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The blessing of busyness

Pastor, professor, and father of five finds life outside himself.

Pitfalls of the novice minister

Your first church job is going to stretch you in ways you won’t anticipate.

William Whitsitt’s private grudges

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Heaven: God’s Presence and Purpose

Heaven can be difficult to picture.

Preaching: An exercise in longing

How to preach so your church wants heaven more than life

A call to teach and to reconcile: Boyce professor teaches the gospel and race reconciliation

Kevin Jones’s journey to Southern Seminary from west Louisville, and his passion for racial reconciliation.

An amillennial interpretation of Revelation 20

Theology Forum

A.T. Robertson’s Heavenly Sermon

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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

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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

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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

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‘Reading Rightly’

Wellum helps readers see Christ on every page of Scripture

Book Reviews: ‘Creation Care’; ‘How to Ruin Your Life’; ‘Resurrection Letters’; ’15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me’

Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World by Douglas J. Moo and Jonathan A. Moo (Zondervan 2018, $22.34) Review by Gabriel Reyes-Ordeix The term “creation care” is a buzzword. It refers to human ethical responsibility toward the non-human world, but is often left vague and highly politicized. Creation Care, written by Douglas and…

Christ from Beginning to End Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum

Not everyone will study theology. But everyone should be able to study the Bible the right way. This is why Stephen J. Wellum, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, and Trent Hunter wrote Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ. This book helps readers…

Distilling doctrine

Allison’s new book makes it easier than ever to understand and teach theology

Feature Book Review: 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology by Gregg R. Allison If you have ever taught Bible or theology to kids or teenagers as a recently enrolled seminary student, you know that it can be difficult to distill all of the complex and nuanced information from your seminary…

Book Reviews: ‘A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards’; ‘Becoming a Welcoming Church’; ‘Evergreen’; ‘The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers’

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards by Nathan Finn and Jeremy M. Kimble (Crossway, 2017 $21.99) Review by Aaron Cline Hanbury No American wields more theological influence on evangelical than Jonathan Edwards. Yet if you ask around, you’ll find few Christians — even those of us who claim his theological lineage…

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…