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3 Questions with Mark Dever

 Can you briefly describe your sermon preparation?   I take two days to prepare. The first day is exegesis. I need my sermon outline, both the exegetical outline first, and then homiletical outline by the first day. On the second day, I write the introduction and work on application with some friends. I’ll get a…

Southern at ETS

This year’s annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (Baltimore, MD) focuses on “Evangelicalism, Inerrancy, and the Evangelical Theological Society: Retrospect and Prospect.” You can download a PDF list of faculty and others from Southern Seminary who are presenting papers at ETS along with their paper titles, room locations and times here. Students can also attend…

In season and out of season – expository readiness (part 2)

Editors Note: This is the second post in a series on Expository Readiness. You can read part one of this series here.  The Exhortations Pay Attention to Your Life The first imperative of 1 Timothy 4:16 is to “keep a close watch on yourself.” Why does Paul say this? Because the first priority of a man…

Review: What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk

At the risk of stating the obvious, sex is a big deal. Not only is it a big deal, but it’s currently the source of much confusion for both Christians and non-Christians alike. One need only turn on the television to see the moral confusion regarding homosexuality, marriage and a host of other issues related to…

In season and out of season – expository readiness (part 1)

I have a confession to make: I never feel fully prepared to preach. In fact, I’m not sure I know what it would mean to be fully prepared to preach. I suppose it might mean coming to the pulpit with a complete manuscript thoroughly highlighted in several colors. It would mean I had the sermon…

Engaged Leadership at Home | Guide to Biblical Manhood Giveaway

*Editors Note: With this post, Southern Seminary is re-launching the Southern Blog. Through this channel, we hope to provide relevant, gospel-centered, scripturally grounded material that is useful for your ministry, whether you’re a pastor, layman or even a stay-at-home mom. The following is an excerpt from A Guide to Biblical Manhood, one of our most popular…

A Word-Centered Culture Instead of a Man-Centered Culture

The danger is that we will become man-centered instead of Word-centered, so that we prize the preacher more than what is preached.

Resolute in a Gender-Confused Culture

From no-fault divorce to gay marriage, our culture has undertaken an enormous social experiment on issues of gender and sexuality. All manner of sexual dysfunction has become quite mainstream. As resolute Christians, our response cannot simply be to curse the darkness and to stand aloof from the culture. God calls us to be in the…

Christian Resolve on the Secular Campus

The excitement of a new chapter in life was palpable as Mark crammed his backpack on the tile floor between his chair and the next. He sat spellbound among nearly 100 other eager freshmen philosophy students as the department chairman opened the semester. The bearded professor lowered his black-rimmed glasses and began the lecture with…

Expository preaching and the recovery of Christian worship

The church will not be judged by the Lord for the quality of her music but for the faithfulness of her preaching.

A time to be resolute in the face of challenges

Since 1880, most United States presidents have sat behind a desk made from timbers of the HMS Resolute. That British naval vessel journeyed to locate the explorer Sir John Franklin, but became trapped in ice near the Arctic Circle in 1853. An American whaler found the ship adrift just two years later and returned it…

A president at work: 
Mohler’s investment in the 
next generation of leaders

  During the presidency of R. Albert Mohler Jr., seven men have worked for him as research assistants and directors of theological research. Not only did they help him organize material and prepare for writing projects, speaking and preaching engagements, debates and more, but they received a unique kind of education in return.   Gregory…

Thursday Night Lights: The influence of 16 years of Mary Mohler’s leadership of the Seminary Wives Institute

For the past 16 years, lights have been burning bright in the classrooms of Southern Seminary on Thursday nights. It’s a popular time for night classes, but there’s another reason it’s the busiest night of the week. Classrooms that may have otherwise gone dark for the night light up and are filled with the wives…

Innovative Communicator of Evangelical Conviction

Whatever the current communications technology, you’ll find R. Albert Mohler Jr. there, employing it as part of a multi-media cultural engagement in the battle for gospel truth.  •  From faxes to blogs to radio to podcasts to social media, during his 20-year tenure as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mohler has embraced each…

Twenty years 
of denominational 
statesmanship

At the June 2000 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla., messenger Anthony Sisemore objected to the revision of the Baptist Faith and Message proposed by the committee appointed to the task. Sisemore wanted to retain the statement that the Bible is “the record of God’s revelation of himself to man,” rather…

Whatever the future holds, 
Southern Seminary will ‘train, educate and prepare 
the next generation’

As the Bible says, we see through a glass darkly. At our best, we simply do not know enough to predict the future reliably. At the same time, we have no choice but to look ahead as best we can, trying to understand the challenges and opportunities that the future will bring. This is true for…

Resolute in a Gender-Confused Culture

Our society is confused about gender and sexuality because it has forgotten what it means to be created in the image of God as male and female.

A time to be resolute in the face of challenges

Since 1880, most United States presidents have sat behind a desk made from timbers of the HMS Resolute. That British naval vessel journeyed to locate the explorer Sir John Franklin, but became trapped in ice near the Arctic Circle in 1853. An American whaler found the ship adrift just two years later and returned it…