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Mohler, colleagues publish e-book refuting new book, ‘God and the Gay Christian’

James A. Smith Sr. — April 22, 2014
over of God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines, edited by R. Albert Mohler Jr., published by SBTS Press as part of its new “CONVERSANT” series.

Cover of God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines, edited by R. Albert Mohler Jr., published by SBTS Press as part of its new “CONVERSANT” series.

A new book’s “exceedingly dangerous” assertions that homosexual orientation and gay marriage are consistent with a high view of the Bible is refuted by President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and four of his colleagues at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in an e-book, published today.

God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines released this morning, the same day as the official release of Vines’ volume, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, which has garnered significant attention in the days leading up to its release.

Vines, a 24-year-old former Harvard student, weaves his personal biography of growing up as an evangelical Christian and “coming out” as a homosexual to his parents and now former home church. In the process, Vines left Harvard in order to study the Bible’s claims about homosexuality, which later resulted in the publishing of his book.

“Not every book deserves a response, but some books seem to appear at a time and context in which response is absolutely necessary,” Mohler told Southern Seminary News. “The kind of argument that is presented by Matthew Vines, if not confronted, can lead many people to believe that his case is persuasive and that his treatment of the Bible is legitimate. I think that it’s very important that evangelicals be reminded that the church has not misunderstood Scripture for 2,000 years.”

Published by SBTS Press, God and the Gay Christian? is a 100-page critique of Vines, edited by Mohler, who also contributes a chapter. Other contributors are: James M. Hamilton Jr., professor of biblical theology; Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies; Owen Strachan, assistant professor of Christian theology and church history; and Heath Lambert, assistant professor of biblical counseling. Burk, Strachan and Lambert teach primarily for Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary.

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Southern Seminary trustees update faculty hiring policies, ‘unify’ faculty

James A. Smith Sr. — April 16, 2014

In order to continue to “attract and retain a first-class academic faculty,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees approved updates to faculty employment policies and unified the graduate and undergraduate faculties during its April 14-15 meeting. Trustees also approved promotions, designations to…

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Platt: gospel requires cultural engagement — especially on unpopular issues

Hayley Schoeppler — March 21, 2014

The gospel should compel “contrite, compassionate, courageous” cultural engagement, David Platt exhorted in a chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 20. Preaching from selected passages in Genesis 1-3, Platt, the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., and bestselling author, pointedly challenged younger evangelicals’…

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Utah evangelicals on ‘vanguard’ for American believers, Mohler says

Karen L. Willoughby — March 17, 2014

Southern Baptists in Utah and other western states live at the forefront of a cultural change sweeping the nation at a rapid pace, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church of Provo, Utah. Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke earlier in the day…

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SBTS Press publica Una guía para el ministerio expositivo

SBTS Communications — March 14, 2014

Una versión en español de A Guide to Expository Ministry, denominada  Una guía para el ministerio expositivo, fue lanzada en la conferencia para pastores hispanos del 27 de Febrero, realizada en conjunción con la conferencia anual para pastores 9Marks. Este libro hace un llamado a la recuperación de la predicación…

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SBTS Press publishes Spanish edition of A Guide to Expository Ministry

SBTS Communications — March 14, 2014

A Spanish-language edition of A Guide to Expository Ministry debuted at the Feb. 27 Hispanic pastors’ conference, held in conjunction with the annual two-day 9Marks conference for pastors. The book, published by SBTS Press, calls for the recovery of expository preaching in local churches. The book also encourages faithful, qualified pastors to apply…

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In new book, Mohler defines, defends classic view of biblical inerrancy

RuthAnne Irvin and Matt Damico — March 13, 2014

In a new book, Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. defines and defends the doctrine of inerrancy as the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy articulates it. The Chicago Statement is the preeminent evangelical explanation and affirmation of the doctrine of inerrancy of the Scriptures. Nearly 300 evangelical scholars,…

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KBC executive director challenges Southern Seminary to rejoice in the glorious gospel

Hayley Schoeppler — March 12, 2014

Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, posed the question, “How shall we respond to the gospel?” in a chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 11. Preaching from Galatians 4:1-7, Chitwood, who previous was assistant professor of evangelism and church growth at Southern Seminary, encouraged…

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Southern Seminary realiza una conferencia histórica en español

RuthAnne Irvin y Jairo Namnún — March 6, 2014

La conferencia 9Marks en Southern hizo un sonido diferente este año, ya que el seminario fue anfitrión de su primera conferencia completamente en español. El 27 de febrero se realizó una conferencia para pastores hispanos conjuntamente con la conferencia anual de 9Marks para pastores. Miguel Núñez, de República Dominicana, quien…

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Southern Seminary hosts historic Spanish-language conference

RuthAnne Irvin and Jairo Namnun — March 6, 2014

Southern Seminary’s 9Marks at Southern conference looked and sounded different this year, as the seminary hosted its first-ever conference entirely in Spanish. A Feb. 27 Hispanic pastors’ conference was held in conjunction with the annual two-day 9Marks conference for pastors. Miguel Núñez, Dominican pastor, author and a popular TV show…

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