SBTS Press releases “Confessing the Faith,” a commentary on Abstract of Principles October 31, 2016

confessingthefaithLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Written nearly 25 years after R. Albert Mohler Jr. called for the restoration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s confessional identity, a new book published by SBTS Press honors the enduring importance of the Abstract of Principles. In Confessing the Faith: The Living Legacy of Southern Seminary’s Abstract of Principles, Mohler, SBTS president and the book’s editor, and 19 faculty members contribute chapters defending each article of faith established in the institution’s 1858 confessional document.

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Issues of authority and salvation still divide Protestants and Catholics, authors write October 27, 2016

unfinishedLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — With the approaching 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the need for clarity on the commonalities and differences between Catholics and Protestants grows ever more urgent, according to the authors of The Unfinished Reformation.

Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Chris Castaldo, lead pastor of New Covenant Church, Naperville, Illinois, provide a thorough and careful examination of the issues at stake. Both authors have experience with Catholicism: Allison served with CRU at Notre Dame and was a missionary to Italy, and Castaldo was raised Roman Catholic and later converted to evangelicalism.

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Boyce College to offer Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree October 21, 2016

Boyce College logoLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) —  A new degree program at Boyce College will prepare students to apply a Christian worldview in the areas of politics, international justice, and economic development, according to leaders at the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics will be available beginning in fall 2017.

“This is another great step in the maturity and growth of Boyce College,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This is one of the most significant and timely majors we could offer at this time, especially to young people who are going to be prepared to apply the Christian worldview to every dimension of life and to some of the most pressing challenges of our day in economics and politics. I’m really proud of this new degree program and if I were a young person preparing to major in college I would want to attend Boyce College and take this major.”

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SBC leaders urge faithful political engagement, trust in God’s sovereignty during SBTS Heritage Week October 17, 2016

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 October 15, 2016

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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’ October 12, 2016

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’ October 11, 2016

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 September 30, 2016

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 September 29, 2016

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.

Toni Stringer, a retired Jefferson County judge, speaks during the What's the Word forum
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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