Boyce College to host Code Louisville web development training

kw-cl-tshirtartLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is working with nationally renowned Code Louisville to launch a Technology as Missions initiative, providing web development skills through intensive training. It is one of the first organizational expansions for Code Louisville since President Barack Obama touted the workforce initiative and its $2.9 million federal grant to expand innovation in April.

“By hosting these Code Louisville classes, we will be able to provide our students with the opportunity to learn a skill that we have not been able to offer in the past, better equipping them to serve the city that they call home and to fulfill the mission to which they have been called,” said Jason Heath, vice president of technology and chief information officer at Southern Seminary. “I thought of this idea as a way to train up a new generation of developers from within our existing student body that would also equip our students with web development skills that could be useful anywhere.”

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Mercy entrepreneur Bryce Butler energizes local ministry efforts with business as mission

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Bryce Butler (right) founded Access Ventures in 2012. A Southern Seminary alumnus (2011), he has used his business skills to energize Louisville ministry efforts.

While serving as a U.S. Army officer in South Korea, Bryce Butler witnessed a depth of darkness and isolation, from human trafficking to poverty, awakening a concern for the broken and hard to reach. A decade later, Butler has combined a heart for missions and mind for business into an outpouring of mercy through his entrepreneurial roles in Louisville.

“I would never, ever, ever, have chosen to go to Korea, but the Lord opted to send me there, and it was awesome,” Butler said in an interview with Southern Seminary News. “My wife Bethany and I adopted from Asia because of my experience in Korea.”

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Southern Seminary helps Scarlet’s Bakery provide hope

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Scarlet's Bakery, 741 E Oak St in Louisville's Shelby Park neighborhood

Scarlet Hope, a local ministry that reaches women in the entertainment industry, will open a bakery in Shelby Park Dec. 16 with the help of Louisville organizations including The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scarlet’s Bakery is a social enterprise of the ministry and will have its grand opening Jan. 16, 2016.

Several female students and student wives represent Southern Seminary through their volunteering efforts with Scarlet Hope. The ministry began in 2008 as a nonprofit organization founded by Rachelle Starr with the mission of “sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ to women in the adult entertainment industry.”

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‘Star Wars’ book written by SBTS professor Timothy Paul Jones to be re-released this week

With the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theaters Friday, Waterbrook Multnomah is set this week to re-release Timothy Paul Jones’ book Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

"Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away" explores themes of wonder, awe, and how they find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
"Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away" explores themes of wonder, awe, and how they find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

As the new movie is the seventh in the Star Wars saga, Jones’ book explores a Christian experience of the previously released six films. The book, originally published in 2003, will feature a redesigned layout and a new cover.

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Southern Baptist leaders to promote worldview development at March conference

"Driven By Truth: Worldview Conference" will equip young Christians to defend their faith in the public square.
"Driven By Truth: Worldview Conference" will equip young Christians to defend their faith in the public square.

Noted Southern Baptist leaders will headline the “Driven By Truth: Worldview Conference” at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 18-19, 2016.

“Christian faithfulness in this generation means that apologetics is a frontline responsibility for every Christian,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. “We are looking forward to this conference because of a sense of urgency to help Christians, young and old, understand what it means to defend the faith and to be able to give an answer for the hope that is in us.”

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Robert Jones to join SBTS faculty as biblical counseling professor

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has appointed Robert D. Jones as associate professor of biblical counseling. Jones joins the SBTS faculty after serving as a biblical counseling professor for 11 years at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Robert D. Jones will be the associate professor of biblical counseling at Southern Seminary, effective June 1, 2015.
Robert D. Jones will be the associate professor of biblical counseling at Southern Seminary, effective June 1, 2016. Photo credit: Maria Estes, Southeastern Seminary

“Dr. Robert Jones is one of the leading figures in the biblical counseling movement,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. “He combines scholarship and biblical fidelity with clear theological vision and a tremendous ability to translate biblical principles into the lives of others. The appointment of Professor Jones greatly strengthens our biblical counseling faculty and we are extremely pleased he is coming to join us.”

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God calls ministers to preach despite tribulation, says Mohler at Southern Seminary winter commencement

God sends ministers into a troubled world with the confidence of the gospel, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his Dec. 11 winter commencement address to 230 master’s and doctoral graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Graduates of the seminary will face many trials, but God calls them to evangelize all people in hope as servants of Jesus Christ, Mohler said.

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Southern Seminary leaders participate in inaugural events for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. (left) gives the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony for Gov. Matt Bevin (right, with first lady Glenna Bevin).
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. (left) gives the invocation at the swearing-in ceremony for Gov. Matt Bevin (right, with first lady Glenna Bevin). CREDIT: Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today

FRANKFORT, Ky. (SBTS) — Breaking recent trends, the weather was crisp and sunny and the mood was notably evangelical at Kentucky’s 60th inaugural festivities Dec. 8. On his first day in office, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin asserted his evangelical convictions with a morning worship service hosting an estimated crowd of 1,500 and an inaugural clergy that included leaders from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Hershael York, Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at Southern Seminary and senior pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, were among the 11-member clergy. A businessman who never before held political office, Bevin won Kentucky's gubernatorial election in November with a surprising nine-point margin over Democratic nominee Jack Conway. He becomes only the second Republican governor for Kentucky in four decades.

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Justification still matters, writes Schreiner in new book

It’s been nearly 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation and the doctrine of justification is just as important as ever, writes Thomas R. Schreiner in Faith Alone, which released Sept. 15. Treasured doctrines of the Reformers like justification and imputation are still worth defending, despite criticism from Catholics and evangelicals alike.

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SBHLA director Sumners announces retirement plans

Bill Sumners will retire from his post as director of Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, which has held since 1988.
Bill Sumners will retire from his post as director of Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, which has held since 1988.

NASHVILLE (SBTS) — Bill Sumners, director of Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives since 1988, will retire from his post next July, he recently announced in a letter to the Council of Seminary Presidents, which governs the organization.

“It has been my pleasure and joy to serve in this position, in this place, for most of my career,” Sumners told the CSP.

Since the 1997 reorganization of the Southern Baptist Convention, the SBHLA has been governed by the CSP, comprised of the six SBC seminary presidents. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is also CSP president.

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