At Southern Seminary convocation, Mohler calls for ‘insurgency’ of countercultural Christians

S. Craig Sanders — February 2, 2016
 Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers a Feb. 2 convocation address, "If the World Hates You," from John 15:12-26.

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers a Feb. 2 convocation address, "If the World Hates You," from John 15:12-26.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Countercultural Christianity is the necessary result of friendship with Jesus and the destiny for gospel ministers, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his Feb. 2 convocation address.

“We have to go out as an insurgency,” Mohler said. “And we have to go out knowing that we are likely to spend the rest of our lives spending social capital in the world around us and the secular world’s mind in order to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in all its saving power.”

Preaching from John 15:12-26, Mohler said the ground of friendship with Christ is his choosing and preservation of believers, guaranteeing his followers they can fulfill the countercultural work to which they are called. Mohler illustrated how differently he understood this passage as a teenager when Christianity carried social capital and no one objected to his call to ministry. Read More >



Once mute, multilingual Boyce student says his autism is a gift from God

Robert Chapman — January 26, 2016

 

Steven Kunkel
Steven Kunkel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Six months after his parents moved from California to Uruguay with the International Mission Board in 1990, Steven Kunkel stopped speaking. His parents first thought their one-year-old son had culture shock, but knew something else was wrong when Kunkel did not speak for nearly three years.

When Kunkel was 4, his father took him to San Francisco, California, for a formal diagnosis. The doctors informed him his son was severely autistic, saying he would never be able to live on his own, learn to speak or make any friends. This diagnosis left Kunkel’s parents in a difficult situation. The doctors recommended they leave the mission field and put Steven in a school for autistic children, but they knew God had other plans for their family. Read More >



Pastoral counseling demonstrated at Southern Seminary’s Alumni Academy

Andrew J.W. Smith — January 19, 2016

Two leading biblical counselors role-played a typical counseling session, teaching a full room of pastors by example during the Jan 7-8 Winter Alumni Academy at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Pierre, associate professor of biblical counseling at Southern Seminary, explains his counseling method at Winter Alumni Academy, Jan 7-8.
Jeremy Pierre, associate professor of biblical counseling at Southern Seminary, explains his counseling method at Winter Alumni Academy, Jan 7-8.

Jeremy Pierre, associate professor of biblical counseling and dean of students at Southern Seminary, and Deepak Reju, pastor of biblical counseling and family ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., led all ten sessions of the Alumni Academy. The theme of the event was based upon their co-authored 2015 book, The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need.

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Southern Baptist missiologists respond to ‘dangerous’ views of ‘Insider Movements’ book

S. Craig Sanders — January 5, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Calling its views “theologically dangerous,” eight Southern Baptist missiologists published a lengthy rejoinder Jan. 5 to a recent book advocating the controversial “Insider Movements.” The book’s authors claim converts to Christianity can continue identifying with their previous religious community while following Jesus. Ayman S. Ibrahim, Bill…

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Boyce College to host Code Louisville web development training

S. Craig Sanders — December 17, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is working with nationally renowned Code Louisville to launch a Technology as Missions initiative, providing web development skills through intensive training. It is one of the first organizational expansions for Code Louisville since President Barack…

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Mercy entrepreneur Bryce Butler energizes local ministry efforts with business as mission

Annie Corser — December 16, 2015

While serving as a U.S. Army officer in South Korea, Bryce Butler witnessed a depth of darkness and isolation, from human trafficking to poverty, awakening a concern for the broken and hard to reach. A decade later, Butler has combined a heart for missions and mind for business into an…

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Southern Seminary helps Scarlet’s Bakery provide hope

Annie Corser — December 16, 2015

Scarlet Hope, a local ministry that reaches women in the entertainment industry, will open a bakery in Shelby Park Dec. 16 with the help of Louisville organizations including The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scarlet’s Bakery is a social enterprise of the ministry and will have its grand opening Jan. 16,…

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‘Star Wars’ book written by SBTS professor Timothy Paul Jones to be re-released this week

Andrew J.W. Smith — December 15, 2015

With the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theaters Friday, Waterbrook Multnomah is set this week to re-release Timothy Paul Jones’ book Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. As the new movie is the seventh in the Star Wars saga, Jones’ book explores a…

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Southern Baptist leaders to promote worldview development at March conference

Andrew J.W. Smith — December 15, 2015

Noted Southern Baptist leaders will headline the “Driven By Truth: Worldview Conference” at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 18-19, 2016. “Christian faithfulness in this generation means that apologetics is a frontline responsibility for every Christian,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. “We are looking forward to…

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Robert Jones to join SBTS faculty as biblical counseling professor

Andrew J.W. Smith — December 14, 2015

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has appointed Robert D. Jones as associate professor of biblical counseling. Jones joins the SBTS faculty after serving as a biblical counseling professor for 11 years at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. “Dr. Robert Jones is one of the leading figures…

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