Report discloses history of slavery and racism at Southern Seminary

The document, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., laments ‘a sinful absence of historical curiosity’

Across the United States, historic institutions of higher learning are being called to account for their complicity in the institutionalized racism of American slavery. Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained. 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 The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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The 208 graduates of Southern Seminary are heralds of a coming kingdom, said Mohler at winter commencement

Seminary graduates bear witness to the glory of God’s reign promised by the birth of the Messiah at Christmas, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, at the school’s 222nd commencement exercises, December 7.

During the ceremony in the seminary’s historic Alumni Memorial Chapel, 155 master’s and doctoral students were present to receive their degrees on Friday as members of a 208-person graduating class.

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Garnetta Smith appointed women’s support coordinator

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 The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the seminary president announced via official correspondence to the seminary community.

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Southern Seminary well represented at Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting

Professor Michael A.G. Haykin gave one of three plenary presentations at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Denver, Colorado, November 13-15. Haykin’s paper — which he presented to around 1,500 fellow scholars from around the world — highlighted Southern Seminary’s deep engagement with the society. In all, more than 60 faculty members, alumni, and doctoral students from Southern Seminary participated in ETS this year.

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NASA Astronaut at Night of Valor: view from space confirms glory of God in creation

Your view of the world from space can shape an eternal perspective, said NASA astronaut Jeff Williams at Southern Seminary’s Night of Valor event, November 12. Colonel Williams, at one time the record holder for most cumulative days spent in space, had previously visited Southern Seminary in October of 2013. In August of 2016, he spoke with Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. during the Tuesday chapel service in a broadcast from the International Space Station.

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Mohler elected vice president of Evangelical Theological Society at annual meeting

R. Albert Mohler Jr. today was elected as vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), effective immediately following this year’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 13-15.

Mohler becomes vice president of ETS with no objections from fellow scholars at the 70th annual ETS meeting. Mohler is the third representative in the last fifteen years from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to serve as vice president of ETS, following Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, was vice president in 2012 and president in 2013. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, was vice president of ETS before becoming president in 2009.

Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology, was the secretary of ETS in 2018.

Mohler has been an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society for three decades and has presented many papers and addresses for both national and regional meetings.

“The Evangelical Theological Society is the most important academic society for scholars who are, first of all, evangelical, and second of all, committed to the strengthening of this movement, academia, and the engagement of the intellectual world,” Mohler said immediately after this morning’s ETS business meeting. “The history of ETS is the history of the development of the evangelical movement in America. Even though it is off the screen of most people in evangelical churches because of its academic nature, it was of the most important loadstars of the evangelical movement.”

Since his election as president of Southern Seminary in 1993, Mohler has been at the forefront of public theological dialogue in evangelicalism. He was hired to return the seminary to its founding commitment to the truth of the Bible and to a strong, representative relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mohler is also an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. In addition to his responsibilities as president of Southern Seminary, he also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology.

Mohler is the author of many books, including We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong; Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth; and Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments. From 1985 to 1993, he served as associate editor of Preaching, a journal for evangelical preachers, and is currently editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has contributed to over 100 other published works.

A native of Lakeland, Florida, Mohler was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned both a master of divinity degree and a doctor of philosophy in systematic and historical theology from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and did academic research at University of Oxford in England.

Mohler hosts two podcast programs: The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and Thinking in Public, a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog, where he regularly comments on moral, cultural and theological issues. Called “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large” by The Chicago Tribune, Mohler’s mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview.

 

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Pastors and musicians discuss liturgy at Doxology and Theology conference

Worship leaders and pastors gathered at The 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.

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Scholars discuss the Holy Spirit at Theology Conference

As a prelude to the 70th national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on the Holy Spirit, the 2018 Theology Conference held at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 26-27, also dealt with the third person of the Trinity. Scholars from North America and New Zealand gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, during the weekend for the conference, which was titled “Beholding the Holy Spirit Afresh, in Scripture, in History and in Contemporary Life.”

The Theology Conference features a series of academic papers presented by leading scholars in their field. Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, hosted the event.

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Noe Garcia, Southern Seminary alumnus and pastor to the late Senator John McCain, calls students to redefine ministry success

Success in ministry does not come from your abilities, but from the kindness of God, argued Noe Garcia during an Oct. 18 chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Garcia is an alumnus of the seminary (doctor of ministry) and senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, which was the home church of the late Senator John McCain. Garcia attracted national attention this past August when he presided over McCain’s memorial service.

During his chapel message, Garcia asked seminary students to rethink the meaning of success in ministry: He urged future ministers not to look for ministry success anywhere but in God’s provision.

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Southern Seminary releases video commemorating Mohler’s 25 years

A short film commemorates R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s 25 years as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The video by Southern Productions runs 15 minutes in length, tells the story of Mohler’s presidency, and points to the future of the institution under Mohler’s leadership. The video debuted Oct. 11 at the beginning of a chapel service that included a sermon by Jimmy Scroggins, the senior pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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