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Kody Gibson named Southern Seminary’s admissions director

S. Craig Sanders — July 30, 2014

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has named Kody Gibson its new director of admissions as the institution heads into an academic year marked by historic enrollment numbers. Gibson, 29, graduated from Southern Seminary with his M.Div. in 2012, and most recently served as the seminary’s associate director of admissions. He…

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Hindu funeral pyre stokes Southern Seminary student’s passion for missions

S. Craig Sanders and Andrew J.W. Smith — July 29, 2014

Smoke rolled to the heavens as the bodies of devout Hindus burned upon pyres in a religious ceremony at one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. Family members circled their loved ones and stoked the flames before shoving the ashes off the riverbank into the Bagmati. Across the…

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ISIS conflict ‘annihilating Middle East Christians,’ says Islam expert at Southern Seminary

S. Craig Sanders — July 2, 2014

Violence erupting in Iraq and Syria as the jihadist group ISIS declares an Islamic state is “annihilating Middle Eastern Christians,” said the director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Sunni insurgent group sweeping across Iraq and Syria and taking…

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Mohler: Supreme Court ruling ‘a major victory for religious liberty’

S. Craig Sanders — June 30, 2014

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force Christian-owned businesses Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to its employees. Hobby Lobby claimed that the Affordable Care Act infringed on its religious liberty. A 5-4 majority of the high court…

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Southern Seminary alumnus Troy Bush leads Rehoboth Baptist Church toward renewal

Aaron Cline Hanbury — June 26, 2014

Harriet and Johnny Carter came to Rehoboth Baptist Church in 1956. Upon joining, they found a growing, energetic community with hundreds of worshippers each weekend. And then-pastor Lester Buice was a decade into what would become a 36-year ministry at the church. A century earlier, Rehoboth, sitting about 10 miles…

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Businessman-revivalist gives $1M for church revitalization programs

James A. Smith Sr. — June 25, 2014

Harold Mathena has “dabbled” in business throughout his life. For him, business has always been secondary to his desire to serve the Lord as a pastor and evangelist. Business was his means to ministry, not the end itself. Most people’s dabbling, however, rarely results in a successful business, sold after…

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Chitwood leads Kentucky Baptists to prioritize revitalization

Erin Roach — June 24, 2014

Paul Chitwood believes church revitalization is as important as church planting. “Revelation 19:7 says of the Lord’s church, ‘His Bride has made herself ready,’” said Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC). “I believe one of the primary roles of pastors, and the denominational missionaries who serve them,…

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Mohler notes impact of Southern Seminary alumni on SBC during annual luncheon

S. Craig Sanders — June 16, 2014

R. Albert Mohler Jr. noted the significant impact alumni of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are having as leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention during the annual alumni and friends luncheon, June 11. “Here’s the great joy: we get to reflect on how Southern Seminary, by God’s grace and to…

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Scott Bridger to lead Southern Seminary center for Christian Understanding of Islam

RuthAnne Irvin — June 16, 2014

J. Scott Bridger, an evangelical scholar of Islam, will serve as the director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam and the Bill and Connie Jenkins assistant professor of Islamic studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, school officials announced this spring. “I think Scott Bridger is…

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Mohler: ‘Unmistakably huge’ task requires future ministers to speak

Aaron Cline Hanbury — June 12, 2014

BALTIMORE — “Vast shifts” in American culture present an “unmistakably huge” task to future generations of pastors, missionaries and evangelists, said R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention on the state of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “We can no longer live with the…

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