New HD video live-stream for SBTS events offers mobile access, DVR capability

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently upgraded its live-stream to high-definition video quality on YouTube. The stream features improved scalable delivery, including mobile and Apple TV accessibility.

Southern Seminary recently updated all its live-stream technology, including cameras and monitors.
Southern Seminary recently updated all its video technology, including cameras and monitors.

All video equipment has been upgraded to accommodate high-definition viewing. The streaming service — which is now used for all broadcasted Southern Seminary events, including chapel — is appropriate for any mobile device, including phones and tablets, according to Stuart Hunt, director of Southern Productions. Viewers using Apple TV experience an excellent connection, also.

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Scholars reflect on history of Christian persecution at Andrew Fuller Conference

Bryan Litfin, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute, delivers a Sept. 15 plenary address on persecution in Ancient Rome at the 9th annual conference for Southern Seminary's Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.
Bryan Litfin, professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute, delivers a Sept. 15 plenary address on persecution in Ancient Rome at the 9th annual conference for Southern Seminary's Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Scholars from around the world gathered at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 15-16 to discuss the history of Christian persecution at the ninth annual conference for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

“As the church of Jesus Christ in the 21st century, we do not operate from a position of strength, but that’s a good thing,” said Andrew Fuller Center research associate Jeff Robinson in a concert of prayer for the persecuted church that culminated the two-day conference. “We want to remember that we’re the persecuted church of Christ, and when we’re persecuted, we grow. When we’re at ease in Zion, we tend to decline.”

Prior to leading conference attendees in a time of prayer for both persecuted Christians and their oppressors, Robinson recounted the story of Romanian Baptist pastor Josef Tson. When communist authorities threatened Tson in 1977 for preaching the gospel, the pastor famously quipped, “Don't you understand that when you kill me you send me to glory? You cannot threaten me with glory.”

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Mohler to appear on CNN to discuss Pope Francis

R. Albert Mohler Jr. photo May 2015 lowerR. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear live on “CNN Newsroom” Monday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Carol Costello, anchor of “Newsroom,” will interview Mohler.

In addition to CNN’s cable television channel, “Newsroom” can be viewed online at CNN.com.

Mohler will be interviewed from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Southern Fall Festival breaks record attendance

150911_8271-2 lowerA record estimated 7,000 people braved the rain to experience The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s 11th annual Fall Festival Sept. 11. Attendees entered the Imagination Station and traveled through the Telehopper into the land of Odyssey on the Seminary Lawn. The theme was based on “Adventures in Odyssey,” the Christian radio drama series created and produced by Focus on the Family.

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Godly elders protect the church against false teachers, says Union dean at Southern Seminary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Church leaders must be diligent to protect God’s people from the threat of false teachers, said Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, during a Sept. 15 chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Friends, we need to remember that there is absolutely nothing that is cute or innocent or amusing or whimsical about false doctrine,” Finn said. “Eternity is hanging in the balance.”

Preaching from Titus 1:10-16, Finn argued false teachers are a significant enemy of God’s people. The letter of Titus presents a full picture of the Christian gospel, Finn said, and when any teacher contradicts that message, he or she is teaching false doctrine.

Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, preaches in chapel at Southern Seminary, Sept. 15.
Nathan Finn, dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, preaches in chapel at Southern Seminary, Sept. 15.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is teaching anything different than this gospel, then he or she is proclaiming a false gospel, a dangerous doctrine.

In the time of Paul, false teachers who emphasized ritual purity were themselves deeply impure. They are actually unbelievers, Finn said — wolves wearing the sheep’s clothing who peddle their ministry for material gain.

“History has been filled with a long line of false teachers who have often accumulated great wealth and material possessions by selling bad doctrine to deceived people,” said Finn, who is also professor of Christian thought and tradition at Union, a position he has held since July.

Elders are the antidote to false teaching, Finn said. Their role is to understand biblical doctrine and protect God’s people by effectively teaching it to them. While most of the qualifications for eldership in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 are true for all Christians, Finn said the one distinctive ability every elder must have is to teach the Bible faithfully. Speaking to future pastors, missionaries, and ministers, Finn encouraged them to cultivate competency in the Scripture by taking their spiritual growth seriously.

“Let me urge you to be men of prayer and the Word,” he said. “You need to spend a considerable amount of your time studying the Bible and learning sound doctrine so you can teach it to the people whom God has already entrusted to you or will one day entrust to you. And providentially, right now you’re in one of the best places in the world to spend focused time studying the Scriptures and learning sound doctrine.”

Finn contended that Scripture requires elders to confront false teachers, sometimes even calling them out by name. This requires wisdom, he said, since not all false doctrine is heresy, and not every Christian leader who is wrong is a heretic. But Christian ministers bear the responsibility of protecting their people from the wolves’ destructive teaching.

“[False teachers] are everywhere around us, and sometimes that even means in our very local churches. Be diligent men and women of the word who are striving to protect God’s sheep from all the different wolves that are out there, [who] try to infiltrate the body of Christ and lead God’s people astray.”

Prior to his position at Union, Finn was associate professor of historical theology and spiritual formation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Finn is also an adjunct professor at Southern Seminary, where he is also a research fellow with the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Audio and video of Finn’s chapel message are available at sbts.edu/resources.

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‘First-ever’ evangelical conference on transgender issues set for Oct. 5 in Louisville

A “first-ever” conference by evangelicals on the subject of transgenderism will be held Oct. 5 on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. photo May 2015 lower
R. Albert Mohler Jr.

“Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity” is a preconference to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors annual conference, which is focused this year on the subject of homosexuality.

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‘Preach the Word,’ Maryland pastor urges Southern Seminary students

20150910_7977-lowerThe church cannot survive without the preaching of God’s Word, said Maryland pastor Ken Fentress during a Sept. 10 chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“If there is no faithful, expositional, biblical preaching of God’s Word, then there is no local church,” Fentress said. “God’s Word is central to salvation and central to the life and the ministry of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Godly humility the only antidote for pride, says Southern Seminary trustee

Future Christian ministers should be wary of the seductive power of pride, said Arkansas pastor Nick Floyd in a Sept. 8 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“At every stage in your Christian ministry, pride will be your greatest enemy and humility will be your greatest friend,” said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a member of the Southern Seminary Board of Trustees.

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Stinson confronts impatience in ministry at Southern Seminary chapel

Provost Randy Stinson preaches during SBTS chapel, Sept. 3
Provost Randy Stinson preaches during SBTS chapel, Sept. 3

Impatience reveals a deeper sin problem and selfishness than we often realize, Randy Stinson said in a Sept. 3 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“If you are impatient, odds are, you don’t have joy, you don’t have gentleness, you don’t have kindness, you don’t have self-control, and you don’t have any peace,” said Stinson, senior vice president for academic administration and provost. “[Impatience] is the ultimate disrupter of everything.”

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Evangelical leader encourages believers to experience God’s love during SBTS chapel

Christians should seek to experience the love from God that is beyond understanding, said evangelical leader Ligon Duncan in chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sept. 1.

“I want you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt a love that is beyond your capacity to even comprehend,” said Duncan, who is the chancellor at Reformed Theological Seminary. “I want you to know it down to your bones.”

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