IMB missionary, wife of SBTS alumnus, killed in auto accident

ae2a746c-c4cf-440a-a6ec-d8d3d2ab3ac1-Kyra-Karr-mugOn the evening before she and her family had planned to return overseas, Kyra Lynn Karr, a Southern Baptist missionary to Italy, was killed in a traffic accident, Aug. 13.

News reports indicate a tractor-trailer driver exited his vehicle to conduct a safety inspection but the safety brake was not engaged and the truck began to roll. The vehicle hit the pickup in which Karr was traveling, crushing it against the highway guardrail on U.S. 41 in Bartow County, Georgia. Karr, 30, died at the scene.

Her husband Reid graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in Intercultural Leadership. He and their two youngest children were transported to nearby hospitals, where they were treated and released. Their oldest child was not with them at the time.

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Responding to Islam with gospel proclamation, not fear: Ayman Ibrahim encourages ministry to Muslims

Ayman S. Ibrahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies
Ayman S. Ibrahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies

Ayman Ibrahim knows Arab and Muslim culture as intimately as anyone. The newly appointed assistant professor of Islamic studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary grew up in a Coptic Orthodox family in Cairo, Egypt, and he wants more American evangelicals to reshape the way they think about their Muslims neighbors. That starts by not being afraid of them.

“Among Westerners in general, there is a sort of phobia about Muslims,” he said. “But Islam is not monolithic. To say, ‘Islam is ISIS,’ is very naive.”

Ibrahim tells his American students that the Muslim faith is as diverse as most other faiths — it is best to talk not about “Islam, but Islams,” he says — and although much of his ministry involves the apologetic defense of Christianity, he chiefly wants to proclaim the gospel to Muslims and invite them to receive it in faith.

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Southern Seminary student, father of 4, killed in crash

Wade Stephenson, 42, with wife Becca and three daughters. Wade Stephenson, a Southern Seminary M.Div. student, was killed in a July 23 crash.
Wade Stephenson, 42, with his wife, Becca, and three daughters (Photo courtesy: Allison Barker)

A car crash in southern Indiana July 23 claimed the life of a husband and father of four who was also a Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Wade Alan Stephenson, 42, was struck near Posey Chapel Road and Kansas Church Road in Fredericksburg, Indiana, when another vehicle drove through the intersection, according to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Emergency responders airlifted Stephenson to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.

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Oxford graduate to join Boyce College faculty as theology and church history professor

Jonathan Arnold, assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at Boyce College
Jonathan Arnold, assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at Boyce College

Boyce College recently appointed two-time University of Oxford graduate Jonathan Arnold as assistant professor of Christian theology and church history. Arnold earned two graduate degrees from Oxford, which is in the United Kingdom, including his Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Ecclesiastical History.

“Jonathan Arnold is a fine scholar and a timely addition to the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This is great news for the world of theological education and Christian scholarship. I look forward to Dr. Arnold taking his place in the great line of learning and teaching that the Southern Seminary faculty represents. His addition also underscores the central importance of theology to a Christian worldview education. He is ready to teach a new generation of Christians from the full wealth of biblical conviction.”

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Ibrahim to lead Southern Seminary’s Jenkins Center

Ayman S. Ibrahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies
Ayman S. Ibrahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies

An evangelical scholar of Islam with more than two decades of experience ministering in the Muslim world will lead the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ayman S. Ibrahim began his role July 1 as senior fellow for the Jenkins Center and assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Ayman Ibrahim to our faculty,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “He will be an incredible asset to our students, faculty, and the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam. His experience and scholarly credentials are without peer in the evangelical world. He is a man of great kindness and deep Christian conviction. At this crucial time with Islam in the headlines virtually every day and with the Great Commission on our hearts, Dr. Ibrahim is a most important and timely addition to this faculty of Christian scholars.”

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Mohler responds to Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a statement from R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States concerning same-sex marriage:

Everything has changed and nothing has changed. The Supreme Court’s decision today is a central assault upon marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman and in a 5-4 decision the nation’s highest court has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all 50 states.

As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.”

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Douglas Blount to join SBTS faculty July 1 as philosophy professor

Douglas K. Blount will join the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics July 1. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Blount at their April 20-21 meeting. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. told trustees Blount is a “spectacular” addition to the faculty.

Before Southern, he was professor of theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also taught at Criswell College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Southern Seminary students ‘take ownership’ of mission field at Crossover Columbus

More than 125 students from five SBC seminaries and Florida College of the Baptists participated in a week-long evangelism course that culminated in Crossover Columbus, June 8-13.
More than 125 students from five SBC seminaries and Baptist College of Florida participated in a week-long evangelism course that culminated in Crossover Columbus, June 8-13.

Students from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary took “ownership” of the city of Columbus, Ohio, as their personal mission field during a week-long evangelism class that culminated with the annual Crossover event, June 8-13. Thirty-two students from Southern Seminary and Boyce College initiated nearly 400 gospel conversations that resulted in at least 12 professions of faith.

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Southern Seminary staff help students after water main break

(Jason Coobs)
(Jason Coobs)

Student residents of apartments at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary woke up June 18 to a flooded street and parking lot when a water main break severely damaged several cars and housing units.

According to Louisville Water Company officials, the 60-inch water main at Crescent Hill Treatment Plant broke just after 3 a.m. underneath Grinstead Drive, which borders the northwest side of campus. The initial break caused low water pressure to surrounding customers, but created a sinkhole and flood problem for Springdale and Grinstead residents.

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Mohler responds to Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’

mohler-about-imageR. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, released today the following statement in response to Pope Francis'encyclical, Laudato Si:
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