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ISIS conflict ‘annihilating Middle East Christians,’ says Islam expert at Southern Seminary

S. Craig Sanders — July 2, 2014
J. Scott Bridger, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary

J. Scott Bridger, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary

Violence erupting in Iraq and Syria as the jihadist group ISIS declares an Islamic state is “annihilating Middle Eastern Christians,” said the director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Sunni insurgent group sweeping across Iraq and Syria and taking control of its provinces announced June 29 that it established a caliphate, which is an Islamic state led by a religious and political leader — in this case, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The United Nations reports the death toll for the month of June in Iraq stands at 2,417.

“We need to raise our voices much louder on behalf of Middle Eastern Christian communities that have basically existed for 2,000 years,” said J. Scott Bridger, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary. “You have Christians in this whole area that are basically being exterminated.”

Christians, Shiite Muslims and Sunnis with more democratic ideologies are among the victims of indiscriminate violence ISIS has inflicted on those who disagree with their ambition to create an Islamic state. In June, ISIS released footage claiming to show the mass execution of 160 people. Read More >

Mohler: Supreme Court ruling ‘a major victory for religious liberty’

S. Craig Sanders — June 30, 2014

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force Christian-owned businesses Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to its employees. Hobby Lobby claimed that the Affordable Care Act infringed on its religious liberty. A 5-4 majority of the high court…

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Southern Seminary alumnus Troy Bush leads Rehoboth Baptist Church toward renewal

Aaron Cline Hanbury — June 26, 2014

Harriet and Johnny Carter came to Rehoboth Baptist Church in 1956. Upon joining, they found a growing, energetic community with hundreds of worshippers each weekend. And then-pastor Lester Buice was a decade into what would become a 36-year ministry at the church. A century earlier, Rehoboth, sitting about 10 miles…

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Businessman-revivalist gives $1M for church revitalization programs

James A. Smith Sr. — June 25, 2014

Harold Mathena has “dabbled” in business throughout his life. For him, business has always been secondary to his desire to serve the Lord as a pastor and evangelist. Business was his means to ministry, not the end itself. Most people’s dabbling, however, rarely results in a successful business, sold after…

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Chitwood leads Kentucky Baptists to prioritize revitalization

Erin Roach — June 24, 2014

Paul Chitwood believes church revitalization is as important as church planting. “Revelation 19:7 says of the Lord’s church, ‘His Bride has made herself ready,’” said Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC). “I believe one of the primary roles of pastors, and the denominational missionaries who serve them,…

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Mohler notes impact of Southern Seminary alumni on SBC during annual luncheon

S. Craig Sanders — June 16, 2014

R. Albert Mohler Jr. noted the significant impact alumni of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are having as leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention during the annual alumni and friends luncheon, June 11. “Here’s the great joy: we get to reflect on how Southern Seminary, by God’s grace and to…

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Scott Bridger to lead Southern Seminary center for Christian Understanding of Islam

RuthAnne Irvin — June 16, 2014

J. Scott Bridger, an evangelical scholar of Islam, will serve as the director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam and the Bill and Connie Jenkins assistant professor of Islamic studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, school officials announced this spring. “I think Scott Bridger is…

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Mohler: ‘Unmistakably huge’ task requires future ministers to speak

Aaron Cline Hanbury — June 12, 2014

BALTIMORE — “Vast shifts” in American culture present an “unmistakably huge” task to future generations of pastors, missionaries and evangelists, said R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention on the state of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “We can no longer live with the…

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‘Doing theology’ on Capitol Hill: Pastor Mark Dever awarded SBTS alumnus of the year

Tom Strode — June 11, 2014

BALTIMORE — Devoted to infusing a comprehensive theology into the life of his congregation and revitalizing churches in the nation’s capital, Mark Dever has earned special recognition from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, presented Dever with the distinguished alumnus of the year…

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Faithful ambassadors: Southern Seminary students share gospel in inner city Baltimore during SBC Crossover

S. Craig Sanders — June 11, 2014

BALTIMORE — Delivering faithfully the message of Christ as ambassadors of the gospel anchored the evangelistic efforts of students from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Baltimore, June 5-7. Southern Seminary students joined other seminaries as part of nearly 2,000 volunteers from 18 states and Canada to serve the Baltimore…

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