Southern Seminary names alumnus and previous admissions director, Kody Gibson, as new vice president for communications

Associate admissions director Jeremy Pelton to assume leadership of that office.

Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. last week named Kody Gibson as the new vice president for communications. The seminary’s Office of Communications leads brand and marketing efforts and produces news for the school and its undergraduate arm, Boyce College.

Kody Gibson

Gibson, a 2012 Southern graduate, served as the director of admissions for the past three years. Under his leadership, the incoming class size at Boyce increased by 19 percent and the seminary increased 9 percent. Before assuming the director role, Gibson worked in various capacities within the department since 2010.

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Trentham elected president of Society of Professors in Christian Education

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor John David Trentham is the new president of the Society of Professors in Christian Education, a guild of evangelical scholars in applied theology, leadership, and church ministry. The SPCE announced Trentham’s election in a press release on December 23.

“It is truly an honor to be elected president of SPCE,” said Trentham, who is assistant professor of leadership and discipleship at Southern. “It is truly humbling to be the youngest to serve in this role. This is an institution established and led for generations by giants in the field of Christian education. I am primarily a recipient of wisdom in this field, both from my predecessors and my peers. As such, I view my ascendancy as having been lifted up and supported on the shoulders of others rather than as having accomplished a singular recognition or status on the basis of personal achievement.”

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Houston

Bevin Center partners with NAMB for relief work in Houston

Lia Kaiser arrived in Houston devastated. Kaiser, an Ohio native, came to Houston to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey. She thought they would mostly be doing clean-up, but she didn’t realize how much damage there really was.

“There were just sacks upon sacks of peoples lives out in the street,” said Kaiser, an education major at Boyce College. “You see dry-wall, you see wood that has to be thrown away. You see personal things like beds and mattresses and shoes and clothes that were thrown out, it was really devastating. These people lost everything.”

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Graduation

‘Take the gospel far as the curse is found,’ Mohler told graduates at SBTS winter commencement

Ministers of the gospel are instruments of God’s plan to renew the world, delivering humanity from its curse, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, at the school’s 220th commencement exercises, December 8.

During the ceremony in the seminary’s historic Alumni Memorial Chapel, 156 master’s and doctoral students received their degrees as members of a 211-person graduating class.

“Graduates, you are wearing the gowns of academic and ministry preparation. You will soon hold diplomas as evidence of your seriousness of preparation and devotion to the ministry,” Mohler said. “You are surrounded by a host of friends and family and faculty. Their own hopes and dreams of ministry go with you and in you. This faculty has taught you with conviction and affection, and now you go to bear the gospel of Christ and to preach the Word.”

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Night of Valor

Find hope in the sovereignty of God, said World War II veteran during Night of Valor

A 93-year-old retired Marine encouraged students who are preparing to serve as United States military chaplains with his story of deliverance from a shipwreck during World War II, November 13 at Southern Seminary.

At the event, hosted by the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization, Edgar Harrell told the group about his experience surviving the shipwreck of heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis, which is considered one of the worst disasters in U.S. naval history. Of the 1,196 men aboard the Indianapolis, only 317 were saved. While the odds of his survival seemed insurmountable, “nothing is impossible with the providence of God,” Harrell said.

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Afshin Ziafat

The spiritual health of elders affects the spiritual health of the church, says Ziafat at SBTS chapel

Ministers of the gospel must prepare their own souls for the good of their congregations, Afshin Ziafat said yesterday in Southern Seminary’s chapel service. The goal of an elder is to preach God’s Word, encouraging believers to follow Christ in all things, he said.

“What is truly profitable is to teach the whole counsel of God’s Word,” said Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. “My aim isn’t to get people to follow me, but to follow the Word of God.”

Ziafat, who grew up in a Muslim home in the United States, became a Christian in high school, preached from Acts 20 on the role of elders in the local church, prioritizing the character of an elder as they lead the people of God.

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More than 300 Boyce College students network with local businesses at inaugural Career and Internship Expo

More than 300 students attended Boyce College’s first-ever Career and Internship Expo, doubling the organizers’ expectations. The Nov. 8 event, an initiative by the college’s new Office of Vocation and Career Development, allowed students to network with local ministries, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Boyce College is the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Southern Seminary gathers pastors and theologians for a conference about the legacy and importance of the Reformation

“Where this gospel is not preached there is no church,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr. But, “where this gospel is preached there is a church.”

Preaching on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his famous 95 Theses to the castle church door, Mohler addressed a full Alumni Chapel for Southern Seminary’s Here We Stand conference, Oct. 31. The conference, a joint effort of the seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary and Ligonier Ministries, gathered theologians and pastors to celebrate and reflect on the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation. The event spanned three days and included pastors and scholars from across Reformation traditions.

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Southern Seminary hosts Greek scholar Bill Mounce for a panel discussion about the importance of Bible translation.

On its 500th anniversary, the Reformation serves as a reminder that Bible translation is embedded in the history of Christianity and the heritage of Protestantism. Hosted by the 1892 Club, Bill Mounce, Greek scholar and president and founder of BiblicalTraining.org, along with panel members, Brian J. Vickers, Jonathan T. Pennington, and Peter J. Gentry discussed the hard work of Bible translation with students, faculty, and staff at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky on October 24.

“Christianity regularly and beautifully regulates itself, not in the qualification of its truth, but in its cultural adaptation,” said Pennington, the associate professor of New Testament interpretation and the director of research doctoral studies at Southern Seminary. “It truly is a religion for all nations and reaches people in their own cultural situations. Bible translation is a huge part of that. We believe, and Christians have always believed, that the Bible should be translated into the language of the people to whom the gospel is going forth.”

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Southern Seminary publishes collection of Reformation-era writing

SBTS Press today released Here We Stand: Enduring Truth and the Reformation of the Church, a collection of significant writings from the Protestant Reformation. Edited by Michael A.G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the volume is a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The book is from the publishing division of Southern Seminary.

“[In the book] one can read the words that shook European churches and society to their very depths and brought about the profound recovery of biblical Christianity that marked the Reformation era,” Haykin said.

Whether through scathing critique of the 16th century Catholic Church or wise instruction for believers, the selections for Here We Stand offer a call for Christians of all eras to stand with other believers in faith.

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