A Documentary on the Southern Baptist Seminary Conservative Resurgence – Recovering a Vision: The Presidency of R. Albert Mohler Jr.

We had the chance to visit the campus of the Southern Baptist Seminary this past summer, so what better time than this post, to post them on our blog:

Read the entire story here – http://baptistpress.com

You can also read a special fall edition of the Southern Seminary Magazine, the quarterly publication of the school, includes articles reporting on the seminary’s progress since 1993; Mohler’s role as a denominational statesman and innovative communicator; and Mary Mohler’s leadership of the Seminary Wives Institute. Read it here-

English: Al Mohler, President of Southern Bapt...

English: Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twenty years to the day (October 16) after his inauguration as Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s ninth president, the school’s trustees honored R. Albert Mohler Jr. for his leadership in recovering the founders’ vision for the seminary and for its progress since 1993.

During an Oct. 15 chapel service, trustee chairman E. Todd Fisher read a resolution of „thanksgiving and appreciation,” unanimously adopted during the trustees’ Oct. 14-15 semiannual meeting, tracing Mohler’s stewardship of Southern Seminary through two decades.
The statement expresses „profound gratefulness” for Mohler’s „faithfulness” to restore the seminary, which was a key concern of grassroots Southern Baptists resulting in the „Conservative Resurgence” in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination during the 1980s and 1990s.

Saying he did not want to „linger” on the matter, but reflecting on his inauguration ceremony in the same building 20 years earlier, Mohler said, „We had no assurance that we would be here 20 years thereafter. Matter of fact, we had no assurance that this seminary would be here 20 years thereafter.”

Mohler also reflected, „This is the seminary that God has built and what a joy it is to be able to reflect upon that.”

Noting 20 years is a „significant period of life,” Mohler said, „I think in many ways those were the most strategically invested years of my life and I want you to know that I would do nothing other with them if ever I were asked or given the alternative. There is no alternative history I would choose here. This is it. And for that I am unspeakably grateful.”

Mohler then preached on the theology of gratitude in a sermon titled, „What Do You Have That You Did Not Receive? Gratitude and Christian Discipleship,” from 1 Corinthians 4:1-7.

Following chapel, a reception for the president and his family, attended by students, faculty and staff, was held in the seminary’s Duke K. McCall Sesquicentennial Pavilion.

The trustee resolution notes that Southern is now one of the largest seminaries in the world, with the largest enrollment of master of divinity students in any seminary. According to the Association of Theological Schools, in 2012-13, Southern had a total enrollment of 4,366, compared to 2,858 in 1993, making it the second-largest ATS-accredited school.

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