Talk is cheap, so pursue gospel power, says Mohler at Southern Seminary fall convocation

In a world marked by mere talk, the community of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College should be known for the power of personal transformation and fruitful ministries, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. at the school’s fall convocation on August 21. In a technologically saturated environment, it is easy to assume the talk of social media and online discourse represents reality, Mohler said, but reality is more grounded than that. He said it is in nursing homes, one-on-one spiritual conversations, and the preaching of the cross.


Southern Seminary adds diverse group of new faculty members

Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. today announced “the most diverse group of faculty ever to come to Southern Seminary at one time.” He introduced the five new faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the opening convocation service for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College. New faculty members include Curtis Woods, Lilly Park, Dominick Hernandez, Shane Parker and Amy Crider. Three of the new faculty members are minorities; two of the new hires, including Park, are women.


For SBTS students at Crossover, evangelism is ‘sowing a seed’

Jim Hudson’s small group was trying to meet up with another team when he misread the directions on his phone. It was a scorching June day in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the group had been walking around the block for hours as part of the delegation from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Crossover 2018, a week-long evangelism ministry before the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting on June 12-13.

Timothy K. Beougher and students from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary meet during Crossover, June 4-10

Like many others in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area experienced during the week of SBC, Hudson’s phone took an extra second or two to get its bearings. So instead of going right, the group went left. They hadn’t walked more than 50 yards when they saw a man walking down the sidewalk — aimless and alone. Although he didn’t look like it, once they began talking to him they learned he was homeless.


Book edited by Ibrahim critiques ‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions

A new book edited by Islamic Studies professor Ayman S. Ibrahim explores the weaknesses of the popular “Insider Movements” in Muslim missiology. The book is available for purchase from Peter Lang Inc. or Amazon for $114.95.

Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts, which released last week, is a multi-author academic response to Insider Movements, a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim, according to Ibrahim, who is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Southern Baptist Convention must grapple with its racist legacy, say SBTS leaders at SBC panel

DALLAS, Texas. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Convention must continue to acknowledge and repudiate its racist origins, said leaders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at a panel during the June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. While the convention has owned its role in recent years — formally repenting in a 1995 statement — its journey is incomplete, said the panelists.


Mohler: Southern Baptists churches must be ‘first refuge’ for abuse victims

Southern Baptists should not “circle the wagons” amid recent controversies, but instead must become “the first refuge for anyone who is seeking help,” argued R. Albert Mohler Jr. during a recent discussion about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. He referenced a months-long slew of firings and resignations within Southern Baptist entities, most for reasons of moral or ethical failure.


Pastor-scholar Hershael York appointed dean of Southern Seminary’s School of Theology

Hershael York

The preaching professor replaces historian Gregory A. Wills, who completed five-year term.

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (SBTS) — Long-time pastor and New Testament scholar Hershael York will become the new dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary effective August 1, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced last week at the annual alumni and friends luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas. York will replace Gregory A. Wills, who completed a five-year term as dean.


Mohler names pastor Juan R. Sanchez as Southern Seminary Alumnus of the Year, receives resolution of appreciation from SBC Executive Committee

Reid Karr announced as Missionary Alumnus of the Year

DALLAS, Texas. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. presented pastor Juan R. Sanchez with the school’s 2018 Alumnus of the Year award during the seminary’s June 13 annual Alumni and Friends Luncheon. The seminary luncheon was part of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. The president also received a “resolution of appreciation” from the SBC Executive Committee. Additionally, Mohler named a Missionary Alumnus of the Year at the event.


Southern Seminary students challenged to share their faith at Crossover 2018

FT. WORTH, Texas (SBTS) — 175 students from five different Southern Baptist seminaries gathered under the scorching Texas sun for one purpose: to testify to Christian faith in the neighborhoods of Ft. Worth, Texas, June 4-10. Among them, eight students from a personal evangelism class led by Timothy K. Beougher, who is the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Southern Seminary, knocked on doors and ignored their comfort zones as they articulated the Christian faith to others.


Mohler at SBC annual meeting: Southern Seminary committed to ‘gold standard’ of theological education

During his report on behalf of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. surveyed the seminary’s growth during his 25 years as president. He began by alluding to the doctrinal controversy at the seminary — and the entire convention — in the late 20th century, which surrounded the authority of the Bible and place of the school’s confession, the Abstract of Principles, in its operations.