Don’t compromise the gospel in social cooperation, says Mohler at TGC workshop

Andrew J.W. Smith — April 13, 2017

Evangelical Christians must not compromise the gospel when cooperating with Catholics on social and political matters, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at The Gospel Coalition National Conference on the Protestant Reformation.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks at a workshop during The Gospel Coalition National Conference, April 4.

Evangelicals partnering with other groups in shared matters of social concern is often necessary — such as with Catholics in the pro-life movement — but should never eclipse the importance of doctrinal differences between the two.

"We can be involved in common moral concerns with Catholics, but we should not call what we are doing a ministry,” said Mohler during his April 4 workshop titled “When to Stand Together, When to Stand Apart: Principles for Social Cooperation without Compromise.”

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Gaines calls for prayer to be ‘priority’ of Southern Baptists at SBTS chapel

Annie Corser — April 12, 2017
Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines preaching on the priority of prayer at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s April 11 chapel service.

Southern Baptists should prioritize prayer for unity and evangelism, said Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s April 11 chapel service.

“I’m praying that the priority of the Southern Baptist Convention [is] that we will become literally a house of prayer. I’m praying that when people think about the Southern Baptist Convention the very first thing they will think of is this: That’s the group of folks, those are the folks that pray,” Gaines said.

Examining the method of the early church, Gaines explained 10 truths about the importance of prayer from Acts 4:23-31. Gaines said the early church provides an example of how prayer reveals the intimacy of a Christian’s relationship to God. People talk with and about those whom they love, and prayer is one way Christians talk with God, he said. The book of Acts is about people praying to God and sharing Scripture with others.

“Everywhere they went, they prayed and they witnessed,” said Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. “They loved the Lord. And so just naturally, out of their lives flowed prayer toward the Lord and evangelism and witnessing toward other people.”

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Southern Seminary trustees install Gaines to visiting professorship, elect 3 faculty

Andrew J.W. Smith — April 11, 2017

Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved all recommendations in the board’s April 10 meeting, including the installation of Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines to a visiting professorship honoring former SBC President Herschel H. Hobbs. The board also approved an expanded budget for the 2017-2018 academic year and elected three faculty members.

The trustees established the Herschel H. Hobbs Visiting Professor of Christian Preaching to honor the life and legacy of Hobbs, a two-time graduate of Southern Seminary. Hobbs was the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-1963, served as chairman of the committee that revised the Baptist Faith and Message in 1963, and pastored several SBC churches.

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks at the plenary session of the Board of Trustees, April 10.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks at the plenary session of the Board of Trustees, April 10.

“One of my encouragers all along the way was Dr. Herschel Hobbs — he was so committed to this institution, so committed to Southern Baptists,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. to trustees during the meeting. “Very regularly we will have a visiting professor in his name come to this campus in order to educate students and honor Dr. Hobbs.”

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Students reminded to be ‘salt and light’ at Renown Conference

Charissa Crotts — April 6, 2017
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Eric Geiger, vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Young Christians are called to be “salt and light” and share the gospel where God has placed them, said Southern Baptist leaders during Boyce College’s Renown Conference, March 17-18.

“You don’t have to have a Bible college or seminary degree to get this understanding that Jesus has put me in the place he has me; he said, ‘Go home to be salt and light,’” said Eric Geiger, author and vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More >



Cooperative giving advances the gospel, Richards says at SBTS chapel

Annie Corser — March 21, 2017

Southern Baptists need to unite in order “to advance the kingdom of God together for God’s glory,” said Texas Baptist leader Jim Richards during The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s March 21 chapel service. “What we have [as churches in the Southern Baptist Convention] is definitely much more in common than…

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Jenkins Center takes gospel to Muslims in Dearborn

Andrew J.W. Smith — March 16, 2017

Southern Seminary students visited Dearborn, Michigan, home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, to pray for and evangelize local Muslims, Feb. 24-26. Led by Ayman S. Ibrahim — Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding…

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Pray with purpose, Jordan says at SBTS chapel

Annie Corser — March 15, 2017

Christians should model the Apostle Paul in praying with purpose because God is personal, powerful, gracious, loving, and generous, said Oklahoma Baptist leader Anthony L. Jordan at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s March 14 chapel service. “The fact of the matter is that if you ever want to wonder about…

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‘The Shack’ film a ‘theological disaster,’ Mohler says

SBTS Communications — March 10, 2017

The theatrical release and controversy of faith-based film The Shack represents a “theological disaster,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a March 8 episode of “The Briefing.” “The real danger, the seductive danger of The Shack, is that it’s presented as a retelling…

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Reject uncritical approach to technology, Mitchell says at Southern Seminary’s Norton Lectures

S. Craig Sanders and Zachary Ball — March 7, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Theological reflection on technological advancements in communication and science must counteract an uncritical approach to technology that threatens human existence, said bioethicist C. Ben Mitchell during the Norton Lectures at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 1-2. “We have to reject uncritical consumeristic adoption of digital…

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‘Go find someone hurting,’ Tada says at Southern Seminary

Charissa Crotts — February 24, 2017

Life is about more than a healthy body, said Joni Eareckson Tada along with her husband, Ken, during two events at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Feb. 10-11. Tada, a quadriplegic, is a speaker and author who uses her testimony as a platform to highlight disability ministry. “Go find someone…

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