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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

Luther’s timely discovery of a merciful God

Church history professor Michael A.G. Haykin takes you to a critical moment for Christianity. For a German monk, it was decades of spiritual struggle in the making.

Hidden Idols: Unseating the idol of pride

Pride robs God of his glory because it delights in self-glory. That’s why seminary is so dangerous.

Hidden Idols: Unseating the idol of porn

Surrendering in simple faith: Nate Larkin’s story

Hidden Idols: Unseating the idol of performance

One of the major sins that I consistently encounter is what I would call a “performance identity” in academic pursuits.

SBTS community remembers Draper at memorial service

Southern Story

What we can learn about Martin Luther from his hymn writing

history highlight

95 ways to reform your fall

Whether you’re new to Louisville or a veteran of blue books and Moodle deadlines, mark your fall semester with a different sort of 95 theses.

DNA of a Christian work ethic

Christians ought to be marked by diligence, integrity, and eternity in their work.

The personal stewardship of James P. Boyce

The financial struggles and successes of the founder of Southern Seminary.

Blessing the bereaved: Jane Kratz turned her grief into ministry

After losing her husband to cystic fibrosis, Kratz committed herself to helping others deal with their own grief.

Why read aloud?

strategies for reading to your children

Friends Now and Hereafter: The Ghost Story of A.T. Robertson

John Sampey received a mysterious letter with a message from his late friend and colleague A.T. Robertson. Problem was, Robertson had been dead for three years.

Monks, meditation, and Matthew

A Vietnamese student’s road to faith

How fiction can enrich your spiritual imagination

Don’t just start scrolling through your Netflix queue immediately after taking your last final exam. Set the TV remote aside for a minute and crack open a novel first. You might be surprised where it takes you.

Riggan’s rigor: Remembering the remarkable life of George W. Riggan

Distinguishing himself as the antithesis of Crawford Toy, Riggan is remembered as having the potential to be one of the seminary’s most accomplished and respected professors.

‘I became a Christian in the classroom’

Daniel M. Gurtner, SBTS faculty member, on why academic rigor equips students for ministry.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask about the Reformers

Luther did not set out to start a new movement what he saw was that the church needed to be reformed not only in its morals, but also in its doctrine.

3 Questions with Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher Author of The Benedict Option and senior editor at The American Conservative What is one argument you make in The Benedict Option that has been broadly misunderstood or misrepresented in media coverage? Oh, this one is as easy as it is frustrating: People thinking that I’m calling for Christians to head for the…

Feature review: Greek For Life

Greek For Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek (Baker Academic 2017, $19.99) by Robert L. Plummer and Benjamin L. Merkle In seminary culture, most students are intimidated at the task of mastering the biblical languages. It takes hours of memorizing vocabulary, paradigms, and the exceptions to the rules. However, for a Christian,…

Book Reviews: ‘Living Life Backward’; ‘Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church’; ‘Only a Holy God’; ‘Luther: A Spiritual Biography’

Living Life Backward by David Gibson (Crossway 2017, $17.99) Review by Sean Corser What do you get when you blend commentary of one of Scripture’s most complex books (Ecclesiastes) with practical and biblical applications for everyday living? Living Life Backward by David Gibson. Gibson begins each chapter with the passage of Ecclesiastes to be examined,…

Plummer invites you to retool your Greek

New Testament professor Robert L. Plummer has been helping Southern students learn Greek for 15 years. Now he spends much of his time helping them retain it.

Returning to the covenant

“I can teach people what I think the Bible is saying, but I’m more interested in them actually learning to read the text for themselves and coming to the right conclusions.”

Three Scripture passages to help you fight porn

Genesis 39:9 Joseph, being tempted by Potiphar’s wife: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” Jones: What kept Joseph from sin? “How could I do such a wicked thing and…”? Contract an STI? Risk an unwanted pregnancy? Jeopardize my seminary status or my marriage or my church ministry? Disappoint my…

What if I’m struggling with pornography use?

Featuring Eric L. Johnson, Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at Southern Seminary AJWS: In your experience, what factors are involved in a young man’s ongoing pornography addiction? What drives him back to it time and time again — despite negative consequences (getting caught, spiritual lifelessness, relational separation, chronic guilt, etc.)? EJ: We…

‘Blessed are the flourishing’: how the wise teachings of Jesus in the sermon on the mount lead to true happiness

New Testament professor Jonathan T. Pennington talks about his new book on the Sermon on the Mount.

Book Reviews:’Glory in the Ordinary’;’Father Brown and the Ten Commandments’;

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God by Courtney Reissig (Crossway 2017, $14.99) Review by Annie Corser In Glory in the Ordinary, Courtney Reissig challenges the rising cultural mindset that housework is mundane and meaningless. Although she writes from her experience as a stay-at-home mom, Reissig provides deep theology about…

Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention

Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention by Jarvis J. Williams and Kevin M. Jones, editors. (B&H Academic 2017, $24.99) He had hardly left the church parking lot on the way to a missions and evangelism conference when an elderly and active lady in my father’s Southern Baptist congregation uttered the first…

Overcoming the stain of racism

Williams and Jones discuss new book on race and the Southern Baptist Convention

3 Questions with James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith Professor of philosophy at Calvin College What would you call the primary shortcoming in Christian academic engagement? In a lot of what passes for the Christian “academy,” I think we are still too ensconced in echo chambers and not really exposing ourselves to the real academic challenges and cross-pressures of the day.…

Feature review: Invitation to Biblical Hebrew

Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: An Intermediate Grammar by Russell T. Fuller (Kregel Publications 2017, $64.99) Regardless of the method you choose, learning Biblical Hebrew is hard. A massive amount of memorization, diligence, and patience are required to learn it well, and the student is exposed to a extremely foreign language system. While Greek has letters…

Book Reviews: ‘This is Our Time’;‘Assisted Suicide’;‘The Son of God’;‘Grace Alone’

This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax (B&H Books 2017, $16.99) Review by S. Craig Sanders At 35, SBTS alumnus Trevin Wax is one of the earliest millennials, at the edge of the divide with Generation X. But in his new book This is Our Time, Wax confronts…

Building the ‘ground floor’: Fuller discusses new Hebrew Grammar

Russell T. Fuller, professor of Old Testament interpretation, discusses his new intermediate grammar for Biblical Hebrew

3 Questions with Richard Lee

3 Questions with Richard Lee, Director of church mobilization, International Justice Mission All injustice should be resisted, but what injustice is the evangelical church best equipped to address? As you look at Scripture passages like Micah 6, Isaiah 58, and Luke 10, it becomes pretty clear that justice is at the heart of discipleship. If…

Book Reviews: ‘Revitalize’;‘Exalting Jesus in Hebrews’;‘The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life’;‘Christ Alone’

Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again by Andrew M. Davis (Baker Books 2017, $15.99) Review by S. Craig Sanders Church revitalization is a trending topic in American evangelicalism and it’s no surprise why — thousands of churches close their doors each year and the number of unchurched adults in the United…