ETS 2016: Ware defines Trinity view; Mohler urges conviction and compassion on transgender issues

S. Craig Sanders — November 18, 2016
Theologians Wayne Grudem, Bruce A. Ware, Millard Erickson, Kevin Giles, and Sam Storms (left to right) participate in a discussion on authority and submission in the Trinity, Nov. 15 at the 68th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio, Texas.
Theologians Wayne Grudem, Bruce A. Ware, Millard Erickson, Kevin Giles, and Sam Storms (left to right) participate in a discussion on authority and submission in the Trinity, Nov. 15 at the 68th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary led all participating institutions with more than 40 paper presentations from faculty and students at the 68th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nov. 15-17. Of those, 15 presentations dealt with topics related to the conference’s theme on the Trinity in the areas of systematic theology, biblical studies, church history, and practical theology.

Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, further defined his theological views in a highly anticipated session on authority and submission in the Trinity. Earlier this year, a debate on theological websites focused on the Trinitarian positions of Ware and theologian Wayne Grudem and their application to complementarian gender roles. Ware and Grudem have argued that God the Father and God the Son eternally have been equal in divinity but that the Son has submitted to the Father eternally. The view has been labeled as “eternal functional subordination” (EFS) or “eternal roles of authority and submission” (ERAS). Read More >



Doxology and Theology exhorts Reformed worship

Myriah Snyder — November 14, 2016
Matt Boswell, pastor of ministries and worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, leads worship at the third Doxology and Theology Conference at Southern Seminary.
Matt Boswell, pastor of ministries and worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, leads worship at the third Doxology and Theology Conference at Southern Seminary.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Like Paul in Romans 11, the worship leader’s doxology should be a response to the gospel and drenched in humility, said worship pastor Matt Boswell at the third Doxology and Theology conference Nov. 3-5, held at The Southern Baptist Theology Seminary.

The theme of the 2016 conference was “Worship Reformed,” which leaders said would  demonstrate how the Reformation impacted the worship of the church. Drawing from the Five Solas of the Reformation, Boswell exhorted attendees to stand on and under the Word of God, marvel at the grace of God, cultivate their faith, trust in Christ alone, and seek the glory of God alone. Read More >



Christ’s kingdom above politics, says BCMD executive director Kevin Smith at SBTS chapel

Annie Corser — November 11, 2016

 

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Kevin Smith is executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

American politics cannot destroy the kingdom of God and should not leave Christians living in fear, said Southern Baptist leader Kevin Smith during a Nov. 8 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Whatever’s going on in the American culture around us, the Bible-believing Christian never runs around like Chicken Little,” said Smith, executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

In his sermon, “Politics and the Passion of Christ,” Smith reminded Christians to take a clear stand to show their main identity and commitment is to Jesus Christ as Lord and King. Smith said his main text, John 19:1-16, shows how religious leaders in the midst of political uprising verbally claim that Caesar is their only king rather than declare allegiance to Jesus as Lord.

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Preach in view of a stadium of witnesses, says Lawson at Mullins Lectures

SBTS Communications — November 9, 2016

Heroes of the pulpit like Charles Spurgeon and George Whitefield provide models of bold preaching for today’s ministers, said Steven Lawson in the Mullins Lectures on Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 25-26. The nation’s second-oldest lectureship on preaching was held in conjunction with the fifth annual Expositors Summit, Oct. 25-27.

Steve Lawson, president of OnePassion Ministries, preaches during the 2016 Mullins Lectures.
Steve Lawson, president of OnePassion Ministries, preaches during the 2016 Mullins Lectures.

"One of the greatest steps of faith that you and I will ever take is the mere act of preaching," said Lawson, founder and president of OnePassion Ministries.

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Boyce College to publish undergraduate research journal

SBTS Communications — November 1, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The Augustine Honors Collegium at Boyce College will publish the inaugural issue of an undergraduate research journal in June 2017 and is seeking submissions from college students, school leaders announced Nov. 1. “The Augustine Honors Collegium represents one of the most exciting and significant developments in…

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SBTS Press releases “Confessing the Faith,” a commentary on Abstract of Principles

S. Craig Sanders — October 31, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Written nearly 25 years after R. Albert Mohler Jr. called for the restoration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s confessional identity, a new book published by SBTS Press honors the enduring importance of the Abstract of Principles. In Confessing the Faith: The Living Legacy of Southern…

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Issues of authority and salvation still divide Protestants and Catholics, authors write

S. Craig Sanders — October 27, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — With the approaching 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the need for clarity on the commonalities and differences between Catholics and Protestants grows ever more urgent, according to the authors of The Unfinished Reformation. Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological…

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Boyce College to offer Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree

SBTS Communications — October 21, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) —  A new degree program at Boyce College will prepare students to apply a Christian worldview in the areas of politics, international justice, and economic development, according to leaders at the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics, and…

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SBC leaders urge faithful political engagement, trust in God’s sovereignty during SBTS Heritage Week

SBTS Communication — October 17, 2016

Jesus is the “ultimate” refugee and immigrant, and as a result the church has a responsibility to love and care for strangers in their land, said Georgia pastor and former SBC president Bryant Wright during an Oct. 11 chapel message during Heritage Week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “The…

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Mohler to discuss evangelicals and the 2016 presidential race on MSNBC

Colby Adams — October 15, 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on MSNBC at 12:45 p.m. ET Saturday to discuss evangelicals and the 2016 election.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Mohler wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he called on evangelical leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee following the release of a video tape of Trump making lewd comments.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, evangelicals are going to have to ask the huge question, ‘Is it worth destroying our moral credibility to support someone who is beneath the baseline level of human decency for anyone who should deserve our vote?’” Mohler said in a Oct. 11 appearance on CNN. “I think that’s a far bigger question than the 2016 election. This election is a disaster for the American people; it’s an excruciating moment for American evangelicals.” Read More >