From the very beginning, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has been a confessional institution. Every professor must sign our confession of faith, the Abstract of Principles, agreeing to teach “in accordance with and not contrary to all that is contained therein.” This pledge has remained unchanged since 1859, but the history of Southern Seminary is a history with many twists and turns.
We live in a society marked by secularization. And when I use that term, I’m talking about the sort of secularism that we’ve only experienced in the wake of the Enlightenment and the advent of modernity; we live in a society where theism has lost its binding authority. I’ve lived long enough to watch it happen, and it still surprises me.
Everything we are, everything we do, everything we teach, is based upon the knowledge that God’s Word is truth – inerrant, inspired, infallible, totally true and trustworthy. The theme of this issue of Southern Seminary Magazine is truth—truth unchanged and unchanging.
At Southern Seminary and Boyce College, we face the honor and challenge of raising up a generation of young Christian leaders, preachers, ministers, and missionaries who will be people of the truth.
What we believe about the character of God, the identity of man, the nature of sin, and the work of Christ are put on full display when we articulate the gospel.
The errors that Luther countered in 1517 and throughout the Reformation have persisted even into our own day.
With the advance of secular pluralism, expository preaching must become the church’s strategy for survival.
Christians have always wrestled with the question of how to live in and engage most faithfully the culture around us. That challenge has, perhaps, never been more difficult than it is at this moment. The moral and intellectual foundations of Western nations, and those influenced by them, are currently changing at an unprecedented velocity. This…
Francis Schaeffer’s “How Should We Then Live” after 40 years
“Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society, the way that a child catches the measles. But people with understanding realize that their presuppositions should be chosen after a careful consideration of which worldview is true.” “The ironic fact here is that humanism, which began with Man’s being central, eventually had no…
We are called to be the people of the truth, even when the truth is not popular and even when the truth is denied by the culture around us.
As we celebrate Dr. Mohler’s thirtieth anniversary as President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, it is fitting to recognize the incredible work that he does to ensure his dedicated listeners wake up to a new episode of The Briefing each weekday morning.
In Southern Baptist life, we now enjoy the benefit of conservative leadership in our boards and seminaries, but it has not always been that way.
In February of 1997, Mary Mohler met with a few wives of Southern Seminary faculty members to share a burden and a vision that wives of seminary students needed to be encouraged and trained, and in the fall of that year, Seminary Wives Institute (SWI) was born.
I did a double-take when I read the sign in front of a small, white church beside a two-lane blacktop that snaked through the hills of western North Carolina. I stopped and backed up my SUV to get a second look. The weathered 12’-by-18’ sign read: “Welcome to Trinity Baptist Church. We are an Independent,…
“I agree with every word, but only Roman Catholics read creeds.” I was walking down the sidewalk with a member of our congregation, and we had just finished discussing why our church reads creeds and confessions during congregational worship. The issue was at once simple and decisive—our church should not read creeds during congregational worship…
May the celebration of God’s work to use Dr. Mohler over the past thirty years at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary encourage you to delight in the goodness and grace of our God as we consider an example of Recovering Faithfulness.
Apologetics is the reverent, reasonable, and humble defense—through our words and through our lives—of the hope we have in the risen Christ
Lost people are born again not because of impeccable argumentation but by the will and power of God working through the verbal witness
If we live like Jesus is the only way, we will be courageous. We will testify to the truth in Christ. We will not trim our convictions to please others, but in our teaching, preaching, and writing we will be faithful to our Lord.
Though I’ve been teaching, preaching, and writing about church history, theology, pastoral ministry, the Christian life, and much else for the past 25 years, all those things really boil down to one thing: a defense and proclamation of the glorious, saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Southern Seminary’s president was elected to the role in November during the society’s 72nd annual meeting.
Friends, family, and faculty members gathered to honor the life of the 20-year-old student who died suddenly three days earlier.
Lenny Hartono’s ministry in the hardest circumstances
Peter Gentry Retiring After 22 Years of Faithful Service
SBTS grad patiently revitalizing Georgia church
Jenkins Center Going Strong in Equipping Students and Laypersons to Engage Islam
A short conversation with John D. Wilsey
A short conversation with Ayman Ibrahim
The church must draw from deep springs of truth even as it lives as a moral minority in a hostile world.
How a renewed commitment to preaching transformed Raymond Johnson’s Philadelphia congregation
3 ways you can know an institution is still faithful to the call
Southern Seminary’s First Lady has played a crucial — but often behind-the-scenes — role in the school’s past 25 years. Here’s her story.
Two Southern Seminary alumni lead historic African American Baptist church in Lexington, Kentucky.
A day-in-the-life of Southern preaching professor and pastor Hershael W. York.
Inspired by Francis Schaeffer, Chad Nuss combines art and evangelism in a new worldview adventure
Matt Bevin didn’t expect a political career. Now his faith gives him nothing to lose.
Fall Festival, new apologetics program, classical education at Boyce, and more
“Leader Influences” asks prominent leaders and teachers a question about who, or what, influenced them in a particular area.
Since the late 19th century, Southern Seminary’s alumni magazine has appeared in various iterations.
Trustees meetings, 9Marks at Southern, and more
Invest in the next generation of gospel ministers.
Four podcasts extend the seminary’s ministry to thousands
How Dale and Mavis Smith support Southern
Remembering the life of Barbara Bartow
Donors support Southern through the Fall Giving Day, Heritage Golf Classic, and Year-End Giving Campaign
Every challenge in a Christian’s life must be met with God-honoring resolve.
The pastor’s inner spiritual life is critical to the spiritual development of his people.
Kitchens will lead the Department of the Air Force Chaplain Corps—consisting of 2,200 active and reserve chaplains and religious affairs airmen.
THIRTY TO SIXTY SECONDS. That’s how long it took for the storm to explode Wes Fowler’s carefully regimented weekly schedule and, of profoundly more importance, to change his life and the lives of Mayfield, Kentucky’s citizens forever.
Updates from our alumni serving to the ends of the earth.
In 1997, three conservative scholars joined the faculty at SBTS, and their presence loomed large in the re-embrace of biblical and theological fidelity at Southern Seminary.
An interview with Gregg Allison
Howell and Plummer discuss strategies and motivation for retaining Hebrew
An interview with Thomas R. Schreiner
An interview with Matthew Westerholm
Mary Mohler’s new book provides a strategy for ‘growing in gratitude’
R. Albert Mohler Jr. explains how Christians have understood the Lord’s Prayer for centuries — and why it matters more than ever today
Williams and Jones discuss new book on race and the Southern Baptist Convention
Pennington discusses his book on the Sermon on the Mount.
SBTS trustees’ election of Haykin, Taylor Flatt joins Boyce faculty, ETS 2016, CBS revision