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Speaking truth ‘at a cost’: Southern Seminary Ph.D. graduate writes on same-sex marriage

RuthAnne Irvin — December 18, 2014
Sean McDowell celebrates with his father, Josh McDowell, a renown Christian apologist, graduating with the doctor of philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 12. Sean McDowell recently co-authored with John Stonestreet, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage.

Sean McDowell celebrates with his father, Josh McDowell, a renown Christian apologist, graduating with the doctor of philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 12. Sean McDowell recently co-authored with John Stonestreet, 'Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage.'

The redefinition of marriage happening in America today is the ideal time for the church to shine, not despair, says professor and author Sean McDowell.

McDowell, co-author of Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, graduated Dec. 12 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctor of philosophy degree. He believes his time studying at Southern Seminary equipped him to both write the book and minister to college students through his professorship at Biola University in Los Angeles, California. He wrote his dissertation about the fate of the apostles, which he said affects how he views his current ministry.

“Speaking truth came at a cost to the apostles. While my situation is clearly less dire than for the apostles, their example encouraged me to speak out lovingly and truthfully, even if it costs me personally and professionally,” he said in an interview with Southern Seminary’s news staff.

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Mohler offers ‘Christmas mandate’ to fall 2014 graduates at Southern Seminary

S. Craig Sanders — December 12, 2014

The mission of seminary graduates is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the fall 2014 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Southern Seminary conferred degrees upon 207 master’s and doctoral students during the 214th commencement exercises in…

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Russell Moore: Extending John Leland’s religious liberty legacy for Southern Baptists — and everyone else

James A. Smith Sr. — December 11, 2014
Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following profile first appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Southern Seminary Magazine, "Religious Liberty Imperiled." Included in the issue are essays by R. Albert Mohler Jr., "Erotic liberty v. religious liberty: How the sexual revolution is eclipsing the First Freedom"; Gregory A. Wills, "The colonial 'spirit of Massachusetts' stirring anew in America"; David Platt, "Religious liberty and persecution: A global perspective"; J. Scott Bridger, "Islam and religious liberty"; and Greg Cochran, "From bombings to bobblehead income: The diversity of persecution in New Testament perspective."

WASHINGTON — Separated by more than 200 years of history but in lockstep with the same convictions and commitments, Russell Moore is extending the legacy of American colonial Baptist preacher John Leland as he vigorously defends and seeks to advance religious freedom.

“Without religious liberty there is no other freedom,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “That’s because religious liberty is not simply a political issue or simply a cultural issue. But at its foundation, it is a gospel issue. Read More >



Boyce College dean publishes ‘worldview adventure’ for children, ‘The Owlings’

RuthAnne Irvin — December 10, 2014

A worldview is a person’s beliefs infiltrating every area and decision of life. But how does one teach a biblical worldview to children in a way they understand? Dan DeWitt, dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently published a children’s novella, The Owlings,…

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Southern Seminary graduate compiles Bible reading plan paired with Hamilton text

Andrew J.W. Smith — December 9, 2014

As the new year approaches, many Christians are thinking about their next attempt at reading through the Bible. The Bible reading plans to choose from are numerous, but some people find certain plans difficult to continue once they reach the dense texts of Leviticus and Numbers. Chris Dendy, a December…

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Burk: Experience of same-sex attraction ‘occasion for repentance’

S. Craig Sanders — December 5, 2014

Christians experiencing same-sex attraction should repent of those desires, but God can transform a person’s sexual identity, said panelists at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Nov. 19. “This is what I would say to guys in my church, is ‘If you are in the moment feeling an attraction for…

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Southern Seminary’s ‘growing influence’ in ETS seen at recent meeting

James A. Smith Sr. — December 4, 2014

New Testament scholar Thomas R. Schreiner’s presidency of the Evangelical Theological Society is the latest example of the “growing influence” of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the scholarly organization, seminary leaders say. During the 2014 ETS annual meeting held Nov. 19-21 in San Diego, California, Schreiner completed a one-year…

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Theology of worship exhorted at Doxology and Theology conference

RuthAnne Irvin — November 19, 2014

Music ministers are responsible to teach their congregations theology through song, according to songwriter Keith Getty at the Doxology and Theology conference, Nov. 13-15, hosted on campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Songs portraying the incredible beauty about God are what the church needs, Getty said. The conference featured…

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Grow in gospel freedom, says D.A. Carson in Southern Seminary chapel

Andrew J.W. Smith — November 14, 2014
D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, preaches on Galatians 5:16-26 at Alumni Memorial Chapel, Nov. 13.

D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, preaches on Galatians 5:16-26 at Alumni Memorial Chapel, Nov. 13.

Only gospel freedom can produce inward change, said D.A. Carson during a chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Nov. 13. Preaching from Galatians 5:16-26, Carson emphasized how the fruit of the Spirit represents the outworking of regeneration, which not only restrains sinfulness but changes the heart.

“Gospel freedom does not merely keep us from sin, it generates goodness,” he said. “It transforms us in such a way that the law cannot condemn us.”

Carson, a noted biblical scholar and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, opened his message by highlighting two equally legitimate aspects of biblical faith: it cannot be earned by works, and yet it cannot be proven without them. He suggested that Galatians 5 provides a way to integrate these two streams. Read More >



Southern Seminary professors receive endowed chairs

Hayley Shoeppler — November 12, 2014

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary installed seven faculty members to endowed chairs during the fall 2014 semester. Each of the chairs “has a story,” said President R. Albert Mohler Jr., “one that is integral to the history of the seminary and to Southern Baptists and to the larger evangelical world.”…

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