TGC 2015: Southern Seminary panel discusses eschatology and pastoral ministry

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., ERLC President Russell Moore, First Baptist Orlando pastor David Uth, IBI pastor Miguel Nunez, and Southern Seminary administrator Matthew J. Hall participate in a panel discussion on eschatology.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., ERLC President Russell Moore, First Baptist Orlando pastor David Uth, IBI pastor Miguel Núñez, and Southern Seminary administrator Matthew J. Hall participate in a panel discussion on eschatology.

A biblical view of eschatology shapes faithful ministry in the present, said panelists during an April 14 event hosted by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at The Gospel Coalition National Conference, held April 13-15 in Orlando.

“In my lifetime, eschatology has gone from an argument to a debate to a necessary way of life,” Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said, describing the theological climate change from his childhood to the present. “Our life and ministry right now makes no sense unless everything that is promised about that coming King is true.”

The panel discussion examined issues pertaining to eschatology, a Christian view of the end times, in conjunction with the TGC National Conference theme, “Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth.” More than 6,000 church leaders, laymen, and students from all 50 states and 50 countries attended the three-day conference.

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Mohler notes 5 keys to Christian leadership at TGC Spanish Pre-Conference

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks through an interpreter to more than 700 church leaders at the first-ever TGC Spanish Pre-Conference, April 13.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. speaks through interpreter Bernardo Fuentes to more than 700 church leaders at the first-ever TGC Spanish Pre-Conference, April 13.

Calling, covenant, courage, conviction, and character are the marks of Christian leadership in the 21st century, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in an April 13 message at the first ever Spanish pre-conference for The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Orlando.

“As we follow the storyline of Scripture, we see that God's people, whenever and wherever they are found, are characterized and often identified by their leadership,” Mohler said. “When we think about leadership in a new millennium, and we think about the leadership challenges we're all going to face in the future, our main responsibility is to go back to the Scriptures to be instructed about leadership.”

Mohler's message was the final plenary session at The Gospel Coalition's Spanish Pre-Conference, which Southern Seminary and Wisdom & Integrity Ministries sponsored. More than 700 Spanish-speaking leaders attended the two-day event featuring Southern Seminary alumnus Miguel Núñez, senior pastor of Iglesia Bautista Internacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and president of Wisdom & Integrity; and the IBI worship team, led by Southern Seminary M.Div. graduate Luis Núñez and two current students.

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Marriage rooted in creation, says Mohler during televised forum

R. Albert Mohler Jr. during "The Changing Face of Marriage" forum in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 15
R. Albert Mohler Jr. during "The Changing Face of Marriage" forum in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 15

The institution of marriage does not come from human or social invention but God’s creation order, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during a televised forum on marriage on Cincinnati's WCPO, April 15.

The forum, “The Changing Face of Marriage,” was co-sponsored by Cincinnati’s ABC television affiliate and DecodeDC, a podcast/blog produced by Scripps Washington bureau.

“[The family] is the first school, that’s the first government, and a very real sense, in a biblical worldview, it’s the first church,” he said. “What takes place in the home is the most important human institution and it’s absolutely essential for human flourishing, it’s one of God’s greatest gifts to his creatures. That’s why we take it with such importance.”

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Mohler to participate in ‘The Changing Face of Marriage’ forum in Cincinnati

mohler-about-imageR. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear tonight on “The Changing Face of Marriage” forum on Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV.

The forum, co-hosted by Cincinnati’s WCPO 9 On Your Side and Decode DC, will be streamed live beginning at 7 p.m. (EST): www.wcpo.com/marriage.

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Reissig encourages women to rediscover God’s good design for womanhood

9781433545481Women bear the image of their creator, and are equal with men in value, worth, and purpose, according to author Courtney Reissig in a March 27 event at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“We are [God’s] story to a watching world. It also means that you, as a woman, were created in his image and you have incredible worth and value,” she said. “You are equal to men, not because feminism says so, but because God says so.”

Reissig, author and assistant editor for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, lectured on the topic of her new book, The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design. Reissig said she hopes to see women rediscover joy in the God-ordained purpose and plan for biblical womanhood. She believes Christian women can do this through studying what culture says about womanhood and how the Bible redefines it.

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Southern Seminary student wins $34K on ‘Jeopardy!’

Southern Seminary student Jacqueline Hawkins won more than $34K on "Jeopardy!"
Southern Seminary student Jacqueline Hawkins won more than $34K on "Jeopardy!"

Years of watching “Jeopardy!” and playing trivia games paid off for Jacqueline Hawkins, a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, when she won $34,101 over two days on the popular game show, which aired March 25-26.

“From being a lifelong ‘Jeopardy!’ fan, I always wanted to be on the show,” said Hawkins, who has participated in quiz bowl competitions since middle school.

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Daniel Slavich seeks cross-cultural reconciliation in South Florida

Daniel Slavich, lead pastor of Pembroke Road Baptist Church in Miramar, Florida
Daniel Slavich, lead pastor of Pembroke Road Baptist Church in Miramar, Florida

When a church is ethnically diverse, it is a preview of the throne room of heaven where every nation and language will be together worshiping the Lamb (Rev 7:9), according to Southern Seminary alumnus Daniel Slavich.

“God’s purpose in the gospel is the redemption of a multiethnic church,” Slavich said. “As much as God allows, our local churches should reflect this beautiful diversity.”

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‘Crush compulsion toward self-exaltation,’ says KBC leader Woods at Southern Seminary

associate executive director for convention relations and communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, delivers a March 26 chapel message at Southern Seminary.
Curtis Woods, associate executive director for convention relations and communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, delivers a March 26 chapel message at Southern Seminary.

Kentucky Baptist leader Curtis Woods urged Christians to learn “the hard work of heart work” in a message on Psalm 131 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 26.

“Psalm 131 is tailored to teach us how to crush our compulsion toward self-exaltation,” said Woods, associate executive director for convention relations and communications for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “The only way to do maintenance on the soul ... is to understand that we must have a high view of the absolute sovereignty and the goodness of God above his creation and above our individual lives.”

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William R. Cromer Jr., longtime Southern Seminary professor, dies at 91

William R. Cromer Jr., who served on the faculty of Southern Seminary for 41 years, died March 25 at the age of 91.
William R. Cromer Jr., who served on the faculty of Southern Seminary for 41 years, died March 25 at the age of 91.

William R. Cromer Jr., a retired faculty member with the longest-serving tenure as a Christian education professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died on March 25 in his Louisville home at the age of 91.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1923, Cromer was committed to Christian education and the training of Southern Baptist teachers and ministers. During Cromer’s 41-year tenure, more than 10,000 students came through the seminary and more than 4,000 sat in his classroom, estimated R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, during Cromer’s private funeral service on March 28 in the school’s Alumni Memorial Chapel.

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Boyce graduate changing lives one sermon and one sandwich at a time

Barry Washington, 51, is the owner of Barry's Cheese Steaks and pastor of Redeemed Christian Church in Louisville's West End.
Barry Washington, 51, is the owner of Barry's Cheese Steaks and pastor of Redeemed Christian Church in Louisville's West End.

The restaurant walls are covered with Scripture verses, a Bible and calendar with daily devotions sit on each table.

The sign outside the building says Barry’s Cheese Steaks — a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky — but the employees and managers leaving their stations to pray with customers indicate that you’ll find more than a steaming hot sandwich at Barry’s Cheese Steaks.

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