Noe Garcia, Southern Seminary alumnus and pastor to the late Senator John McCain, calls students to redefine ministry success

Success in ministry does not come from your abilities, but from the kindness of God, argued Noe Garcia during an Oct. 18 chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Garcia is an alumnus of the seminary (doctor of ministry) and senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, which was the home church of the late Senator John McCain. Garcia attracted national attention this past August when he presided over McCain’s memorial service.

During his chapel message, Garcia asked seminary students to rethink the meaning of success in ministry: He urged future ministers not to look for ministry success anywhere but in God’s provision.


Southern Seminary releases video commemorating Mohler’s 25 years

A short film commemorates R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s 25 years as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The video by Southern Productions runs 15 minutes in length, tells the story of Mohler’s presidency, and points to the future of the institution under Mohler’s leadership. The video debuted Oct. 11 at the beginning of a chapel service that included a sermon by Jimmy Scroggins, the senior pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Southern Seminary Trustees adopt a resolution of appreciation for Mohler’s 25th anniversary as president

Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary presented a resolution of appreciation to R. Albert Mohler Jr. to celebrate his 25th anniversary as president of the institution. The presentation happened October 9, at the beginning of a special chapel service honoring Mohler’s anniversary. Mohler became president of Southern Seminary in 1993.


Mullins Lectures: Ryken calls pastors to preach and teach Christ from the Old Testament

When the apostles preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, they used Old Testament texts. Preachers in the New Testament era possess the completed canon of Scripture, but that shouldn’t mean they rely exclusively on the New Testament when preaching Christ, argued Philip Graham Ryken during the 2018 E.Y. Mullins Lectures on Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary, Sept. 26-27. Ryken, who is president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, presented four lectures covering the foundations for and applications of preaching Jesus Christ from the Old Testament.

The two-day series, named in honor of Southern Seminary’s fourth president, represents one of the oldest endowed preaching lectureships in the United States, second only to Yale university’s Lyman Beecher Lectureship on Preaching.


Career Readiness Certificate promises to help Boyce students prepare for the workplace

The Boyce College Office of Vocation and Career Development is now offering an all-in-one package for students to be prepared for careers after they graduate. The Career Readiness Certificate — which consists of workshops, events, and personal meetings with advisor Ben Hussung — was created for students to be ready to enter the workplace no matter their ambition or degree.


York installed as theology school dean during SBTS chapel

Hershael W. York, who has been Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching since 1997, was officially installed as dean of the School of Theology during chapel, August 30, at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced the hire in June.


Ebook ‘Porn and the Pastor,’ published jointly by Southern Equip and TGC, addresses ‘deadly’ problem

A new ebook released today addresses the gravity of pornography addiction among pastors and outlines methods for fighting it. Porn and the Pastor: The Life and Death Consequences of Addiction in Ministry, edited by C. Jeffery Robinson and Garrett Kell, is published jointly by Southern Equip, a resource center for pastors from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Gospel Coalition.


15th annual Heritage Golf Classic Raised More than $200k to Keep Tuition Affordable

15th annual Heritage Golf Classic Raised More than $200k for to Keep Tuition Affordable

The15th Heritage Golf Classic, the annual fundraising event for Southern Seminary, generated a record amount money at the August 20 golf tournament.

“This was the 15th annual edition of the Heritage Golf Classic, and by every measure, it was the most successful,” said Craig Parker, who is senior vice president for institutional administration at Southern Seminary and who oversees fundraising efforts at the school. “I’m certain the handful of friends who gathered in 2004 for the first Heritage Classic could not have imagined a tournament with more than 100 players raising more than $200,000 of financial support for the students of Southern Seminary.”


Boyce College’s Teacher Education Program receives state certification

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) voted Aug. 20 to grant “provisional certification” to Boyce College’s Teacher Education Program. This represents a major step forward for one of the school’s fastest-growing degree offerings.


Talk is cheap, so pursue gospel power, says Mohler at Southern Seminary fall convocation

In a world marked by mere talk, the community of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College should be known for the power of personal transformation and fruitful ministries, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. at the school’s fall convocation on August 21. In a technologically saturated environment, it is easy to assume the talk of social media and online discourse represents reality, Mohler said, but reality is more grounded than that. He said it is in nursing homes, one-on-one spiritual conversations, and the preaching of the cross.