Responding to Newsweek, Mohler tells ‘FOX & Friends’ the Bible ‘still matters’

R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses a Newsweek cover story on the Bible with "FOX & Friends" hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Scott Brown, Dec. 30.
R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses a Newsweek cover story on the Bible with "FOX & Friends" hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Scott Brown, Dec. 30.

A Newsweek cover story calling into question the veracity and relevance of the Bible nevertheless “shows the Bible still matters,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. said today on "FOX & Friends" on the Fox News Channel.

Mohler also responded to the Newsweek article, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” by Kurt Eichenwald in a Dec. 29 blog post, saying that Eichenwald’s article “is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility.”

Eichenwald argues that Christians have a poor understanding of the Bible, which leads them to be “God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers — fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s word.”

Mohler appeared on “FOX & Friends” to discuss his response to the Newsweek article.

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Mohler set to appear Tuesday on ‘FOX & Friends’ to discuss Newsweek cover story

R. Albert Mohler Jr. photoR. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on “FOX & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, Dec. 30 live at 6:50 a.m. (EST).

Mohler will discuss his Dec. 29 essay, “Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin,” in which he critiques a major cover story in the national magazine, “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” The Jan. 2, 2015, Newsweek essay was written by veteran journalist Kurt Eichenwald.

In spite of Eichenwald’s otherwise “impressive reputation,” Mohler writes he “appears to be far outside his area of expertise and knowledge. More to the point, he really does not address the subject of the Bible like a reporter at all. His article is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility. His only sources cited within the article are from severe critics of evangelical Christianity, and he does not even represent some of them accurately.”

Mohler is expected to be interviewed by “FOX & Friends” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and special guest host former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

According to the network, “FOX & Friends” is the number one morning show in America with more than two million viewers, and is the most-watched program on cable news between 6-9 a.m.

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Speaking truth ‘at a cost’: Southern Seminary Ph.D. graduate writes on same-sex marriage

Sean McDowell celebrates with his father, Josh McDowell, a renown Christian apologist, graduating with the doctor of philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 12. Sean McDowell recently co-authored with John Stonestreet, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage.
Sean McDowell celebrates with his father, Josh McDowell, a renown Christian apologist, graduating with the doctor of philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dec. 12. Sean McDowell recently co-authored with John Stonestreet, 'Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage.'

The redefinition of marriage happening in America today is the ideal time for the church to shine, not despair, says professor and author Sean McDowell.

McDowell, co-author of Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, graduated Dec. 12 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctor of philosophy degree. He believes his time studying at Southern Seminary equipped him to both write the book and minister to college students through his professorship at Biola University in Los Angeles, California. He wrote his dissertation about the fate of the apostles, which he said affects how he views his current ministry.

“Speaking truth came at a cost to the apostles. While my situation is clearly less dire than for the apostles, their example encouraged me to speak out lovingly and truthfully, even if it costs me personally and professionally,” he said in an interview with Southern Seminary’s news staff.

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Mohler offers ‘Christmas mandate’ to fall 2014 graduates at Southern Seminary

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers his fall 2014 commencement address, “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry.”
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. delivers his fall 2014 commencement address, “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry.”

The mission of seminary graduates is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation, president R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the fall 2014 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Southern Seminary conferred degrees upon 207 master’s and doctoral students during the 214th commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel, Dec. 12.

In an address from Luke 1:67-80 titled “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry,” Mohler stressed the significance of the approaching Christmas holiday as an opportunity for graduates to refute a “terminal theological confusion” in churches today.

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Russell Moore: Extending John Leland’s religious liberty legacy for Southern Baptists — and everyone else

Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following profile first appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Southern Seminary Magazine, "Religious Liberty Imperiled." Included in the issue are essays by R. Albert Mohler Jr., "Erotic liberty v. religious liberty: How the sexual revolution is eclipsing the First Freedom"; Gregory A. Wills, "The colonial 'spirit of Massachusetts' stirring anew in America"; David Platt, "Religious liberty and persecution: A global perspective"; J. Scott Bridger, "Islam and religious liberty"; and Greg Cochran, "From bombings to bobblehead income: The diversity of persecution in New Testament perspective."

WASHINGTON — Separated by more than 200 years of history but in lockstep with the same convictions and commitments, Russell Moore is extending the legacy of American colonial Baptist preacher John Leland as he vigorously defends and seeks to advance religious freedom.

“Without religious liberty there is no other freedom,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “That’s because religious liberty is not simply a political issue or simply a cultural issue. But at its foundation, it is a gospel issue.

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Boyce College dean publishes ‘worldview adventure’ for children, ‘The Owlings’

bookcoverA worldview is a person’s beliefs infiltrating every area and decision of life. But how does one teach a biblical worldview to children in a way they understand?

Dan DeWitt, dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, recently published a children’s novella, The Owlings, to help educate young and old alike about the Christian worldview. The Owlings introduces readers to an owl named Gilbert who helps a young boy answer his questions about the world.

The Owlings is a worldview adventure for readers young and old alike about a young boy named Josiah who discovered an important lesson from some unlikely visitors,” DeWitt writes. “This short novel (or novella) mixes humor and intrigue to introduce the most basic principle of reality — the existence of God.” Readers meet Gilbert, a talking owl, and three of his friends who together explore the wonder of creation.

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Southern Seminary graduate compiles Bible reading plan paired with Hamilton text

ggstjAs the new year approaches, many Christians are thinking about their next attempt at reading through the Bible. The Bible reading plans to choose from are numerous, but some people find certain plans difficult to continue once they reach the dense texts of Leviticus and Numbers.

Chris Dendy, a December D.Min. graduate in Applied Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has a suggestion to help believers stick with their Bible reading commitments.

As part of the ministry project required for his degree, Dendy designed a reading plan to go alongside James M. Hamilton Jr.’s book, God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment. Hamilton, professor of biblical theology, also serves as Dendy’s adviser.

“The goal of the plan is to graciously push believers to grow in their understanding of the Scriptures and to give them a plan that will stretch them,” Dendy said.

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Burk: Experience of same-sex attraction ‘occasion for repentance’

Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College
Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College

Christians experiencing same-sex attraction should repent of those desires, but God can transform a person’s sexual identity, said panelists at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Nov. 19.

“This is what I would say to guys in my church, is 'If you are in the moment feeling an attraction for a person of the same sex, that's an occasion for repentance,'” said Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “'Well, I didn't choose that.' That's still an occasion for repentance.”

Burk presented a paper titled “Is Same-Sex Orientation Sinful?” and participated in a panel discussion on the issue with fellow lecturers Preston M. Sprinkle, vice president of Boise extension at Eternity Bible College, and Wesley Hill, assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry and self-described celibate gay Christian.

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Southern Seminary’s ‘growing influence’ in ETS seen at recent meeting

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Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, presents the presidential address at the 2014 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, California, Nov. 20.

New Testament scholar Thomas R. Schreiner's presidency of the Evangelical Theological Society is the latest example of the “growing influence” of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the scholarly organization, seminary leaders say.

During the 2014 ETS annual meeting held Nov. 19-21 in San Diego, California, Schreiner completed a one-year term as president, but will continue to serve on the organization’s executive committee along with Southern Seminary theologian Gregg R. Allison, who is currently serving a seven-year term as secretary/treasurer of the group. In 2009, Bruce A. Ware served as president, marking the first time a Southern Seminary faculty member led the organization.

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Theology of worship exhorted at Doxology and Theology conference

Songwriter Keith Getty discusses the importance of theology in worship music at the Doxology and Theology conference, Nov. 13-15.
Songwriter Keith Getty discusses the importance of theology in worship music at the Doxology and Theology conference, Nov. 13-15.

Music ministers are responsible to teach their congregations theology through song, according to songwriter Keith Getty at the Doxology and Theology conference, Nov. 13-15, hosted on campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Songs portraying the incredible beauty about God are what the church needs, Getty said. The conference featured well-known musicians and music ministers, including Getty, Matt Papa, Bob Kauflin, Matt Carter, Harold Best, Matt Boswell, and many others. Various bands led worship throughout the event, including the seminary’s Norton Hall Band, to Indelible Grace and others.

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