MEDIA ADVISORY: Astronaut Jeff Williams to speak live from International Space Station in Aug. 30 SBTS chapel service

SBTS Communications — August 26, 2016

Jeff Williams NASALOUISVILLE, KY (SBTS) — NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to participate in a live interview with R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. during the seminary’s chapel service in Alumni Memorial Chapel. The event is open to the seminary community and will be livestreamed at sbts.edu/live.

A friend of SBTS who has previously spoken on campus about his explorations, Williams and his Soyuz crewmates were launched on a 172-day mission to the International Space Station on March 18 of this year. On Aug. 24, Williams surpassed Scott Kelly’s previous record of 521 days to become the American with the most cumulative days in space. The current mission is Williams’ fourth spaceflight and third long-duration stay on the space station. Read More >



SBTS convocation: Mohler urges confessional resolution in the face of change

Andrew J.W. Smith — August 24, 2016

Although contemporary culture embraces continual change and the revision of core beliefs in the name of progress, the Christian church should be marked by faithfulness to the settled Word of the Lord, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the Aug. 23 fall convocation.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks at SBTS convocation, Aug. 23.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks at SBTS convocation, Aug. 23.

“While everything may be appearing to change around us — and far more so apparently in 2016 than in 1979 or in 1859, the reality is ‘the grass withers and the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord endures forever,’” Mohler said.

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Boyce College associate dean Kevin Jones models service and sacrifice

Dylan Bailey and S. Craig Sanders — August 22, 2016
Kevin Jones, associate dean of academic innovation at Boyce College
Kevin Jones, associate dean of academic innovation at Boyce College

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The newly-appointed associate dean of academic innovation at Boyce College is “a master teacher, a gifted administrator, a proven churchman, and a devoted husband and father,” said Matthew J. Hall, dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s undergraduate school. Louisville native Kevin Jones, assistant professor of teacher education since 2014, has more than a decade of experience teaching in public schools and colleges, in addition to his service in church ministry roles and community organizations.

"As one of Christian higher education's fastest-growing institutions, these are extraordinary times of opportunity for Boyce College,” Hall said. “Dr. Kevin Jones is the right man at the right time to help our efforts to lead the college into this exciting future. Dr. Jones will play a vital role in leading our efforts to develop new degree programs as well as continuing to ensure excellence in teaching as one of Boyce College's distinctives." Read More >



Islam requires strategic engagement, SBTS professors say at Alumni Academy

Andrew J.W. Smith — August 11, 2016

With fresh news reports about Islam appearing daily, and the need for global gospel proclamation as critical as ever, Christians need to learn how to engage with Islam theologically and strategically, said two professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during the Aug. 8-9 Alumni Academy.

Ayman Ibrahim, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary and Senior Fellow for the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, lectures during Alumni Academy, Aug. 8-9.
Ayman Ibrahim, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary and Senior Fellow for the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, lectures during Alumni Academy, Aug. 8-9.

Ayman Ibrahim, Bill and Connie Jenkins Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary and senior fellow for the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, and John Klaassen, associate professor of global studies at Boyce College, led the seven sessions of the Alumni Academy, which culminated with a Q&A with both Ibrahim and Klaassen.

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Russell Moore awarded alumnus of the year at annual SBTS luncheon

Andrew J.W. Smith — June 16, 2016

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award to Russell D. Moore at the seminary’s June 15 alumni luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. “Russ Moore has already made history and there…

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Southern Seminary ‘thriving’ in face of secularization, Mohler reports to SBC messengers

Andrew J.W. Smith — June 16, 2016

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s record-setting enrollment numbers testify to an ideological paradox of the cultural revolution, said SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. during his June 15 report to messengers during the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Despite the supposed death of…

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Matthew J. Hall named dean of Boyce College

Andrew J.W. Smith — June 10, 2016

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has appointed Matthew J. Hall as dean of its undergraduate school Boyce College. Hall, assistant professor of church history, has served as vice president for academic services at Southern Seminary since 2013. “Matthew Hall is just the leader to take Boyce College into the next…

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SBTS leaders to participate in several events during SBC annual meeting in St. Louis

Andrew J.W. Smith — June 3, 2016

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will be well represented at the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting and other gatherings in St. Louis, Missouri, June 14-15.

SBC’s first black professor among 3 retirees at Southern Seminary

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 25, 2016

The first African-American seminary professor in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention is among three retiring faculty members at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. T. Vaughn Walker, David L. Puckett, and Brian C. Richardson are retiring following the 2015-2016 school year with 64 combined years of service on the…

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Hope for gospel message to ‘speed ahead,’ Mohler says at SBTS commencement

Annie Corser — May 23, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Gospel ministers must proclaim God’s Word with the urgency of eternal consequences, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his May 20 commencement address to the 2016 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During the institution’s 216th commencement exercises on the seminary lawn, 284 master’s…

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