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The Gift of Singleness?

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7 that singleness can be a “gift.” But it doesn’t often feel that way. What did Paul mean when he encouraged the unmarried to remain that way, and what could that mean for us?

Finding Your Place

A Conversation on Singleness

Ten Recommendations for Navigating Singleness

While Still Preparing for Marriage

Learning From History

Professor wants students to learn from the ‘indispensable’ past

Luther Rice’s Unrequited Proposal


10 things you probably didn’t have time for during your first semester — and still need to do

With your class schedule in place, resolve to try something different this semester. This list will give you a place to start.

Get to know the new communications VP

Kody Gibson’s path to academic administration.

SBTS Missions Heritage Stretches to its Earliest Days

history highlight

The Body: Why your soul is not enough

You always hear about ‘new year, new you.’ But have you stopped to think about the theological reason health and fitness matters?

Hold the Chicken, Hit the Gym


Seeking God’s kingdom

Former model Amrit Ahluwalia’s journey to Southern Seminary

How to make good on that New Year’s resolution

This time of year, it seems like Everyone wants to be fitter, stronger, or faster.

Sing We Now of Christmas

Southern Seminary and Boyce faculty share their favorite Christmas melodies.

Morgan Wild: From the jungles of Indonesia to the halls of Boyce College

Morgan Wild grew up on the mission field of Indonesia with his life on camera.

Lottie Moon and Chinese Superstitions

Keeping in theme with stranger things in missions, this month’s History Highlight explores Lottie Moon’s ministry in China.

Spiritual Warfare and International Missions

Missions professor M. David Sills talks about the importance of acknowledging spiritual warfare, especially in international missions.

Luther, Erasmus, and the textual legacy of the Reformation

Luther disagreed with the theology of Desiderius Erasmus, yet he and the entire Reformation benefitted enormously from his translation work.

From Pulaski County to Podolsk, Russia

Melissa Tucker feels most at home within the classroom

Southern Seminary houses the only school endorsed by Billy Graham

Billy Graham leaves behind a rich legacy not only in evangelism and American religious life, but in the history of Southern Seminary. In 1963, under the leadership of SBTS President Duke McCall, the school established the Billy Graham chair of evangelism, which became a position now held by Timothy K. Beougher. In 1993, Southern Seminary…

3 Questions with Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken Senior editor at The Gospel Coalition, author of Uncomfortable, regular film critic Your new book Uncomfortable explains the value of embracing flawed but essential local church communities. Why was that topic important to you? It was important to me because the local church is so incredibly important. I see many in my generation…

‘Revolutionary words’: how The Lord’s Prayer changes everything

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, talks with Towers editor Andrew J.W. Smith about his new book, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down. AJWS: Why write a book on prayer now? Was there a motivating factor? RAM: There’s a motivating factor deeply rooted in history. There has been…

Feature review: The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution R. Albert Mohler Jr. The Lord’s Prayer is a revolutionary and earth-shattering manifesto for God’s eternal reign in heaven and earth, writes R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his new book, The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down, which…

Book and Music Reviews: ‘The City of God and the Goal of Creation’; ‘Making All Things New’; ‘Songs from the Valley’; ‘Retrieving Eternal Generation’

The City of God and the Goal of Creation by T. Desmond Alexander (Crossway, 2018, $15.99) Review by Sarah Haywood “At the very heart of God’s plan for our world stands an extraordinary city,” T. Desmond Alexander writes. His new book, The City of God and the Goal of Creation, is the latest volume in…

Feature review: Teaching the World

Teaching the World: Foundations for Online Theological Education by John Cartwright, Gabriel Etzel, Christopher Jackson, and Timothy Paul Jones (Baker Academic 2017, $19.99) Review by RuthAnne Irvin Humans interact with more technology today than ever before. Most traditional forms of education, media, and communication shifted with technological advances, that brought both advantages and prospective challenges.…

Book and Music Reviews: ‘Jesus the Messiah’; ‘Uncomfortable’; ‘Prayers of the Saints’

Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ by Robert H. Stein (IVP Academic, 2017, $27) Review by Andrew J.W. Smith From a former Southern Seminary New Testament and hermeneutics professor comes this new paperback version of his 1996 survey of the life of Jesus Christ, Jesus the Messiah. Robert H. Stein, currently…

3 Questions with Travis Cottrell

Travis Cottrell Contemporary Christian music artist and worship leader What hymn has most influenced you both personally and in ministry? This is too hard of a question! Different hymns have come to mean different things to me in various seasons of life. Looking back, one that constantly pops back up as being important to me…

The contextualized church: The benefits of a multichurch model

Allison discusses his new book on multisite and multichurch models.

Feature review: MultiChurch

MultiChurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite by Gregg R. Allison and Brad House (Zondervan 2017, $17.99) Multisite churches — often like the ones you see on Sunday morning television —include multiple locations with individual worship teams, leadership, and frameworks for ministry, including somewhat of a “brand” for their church. While this model of church growth…

Book and Music Reviews: ‘Come Let Us Adore Him’; ‘The Greek New Testament’; ‘Immanuel’; ‘How to Think’

Come Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp (Crossway 2017, $17.99) Review by Caleb T. Shaw I have been singing along to Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for about a month now, and I submitted Christmas lists to both sides of my family long before Thanksgiving. It’s…

3 Questions with Mike Cosper

Mike Cosper Executive Director of Harbor Media How can the church create a more conducive environment for serious artists, musicians, and writers? The church should take its own aesthetics more seriously. Invest budget dollars into your music ministry and the aesthetics of the church. Celebrate those who serve. And guard the platform. By that I…

Theology Forum

For this month, Towers asked two theology faculty members to answer this question: Where are you on the cessationist-continuationist spectrum? What do you make of stories about incredible supernatural or demonic activity? Bruce A. Ware T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology My position is a bit of a compromise, or blending, of…

‘We’re going into battle’

Spiritual Warfare and Pastoral Ministry

Making the truth plain: Authors discuss new book about expository preaching

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, Brian K. Payne, associate professor of Christian theology and expository preaching at Boyce College and pastor of First Baptist Church of Fisherville, Kentucky, Jim Orrick, professor of literature and culture at Boyce College, and Ryan Fullerton, lead pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, talk with Towers writer RuthAnne Irvin about…

Book and Music Reviews: ‘Surviving and Thriving in Seminary’; ‘Hope of Every Promise’; ‘The Economics of Neighborly Love’; ‘Theology, Church, and Ministry.’

Surviving and Thriving in Seminary by H. Daniel Zacharias and Benjamin K. Forrest (Lexham Press 2017) Review by Andrew J.W. Smith Seminary is hard. Whether you’re single or married, seminary is probably going to push you in ways you didn’t expect. Beyond simply learning time management or sharpening their research skills, prospective seminary students need an…

Feature review: Encountering God through Expository Preaching

Encountering God through Expository Preaching: Connecting God’s People to God’s Presence through God’s Word (B&H Publishing 2017, $19.99) Jim Scott Orrick, Brian K. Payne, and Ryan Fullerton He preacher’s task is not just a Sunday morning endeavor. Instead, it involves much preparation and investment — seven days a week. While this task is essential to…

3 Questions with Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior Professor of English at Liberty University How do you uphold a biblical view of gender roles while also promoting the importance of women faithfully serving in the public square? The distinctions in gender roles prescribed by both special revelation (Scripture) and natural revelation (biology) are pretty few relative to all that all…