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  • History needed telling, SBTS grads & NAAF say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Slavery and racism once supported by the Southern Baptist Convention's oldest seminary needed to be documented for history's sake, black alumni and a representative of nearly 4,000 black pastors told Baptist Press.

    In this month annually dedicated to black history, the leaders are lauding Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. for initiating the report dating to the racism and slave ownership of SBTS founding fathers. Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocations at Gateway & SBTS

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (9 days ago)

    In today's From the Seminaries: In spring convocations, Gateway Seminary's Jeff Iorg cautions 'Who do you follow?' can be a divisive question; R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguishes God's "secret things" from "things revealed." Read More

  • T. Vaughn Walker honored by SBTS with endowed chair

    by Aaron Hanbury, posted Monday, February 04, 2019 (11 days ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced a new endowed chair in honor of the school's late professor T. Vaughn Walker.

    Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. made the announcement Saturday (Feb. 2) as part of a funeral service for Walker in Alumni Memorial Chapel. The seminary, Mohler noted, will fund a teaching position as the T. Vaughn Walker Professor of Christian Ministry.

    Walker, the first African-American elected to any Southern Baptist Convention seminary faculty and who taught at Southern Seminary for 33 years ... Read More

  • T. Vaughn Walker, 'history-making' prof, dies at 68

    by Aaron Hanbury, posted Monday, January 28, 2019 (18 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Professor and pastor Thomas Vaughn Walker, who was the first African-American elected to any Southern Baptist Convention seminary faculty and who taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary beginning in 1986, died Sunday (Jan. 28) in Louisville, Ky. He was 68.

    "T. Vaughn Walker will go down in history as one of the most important seminary professors of the last century in the Southern Baptist Convention," R. Albert Mohler Jr., who is ... Read More

  • MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminaries

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (28 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California.

    So Lawler gathered the association's 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service. When he stood to preach, Lawler harkened to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

    "In the 'I Have a Dream' speech," Lawler recalled telling the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, "not only did [King] say, 'I have a dream. I have a dream.' He also said, 'with this faith'" repeatedly, "reminding us that it's not just a humanitarian effort" to effect racial reconciliation. "It's an effort based on the Gospel." Read More

  • SBTS slavery & racism report stirs media flurry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's 71-page report on the institution's history of slavery and racism garnered coverage in hundreds of media outlets during the week following its release. Reaction to the report ranged from affirmation by many evangelicals to criticism from both the left and right.

    "Insofar as there is any legitimacy to any criticism, we need to hear it," Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Dec. 17 on NPR's On Point radio broadcast. "... I intend to deal with honest partners in this, with people who want to engage in a conversation about the Christian responsibility that we face as Southern Seminary. And I think Southern Baptists ... Read More

  • Seminary releases 'honest lament' on slavery, racism

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report today (Dec. 12) that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary.

    "Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained," the seminary said in its initial news release on the school's past. "Though this was true of many of the most historic colleges and universities in the nation, it was particularly true of the South. Theological seminaries were not innocent of this charge, and this included Southern Baptist Theological Seminary."

    Produced by a team of its faculty, the report recounts the history of these issues at Southern Seminary -- from the school's slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Read More

  • Mohler underscores 'something glorious' to SBTS grads

    by SBTS Communications, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Seminary graduates bear witness to the glory of God's reign promised by the birth of the Messiah, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school's 222nd commencement exercises.

    During the Dec. 6 ceremony in Louisville, Ky., 156 master's and doctoral students were present to receive their degrees on Friday as members of an overall 208-person graduating class.

    In his address, titled "For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea," Mohler said the graduates of Southern Seminary are part of a global movement that began in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. And that movement will not stop until God's glory spreads to the entire world, he said. Read More

  • Women's support coordinator appointed at SBTS

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- In light of challenges facing campuses about the place of women in those communities, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed Garnetta Smith to the new position of women's support coordinator for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    In comments about Smith's appointment, Mohler said it further buttresses policies already in place to protect women by providing a woman in a place of authority to whom they have direct access. In his analysis of best practices, Mohler said, it became clear that Southern Seminary needed a woman in this role who had ... Read More