Southern Seminary’s 1937 Project sends record 450 volunteers to serve Louisville

Mackenzie Miller — April 29, 2016

A record 450 volunteers from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College completed service projects across the city of Louisville during the fourth annual 1937 Project, April 23. The event commemorates the school’s relief efforts in the Great Flood of 1937, when the Ohio River rose to more than 50 feet, creating one of the worst floods in American history.

Tyler Clark, student life director at Southern Seminary, volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.
Tyler Clark, student life coordinator at Southern Seminary, volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.

“This is not just a civic program, but also a spiritual program for our city and that is why it is so, so appropriate that Southern Seminary is right at the center of it,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at the kickoff for the project.

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Mohler, Thomas debate the role of faith in American politics at “God and Politics”

Andrew J.W. Smith — April 27, 2016

Christians should be involved in the political process but remember their ultimate hope lies beyond any office or vote, said evangelical thinkers R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas at the April 25 “God and Politics” event at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas discuss personal faith and politics at "God and Politics"
R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas discuss personal faith and politics at "God and Politics"

Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, and Thomas, a political pundit and syndicated columnist, discussed their views regarding the religious beliefs of political candidates before a full Alumni Memorial Chapel. Although the event came about after a public disagreement on this issue, Mohler and Thomas agreed that ironclad biblical promises transcend those of waffling political candidates.

“If Christ is king and God is sovereign and our citizenship is ultimately in heaven, then we shouldn't have our equilibrium thrown off too much by any election,” Mohler said.

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After finding God in Gitmo, Army vet reunites with military chaplain for T4G

S. Craig Sanders — April 21, 2016
Army veteran Scott Carter (left) and military chaplain Raymond Lowdermilk (right) at Southern Seminary
Army veteran Scott Carter (left) and military chaplain Raymond Lowdermilk (right) at Southern Seminary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Nearly two years after his military chaplain baptized him in one of the world’s most spiritually dark places, Illinois police officer and Army veteran Scott Carter reunited with Southern Seminary alumnus Raymond Lowdermilk at the April 12-14 Together for the Gospel biennial conference for what he described as a “glimpse of heaven.”

Carter, a patrol officer near Chicago, was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp with the 339th Military Police Company in January 2014. Working first as a camp block sergeant and then as an operations sergeant, Carter supervised guards and Gitmo detainees. But Carter said he felt overwhelmed at times seeing dangerous war criminals detained for terrorism, which constantly reminded him of the 9/11 attacks he witnessed on TV the day his now 14-year-old twins were born. Read More >

MEDIA ADVISORY: Albert Mohler, Cal Thomas to discuss ‘God and Politics’ April 25 at Southern Seminary

SBTS Communications — April 21, 2016

Dr. Mohler Headshot-4 lowerLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — In a public forum at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary April 25, SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and political journalist Cal Thomas will discuss the intersection of religion and politics. The free event will be held on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Describing Thomas as “one of the most respected journalists in America,” Mohler said the conversation will focus on current issues in American politics and voting. He said the idea for the event was sparked after Thomas called him about an episode of Mohler’s “The Briefing,” which is a daily podcast examining news and current events from a Christian worldview.

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Hope in God fights fear of man, says Trillia Newbell at Equip

Annie Corser — April 20, 2016

trillia-about-960x1438LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The best way to fight fear is gaining a greater understanding and awe of God, said author Trillia Newbell at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Equip seminar for women in ministry, April 2.

“We have a savior who relates to our suffering,” said Newbell, director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. “Jesus is aware and acquainted with the grief of man. He is acquainted with my grief, he is acquainted with your grief. ... [For] the redemption of the world, he endured great pain. Pain I can only imagine. Pain and wrath on our behalf.”

More than 100 women gathered for “Equip: Practical Training for Women in Ministry” to hear Newbell discuss how to fight fears of man, the future, tragedy, and physical appearance. Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015).

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Southern Seminary trustees approve historic budget, elect faculty

S. Craig Sanders — April 20, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved all recommendations in the board’s April 18 meeting, which included the election of two faculty members, the budget for the 2016-17 academic year, and a $14-million renovation plan for Fuller Hall. In a historic measure, trustees approved…

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Evangelical leaders esteem Reformation heritage at T4G

Andrew J.W. Smith — April 18, 2016

The legacy of the Protestant Reformation must endure in the doctrine and ministry of the church, evangelical leaders said at the 2016 Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-14. Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517, 10,000 attendees from 43 different countries…

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New ‘Southern Seminary Magazine’ features print redesign, innovative online version

SBTS Communications — April 12, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The spring issue of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s alumni magazine, which released today, marks a prominent transition for the publication, featuring expanded content on faculty and alumni while offering an innovative online version, leaders said. Southern Seminary Magazine has also changed its release schedule from…

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SBTS Press releases ‘More Faithful Service’ ministry workbook

Annie Corser — April 12, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Evangelical leaders, professors, and pastors emphasize the importance of faithfulness in a new ministry workbook released by SBTS Press, a publishing imprint of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In More Faithful Service, which released today, Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. highlighted the importance of…

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Southern Seminary’s Hispanic program adds new professors, reduces online costs

SBTS Communications — April 11, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The addition of two influential Latino pastors to the faculty and significant discounts for online Hispanic students are key elements of a new initiative at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to serve more effectively those called to ministry in the Spanish-speaking world. SPANISH VERSION AVAILABLE…

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