Mohler, Thomas debate the role of faith in American politics at “God and Politics”

Christians should be involved in the political process but remember their ultimate hope lies beyond any office or vote, said evangelical thinkers R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas at the April 25 “God and Politics” event at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas discuss personal faith and politics at "God and Politics"
R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Cal Thomas discuss personal faith and politics at "God and Politics"

Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, and Thomas, a political pundit and syndicated columnist, discussed their views regarding the religious beliefs of political candidates before a full Alumni Memorial Chapel. Although the event came about after a public disagreement on this issue, Mohler and Thomas agreed that ironclad biblical promises transcend those of waffling political candidates.

“If Christ is king and God is sovereign and our citizenship is ultimately in heaven, then we shouldn't have our equilibrium thrown off too much by any election,” Mohler said.

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After finding God in Gitmo, Army vet reunites with military chaplain for T4G

Army veteran Scott Carter (left) and military chaplain Raymond Lowdermilk (right) at Southern Seminary
Army veteran Scott Carter (left) and military chaplain Raymond Lowdermilk (right) at Southern Seminary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Nearly two years after his military chaplain baptized him in one of the world’s most spiritually dark places, Illinois police officer and Army veteran Scott Carter reunited with Southern Seminary alumnus Raymond Lowdermilk at the April 12-14 Together for the Gospel biennial conference for what he described as a “glimpse of heaven.”

Carter, a patrol officer near Chicago, was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp with the 339th Military Police Company in January 2014. Working first as a camp block sergeant and then as an operations sergeant, Carter supervised guards and Gitmo detainees. But Carter said he felt overwhelmed at times seeing dangerous war criminals detained for terrorism, which constantly reminded him of the 9/11 attacks he witnessed on TV the day his now 14-year-old twins were born.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Albert Mohler, Cal Thomas to discuss ‘God and Politics’ April 25 at Southern Seminary

Dr. Mohler Headshot-4 lowerLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — In a public forum at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary April 25, SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and political journalist Cal Thomas will discuss the intersection of religion and politics. The free event will be held on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Chapel.

Describing Thomas as “one of the most respected journalists in America,” Mohler said the conversation will focus on current issues in American politics and voting. He said the idea for the event was sparked after Thomas called him about an episode of Mohler’s “The Briefing,” which is a daily podcast examining news and current events from a Christian worldview.

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Hope in God fights fear of man, says Trillia Newbell at Equip

trillia-about-960x1438LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The best way to fight fear is gaining a greater understanding and awe of God, said author Trillia Newbell at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Equip seminar for women in ministry, April 2.

“We have a savior who relates to our suffering,” said Newbell, director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. “Jesus is aware and acquainted with the grief of man. He is acquainted with my grief, he is acquainted with your grief. ... [For] the redemption of the world, he endured great pain. Pain I can only imagine. Pain and wrath on our behalf.”

More than 100 women gathered for “Equip: Practical Training for Women in Ministry” to hear Newbell discuss how to fight fears of man, the future, tragedy, and physical appearance. Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015).

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Southern Seminary trustees approve historic budget, elect faculty

Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses the trustees during the board's April 18 meeting.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses the trustees during the board's April 18 meeting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved all recommendations in the board’s April 18 meeting, which included the election of two faculty members, the budget for the 2016-17 academic year, and a $14-million renovation plan for Fuller Hall.

In a historic measure, trustees approved the recommendation of its Financial Board for the 2016-17 budget of $48 million, an increase of 9.9 percent over the previous year.

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Evangelical leaders esteem Reformation heritage at T4G

The legacy of the Protestant Reformation must endure in the doctrine and ministry of the church, evangelical leaders said at the 2016 Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-14.

Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517, 10,000 attendees from 43 different countries and 20 denominations filled most of the KFC Yum! Center to hear preaching from the biggest names in Reformed evangelicalism. Over 4,000 attendees identified as members of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Justification by faith alone is not one doctrine among others. It’s not one way merely of describing the gospel; it is the gospel and it is the gospel alone that produces a true church," said R. Albert Mohler during his T4G address, March 12.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. discussed the impact of the Reformation on ministry during his T4G address, April 12.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and co-founder of the T4G conference, said the Protestant Reformation radically transformed the nature of pastoral ministry, starting with Luther himself. The German monk rejected the selling of indulgences by Johann Tetzel and eventually criticized the priesthood and papacy — key ecclesiological doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

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New ‘Southern Seminary Magazine’ features print redesign, innovative online version

SSM-Spring-2016-coverLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The spring issue of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s alumni magazine, which released today, marks a prominent transition for the publication, featuring expanded content on faculty and alumni while offering an innovative online version, leaders said. Southern Seminary Magazine has also changed its release schedule from quarterly to biannual and has updated its format and design beginning with the Spring 2016 issue, which opens the 84th volume in the alumni magazine’s rich history.

“The new magazine format provides us a better avenue for telling the Southern story well,” said Steve Watters, vice president for Communications. Watters noted the free online Southern Seminary Magazine, available at sbts.edu/resources/magazine, is responsive to all digital devices, contains a linked table of contents, and adapts many of the design features found in the print version.

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SBTS Press releases ‘More Faithful Service’ ministry workbook

MoreFaithfulService-coverLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Evangelical leaders, professors, and pastors emphasize the importance of faithfulness in a new ministry workbook released by SBTS Press, a publishing imprint of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In More Faithful Service, which released today, Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. highlighted the importance of faithfulness in the Christian’s life. Faithfulness is necessary for sharing the gospel, caring for people, and devotion to one’s family and the Savior, Mohler writes in the opening essay.

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Southern Seminary’s Hispanic program adds new professors, reduces online costs

Southern Seminary students (left to right) Joel Peña, Jairo Namnún and Erick Jimenez, all from the same church in the Dominican Republic, sit together at Towery Plaza.
Southern Seminary students (left to right) Joel Peña, Jairo Namnún and Erick Jimenez, all from the same church in the Dominican Republic, sit together at Towery Plaza.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The addition of two influential Latino pastors to the faculty and significant discounts for online Hispanic students are key elements of a new initiative at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to serve more effectively those called to ministry in the Spanish-speaking world.

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“The Lord has opened an incredible door for Southern Seminary to minister all over the globe, but in a powerful new way to form this partnership for the Hispanic Initiatives,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “The Spanish-speaking world is on Southern Seminary’s heart, and we see both a great opportunity and a great responsibility. Prosperity theology and other challenges have made significant inroads into the Hispanic world. At the same time, there is an incredible, even unprecedented openness to the gospel and we are excited to establish partnerships with pastors and churches who we see as the crucial leaders for an awakening of Christ’s church in the Spanish-speaking world.”

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Southern Seminary to serve Louisville in fourth annual 1937 Project

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The 1937 Project is a campus-wide outreach as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Give A Day week of service, which Southern Seminary has participated in since 2012.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will participate in Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give A Day Week of service with the fourth annual 1937 Project, April 23. The mayor’s office said the outreach, which honors the seminary’s role in helping the city recover from the 1937 Great Flood, is “one of the largest, most consistent groups over the last four years.”

“The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is an integral part of our Give A Day week of service,” Fischer said. “Last year they helped over 3,000 kids participate in a toy giveaway and this year they will organize a cleanup in Shelby Park, work with the Louisville Nature Center, among many other projects. We are sending a message that Louisville is taking its place among the world’s great cities, and compassion is one of our greatest strengths! For that, I have to say to all of you — thank you. What you’ve done has been amazing and inspiring.”

The 1937 Project unites students of Southern Seminary and the city of Louisville for a day of community service. Volunteers will gather April 23 to serve in more than 20 teams across Louisville. According to seminary leaders, the outreach is designed to further its gospel witness and practically meet the needs of Louisville residents, as well as modeling Christian service for future church leaders.

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