SBTS and Boyce College Send Out 593 Graduates May 8, 2021
Though a time may come when they are tempted to wonder how much good they’re doing in gospel ministry, everything faithful ministers do for Christ will impact both time and eternity, Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler told graduates Friday afternoon during the seminary’s spring commencement.
In the seminary’s 227th commencement, 241 students received degrees. There were 325 total graduates for spring semester, with 241 walking across the stage to receive their diplomas in Southern’s first in-person graduation since December of 2019. From the class of 2020, which was unable to hold a live commencement service due to the pandemic, 167 returned to walk with the class of 2021.
In total, Southern and Boyce College—the seminary’s undergraduate school—sent out 593 graduates, including those from 2020.
Spring Conference Highlights: D&T and Renown May 3, 2021
Two conferences during the spring semester helped usher in a gradual return to normal outreach at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
From April 22 thru 24, The Institute for Biblical Worship hosted the annual Doxology and Theology conference at Southern Seminary.
Noted artists and speakers considered the shared glory of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and their distinct workings within corporate worship.
The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is now offering MDiv and MA degrees in three key areas that are fully online.
Paul Akin, dean of the Graham School, said SBTS wants to enable those already working in ministry to stay in their current position while pursuing a master of divinity.
“We want to make sure we are making theological education as accessible as possible to as many people as possible,” he said.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced the appointment of noted preaching professor Abraham Kuruvilla as its newest faculty member.
Kuruvilla formerly served as senior research professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a practicing medical doctor who has specialized in dermatology.
Kuruvilla holds an MD, a PhD in immunology, and a PhD in hermeneutics and is the author of numerous books including A Manual for Preaching: The Journey from Text to Sermon (Baker, 2019) and several volumes on Genesis, Judges, Psalms (forthcoming), Mark, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Timothy/Titus (forthcoming) in a series of theological commentaries for preachers. His book, A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry (Baker, 2015), was a 2016 Preaching Today book award recipient. He has also contributed widely to various medical journals over the past two decades.
In their spring meeting Monday afternoon, trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved a $48.1 million operating budget for 2021-2022 and celebrated God’s mercy in enabling the school to flourish despite the challenges of the past year.
The new budget represents a $10.9 million increase from the budget trustees approved for the 2020-21 fiscal year. During the 2020-21 school year, the seminary has witnessed record levels of giving, a record number of donors, and record enrollment.
“When you look at Southern Seminary and Boyce College and understand where we are, it’s by God’s grace,” President Albert Mohler said.
Students Brave Rain to Serve Louisville through 1937 Project April 19, 2021
On April 10, a rainy Saturday, 106 students served the city of Louisville through the Bevin Center’s 1937 project. Each year, SBTS and Boyce volunteers spread out across Jefferson County and work in the community. Along with parks and churches, Coleridge-Taylor Elementary was among the worksites this year.
"Several of my roommates and I were able to participate in this year’s 1937 Project.” said Tommy Nissen, SBTS MDiv Student, “our site was Coleridge-Taylor Elementary. We put up fencing, repaired garden boxes, cleaned out chicken coops, mulched, weeded, raked leaves, and prepped the grounds for the rest of the semester and the summer.”
Written to Christians or Almost Christians? Mohler and Schreiner Debate Warning Passages at TGC21 April 16, 2021
Does Albert Mohler’s view of the warning passages in Hebrews need to be straightened out?
The SBTS president good-naturedly teased Schreiner on Twitter that Tuesday’s late-night event at The Gospel Coalition’s 2021 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, amounted to precisely that. Schreiner, longtime New Testament professor at SBTS, and Southern Seminary’s president discussed the warning passages in Hebrews before a sold-out crowd of more than 250. The theme of TGC21 was the book of Hebrews.
Entire MDiv Core Open to Students for Three Summer Terms April 9, 2021
If you are an MDiv student who needs to fill in some gaps toward your degree, SBTS will have three summer terms with all core classes available that will allow you to do just that.
SBTS will be expanding its summer offers to include the entire core of the MDiv along with many electives. These courses will be offered online over three eight-week terms beginning May 10, May 31, and June 7. The on-campus requirement for students who live within a 50-mile radius of SBTS will be waived for these summer terms only.
Ministry students wanting to study theology and business now have an excellent opportunity through a brand-new credit transfer program between The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Union University.
Southern Seminary’s master of divinity program will accept up to 12 hours from Union’s master of business administration program. In turn, Union’s master of business program will accept up to six hours from Southern’s MDiv program. Tuition rates will be according to each institution’s published rates, and students must still meet all graduation policies and hour requirements at each institution.
SBTS Graduates 236 in Fall Commencement December 18, 2020
The new graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have the same task as that of the shepherds who appear in the story of Jesus’s birth: to proclaim that the Savior of the world has come, seminary president Albert Mohler told fall 2020 graduates.
In Southern’s 226th commencement, 236 students received degrees from the seminary—even more than the 208 who graduated in the fall of 2019. The degrees awarded ranged from an array of masters degrees to doctoral degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy.
In words addressed personally to the graduates, Mohler pointed them to Luke 2:15-20, which is he described as the first preaching of the gospel -- a fact that’s often overlooked, but one that well illustrates the God-called steward’s most fundamental mission. In a video message to graduates, Mohler charged them to endure in that mission faithfully, sacrificially, and joyfully.