The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s quarterly magazine recently received three awards from the Evangelical Press Association at its 2015 annual convention in Denver, Colorado, April 8-10.
“The Communications team is committed to serving readers of the Southern Seminary Magazine with excellence,” said Steve Watters, vice president for communications at the seminary. “So we're grateful for this thoughtful review and recognition from the Evangelical Press Association.”
The Association of Librarians and Archivists for Baptist Institutions recently honored a librarian at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who retired after 45 years at the institution. Martha Powell, director of technical services at the seminary’s James P. Boyce Centennial Library, received the Betty Hurtt Meritorious Service Award during the ALABI annual meeting, April 22-24, at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville.
“I was of course very surprised and honored by the award,” said Powell, who served at the library for 45 years under three different seminary presidents and in multiple roles: music librarian for 26 years, catalog librarian for 11 years, and director of technical services for eight years.
The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund awarded a grant of $198,000 to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for upgrading the technology and furnishings of 10 classrooms, as well as two classrooms in the James P. Boyce Centennial Library, Crismon Hall, and the Mullins Room.
“We are very thankful for the support of the Kessee Foundation and for their continued generosity to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This significant gift will assist us greatly as we make certain Southern Seminary is ready to seize the opportunities of the future. Most importantly, it will enhance our ability to train young ministers and missionaries in the classroom and beyond the physical classroom to the global mission field beyond.”
The vocal ensemble Doxology released its second album, O Great Redeemer, in April. The album contains six a cappella pieces, including the modern “Sing, Sing, Sing” and rearranged hymns “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” The CD also features Norton Hall Band, another of Southern Seminary’s worship teams.
“The recording project was a wonderful culmination of hundreds of man-hours of work both collectively and individually,” said Doxology director Charles Lewis, who is also associate professor of church music and worship. “In many ways, making a recording in the 21st century is similar to writing a book. It becomes a lasting testimony of this generation’s proclamation of the Christian faith once for all delivered to the saints encapsulated in the lyrics of ‘O Great Redeemer.’”
The biblical story can speak to racial tensions in the modern world because such issues are critical to the gospel, said Jarvis J. Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the regionally televised “Connections” program hosted by Renee Shaw on Kentucky Educational Television.
“Racial reconciliation and issues of race are part of the Christian gospel because Jesus, a Jew, came to save Jewish and Gentile people. He came to save people — not an idea but actual people,” he said on the program, which first aired May 15. “So therefore then if you do not believe or practice horizontal reconciliation, I would argue you have an incomplete gospel.”
Veteran preaching professor Robert Vogel enters retirement after 12 years of faithful service to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and 37 years of teaching in the classroom.
Faculty and administrators gathered to celebrate Vogel’s retirement from Southern Seminary on May 12. Attendees included Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., Vogel’s fellow members at Highview Baptist Church, colleagues, friends, and family.
Mohler recalled when he first heard about Vogel: “The more I looked at what Bob Vogel had already done and already accomplished, and what I came to know that Bob Vogel believed and taught, that’s was exactly what we needed.”
Living in the Pacific Northwest as professor at Western Seminary at the time of his appointment to Southern, the Vogels’ move to Louisville did not come without a cost.
When N.D. Lama first heard about the earthquake that struck his home country of Nepal in April, he immediately started thinking of ways he could help.
Lama, an M.A. student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of Asha Church in Louisville, teamed up with some of his friends in Nepal to raise $50,000 for initial relief work, more than half of which has already been distributed to provide food, clothes, and other basic needs for the Nepali people.
But that has only given Lama bigger aspirations. He soon learned that the April 25 earthquake, which killed over 8,000 people, had left Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu and many surrounding cities without running water. Most of the water in Kathmandu is run into the capital through pipes from outside the city, but those pipes broke during the earthquake. Finding clean, drinkable water has become a major problem throughout Nepal, something Lama’s friends told him needed to be resolved quickly.
For his “significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the 2015 Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, May 15.
“This award is presented to those who clearly demonstrate through their lives and callings a profound understanding and commitment to defending the original meaning of the United States Constitution and our liberty,” said Alan Sears, ADF’s president, CEO, and general counsel.
Speaking to Mohler, Sears said, “You’ve acted as an eloquent ambassador for evangelicals and as a tireless advocate for religious freedom for all,” noting Mohler’s commitment to religious liberty for all persons no matter their religious convictions.
God calls ministers of the gospel to affirm the church and serve its members faithfully, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his May 14 commencement address to 2015 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
During commencement exercises on the seminary lawn, 297 master’s and doctorate students received their degrees. A week earlier, 107 Boyce College graduates received certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degrees in a historic commencement that marked the first time a child of a Southern Seminary president graduated from the institution.
In an address from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 titled “Children of the Day,” Mohler said ministers are called to serve the “children of light” who are destined for salvation and to preach with urgency “knowing that the day of the Lord is coming.”
For the first time in the 156-year history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a child of a seminary president graduated from the school during the May 8 commencement for Boyce College.
Christopher Mohler, the son of Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., was one of 90 Boyce College students to participate in the ceremony. A total of 107 students graduated from the seminary's undergraduate school this year.
“A college degree is no small thing,” Mohler said in his charge to graduates. “The graduates who cross this stage and receive these degrees are not receiving trophies given out without regard to achievement and distinction. Boyce College represents the finest traditions of Christian scholarship, teaching, and learning.”