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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Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen challenges Southern students to finish well

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Midwestern President Jason K. Allen preaches at the Aug. 27 Southern Seminary chapel service.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason K. Allen returned to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to challenge students on finishing well. During the Aug. 27 chapel service, Allen preached from 2 Timothy 4:7 to remind students about Paul’s challenge to Timothy to keep their eyes on the finish line.

“Don’t settle for anything less than the direction God has given you, and don’t settle for anything short of completing that course,” Allen said.

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Boyce College soccer team fuses love of sports with passion for missions

Boyce College soccer coach Dennis Brooks talks to players at the Aug. 26 morning practice at Louisville's Seneca Park.
Boyce College soccer coach Dennis Brooks talks to players at the Aug. 26 morning practice at Louisville's Seneca Park.

The Boyce College Bulldogs soccer team will kick off its inaugural season in September. In recent weeks, the program hired an experienced head coach, finalized its roster of players, and secured a location in downtown Louisville for its home games. But the work to start the program began more than a year ago with the persistence of three students who had a vision for playing soccer to glorify God and share the gospel with others.

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Mohler calls for gospel action ‘while there’s time’ at Southern Seminary convocation

 

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers an Aug. 25 convocation address, "Until There Was No Remedy," on the importance of gospel proclamation in the face of opposition.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers an Aug. 25 convocation address, "Until There Was No Remedy," on the importance of gospel proclamation in the face of opposition.

Cultural hostility to the gospel should compel Christian ministers to proclaim God’s message with faithfulness and urgency while there is still time for repentance, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. during The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Aug. 25 fall convocation.

“More is hanging in the balance than the horror of human terrorism,” Mohler said after recounting the courage of the three Americans who prevented the Aug. 21 attempted mass shooting on a train in France. “The time is coming when the wrath of God will rise up and there will be no remedy. And while there’s time, act. Do. Wring everything out of every course, wring everything out of every test, do everything you do to the glory of God.”

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Southern Seminary students join 500 to protest Planned Parenthood

 Andrew King, director of Speak for the Unborn and Ph.D. student at Southern Seminary, speaks at an Aug. 22 protest in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisville.

Andrew King, director of Speak for the Unborn and Ph.D. student at Southern Seminary, speaks at an Aug. 22 protest in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Louisville.

A significant contingent of students, faculty, and staff of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary bolstered 500 pro-life protesters at Louisville’s Planned Parenthood office, Aug. 22.

The protest was part of a nationwide effort in 320 cities to bring public attention to the nation’s leading abortion provider in the wake of eight undercover videos released since July by the Center for Medical Progress. The videos, which have led to federal and state investigations of the abortion giant, show Planned Parenthood officials and others associated with the group casually discussing the selling organs of aborted children, and perhaps even babies born alive.

Dylan Harrington, a graduate of Boyce College’s Worldview Certificate Program, organized the Louisville protest under the auspices of his Ohio-based pro-life group, Created Equal.

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Schreiner, Joslin discuss Hebrews ‘warning passages’ at Alumni Academy

The book of Hebrews urges believers not to fall away but instead to behold the excellencies of Christ, said two New Testament professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during the Summer Alumni Academy, August 6-7.

“It’s worth it to stick with Jesus, no matter what happens, because he’s better; he’s better than anything or anyone else,” said Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern.

Thomas R. Schreiner lectures at Alumni Academy.
Thomas R. Schreiner lectures at Alumni Academy.

Schreiner and Barry Joslin, professor of Christian theology at Boyce College, lectured on the book of Hebrews at the Alumni Academy. Each has written a commentary on the epistle — Schreiner most recently in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Series, while Joslin’s forthcoming work will be released in the Christian Focus Commentary Series in 2018.

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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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