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  • SBTS slavery & racism report stirs media flurry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (25 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's 71-page report on the institution's history of slavery and racism garnered coverage in hundreds of media outlets during the week following its release. Reaction to the report ranged from affirmation by many evangelicals to criticism from both the left and right.

    "Insofar as there is any legitimacy to any criticism, we need to hear it," Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Dec. 17 on NPR's On Point radio broadcast. "... I intend to deal with honest partners in this, with people who want to engage in a conversation about the Christian responsibility that we face as Southern Seminary. And I think Southern Baptists ... Read More

  • Seminary releases 'honest lament' on slavery, racism

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report today (Dec. 12) that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary.

    "Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained," the seminary said in its initial news release on the school's past. "Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included Southern Baptist Theological Seminary."

    Produced by a team of its faculty, the report recounts the history of these issues at Southern Seminary -- from the school's slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Read More

  • Mohler underscores 'something glorious' to SBTS grads

    by SBTS Communications, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Seminary graduates bear witness to the glory of God's reign promised by the birth of the Messiah, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school's 222nd commencement exercises.

    During the Dec. 6 ceremony in Louisville, Ky., 156 master's and doctoral students were present to receive their degrees on Friday as members of an overall 208-person graduating class.

    In his address, titled "For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea," Mohler said the graduates of Southern Seminary are part of a global movement that began in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. And that movement will not stop until God's glory spreads to the entire world, he said. Read More

  • Women's support coordinator appointed at SBTS

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- In light of challenges facing campuses about the place of women in those communities, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed Garnetta Smith to the new position of women's support coordinator for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    In comments about Smith's appointment, Mohler said it further buttresses policies already in place to protect women by providing a woman in a place of authority to whom they have direct access. In his analysis of best practices, Mohler said, it became clear that Southern Seminary needed a woman in this role who had ... Read More

  • Reasons for Christians to sing spotlighted at conf.

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Worship leaders and pastors gathered at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Nov. 8-10 for the Doxology and Theology national conference. Matt Boswell, pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, hosted and organized the conference.

    The theme of the conference was "liturgy," and the main sessions highlighted the church's need to sing, read, see, pray and preach the Word of God on a regular basis. Each session highlighted one of those five liturgies in a 45-minute sermon and included dedicated singing time and short, 15-minute talks. Read More

  • Mohler elected VP of Evangelical Theological Society

    by SBTS Staff, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been elected as vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society, effective immediately following this year's Nov. 13-15 annual meeting in Denver.

    Mohler was elected as vice president with no objections from fellow scholars at the 70th annual ETS meeting. He is the third representative in the last 15 years from Southern Seminary to serve as vice president of ETS, following Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware.

    Schreiner, Southern Seminary's James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, was ETS vice president in 2012 and president in 2013.

    Ware, SBTS T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, was vice president of ETS before becoming president in 2009. Read More

  • Seminary students urged to redefine ministry success

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, October 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Success in ministry does not come from your abilities, but from the kindness of God, noted Noe Garcia during an Oct. 18 chapel service at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Garcia is an alumnus of SBTS and senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., which was the home church of the late Sen. John McCain. Garcia attracted national attention this past August when he presided over McCain's memorial service. Read More

  • Mohler's 25 years at Southern Seminary celebrated

    by SBTS Communications, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees presented a resolution of appreciation to R. Albert Mohler Jr. to celebrate his 25th anniversary as president of the institution during a special chapel service Oct. 9.

    A sermon by Atlanta-area pastor James Merritt and reflections from Mohler, who became the seminary's president in 1993, also were part of the celebration at the Louisville, Ky., campus.

    Trustee vice chairman and North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley presented the resolution, reading the text to a filled-to-capacity Alumni Memorial Chapel. Mohler received the framed ... Read More

  • Q&A: Mohler reflects on 25 yrs. at Southern Seminary

    by SBTS Communications, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- On the occasion of his 25th anniversary as Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's president, R. Albert Mohler Jr. sat down for a wide-ranging conversation about cultural challenges, theological education, the Southern Baptist Convention and his tenure as the ninth president of the SBC's oldest seminary.

    "When I came here as a student, I definitely came wanting to do a Ph.D. I wanted to be, and felt called to be, a theologian and a preacher of the Word," Mohler said. "I wanted to be deeply involved in apologetics. And I assumed that would be in the pastorate. But I knew that it ... Read More