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TRUSTEES: Southwestern Seminary approves reduced budget, sees ‘encouraging signs’

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- During a called meeting Tuesday (July 14), trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved a "conservative" budget for the 2020-2021 academic year -- at $29.7 million, 6 percent lower than in 2019-20 -- while hearing about "encouraging signs" for student enrollment. The meeting, held in executive session, was conducted via video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trustees had decided in their April meeting to delay adoption of the 2020-21 budget until mid-July in order to provide more time to evaluate the ramifications of the pandemic.

William ‘Dub’ Jackson, missions pioneer, dies at 95

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- William "Dub" Henry Jackson Jr., pioneer of partnership missions, died Jan. 19 in Fort Worth after an extended illness. He was 95. Recognized as the 1998 distinguished alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jackson began and ended his life on the campus. He was born there in 1924 while his father was a student, and his last years were spent on Seminary Hill, where he lived and invested in students his passion for missions. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Divinity in 1951 at the Seminary.

Jerry Johnson’s fight for Christian communicators

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In radio, silence is not golden. Indeed, "dead air" -- a period of unintended silence during a live program -- is a broadcaster's nightmare. Jerry Johnson's mission in leading the National Religious Broadcasters is to protect his fellow communicators' right to exist and prevent the worst kind of dead air -- the censorship of evangelical voices on radio, television, the Internet and social media.

Southern Baptists take NRB lead

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When thousands of evangelical communicators who comprise the National Religious Broadcasters meet later this month in Nashville for their annual convention, Southern Baptists will be prominently featured. Southern Baptists' presence at "Proclaim 16: NRB International Christian Media Convention" is not merely a result of the fact that longtime Southern Baptist leader Jerry Johnson became president two years ago. The nation's largest Protestant denomination is well represented in the premier organization of evangelical communicators because Southern Baptists are such a key part of the evangelical movement, Johnson said.

Sumners to retire, SBHLA begins director search

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bill Sumners, director of Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives since 1988, will retire from his post next July, he recently announced in a letter to the Council of Seminary Presidents, which governs the organization. "It has been my pleasure and joy to serve in this position, in this place, for most of my career," Sumners told the CSP.

TRUSTEES: SBTS sees record student enrollment 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary received a report of record student enrollment for the recently concluded 2014-2015 academic year and record fall enrollment for the current academic year during their Oct. 12-13 fall meeting. In other business, the Board of Trustees responded to a referral from the Southern Baptist Convention, designated a new ...

Transgender issues to be focus of conf. at SBTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A "first-ever" conference by evangelicals on the subject of transgenderism will be held Oct. 5 at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. "Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity" is a preconference to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors annual conference Oct. 5-7, which is focused this year on the subject of homosexuality.

Planned Parenthood protest includes seminary contingent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Students, faculty and staff from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary bolstered 500 pro-life protesters at Louisville's Planned Parenthood office Aug. 22, part of a nationwide effort in 320 cities to bring public attention to the nation's leading abortion provider in the wake of undercover videos released since July by the Center for Medical Progress. The protest was part of a nationwide effort in 320 cities to bring public attention to the nation's leading abortion provider in the wake of eight undercover videos ...

Mohler receives Meese religious liberty award

WASHINGTON (BP) -- For his "significant efforts in publicly promoting and defending religious liberty," R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, received the 2015 Edwin Meese III Originalism and Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom, May 15. "This award is presented to those who clearly demonstrate through their lives and callings a profound understanding and commitment to defending the original meaning of the United States Constitution and our liberty," said Alan Sears, ....

TRUSTEES: Mohler reports record SBTS enrollment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees elected two new faculty members and received President R. Albert Mohler Jr.'s report summarizing historic student enrollment metrics during their April 20-21 meeting. In a harmonious meeting on the seminary's campus in Louisville, Ky., trustees unanimously approved all recommendations.