SBC leaders urge faithful political engagement, trust in God’s sovereignty during SBTS Heritage Week

Jesus is the “ultimate” refugee and immigrant, and as a result the church has a responsibility to love and care for strangers in their land, said Georgia pastor and former SBC president Bryant Wright during an Oct. 11 chapel message during Heritage Week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, preaches during an Oct. 11 chapel.
Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, preaches during an Oct. 11 chapel.

“The role of government is different. The role of government includes a protection of the citizens, but our role in the church is to love our neighbor,” said Wright, who received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in 1979. “And we are called to do that in any situation in life as Jesus teaches us to do so.”

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Mohler to discuss evangelicals and the 2016 presidential race on MSNBC

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on MSNBC at 12:45 p.m. ET Saturday to discuss evangelicals and the 2016 election.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Mohler wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he called on evangelical leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee following the release of a video tape of Trump making lewd comments.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, evangelicals are going to have to ask the huge question, ‘Is it worth destroying our moral credibility to support someone who is beneath the baseline level of human decency for anyone who should deserve our vote?’” Mohler said in a Oct. 11 appearance on CNN. “I think that’s a far bigger question than the 2016 election. This election is a disaster for the American people; it’s an excruciating moment for American evangelicals.”

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Evangelical support of Trump destroys ‘moral credibility,’ Mohler says on ‘CNN Tonight’

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler appears with Charmaine Yoest on "CNN Tonight" to discuss Trump and evangelicals.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler appears with Charmaine Yoest on "CNN Tonight" to discuss Trump and evangelicals.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The 2016 presidential election presents “an excruciating moment” for evangelicals because the two major candidates fail “the baseline test of character,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during an Oct. 11 appearance on “CNN Tonight” with host Don Lemon.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, evangelicals are going to have to ask the huge question, ‘Is it worth destroying our moral credibility to support someone who is beneath the baseline level of human decency for anyone who should deserve our vote?’” Mohler said, in response to the 2005 video released last week of Trump’s lewd comments. “I think that’s a far bigger question than the 2016 election. This election is a disaster for the American people; it’s an excruciating moment for American evangelicals.”

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Mohler to discuss Trump and evangelicals on ‘CNN Tonight’

Dr. Mohler Headshot-4 lowerLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is scheduled to appear on “CNN Tonight” at 11:15 p.m. ET Tuesday to discuss Donald Trump and the evangelical response to the 2005 video released last week of Trump’s sexually aggressive boasting.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Mohler wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he called on evangelical leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee following the release of a video tape of Trump making lewd comments.

“Trump’s horrifying statements, heard in his own proud voice, revealed an objectification of women and a sexual predation that must make continued support for Trump impossible for any evangelical leader,” Mohler wrote. He further urged evangelical leaders to “not allow a national disgrace to become the Great Evangelical Embarrassment.”

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Southern Seminary trustees elect Haykin, respond to SBC referral

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses trustees at the board's Oct. 10 plenary session.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses trustees at the board's Oct. 10 plenary session.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved all recommendations in the board’s Oct. 10 meeting, including the election of esteemed church historian Michael A.G. Haykin to the faculty and a response to a referral from the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

“The election of Michael Haykin brings to Southern Seminary’s permanent faculty a scholar of world renown and a Christian of such wonderful heart,” Mohler said. “He is not only a prolific author and scholar, he is also a man of deep conviction and a teacher who invests personally in his students.”

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‘Take risks’ to spread the gospel, says IMB President David Platt in SBTS chapel

David Platt, president of the International Mission Board
David Platt, president of the International Mission Board

The reality of death for all people should compel more Christians to take risks in spreading the good news of Christ’s resurrection among unreached people groups, said David Platt, president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, during a Sept. 29 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“We know that risk-taking, death-defying missions in difficult, dangerous to reach places is to be envied in this world,” Platt said. “When you know that Jesus has risen from the dead, then no matter where he leads you and no matter what it costs you to, the proclamation of this good news in difficult, dangerous to reach places who haven’t heard this good news is the most enviable life in the world. It’s not in vain. Life is not in vain whenever you’re doing whatever the resurrected Christ has told you to do.”

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‘Search out the cause of the oppressed,’ say panelists at What’s the Word forum on racial justice

The evangelical church needs to stand against the continuing problem of racism in the United States with a message of reconciliation, said panelists at the What’s the Word forum, sponsored by the ONE student organization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sept. 26.

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Pictured left to right: Southern Seminary professor Jarvis Williams, Sojourn Midtown pastor James Westbrook, retired Jefferson County judge Toni Stringer, and Immanuel Baptist Church pastor Ryan Fullerton

The forum, titled “Seeking Justice: A Response to Racialized Violence,” was moderated by Jarvis Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary, and featured panelists from the seminary and broader Louisville community. Williams asked each participant to discuss justice and injustice from their area of expertise, from education to civil law.

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Southern Seminary’s Andrew Fuller Conference spotlights Baxter, Owen, and Kiffen

Herman J. Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, speaks in Southern Seminary's Broadus Chapel during the 10th annual Andrew Fuller Conference.
Herman J. Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, speaks in Southern Seminary's Broadus Chapel during the 10th annual Andrew Fuller Conference.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Four centuries after their births, Puritan theologians Richard Baxter, John Owen, and William Kiffen provide insight on how experiences shape a diversity of convictions on matters of faith and practice, said church historians during the 10th annual Andrew Fuller Conference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sept. 19-21.

The conference, which was themed “The Diversity of Dissent,” brought together historians from four different continents, including: Herman J. Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn in the Netherlands; Crawford Gribben, professor of early modern British history at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland; Tim Cooper, associate professor of church history at the University of Otago in New Zealand; and David Sytsma, assistant professor at Tokyo Christian University in Japan.

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‘No election can undermine the kingdom of Christ,’ Boyce College dean says in SBTS chapel

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Matthew J. Hall, dean of Boyce College

Christians should not seek hope or protection in kingdoms of this world, said Boyce College Dean Matthew J. Hall in a Sept. 27 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While many evangelicals feel weighed down by their responsibility to vote in the upcoming presidential election, Hall said Christians should place their confidence elsewhere.

“O, how we need pastors and leaders who do not capitulate to the fear, the rage, and the hand-wringing that marks our day,” said Hall, who was appointed dean of Boyce, the seminary’s undergraduate school, in June. “We need bold public witness for truth, but we don’t need to panic. May we be good and faithful citizens involved in public life, motivated by love for God and love for neighbor, absolutely — but always mindful that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world and it is not contingent on any election or any president or any kingdom of this world.”

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500 year-old Torah scroll donated to Southern Seminary during chapel

SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. (center) with Ken and Barbara Larson, who donated a 500-year-old Torah scroll.
SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. (center) with Ken and Barbara Larson, who donated a 500-year-old Torah scroll.

A complete scroll of the Torah dating to the 16th or 17th century was given to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in a presentation at Alumni Memorial Chapel, Sept. 1. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. accepted the scroll from Ken and Barbara Larson, thanking them for their contribution to the seminary’s understanding of the Bible.

“We promise to be good stewards of this gift,” Mohler said of the scroll, which was laid out for public viewing on a table in the front of the chapel. “We’re thankful to the Lord for putting this on your heart, and even in the moments before chapel this morning, it was very clear there is an immediate magnetic draw of Christians in seeing the Word of God in this way.”

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