SCOTUS Ruling on Vaccine Mandate a Vindication for Religious Liberty, Mohler says January 13, 2022

Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to block the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses was a major victory for religious liberty and the rule of law, Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler said.

The nation’s highest court ruled that the Biden administration does not have the authority through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to force all employers with more than 100 employees to require vaccination or weekly testing of all employees.

“We are very thankful for this ruling by the United States Supreme Court,” Mohler said. “This is a vindication of our cause from the very beginning. The issue here is not the vaccine, but the attempt by the Biden administration to turn employers, including religious employers, into extensions of the administrative state. It was vital that the Supreme Court preclude a federal agency such as OSHA from coercing religious employers into violating their conscience and that of employees who may be divided over the question of vaccines on convictional grounds.

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Pastor-Historian Eric Smith joins Church History Faculty at Southern Seminary January 6, 2022

President Albert Mohler has appointed Tennessee pastor and two-time Southern Seminary alumni Eric Smith to the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Smith, who received both his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern, will serve as Associate Professor of Church History. He has been the Senior Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, Tennessee, since 2013, a role he will continue while serving on faculty at Southern.

“Eric Smith is a premier historian who has already produced a wealth of important research on the Baptist tradition and church history,” Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler said.

“He is a model scholar with the heart of a pastor. His research is stellar, and his heart for the church is evident. I am incredibly proud that he has joined the Southern Seminary faculty, and generations of students will bear his professorial imprint.”

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“We Have to Live Out Our Faith”: SBTS Alum Leads Church Amid the Rubble of Deadly Storm’s Wake December 20, 2021

Thirty to sixty seconds.

That’s how long it took for the storm to explode Wes Fowler’s carefully regimented weekly schedule and, of profoundly more importance, to change his life and the lives of Mayfield, Kentucky’s citizens forever.

Fowler, a PhD student at Southern Seminary and 2015 DMin graduate, spent the daytime hours that Friday as most busy pastors do—finishing his sermon and preparing his heart to preach to God’s people on the fast-approaching Lord’s Day.

But by the next day, Fowler was being interviewed by CNN, the Washington Post, and other local and national media outlets about what had unfolded in his hometown during that tragic half-minute late Friday night.

Fowler, with his wife and three kids, survived the deadly tornado that obliterated Mayfield, Kentucky, and the surrounding area on December 10, killing at least 84, including one member of the church he pastors, First Baptist Church of Mayfield. Several FBC members lost homes and property. Mercifully, the storm spared Fowler’s house.

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You Are Called to Shepherd the Flock of God, Mohler Tells Graduates at Southern’s Fall Commencement December 10, 2021

Seminary graduates are called to be ministers, but fundamental to that calling is the task of shepherding the flock of God, Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler said Friday morning at the school’s fall commencement.

SBTS graduated 233 students at its 228th commencement with 159 graduates walking across the stage to accept their degrees. Southern’s commencement was a beautiful picture of God’s global gospel work with graduates from many countries, including China, Portugal, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, India, England, and others.

Examining Micah 5:1-5, Mohler said the pattern of leadership throughout Scripture from king David to Jesus includes shepherding, which sits at the heart of what the graduates are called to do on mission fields, classrooms, counseling sessions, and local churches.

“What is happening in this room today? What is the cause of our celebration?” Mohler asked graduates. “We are seeing minister-shepherds sent out into the world. . . . When David became a king, was he no longer a shepherd? Hardly. Israel was to have a shepherd-king, a king who would shepherd his flock.

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In Presidential Address, Mohler Outlines Four Temptations Facing the Evangelical Theological Society November 19, 2021

Four temptations frame the past, present, and future of the Evangelical Theological, Albert Mohler said Wednesday night in his presidential address at the 73rd annual meeting of ETS in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mohler, this year’s ETS president, cited fundamentalism, atheism, Roman Catholicism, and Protestant liberalism as temptations that have framed the organization’s challenge and forged its identity since its humble beginnings in 1949, when founders first met at a YMCA in downtown Cincinnati. All four temptations have existed since that initial organizational meeting, he said, but they have only grown more significant over the years.

Southern Seminary’s president cited fundamentalism as the first temptation.

While ETS is fundamentalist in the sense that evangelicals hold to fundamental Christian doctrines such as the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, the person and work of Christ, and the Trinity, the organization rejected fundamentalism’s tendencies to withdraw from culture. Mohler said that ETS must also steer clear of the theological eccentricities that have sometimes characterized fundamentalists over the past few decades.

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Boyce Men’s Soccer Wins First Regional Championship November 10, 2021

The Boyce Bulldogs have a championship to display in their trophy case.

The Boyce men’s soccer team made history on Saturday by defeating the Campbellsville Pioneers 6-1 to win the Mideast Regional Tournament.

Yonelson Alvarez and Caleb Sites led the team with two goals each.

The victory on Saturday was a testimony to the hard work of the coaches, staff, and players. And they aren’t done yet. After ending an up and down regular season with a record of 5-8-1, the Bulldogs won three straight games in regionals and hope to continue their run in Kissimmee, Florida where they advanced to play in the Division 2 national tournament.

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs will meet top-seeded Bob Jones at 3 p.m., November 16. Then Boyce will face fourth-seeded Manhattan at 3 p.m., November 17.

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SBTS Expositors Summit Encourages Pastors to Preach the Whole Counsel of God November 1, 2021

Churches need faithful exposition that teaches and applies God’s Word, not another discipleship program, SBTS President Albert Mohler told attendees of the annual Expositors Summit at Southern Seminary on October 27.

Preaching from Colossians 1, Mohler said the goal of ministry is to present believers mature in Christ.

“The miracle of ministry is that Christ, through us, is demonstrating his energy, through the powerful proclamation of the word.” Mohler said, “By the proclamation of his word, he is transforming his church into mature believers.”

The annual Expositors Summit was held October 26-28 at Southern Seminary and featured numerous faculty members and alumni in plenary and breakout sessions.

Paul’s announcement—being from God, through him, and for his readers—is a description of the call to ministry.

“As a preacher of the word, you are the conduit through which God speaks to his people,” he said. “It’s the stewardship from God that goes through the preacher and to the church to make the word of God fully known.”

Churches have relied on a variety of creative means to make disciples, he said. But only the ministry of the Word produces true, maturing believers.

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SBTS Celebrates Annual Heritage Week October 20, 2021

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its storied past and looked to the future during the school’s annual Heritage Week celebration October 11-14. 

To mark the event, Southern held three chapel services, including two that featured preaching by SBTS President Albert Mohler SBTS also held a luncheon honoring the retirement of a cherished administrator and presented the Bruce W. Benton Distinguished Service Award to Robbie and Sarah Brown, among numerous other events.

In his sermon on October 11, Mohler examined one of the most important texts on the implications of Jesus’s resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. If the resurrection is not true, Christians are to be pitied.

"If we're looking for one chapter in the entire Bible that puts the historical facts of Christianity and the central doctrines of Christianity in their compressed form and then makes it clear that this is how the church is to preach and this is what the church believes, it's this passage," he said.

Mohler chose the text because Paul explicitly confronts the question, “What if it’s not true?”

“When faithful preachers preach on the resurrection,” Mohler said, “We tend to jump over these verses to get the resurrection because that’s the way we sing the songs, that’s the way we preach the message, and that’s the way we present the gospel.”

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SBTS Experienced Record Enrollment and Revenues in 2020-21, Seminary Leaders Tell Trustee Board October 14, 2021

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary experienced a record year in both revenues and enrollment in 2020-2021, seminary officials reported to Southern’s board of trustees at its fall meeting.

The seminary exceeded budgetary expectations in three key areas: tuition revenue, receipts from the SBC Cooperative Program, and donor giving. Student enrollment also increased during the pandemic.

Southern Seminary President, R. Albert Mohler Jr. reflected on the crucial task the trustees fulfilled at their October 11-12 meeting:

“I’m very thankful for the men and women who serve on our board of trustees. They are remarkably faithful and committed board members who hold the institution in trust for the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention. This meeting was yet another indication of the seriousness with which they take that task, and it was a meeting in which we were able to report the blessings of God upon the institution. The board of trustees made historic decisions, heard reports, and fulfilled responsibility to the Southern Baptist Convention.”

Reports to the trustees showed the good news of God’s grace toward SBTS during the past 18 months.

Though SBTS reduced tuition rates for the 2020-21 school year, tuition and fees were $3.4 million greater than the amount budgeted, attributable to a sizeable increase in enrollment.

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Dustin Benge Appointed VP of Communications and Associate Professor October 4, 2021

Dustin Benge has been appointed as the new vice president of Communications at Southern Seminary, President Albert Mohler announced Monday.

Benge, a two-time graduate of SBTS and a former staff member at the seminary, will begin in his role on December 6. He was also appointed to the faculty as associate professor of biblical spirituality and historical theology.

“I have known Dustin Benge for years,” Mohler said. “He combines so many gifts and strengths, and he is exactly who we need to lead our communications program and to teach in our biblical spirituality program.”

“Dustin’s deep convictions, giftedness in communications, energy in the classroom, come together in a wonderful way. He is a true scholar-administrator, and we eagerly look forward to having Dustin and Molli back on the campus.”

Presently, Benge and his wife, Molli, live in Bridgend, Wales in the United Kingdom, where he serves as provost and professor at Union School of Theology, a position he has held since 2020. Benge received his MDiv from SBTS in 2011 and a PhD in biblical spirituality from Southern in 2018. From 2018 to 2020, he was creative director at the seminary. He has served for many years as a lecturer and senior fellow for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

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