Race issues fundamental to Christian witness, says Southern Seminary professor in televised program

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 27, 2015

The biblical story can speak to racial tensions in the modern world because such issues are critical to the gospel, said Jarvis J. Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the regionally televised “Connections” program hosted by Renee Shaw on Kentucky Educational Television.

“Racial reconciliation and issues of race are part of the Christian gospel because Jesus, a Jew, came to save Jewish and Gentile people. He came to save people — not an idea but actual people,” he said on the program, which first aired May 15. “So therefore then if you do not believe or practice horizontal reconciliation, I would argue you have an incomplete gospel.”

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Vogel retires after 12 years of faithful service to Southern Seminary

Mackenzie Miller and Annie Corser — May 27, 2015
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler (right) congratulates veteran preaching professor Robert Vogel (left) at his May 12 retirement luncheon.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler (right) congratulates veteran preaching professor Robert Vogel and wife, Kathy, at his May 12 retirement luncheon.

Veteran preaching professor Robert Vogel enters retirement after 12 years of faithful service to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and 37 years of teaching in the classroom.

Faculty and administrators gathered to celebrate Vogel’s retirement from Southern Seminary on May 12. Attendees included Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., Vogel’s fellow members at Highview Baptist Church, colleagues, friends, and family.

Mohler recalled when he first heard about Vogel: “The more I looked at what Bob Vogel had already done and already accomplished, and what I came to know that Bob Vogel believed and taught, that’s was exactly what we needed.”

Living in the Pacific Northwest as professor at Western Seminary at the time of his appointment to Southern, the Vogels’ move to Louisville did not come without a cost. Read More >



Southern Seminary student leads relief work in native Nepal

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 21, 2015

When N.D. Lama first heard about the earthquake that struck his home country of Nepal in April, he immediately started thinking of ways he could help.

N.D. Lama, a native of Nepal, is planning ways to help his home country after the April 25 earthquake.
N.D. Lama, a native of Nepal, is planning ways to help his home country after the April 25 earthquake.

Lama, an M.A. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of Asha Church in Louisville, teamed up with some of his friends in Nepal to raise $50,000 for initial relief work, more than half of which has already been distributed to provide food, clothes, and other basic needs for the Nepali people.

But that has only given Lama bigger aspirations. He soon learned that the April 25 earthquake, which killed over 8,000 people, had left Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu and many surrounding cities without running water. Most of the water in Kathmandu is run into the capital through pipes from outside the city, but those pipes broke during the earthquake. Finding clean, drinkable water has become a major problem throughout Nepal, something Lama’s friends told him needed to be resolved quickly.

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Mohler receives Meese religious liberty award

James A. Smith Sr. — May 18, 2015

For his “significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the 2015 Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, May 15. “This award is presented to those who clearly demonstrate through…

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Ministers called to serve ‘children of light,’ Mohler says at Southern Seminary commencement

S. Craig Sanders — May 14, 2015

God calls ministers of the gospel to affirm the church and serve its members faithfully, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his May 14 commencement address to 2015 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During commencement exercises on the seminary lawn, 297 master’s and doctorate students received their…

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Mohler’s son among 107 Boyce College graduates

S. Craig Sanders — May 12, 2015

For the first time in the 156-year history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a child of a seminary president graduated from the school during the May 8 commencement for Boyce College. Christopher Mohler, the son of Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., was one of 90 Boyce College…

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Tripp encourages parents to disciple children at Counsel the Word

Andrew J.W. Smith — May 11, 2015

Biblical parenting is driven by submission to the grace of God in children’s lives, said noted author and speaker Tedd Tripp at the Counsel the Word Conference on “Confident Parenting” at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2. Tripp, pastor emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and author…

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Boyce College student Josh Lewis released from hospital

S. Craig Sanders — May 7, 2015

A Boyce College student who was stabbed and carjacked outside of an emergency room while making a pizza delivery was released from the hospital Thursday, after being held for observation one additional night. Josh Lewis, 19, has been employed at Spinelli’s Pizzeria since last August and is a sophomore at…

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Boyce College student says he forgives attacker who stabbed him during pizza delivery

S. Craig Sanders — May 6, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Josh Lewis remains hospitalized. After initially discharging Lewis, his doctors decided to rescind the order and keep him for one additional night of observation, Terri Lewis told Southern Seminary News at 5:15 p.m. A Boyce College student who was…

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Southern Seminary student ministers behind the scenes at Churchill Downs

Andrew J.W. Smith — April 29, 2015

As a chaplain, Chris Wong is used to talking to people he’s never met. As a chaplain at Churchill Downs, sometimes that gets you on TV. After last year’s Kentucky Derby, Wong struck up a conversation with a woman on the grounds. That woman turned out to be the wife…

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