With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation right around the corner, the campus and community of Southern Seminary is set to re-explore the key doctrines that make the Protestant church what it is today. Make sure that not just your theology is reformed, though, with these 95 suggestions for making the most out of your fall semester this year.
3 things you can’t miss
1. Here We Stand conference
Five hundred years after the Protestant Reformation, where do evangelicals stand, and what do we stand for? On Oct. 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, leading scholars and pastors will celebrate the confessional legacy of the Reformation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary during a three-day conference, Here We Stand.
Speakers from Southern Seminary, Ligonier Ministries, and Reformed Theological Seminary will explore why the Reformation was necessary, what fueled the movement’s success, and the challenges that remain for evangelicals today. Join Southern Seminary for the commemoration on Southern’s campus, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.
3. Do you believe what you believe you believe?
Do you believe God is in charge of the universe? Do you believe we are responsible for evangelism and missions? Do you believe truth and justice will prevail? Don’t miss this series of critical apologetics messages by R. Albert Mohler Jr. in this fall’s chapel season.
6 things your family will love
1. Circus-themed Fall Festival
(Sept. 8) The biggest SBTS community event of the year. It’ll be a circus out there (literally).
2. parents’ date Night Out
Give your kids a fun night in the rec center and spend time with your spouse on the Health and Recreation Center’s Date Night Out. Visit the HRC website for more information.
3. Bounce House Day
Your kids officially have permission to jump all over the furniture on one day this year.
4. Stingerball friday
(Oct. 20 7-9 p.m.) Paintball without the paint. Shoot your friends and family and don’t feel too bad about it. Gear is provided, games are in the darkened Levering Gym.
5. Family swim night Aug. 19 6-7 p.m.
A night of games, fun, and swimming. Swim instructors and lifeguards will be in the pool to answer any questions about lessons or pool safety. There will also be swim tests for those interested in registering for lessons.
6. Bull Moose Club
Help your son develop the discipline of being a godly man and smell the crisp, cool Kentucky air. The Bull Moose Club gives boys aged 10-17 a time to be outdoors and build relationships. The club will meet on Saturday mornings during the fall.
2 changes on campus to remember
1. The Southern Exchange
The store formerly known as “The Attic” is now “The Southern Exchange” and will open September 6 at 2 p.m. Located in Fuller Hall, The Southern Exchange is a collection of clothing, shoes, household goods, electronics, and furniture available to Southern Seminary and Boyce College students and their families.
2. Pizza Hut
During the summer, the seminary built a Pizza Hut restaurant in the old Student Housing Office on the first floor of Honeycutt. No word yet about an on-campus Blockbuster Video.
4 Reformation-themed stuff to buy in a campus store
1. Here We Stand Mug (5th and Broadway and Edgar’s)
* Don’t miss the Founders’ mug
2. T-shirts and sweatshirts
3. Limited Edition Reformation Parker pen
4. Luther Print by la plume studio
2 things to download (one of which is the briefing)
1. Download Essential Reading on Preaching at equip.sbts.edu (it’s free)
2. Subscribe to “The Briefing”, a daily cultural analysis, on your podcasts app
5 faculty books about the Reformation to buy at LifeWay*
*don’t forget lifeway price matches
10 events no Boyce student should miss
1. Aug. 10-12: Now Retreat and New Student Orientation
2. Aug. 14: First Dorm Meeting
3. Aug. 18: Back to School Bash
4. Sept. 4: Labor Day Cookout and Student-Led Dorm Meeting
5. Sept. 18: Hall Ball
6. Sept. 22: Coffeehouse October
7. Oct. 20: Friday Night Fires
8. Oct. 27: Fall PartyNovember
9. Nov. 3-9: Missions Week
10. Nov. 10: Thanksmas
7 new local digs
1. Fante’s Coffee
2501 Grinstead Dr. With on-site roasting, a sleek, inviting vibe, and a location five minutes from campus, Fante’s Coffee is an underrated component of Louisville rich coffee culture. Try one of their siphon brewers.
2. Pho Ba Luu
1019 East Main St. Vietnamese cuisine if you’re feeling exotic. Try the beef pho.
3. The Eagle
1314 Bardstown Road With locations in northern cities Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis, The Eagle makes its way south of the Mason-Dixon line. Visit the old El Camino building on Bardstown for this southern eatery. The fried chicken is particularly well-reviewed.
4. Martin’s BBQ
3408 Indian Lake Drive Whole hog BBQ joint on the northeast side of Louisville with a new location being built where the iconic Lynn’s Paradise Cafe once operated.
5. The Fat Lamb
2011 Grinstead Drive Popular Louisville chef Dallas McGarity started his own restaurant, The Fat Lamb, in the fall of 2016, owning and operating it himself. Don’t miss the double cheeseburger.
6. Portage House
117 East Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN Housed in an old Jeffersonville building from the Civil War era, the Portage House has a beautiful view of the river and Louisville skyline. Try the grilled cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg.
7. Quills/Steel City Pops in St. Matthews
coming soon Enjoy two of your favorite Highlands locations in one
St. Matthews building.
6 things to do for free (without driving far)
1. Visit Cave Hill Cemetery, find the graves of SBTS luminaries
2. Check out the Torah scroll in the library
3. Take a stroll through the beeches
4. Spread out on a park bench and read something
5. Have a picnic at cherokee park
6. Play ultimate frisbee on the lawn
5 ways to get swole
1. Crossfit SBTS Varied, complex programming and Olympic movements will challenge your current level of fitness.
2. Swim Club Designed to help swimmers of all different levels, Swim Club teaches necessary skills like stroke technique, lane etiquette, and workout sets.
3. Camping rentals Get your family ready for a wilderness weekend by renting camping equipment from the Health and Rec Center.
4. Group fitness classes From Zumba to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there is an exercise class that works for you.
5. Weightlifting platforms Installed before the 2017 spring semester, these weightlifting platforms and Rogue bumper plates can be a gamechanger for your personal strength training.
5 things in Louisville you’ve probably never done — but need to
1. Mega Caverns Zip Line
Ever visit a natural park — say, the Grand Canyon — and thought, “this could use a zip line”? Now’s your chance.
2. Riverboat cruise
See the Louisville skyline and learn more than you have ever wanted to know about river locks.
3. Escape: LOU on Frankfort Ave.
Get locked in a room with your friends and find the clues to get yourselves out.
4. Louisville Orchestra
Maestro Teddy Abrams is the edgiest classical music conductor out there.
5. Shakespeare at the Park
Shakespeare and the summer outdoors is about the best combination there is.
21 Bulldog home games
Sept. 19 Berea College
Sept. 23 Earlham/Crowley’s Ridge Tri-match
Sept. 28 Brescia University
Oct. 10 Welch College
Oct. 21 Grace Bible/Alice Lloyd Tri-match
Oct. 24 Kentucky Christian
Oct. 28 Crown College
Aug. 29 UC-Clermont
Sept. 16 Kentucky Christian
Sept. 19 Appalachian Bible College
Sept. 22 Crown College
Sept. 23 Warren Wilson College
Sept. 29 Hiwassee College
Oct. 7 Southern State Community College
Oct. 27 Grace Bible College
Nov. 2 Wright State
Nov. 7 Midway University
Nov. 14 UC-Clermont
Nov. 17 Welch College
Dec. 1 Hiwassee College
Dec. 18 Rose-Hulman Tech
14 save these dates
1. Mission Trips
(Oct. 31) Make the connection from the classroom to the mission field on a 2017-2018 short-term mission team. The application is available online at missions.sbts.edu. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
2. Great commission Week
(Sept. 25-30) Consider your role in the global fulfillment of the Great Commission during this week focused on missions. For more information, visit missions.sbts.edu.
3. Taste of the Nations
(Sept. 25) Taste of the Nations will kick off missions week, and is designated to raise money and get a taste of the many nations represented on our campus.
4 and 5. Global Connections
(Sept. 15, Oct. 20) These free lunch meetings will help connect the dots between the classroom and the mission field. RSVP at missions.sbts.edu/home/events.
6 and 7. Church Planting 101
(Sept. 22, Oct. 27) The Bevin Center will host a free lunch, allowing students to engage with other church planters and pastors. RSVP at missions.sbts.edu/home/church-planting.
8. Great Commission Race
(Sept. 30) Run or walk to support Southern and Boyce students in their upcoming missions opportunities through the Bevin Center. Sign up now
9. Meeting My Muslim Neighbor
(Nov. 3-12) Hosted by Boyce College and the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam, Meeting My Muslim Neighbor is a week-long opportunity to learn about and engage with Islam.
10. Night of Valor
(Nov. 6) On Veterans’ Day, honor those who served with a night of hearing men talk about their military experiences. This event is open to the public.
11 and 12. Koinonia events
(Aug. 28, Oct. 23) Koinonia events are times for ladies to connect with women from both Boyce and Southern by providing a fun atmosphere of fellowship. More information is available at sbts.edu/koinonia.
13. SWI Family life conference
(Sept. 15-16) Enrich your marriage at the Family Life Conference for students of the Seminary Wives Institute. Learn more at sbts.edu/swi.
14. A Southern Christmas
(Dec. 1) We know, we know: This seems really far away. But once you see the giant tree lit and taste the gingerbread, you’ll be glad you marked your calendar now.
5 causes worth you support
1. Refuge Louisville
Work with refugees through your local church.
2. Louisville Rescue Mission
A homeless shelter in downtown Louisville. A great place to earn your preaching caps.
3. Speak for the Unborn
Speaking to women mere seconds before they walk into an abortion clinic, SBTS Ph.D. student Andrew King runs one of the most intense but important ministries you’ll find, and they always need volunteers.
4. Scarlet Hope
It’s neither easy nor glamorous work, but Scarlet Hope ministers to women who are victims of Louisville’s sex industry.
5. Prison Ministry
Take advantage of an opportunity to preach chapel services at Boyle County jail on Sunday afternoons.
See all opportunities at