Posts by Danielle Devine

Boyce College students look forward to being a light in Louisville through 1937 Project March 5, 2020

On Saturday March 7, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College community will work throughout Louisville for a day of service. For the last seven years, in cooperation with the mayor’s office, the seminary and college community has served Louisville to commemorate the great flood of 1937.

Eighty-three years ago, the seminary lent a helping hand to the city, offering food, shelter, and relief from the effects of the flood. This year, the seminary will uphold its tradition by serving the Jefferson County Public Schools.

It is more than just a tradition, though. The 1937 project is an event this community has come to love.

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Students trained in engaging Muslims with the gospel at Jenkins Center conference March 4, 2020

J. Keith McKinley, Associate Professor of Christian Missions, speaking at the Jenkins Center Conference

Walking in grace and forgiveness in Christ is central to faithful evangelism, argued missionary Mike Shipman at a conference at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference, entitled “Impacting the World: Islam and Engaging Muslims,” took place February 27–29 in Heritage Hall. It was hosted by the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam. Speakers included Shipman, J. Keith McKinley (Associate Professor of Christian Missions at Southern Seminary), and Gail McKinley.

For twenty years, Shipman has served with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Southeast Asia, and he is the author of Plan A: Abide in Christ, Disciple the World! and Any-3: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, a guide to engaging Muslims with the gospel. Shipman focused on how Christian dependence on Christ fuels evangelism even when evangelism might be wearying.

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Jones, Renshaw appointed as VP and Associate VP at Southern Seminary February 26, 2020

Timothy Paul Jones, Vice President for Doctoral Studies
Brian Renshaw, Associate Vice President for the Global Campus

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced the appointment of Timothy Paul Jones as Vice President for Doctoral Studies and Brian Renshaw as Associate Vice President for the Global Campus at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jones is currently the Associate Vice President for the Global Campus, and Renshaw is the Executive Assistant to the Provost. They will start in their new roles on March 1.

Jones will oversee the seminary’s doctoral studies, ensuring that men and women are well trained for gospel service in the church, missions, and Christian higher education. Renshaw will lead the online and hybrid program at the seminary, so that those who are not able to relocate receive robust theological training.

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‘Allusive patterns’ fundamental to Christian understanding of biblical theology, argued Garrett during faculty lecture February 21, 2020

Biblical authors often allude to previous moments in the biblical storyline to help readers better understand theological themes, argued professor Duane A. Garrett during a faculty lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, February 19. The lecture, titled “Elijah at Sinai,” was delivered in the historic Broadus Chapel.

Garrett, the John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology, argued that these “allusive patterns” consist of references to previous passages of Scripture that help make clear what the biblical author wants the reader to learn.

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Be a Bulldog Day provides visiting students a unique perspective on Boyce College life February 17, 2020

Some current Boyce College students who attended the biannual event now volunteer as hosts for visiting high school and transfer students

Last week, Boyce College hosted 19 prospective students for “Be a Bulldog Day,” a unique visit day for prospective students. Twice a year, Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, invites high school and transfer students to spend the day with a current student and stay overnight in the dorms.

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‘Leadership is character,’ says Bingham at Julius B. Gay lectures February 14, 2020

A true leader does not just manage people effectively, but also models a godly life for others, said D. Jeffrey Bingham during the Julius B. Gay lectureship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, February 11-12. Bingham, dean of the school of theology and professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, delivered three lectures titled “The Soul of a Leader: Acuity from Antiquity” at Heritage Hall. In these addresses, Bingham explored what modern leaders can learn from the thinkers of the past, including the church fathers.

In today’s culture, leadership is often associated with being an effective administrator — being someone who can manage a team to accomplish a common goal. Though good administration is not bad, Bingham said, the heart of leadership must begin with a leader’s integrity.

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Missions and evangelism remain the church’s task until ‘the end of the age,’ says Mohler at Southern Seminary spring convocation February 4, 2020

The church should prioritize the preaching of the gospel, both at home and abroad, until the end of the age, said R. Albert Mohler Jr. at the spring convocation of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on February 4. 

“So long as we are here, we have work to do. So long as this age continues, we have a task, a calling, a commission,” said Mohler, who is president of the seminary. “The only reason for this age to continue is that this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed to all nations — to the whole world.”

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Boyce College adds Alisha Biler to English faculty and Writing Center January 31, 2020

Biler comes to Boyce College with over a decade of experience in English, teaching, and ministry.

Starting this semester, Alisha Biler will teach in the Humanities department at Boyce College as the Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at Boyce College. She will also lead the Writing Center at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as its director.

“A distinctly Christian vision of education understands the power of the written word, framed by the God who has spoken to us in words and sentences,” said Matthew J. Hall, provost of Southern Seminary. “The appointment of Dr. Alisha Biler to the Boyce College faculty is great news. She brings tremendous experience and ability to the post as a proven Christian scholar and teacher."

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New SBTS Press title highlights the place of truth in key theological disciplines January 17, 2020

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary today released a volume highlighting the place of truth in key theological disciplines ranging from systematic theology to biblical counseling. The book, Truths You Can Trust, contains thirteen chapters written by professors at Southern Seminary, each emphasizing the seminary’s commitment to biblical fidelity in every area of theology and life.

A free ebook is available through the Southern Seminary website and a paperback version can be purchased on Amazon for $17.99.

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Michael O’Neill, longtime accountant at Southern Seminary, appointed VP for accounting and finance December 19, 2019

Michael O’Neill has been appointed vice president for accounting and finance at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. O’Neill has extensive experience in the field of finance and has worked at Southern Seminary for more than a decade.

Prior to this announcement, O’Neill, who is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner for the state of Kentucky, served as assistant vice president for accounting and controller for the last 13 years, supervising all accounting functions for the seminary.

In that role, he oversaw perfect budget audits for eight of the previous nine years. He began his new VP role in December.

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