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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.

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks April 15 during the board of trustees meeting of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks April 15 during the board of trustees meeting of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Trustees also approved promotions, designations to academic chairs and sabbatical leaves for certain faculty, elected new officers and approved a $40.572 million budget for the 2014-2015 academic year, a 5.87 percent increase from the current year.

All actions of the board were unanimous.

Under new employment policies, all elected faculty will serve under a “simple academic instructional contract” rather than a tenure-based contract. Faculty will be eligible for contract terms of between one and nine years. The new policy is effective immediately and applies to all current faculty.

“Southern Seminary is returning to the classic, traditional method of hiring faculty that has marked this institution through most of its history,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “A tenure-based contract was the basis for hiring and retaining faculty from about 1960 to the present. But we have returned to making the election of faculty by the board of trustees the most important issue, and returning faculty to teaching on the basis of a simple academic instructional contract.”

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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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Mohler to BYU: religious freedom threat growing

James A. Smith Sr. — February 25, 2014

Speaking for the second time in less than 100 days at Brigham Young University, Southern Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr. told students and faculty at the school, “We may go to jail sooner even than we thought,” recalling his concern about the threat to religious liberty raised in an…

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