Ministers of the gospel are instruments of God’s plan to renew the world, delivering humanity from its curse, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, at the school’s 220th commencement exercises, December 8.
During the ceremony in the seminary’s historic Alumni Memorial Chapel, 156 master’s and doctoral students received their degrees as members of a 211-person graduating class.
“Graduates, you are wearing the gowns of academic and ministry preparation. You will soon hold diplomas as evidence of your seriousness of preparation and devotion to the ministry,” Mohler said. “You are surrounded by a host of friends and family and faculty. Their own hopes and dreams of ministry go with you and in you. This faculty has taught you with conviction and affection, and now you go to bear the gospel of Christ and to preach the Word.”
A 93-year-old retired Marine encouraged students who are preparing to serve as United States military chaplains with his story of deliverance from a shipwreck during World War II, November 13 at Southern Seminary.
At the event, hosted by the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization, Edgar Harrell told the group about his experience surviving the shipwreck of heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis, which is considered one of the worst disasters in U.S. naval history. Of the 1,196 men aboard the Indianapolis, only 317 were saved. While the odds of his survival seemed insurmountable, “nothing is impossible with the providence of God,” Harrell said.
The spiritual health of elders affects the spiritual health of the church, says Ziafat at SBTS chapel
Ministers of the gospel must prepare their own souls for the good of their congregations, Afshin Ziafat said yesterday in Southern Seminary’s chapel service. The goal of an elder is to preach God’s Word, encouraging believers to follow Christ in all things, he said.
“What is truly profitable is to teach the whole counsel of God’s Word,” said Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. “My aim isn’t to get people to follow me, but to follow the Word of God.”
Ziafat, who grew up in a Muslim home in the United States, became a Christian in high school, preached from Acts 20 on the role of elders in the local church, prioritizing the character of an elder as they lead the people of God.
More than 300 Boyce College students network with local businesses at inaugural Career and Internship Expo
More than 300 students attended Boyce College’s first-ever Career and Internship Expo, doubling the organizers’ expectations. The Nov. 8 event, an initiative by the college’s new Office of Vocation and Career Development, allowed students to network with local ministries, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Southern Seminary gathers pastors and theologians for a conference about the legacy and importance of the Reformation
“Where this gospel is not preached there is no church,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr. But, “where this gospel is preached there is a church.”
Preaching on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his famous 95 Theses to the castle church door, Mohler addressed a full Alumni Chapel for Southern Seminary’s Here We Stand conference, Oct. 31. The conference, a joint effort of the seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary and Ligonier Ministries, gathered theologians and pastors to celebrate and reflect on the quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation. The event spanned three days and included pastors and scholars from across Reformation traditions.
Southern Seminary hosts Greek scholar Bill Mounce for a panel discussion about the importance of Bible translation.
On its 500th anniversary, the Reformation serves as a reminder that Bible translation is embedded in the history of Christianity and the heritage of Protestantism. Hosted by the 1892 Club, Bill Mounce, Greek scholar and president and founder of BiblicalTraining.org, along with panel members, Brian J. Vickers, Jonathan T. Pennington, and Peter J. Gentry discussed the hard work of Bible translation with students, faculty, and staff at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky on October 24.
“Christianity regularly and beautifully regulates itself, not in the qualification of its truth, but in its cultural adaptation,” said Pennington, the associate professor of New Testament interpretation and the director of research doctoral studies at Southern Seminary. “It truly is a religion for all nations and reaches people in their own cultural situations. Bible translation is a huge part of that. We believe, and Christians have always believed, that the Bible should be translated into the language of the people to whom the gospel is going forth.”
SBTS Press today released Here We Stand: Enduring Truth and the Reformation of the Church, a collection of significant writings from the Protestant Reformation. Edited by Michael A.G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the volume is a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The book is from the publishing division of Southern Seminary.
“[In the book] one can read the words that shook European churches and society to their very depths and brought about the profound recovery of biblical Christianity that marked the Reformation era,” Haykin said.
Whether through scathing critique of the 16th century Catholic Church or wise instruction for believers, the selections for Here We Stand offer a call for Christians of all eras to stand with other believers in faith.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Albert Mohler to Host Conference Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Oct. 31 at Southern Seminary
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is hosting a conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Southern Seminary’s Alumni Memorial Chapel. The conference, titled Here We Stand, will feature numerous evangelical pastors and scholars on the Reformation, including Mohler, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Stephen Nichols, Derek Thomas, Steve Lawson, and Gregg Allison. The three-day conference will include seven plenary sessions presented by these speakers, along with two seminars.
“Was the Reformation necessary? Was it a failure? Was it effective? Is it over? Those are huge questions — questions that we rightly face at any time, but especially as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” said Mohler during his Oct. 30 episode of The Briefing, his daily podcast analyzing news headlines and cultural conversations from a Christian worldview. “So while millions and millions of Americans get ready to celebrate Halloween, we’re going to commemorate one of the most important events in the history of the Christian church. While millions get ready to celebrate paganism, we’re going to celebrate the recovery of the gospel.”
The ninth president of Southern Seminary, Mohler is a widely sought commentator on evangelical convictions on theology, politics, and cultural issues. In addition to his daily podcast “The Briefing,” Mohler has authored numerous essays and books, including most recently We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong.
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God’s strength is real, and he provides it to those who need it, said trustee and pastor H.B. Charles during an October 10 chapel message during Heritage Week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“God’s strength is real, available, and sufficient. One who follows Jesus truly has ambidextrous faith,” said Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. “They can take trouble on one hand and blessings in the other hand and hold the two in tension — trusting that all things really do work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose. God will give you strength if you trust him in your time of weakness.”
Southern Seminary trustees vote to adopt ‘The Nashville Statement’ as an official confessional document
The Board of Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved a recommendation to adopt “The Nashville Statement” as an official part of the school’s confessional documents yesterday during its fall meeting. The Board also responded to two additional motions, heard financial reports, and celebrated record student enrollment from the previous academic year. The recommendation about “The Nashville Statement” came from seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.
The Nashville Statement is a document that affirms biblical teaching about gender and sexuality and seeks to clarify Christian beliefs on some of the most pressing cultural issues. It was published earlier this year by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and signed by evangelical leaders across the United States, including each Southern Baptist seminary president. That Southern Seminary adopted it, according to Mohler, is a matter of responsibility.
“Southern Seminary takes its confessional responsibility with great significance,” Mohler said in an interview immediately following the Board’s public session Monday evening. “Years ago, our Board of Trustees recognized the need of adopting certain statements that clarify and establish the meaning our longstanding confessional documents: the Abstract of Principles, adopted in 1859, and the Baptist Faith and Message, as revised in 2000.”