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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Southern Seminary to offer professional doctoral degrees in Christian Ethics in partnership with ERLC

SBTS-ERLCLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is partnering with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commision of the Southern Baptist Convention to offer Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry degrees in Christian Ethics. The programs, which begin in Winter 2016 and are accepting applications for Summer 2016, prepare Christian ministers to lead their church in engaging the public square.

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Family of Boyce College student shares his ‘miraculous’ recovery after skateboarding accident

Every parent’s nightmare became a reality for Brett and Lora Fathauer Sept. 18 when they received a call on their way to Bloomington, Indiana, telling them their son Cameron, a 17-year-old dual enrollment student at Boyce College, was hit by a car while skateboarding in his neighborhood. The Fathauers were in a remote part of Indiana and could not keep cell phone reception long enough to hear the news about their son. They each dropped two calls before reception finally held.

“The third time I am getting a call from our neighbor who is a part of the sheriff’s department, and Lora is getting a call from the Columbus Police Department,” Brett Fathauer said. “We are both hearing this at the same time, we do not know all of the details, but ‘Cameron has been in an accident and you need to get back to Columbus.’”

Cameron Fathauer
Cameron Fathauer with his fiancée, Chelsea Franklin.

Cameron suffered severe head trauma and was flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. After performing a brain scan, the neurosurgeon decided to remove part of Cameron’s skull to allow the brain to swell. He spent two and a half weeks in a coma. During those two weeks, the doctors treated him for internal bleeding and infection, and they repaired a tendon in Cameron’s hand.

After waking up from his coma Oct. 5, Cameron slowly began to talk and regain his strength. Once he started physical therapy in Indianapolis, he recovered at a miraculous rate that stunned his doctors. Although doctors initially told the family their son would remain in their care for several months, Cameron was released Oct. 23 after just five weeks in the hospital.

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Maurice Hinson, longest-serving Southern Seminary professor, dies at 84

Maurice Hinson, who died Nov. 11 at age 84, taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 58 years.
Maurice Hinson, who died Nov. 11 at age 84, taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 58 years.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — A world-famous pianist and musicologist who was the longest-serving faculty member in the history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary died Nov. 11 after a battle with cancer. Maurice Hinson, 84, was the senior professor of piano at the seminary and had taught courses for 58 years.

“Maurice Hinson was one of the greatest musicologists ever to serve among Southern Baptists, a world-class scholar whose authority was regularly invoked in the leading conservatories and schools of music around the world,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., describing Hinson’s “immeasurable” legacy. “He was a wonderful Christian gentleman who combined his love for students with his love for music, having a very rare gift both as a pianist and as one of the great scholars of the piano as an instrument. He will be greatly missed.”

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SBTS prof Smith elected Kentucky Baptists’ first African-American president

Tom James, left, hands off the president's gavel to Southern Seminary professor Kevin Smith, who was elected the first African-American president in Kentucky Baptist Convention history. Smith is teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. (Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today)
Tom James, left, hands off the president's gavel to Southern Seminary professor Kevin Smith, who was elected the first African-American president in Kentucky Baptist Convention history. Smith is teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville. (Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – The Kentucky Baptist Convention elected a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as its first African-American president at its annual meeting, Nov. 10.

The election of Kevin Smith, teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville and assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Seminary, comes at a time when Kentucky Baptists are trying to reach out to people of all ethnicities.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention, with 750,000 members, is the state's largest religious organization.

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Southern Seminary faculty and students to present papers at ETS annual meeting

ETS-LogoMore than 60 faculty, students, and alumni of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will present papers or participate in panels at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nov. 17-19, in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I'm thrilled to see once again this year that so many of our students and faculty are heavily involved in ETS," said Jonathan T. Pennington, director of Southern Seminary’s research doctoral program and associate professor New Testament interpretation. “As the director of our Ph.D. program, I am thoroughly committed to engagement with broader scholarship in biblical and theological studies. This is an essential part of what it means to be a confessional scholar.”

Southern Seminary’s 61 presenters outpaces any other institution participating in the annual gathering of evangelical scholars. The theme for this year’s meeting, “Marriage and the Family,” draws attention to the cultural redefinition on issues like marriage, family, sex, and gender identity.

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Southern Seminary to host ‘Night of Valor’ event for military appreciation

Retired Army Major General Doug Carver, executive director of chaplain services for North American Mission Board
Retired Army Major General Doug Carver, executive director of chaplain services for North American Mission Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — In support of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s second annual “Week of Valor,” The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a “Night of Valor” Nov. 11. The free event will provide a forum for biblical principles on Christians in combat and offer spiritual guidance for combat veterans and their families.

“The ‘Night of Valor’ is designed to honor our military personnel and equip pastors to minister to their needs,” said Jim Stitzinger III, director of the seminary’s Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization, which is sponsoring the event. “Our hope is to bring together our military community and present several talks that bring the Word of God to bear on subjects critical to the military mission.”

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Mohler to discuss Carson, Trump controversies on ‘CNN Tonight’

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on “CNN Tonight” at 9:20 p.m. ET Friday to discuss controversies surrounding the GOP presidential campaigns of Ben Carson and Donald Trump.

Earlier Friday, Politico ran an article on its website claiming Carson’s campaign admitted the retired neurosurgeon “fabricated” a story about receiving a scholarship to West Point. Carson’s campaign has since rejected some of the article’s claims and other news organizations have questioned Politico’s reporting.

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