Posts by Forrest Strickland

Southern Seminary graduates elected to major leadership positions in the Kentucky Baptist Convention December 9, 2019

Three graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were elected to leadership positions of the Kentucky Baptist Convention during the KBC annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, November 12.

Chad Fugitt, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Corbin, Kentucky, was elected president of the KBC, while Wes Fowler, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Mayfield in Mayfield, Kentucky, and Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, were elected first and second vice president, respectively.

These three elections highlight the longstanding cooperative and flourishing relationship between the KBC and the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, dating back to Southern Seminary’s move from Greenville, South Carolina, to Louisville in 1859.


Southern Seminary expands its non-residential doctoral studies program, adds two modular concentrations December 4, 2019

In an effort to make its doctoral studies program available to pastor-theologians everywhere, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is installing new doctor of philosophy modular concentrations in Biblical Studies and Historical and Theological Studies, the school announced today.

The two modular formats will bring Southern Seminary’s high standard of excellence in biblical and theological studies to students previously unable to study them remotely. The concentrations also underscore the school’s commitment to excellence in biblical and theological scholarship in service to the church, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary.


Southern Seminary professors feature prominently at annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society November 26, 2019

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was well-represented at the 71st annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) on November 20-22 in San Diego, California.

Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology and editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology at Southern Seminary, presented one of the three plenary presentations on the final morning of the event, underscoring the school’s commitment to rigorous evangelical scholarship and its relationship with like-minded scholars.


Friends and colleagues honor Tom Schreiner with a festschrift at B&H luncheon during ETS annual meeting November 21, 2019

Friends, colleagues, and former students of Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, presented a festschrift in his honor during the B&H Academic luncheon at the 71st Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting in San Diego, California, November 20.

As they did so, they extolled Schreiner’s prodigious scholarship and godly character to a room filled with people who have benefitted from both during his 37 years of teaching ministry.


Mohler answers a wide range of questions during Ask Anything Tour event at Western Kentucky University November 15, 2019

R. Albert Mohler Jr. addressed a broad range of questions from students at the University of Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Kentucky, November 15. The event was the fourth installment of his Ask Anything Tour, which was previously held at the University of Louisville, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California-Los Angeles.

In these Ask Anything Tour events, Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, answers college student questions on the topics of faith, religion, and the Bible. He opened the evening with a brief statement about the unique answers to life’s biggest questions from a robust Christian worldview before taking open-mic questions from the student body.


Mohler expresses gratitude to alumni and friends of Southern Seminary during Kentucky Baptist Convention November 14, 2019

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary would not exist without the partnership of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, R. Albert Mohler Jr. told 160 alumni and friends of Southern Seminary at the school’s luncheon during the KBC annual meetings, November 12. The group met in a full-capacity room at Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions in Lexington, Kentucky, during a break in KBC proceedings.

“Southern Seminary would not be what it is today if it were anywhere else in the world,” Mohler said. “It’s a profound privilege to look at you today and realize not only what Kentucky Baptists have given to us, but what we have given to Kentucky Baptists.”


Former military servicemen urge Christians to support former soldiers during Night of Valor event November 13, 2019

A group of former military servicemen encouraged Christians to support former soldiers — especially former soldiers who have enrolled in seminary — during this year's Night of Valor event on Veteran's Day, November 11 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The event was well attended by a cadre of students and veterans.

“Soldiers are dying faster because of Satan’s encouragement to harm themselves than they are on the field,” said Chaplain Ken Lovett, a doctoral student at Southern Seminary who is currently serving with the Indiana National Guard. Lovett opened the evening's events at fifth annual Night of Valor, which is sponsored by the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization. The event aims to encourage students and soldiers and call Christians to pray for soldiers both on and off the field.


Mohler at Leadership Briefing: Margaret Thatcher believed liberty depended on a people’s ‘moral center’ November 7, 2019

Margaret Thatcher, the British stateswoman who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979–1990, was an elegant woman who embodied essential leadership principles from which all leaders can learn, said R. Albert Mohler Jr. at today’s Leadership Briefing, November 5. The event was hosted by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and held in a packed Heritage Hall.

Mohler, who is president of Southern Seminary, said he has long admired Thatcher, who was a lifelong defender of liberty. The 20th century was a breeding ground for leaders both good and bad, but the thing that set good leaders apart was a commitment to decisive opposition to evil, Mohler said. This commitment came from Thatcher’s unshakeable commitment to morality as the center of a well-functioning state. 


Evangelical preachers urge the critical importance of purity in ministry during the 2019 Expositors Summit November 1, 2019

There are many important aspects to being a faithful preacher of the Word of God: preaching the text faithfully, leading the local church effectively, and discipling and encouraging believers under one’s care. But one of the most critical features of godly church leadership exists under the surface of each pastor’s ministry, and if it is not present, it could rot the pastor from the inside-out.

A cohort of evangelical preachers urged 500 attendees at the 2019 Expositors Summit to conduct their lives and ministries above reproach. Purity sets apart ministers of the Word of God, they said, and adorns the gospel they preach to the people of God. The main speakers at the Expositors Summit were Alistair Begg, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Hershael York, Charlie Dates, and Bob Russell, and they spoke in Alumni Chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on October 29-31.


Andrew Walker announced as associate dean of the School of Theology and director of the Henry Institute during trustee meetings at Southern Seminary October 15, 2019

The Board of Trustees at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary convened for its biannual plenary session on October 14, hearing reports about the health of the institution and affirming all committee recommendations.

The plenary session took place during the seminary’s Heritage Week events, which begin on Monday morning and conclude on Wednesday afternoon.

During Monday’s events, Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced to trustees the appointment of Southern Baptist and ethicist Andrew Walker as Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Apologetics, associate dean of the School of Theology, and director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement.