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FROM THE SEMINARIES: Akin addresses Critical Race Theory; SEBTS introduces teacher licensure track; Spurgeon College, NAMB announce urban missions experience

Danny Akin addresses Critical Race Theory at SEBTS Q&A

By SEBTS Staff

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – On Wednesday, April 28, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted a Q&A with President Danny Akin in Binkley Chapel on a wide range of topics, including allegations of Southeastern’s alignment with Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Intersectionality.

“Let me lay it out for you with crystal clear clarity,” said Akin. “We do not advocate at Southeastern Seminary Critical Race Theory or Intersectionality. But there’s a difference between advocating something and educating you about something. I do believe it is our calling to educate you about many things with which you will, I hope, disagree.”

According to Akin, the heartbeat of SEBTS is to train up men and women to fulfill the Great Commission and reach every nation with the gospel. Under this Great Commission banner, SEBTS equips students to know how to think biblically and how to engage in conversations happening within the public square, such as CRT and Intersectionality. Akin’s encouragement with students when it comes to addressing CRT is to be aware, engage and critique CRT from a biblical perspective. Gaining a better understanding of differing worldviews does not put students at odds with biblical principles. Rather, it provides a way for believers to contextualize the Gospel to their audience.

In addition, SEBTS stands firmly on its four confessional statements and expects each faculty member to affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Abstract of Principles, the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, and the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The seminary faculty today take these statements both seriously and literally.

“We believe it without mental reservation or hesitation,” said Akin. “We pledge with our hearts to teach in accordance with and not contrary to. That’s who we are.”

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SEBTS introduces teacher licensure track

By SEBTS Staff

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – The College at Southeastern is seeking to provide an opportunity for students to be equipped to minister to others through teaching at a time when there is a severe shortage of licensed teachers in North Carolina and many parts of the nation.

Those who pursue the licensure track will have a variety of ways to pursue teaching. Some may choose to teach in a public or private school, in an overseas missions context, as a bi-vocational ministry, or other non-profit work.

The licensure track will be offered in conjunction with four Bachelor of Science majors: English, History, Social Studies and Bible.

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Spurgeon College, NAMB announce urban missions experience

By MBTS Staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – “The North American Mission Board college worker of today is the church planter of tomorrow,” said Sam Bierig, dean of Spurgeon College, adding that this is the reason Spurgeon is teaming with NAMB to introduce the Send Spurgeon initiative.

Through a series of instructional sessions and an emphasis on applying what’s being learned, Send Spurgeon aims to equip teams of Spurgeon College students in the areas of evangelism, missional living and church planting strategy before deploying them to serve in the field alongside NAMB church planters across the continent.

In conjunction with NAMB’s existing GenSend program, which focuses on the “how” of missional living, Send Spurgeon College trainings will take place during the spring academic semester in Kansas City, and then students will serve 6- or 8-week terms over the summer in locations such as San Diego, Denver and New York City.

At present, training is under way and plans are being made for the first group of Send Spurgeon students to deploy in summer 2021.

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