For SBTS students at Crossover, evangelism is ‘sowing a seed’

Jim Hudson’s small group was trying to meet up with another team when he misread the directions on his phone. It was a scorching June day in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the group had been walking around the block for hours as part of the delegation from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Crossover 2018, a week-long evangelism ministry before the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting on June 12-13.

Timothy K. Beougher and students from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary meet during Crossover, June 4-10

Like many others in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area experienced during the week of SBC, Hudson’s phone took an extra second or two to get its bearings. So instead of going right, the group went left. They hadn’t walked more than 50 yards when they saw a man walking down the sidewalk — aimless and alone. Although he didn’t look like it, once they began talking to him they learned he was homeless.

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Book edited by Ibrahim critiques ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions

A new book edited by Islamic Studies professor Ayman S. Ibrahim explores the weaknesses of the popular “Insider Movements” in Muslim missiology. The book is available for purchase from Peter Lang Inc. or Amazon for $114.95.

Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts, which released last week, is a multi-author academic response to Insider Movements, a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim, according to Ibrahim, who is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Southern Baptist Convention must grapple with its racist legacy, say SBTS leaders at SBC panel

DALLAS, Texas. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Convention must continue to acknowledge and repudiate its racist origins, said leaders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at a panel during the June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. While the convention has owned its role in recent years — formally repenting in a 1995 statement — its journey is incomplete, said the panelists.

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Mohler: Southern Baptists churches must be ‘first refuge’ for abuse victims

Southern Baptists should not “circle the wagons” amid recent controversies, but instead must become “the first refuge for anyone who is seeking help,” argued R. Albert Mohler Jr. during a recent discussion about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. He referenced a months-long slew of firings and resignations within Southern Baptist entities, most for reasons of moral or ethical failure.

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Pastor-scholar Hershael York appointed dean of Southern Seminary’s School of Theology

Hershael York

The preaching professor replaces historian Gregory A. Wills, who completed five-year term.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (SBTS) — Long-time pastor and New Testament scholar Hershael York will become the new dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary effective August 1, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced last week at the annual alumni and friends luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas. York will replace Gregory A. Wills, who completed a five-year term as dean.

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Mohler names pastor Juan R. Sanchez as Southern Seminary Alumnus of the Year, receives resolution of appreciation from SBC Executive Committee

Reid Karr announced as Missionary Alumnus of the Year

DALLAS, Texas. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. presented pastor Juan R. Sanchez with the school’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year award during the seminary’s June 13 annual Alumni and Friends Luncheon. The seminary luncheon was part of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. The president also received a “resolution of appreciation” from the SBC Executive Committee. Additionally, Mohler named a Missionary Alumnus of the Year at the event.

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Southern Seminary students challenged to share their faith at Crossover 2018

FT. WORTH, Texas (SBTS) — 175 students from five different Southern Baptist seminaries gathered under the scorching Texas sun for one purpose: to testify to Christian faith in the neighborhoods of Ft. Worth, Texas, June 4-10. Among them, eight students from a personal evangelism class led by Timothy K. Beougher, who is the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Southern Seminary, knocked on doors and ignored their comfort zones as they articulated the Christian faith to others.

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Mohler at SBC annual meeting: Southern Seminary committed to ‘gold standard’ of theological education

During his report on behalf of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. surveyed the seminary’s growth during his 25 years as president. He began by alluding to the doctrinal controversy at the seminary — and the entire convention — in the late 20th century, which surrounded the authority of the Bible and place of the school’s confession, the Abstract of Principles, in its operations.

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New book from Mary Mohler calls for a deeper understanding of gratitude

Gratitude is a deeply theological issue, argues Mary Mohler in her new book, Growing in Gratitude: Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart. The book was released this week.

In her book, Mohler traces the roots of gratitude in the Bible and provides application for readers to live a more gratitude-filled life. The book is available now for purchase from The Good Book Company or Amazon for $12.99, and Amazon Kindle for $5.99.

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Giving Days raises $300K for Southern Seminary

The second annual Giving Days initiative at Southern Seminary raised more than $300,000 to support the mission of the seminary. This year’s initiative generated, so far, more the 240 gifts.

“We are thrilled by all that was accomplished during Giving Days,” said Craig Parker, who is a senior vice president at the seminary and who heads up fundraising efforts for the seminary. “God’s kindness to Southern Seminary and Boyce College was on display each of the four days of Giving Days. The outpouring of support that came from alumni, students, trustees, and friends of Southern and Boyce served as a reminder of the profound impact this institution has had on scores of lives.”

The multi-day event, which happened  April 19-22, comprised four parts: “Tell Day,” social media testimonials; “Serve Day,” a community-wide service project around the city of Louisville, Kentucky; “Giving Day,” a funding drive for the seminary’s annual fund, which helps offset tuition costs; and "Preach the Word," when the seminary honors the students and alumni who serve in preaching ministries around the world.

Tell Day

Students, faculty, and alumni shared their stories through social media for Tell Day on April 19. Several notable figures in the Southern Baptist Convention recorded testimonies during Tell Day, including James Merritt, Dan Darling, and Lauren Green McAfee and Michael McAfee, who is director of communications for the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.

Give Day

On Friday, April 20, the school encouraged alumni and friends to make financial investments supporting the mission and students of Southern Seminary and Boyce College. A group of donors pledged $75,000 in matching gifts before the event. The effort ultimately resulted in the 240 financial gifts.

Serve Day

On April 21, students and staff from Southern Seminary deployed around the city of Louisville to paint, clean, build, rake and dozens of other tasks in service of the Louisville community. The city-wide project was led by the seminary's dean of student life, Jeremy Pierre. His teams of staff and volunteers organize the massive project in conjunction with officials from the City of Louisville.

Those efforts take a lot of work, but according to Jim Stitzinger, who is an associate vice president at Southern Seminary and who overseas aspects of Giving Days, the message the 1937 Project sends to the community is well worth it.

“The 1937 project mobilizes Southern Seminary and Boyce College to serve our community," he said. "It’s a powerful way we can go to the neglected areas of town and serve in a way that shows Christ’s love.”

Stitzinger said staff from the campus’s student life office puts a lot of time into coordinating with officials from Louisville to identify areas of need, as well as “considerable” effort in mobilizing the SBTS community.

“Deploying over 400 students is worth all the effort when we see the impact their hearts and hands have on our city,” he said.

“Southern’s campus is a wonderful place to learn, but Louisville is our city to serve. As students and staff deploy across town, we often discover areas to continue serving long after the 1937 Project concludes for the day. The Southern Seminary classroom is the finest place to learn, and the heart of students to serve shows that their studies are compelling them to action.”

Preach the Word

The Sunday following the 1937 Project was “Preach the Word,” a day that highlights the global pulpit ministries of Southern Seminary’s alumni. Currently, Southern has graduates serving in churches in at least 63 different countries around the world.

Parker said that while the Giving Days effort was in support of the seminary, the result is a display of how Southern Seminary has shaped the lives of students and alumni around the country.

“The gifts, the personal testimonies, the sacrifices of time and effort all told of the deep affection so many have for Southern Seminary and Boyce College,” Parker said. “It is tremendously encouraging to see how our mission has influenced so many lives, and that the work accomplished here has motivated so many to love our Lord Jesus more and to serve His church better.”

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