, Tillman challenged student to use scripture to help define who they become. Referencing 2 Timothy 2:1-18, Tillman showed that Paul used vocations to show that God works through people in all walks of life. He said there are three vital areas through which people must evaluate themselves: Recognize one’s assets, gifts or talents; recognize one’s aspirations or calling; and identify one’s market realities, cultural contexts and mission field.

“Paul expected accountability from those who understood the call of God,” Tillman said. “The main thing is to be a renderer of the Gospel truth. This calls for some discernment on our part.”

He said self-evaluation based on scripture is how someone can remain within God’s will.

“How do we stay true to the high calling of Christ?” he asked. “Some things need to be evaluated to stay on track.”

Referencing the cliché that this is not the destination, but part of the journey, Tillman encouraged students to stay in school and learn from professors and mentors who have gone through these periods of evaluation to find success where they are.