Schreiner ‘honored’ to write 1 Corinthians commentary for the Tyndale New Testament series

Sixty years after noted New Testament scholar Leon Morris wrote his commentary on 1 Corinthians in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, Thomas R. Schreiner is contributing his own volume on the book in the same series. Schreiner noted that he was heavily influenced by the late Morris’ work and said he learned much from the Tyndale series as a young Christian. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“When I was asked to write in the Tyndale series, I felt very happy. It brought back so many warm and wonderful memories from when I was a young student. [Back then], I asked people, ‘What commentaries should I read to help me understand the Bible?’ They pointed me to the Tyndale series,” Schreiner recalled in an interview. His new commentary is his first contribution to the TNTC.

“I was honored. It was exciting for me to think that young students today are still profiting from this series.”


Boyce College adds communication program, announces Leverett as its first faculty member

The bachelor of science in communication promises to prepare theologically trained students for global professional work.

Boyce College today announced a new bachelor of science degree in communication, expanding the professional and ministry preparation available to students of the school. The program will prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse and complex world, extending the mission of the school to new academic territory, said Matthew J. Hall, dean of Boyce College. Boyce is the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“As we explored the next stage of Boyce College’s academic development, the degree program that immediately came to the fore was something in the field of communication,” said Hall, noting that the school extensively researched the program’s viability in both general demand for students with skills related to the field of communication and employment outlook for such graduates.


Local church should be the priority for pastors, says York at Pastor Well event

God is going to use pastors in many different ways during their ministries, so they need to know intimately the world of the church, said Hershael W. York at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Pastor Well event, December 3-4. York addressed a room of 30 current and future pastors at the event, drawing on his extensive pastoral ministry experience and biblical conviction.

York, who is the dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, encouraged the men to be confident in their calling and commit themselves to the local church. York also serves as the senior pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky, and has taught preaching at Southern since 1997.


Report discloses history of slavery and racism at Southern Seminary

The document, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., laments ‘a sinful absence of historical curiosity’

Across the United States, historic institutions of higher learning are being called to account for their complicity in the institutionalized racism of American slavery. Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained. Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


The 208 graduates of Southern Seminary are heralds of a coming kingdom, said Mohler at winter commencement

Seminary graduates bear witness to the glory of God’s reign promised by the birth of the Messiah at Christmas, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, at the school’s 222nd commencement exercises, December 7.

During the ceremony in the seminary’s historic Alumni Memorial Chapel, 155 master’s and doctoral students were present to receive their degrees on Friday as members of a 208-person graduating class.


Garnetta Smith appointed women’s support coordinator

In light of challenges facing campuses about the place of women in those communities, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed Garnetta Smith to the new position of women’s support coordinator for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the seminary president announced via official correspondence to the seminary community.


Edward Heinze appointed VP for institutional advancement

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. named alumnus and former businessman Edward Heinze as vice president for institutional advancement at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary earlier this month. Heinze, who takes the role after serving in pastoral ministry for the last six years, has worked as a regional director of development for the seminary in the state of Texas since 2016. He began the new role in November.


Southern Seminary well represented at Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting

Professor Michael A.G. Haykin gave one of three plenary presentations at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in Denver, Colorado, November 13-15. Haykin’s paper — which he presented to around 1,500 fellow scholars from around the world — highlighted Southern Seminary’s deep engagement with the society. In all, more than 60 faculty members, alumni, and doctoral students from Southern Seminary participated in ETS this year.


NASA Astronaut at Night of Valor: view from space confirms glory of God in creation

Your view of the world from space can shape an eternal perspective, said NASA astronaut Jeff Williams at Southern Seminary’s Night of Valor event, November 12. Colonel Williams, at one time the record holder for most cumulative days spent in space, had previously visited Southern Seminary in October of 2013. In August of 2016, he spoke with Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. during the Tuesday chapel service in a broadcast from the International Space Station.


Mohler elected vice president of Evangelical Theological Society at annual meeting

R. Albert Mohler Jr. today was elected as vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), effective immediately following this year’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 13-15.

Mohler becomes vice president of ETS with no objections from fellow scholars at the 70th annual ETS meeting. Mohler is the third representative in the last fifteen years from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to serve as vice president of ETS, following Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, was vice president in 2012 and president in 2013. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, was vice president of ETS before becoming president in 2009.

Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology, was the secretary of ETS in 2018.

Mohler has been an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society for three decades and has presented many papers and addresses for both national and regional meetings.

“The Evangelical Theological Society is the most important academic society for scholars who are, first of all, evangelical, and second of all, committed to the strengthening of this movement, academia, and the engagement of the intellectual world,” Mohler said immediately after this morning’s ETS business meeting. “The history of ETS is the history of the development of the evangelical movement in America. Even though it is off the screen of most people in evangelical churches because of its academic nature, it was of the most important loadstars of the evangelical movement.”

Since his election as president of Southern Seminary in 1993, Mohler has been at the forefront of public theological dialogue in evangelicalism. He was hired to return the seminary to its founding commitment to the truth of the Bible and to a strong, representative relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mohler is also an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. In addition to his responsibilities as president of Southern Seminary, he also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology.

Mohler is the author of many books, including We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong; Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth; and Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments. From 1985 to 1993, he served as associate editor of Preaching, a journal for evangelical preachers, and is currently editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has contributed to over 100 other published works.

A native of Lakeland, Florida, Mohler was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned both a master of divinity degree and a doctor of philosophy in systematic and historical theology from Southern Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and did academic research at University of Oxford in England.

Mohler hosts two podcast programs: The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and Thinking in Public, a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog, where he regularly comments on moral, cultural and theological issues. Called “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large” by The Chicago Tribune, Mohler’s mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent and explicit Christian worldview.