Southern Seminary student shares faith through comic books

 
Though he didn't have a personal faith in God, Chad Nuss was incredulous as his father stood firm in atheism before dying from lung complications in 1996. Nuss experienced an existential crisis, sensing that family and friends were wrong when they said that his father was "in a better place." Not having grown up in church, Nuss said his knowledge of God extended only to what he perceived in creation, alluding to Romans 1 in the New Testament. "Look at the stars. ...

BCF gathers to ‘Exhort, Stir Up and Send Out’ at state convention

 
On Nov. 13-15, representatives from The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville took part in the Florida Baptist Pastors Conference and the 155th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention held at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Fla. The theme for this year’s convention meetings was “Gathering to Exhort, Stir Up, Send Out.” Messengers, exhibitors and visitors attending the convention were greeted by the smiling faces of BCF students serving in the registration area as ...

Baptist College of Florida registering for spring semester

 
The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is registering students for the spring semester that will begin Jan. 16. New student orientation will be held Jan. 12-13, beginning at 8 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel. Even though registration continues through the official drop/add deadline in January, registering early ensures a seat in the desired classes. The Baptist College of Florida continues to lead the way in offering innovative programs and degrees that prepare men and women for areas ...

Baptist College of Florida first lady hosts scholarship auction

 
There is never any doubt among students at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville that they are supported in prayer by the faculty, staff and leadership. Each year, the generosity of the BCF family is demonstrated in the form of the annual scholarship auction held at the home of BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and First Lady Ruth Ann Kinchen. The popular Faculty Scholarship Auction was established many years ago, but continues to have a growing, tangible effect on ...

Baptist College of Florida: Preview Day a huge success

 
The campus of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville is always filled with excitement, but no day rivals the excitement felt on Preview Day, when prospective students and their families attend an open house to see if BCF is where they should continue their education. Registration began in the BCF Wellness Center at 9 a.m., when prospective students received bags filled with information regarding campus life and degree opportunities. During registration, prospects were able to visit exhibit booths dedicated ...

Philosophy degree approved by SWBTS trustees

 
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees approved a new master's degree in philosophy and reaffirmed the seminary's media policy during their Oct. 17-19 fall meeting. Trustees elected seven faculty members and promoted three others during their sessions at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus. The new 48-hour master of arts in philosophy includes 31 hours of philosophical studies, 11 hours of theology and ministry studies and six hours of elective courses. Regarding why a theological seminary would teach philosophy, Southwestern President Paige Patterson explained, "...

MBTS trustees affirm enrollment gain, student center

 
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees celebrated the announcement of record enrollment growth and voted to move forward with plans for a student center during their fall meeting, Oct. 17-18 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus. During his president's report, Jason Allen announced that the seminary's enrollment has doubled in size in less than five years. The 2010-11 total student enrollment stood at 1,107. This past academic year that number totaled 2,537. "In the broader world of theological higher education, most schools are ...

BCF missions conference is “Christmas in October”

 
“Christmas in October!” That is how missions students at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville refer to the college’s annual on-campus missions conference. Held Oct. 10-12, the theme for this year's conference was "One Heart. One Goal. One Mission." The heart of missions was definitely on display as more than 30 missions agency representatives were in attendance. Agencies represented included various Southern Baptist entities, as well as other Great Commission partners. The guest list included agencies ...

NOBTS to launch Adrian Rogers Center for preaching

 
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees have approved the establishment of an Adrian Rogers Center for Expository Preaching. Additional initiatives also were approved during the trustees' fall meeting to enhance the training of local church pastors and other church leaders—a Christian leadership major in the doctor of philosophy program and several enhancements to the seminary's master of divinity program. "Dr. Adrian Rogers is one of the most significant alumni in the history of NOBTS—well-known for a ...

Baptist College of Florida named among best online colleges in state

 
The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville has been named one of the best online colleges in Florida for 2016-17 by Affordable Colleges Online. Affordable Colleges Online provides community resources and tools related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. According to Affordable Colleges Online, its researchers collected and analyzed data from accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States to see which colleges offered the most notable balance of academic rigor, student support and affordability for online ...

Baptist College of Florida trustees hold pre-convention meeting

 
The Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida held their pre-convention meeting Oct. 7 on the Graceville campus. The meeting is always held during this time of the year, but it has never been held under the circumstances that were faced this year. As Hurricane Matthew roared across the Caribbean toward Florida, plans for the trustee meeting entered a state of flux—should it be canceled, postponed, etc.? The decision was made to have the meeting in a ...

Continued SEBTS enrollment gain reported to trustees

 
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees, along with individuals who support the seminary through the Southeastern Society, held their biannual meetings Oct. 9-11 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus, receiving updates about the seminary, worshipping together in chapel and fellowshipping with faculty and students. Danny Akin, in his presidential address to each group, reported that Southeastern Seminary is in its seventh year of record enrollment with 3,550 total students. The current fall semester is the second-largest spring enrollment in SEBTS history. ...

Gateway Seminary move increased assets, streamlined staff

 
Thanks to the move of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention's main campus to Southern California, the seminary has more financial assets and an employee structure more focused on theological education. That's the report Gateway President Jeff Iorg delivered to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 20 in Nashville. Iorg noted that the new 155,000-square-foot main campus in Ontario, Calif., has 20 percent more building space than the former Mill Valley, Calif., main campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. But it ...

Baptist College of Florida preparing for Fall Preview Day

 
Faculty, staff and students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville have circled Oct. 21 on the calendar in anticipation of Fall Preview Day. The semi-annual open house event is the perfect opportunity for prospective students and their families to experience the warmth of the BCF family and the Christ-centered atmosphere at The Baptist College of Florida. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. (CST) in the BCF Wellness Center, located near the center of the campus. After registering, prospective ...

He, she, huh?: Pronoun campaign called 'cultural Marxism'

 
Vanderbilt University's campaign to support transgender individuals by encouraging use of proper "pronoun etiquette" has been characterized by a law professor at the Nashville university as the latest manifestation of an intolerant, secularist agenda prevalent in higher education. "Political correctness, multiculturalism and the redefinition of the pronouns are a form of cultural Marxism," Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt, told Baptist Press in written comments. "It's part of an aggressive agenda to destroy Western traditions, values ...

Gateway Seminary convocation launches inaugural semester

 
Launching a series of events opening the new campus of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, President Jeff Iorg warned students of "unintended consequences" of a seminary education. The Aug. 29 convocation and first day of classes will be followed by celebratory events Oct. 5-8, including a dedication service, a gala featuring contemporary hymnists Keith and Kristyn Getty and a festival complete with food trucks, tours and other activities at the new Southern California campus in Ontario. Also among the ...

Florida couple donates 500-year-old Torah scroll to Southern Seminary

 
A complete scroll of the Torah dating to the 16th or 17th century was given to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in a Sept. 1 presentation at Alumni Memorial Chapel. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. accepted the scroll from Ken and Barbara Larson, thanking them for their contribution to the seminary’s understanding of the Bible. “We promise to be good stewards of this gift,” Mohler said of the scroll, which was laid out for public viewing on a ...

Baptist College of Florida adding new Blue Springs Campus

 
On Aug. 26, the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist Convention voted to transfer ownership of the Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center in Marianna to The Baptist College of Florida (BCF). The college, originally located in Lakeland in 1943, has been in Graceville since 1953; and the conference center was built in Marianna in 1982. According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, the acquisition of the 90-acre Blue Springs property will represent the largest single expansion in the history of the school. ...

Fall convocations held at Southern, Southwestern and Midwestern seminaries

 
SBTS: Mohler underscores God's "settled Word" Although contemporary culture embraces continual change and the revision of core beliefs in the name of progress, the church should be marked by faithfulness to the settled Word of the Lord, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said during Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Aug. 23 fall convocation. Mohler drew from Psalm 119:89 to demonstrate the stable nature of biblical revelation in the face of a transitory cultural view of truth, in an address titled, "Forever, O Lord, ...

Southern Baptist seminaries healthy, face M.Div. challenge

 
When it comes to training pastors, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries compare favorably with North American seminaries generally, according to a comparative data analysis by Baptist Press. Still, a slight shift of students away from the master of divinity—the basic pastoral training degree—and toward less rigorous master of arts degrees focused on general theological studies parallels a trend nationally at seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. "Southern Baptist seminaries are probably the healthiest seminaries among any ...

NASA astronaut shares about his Christian faith from outer space

 
On a ship speeding around Earth at 17,500 miles per hour, American astronaut Jeff Williams spoke with President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary community during chapel, Aug. 30, through a NASA downlink interview. Williams, commander for Expedition 48 of the International Space Station, has spoken on the SBTS campus previously and regularly listens to Mohler’s podcast “The Briefing” in orbit. He set the record for the most time spent in space by an American ...

Southern Seminary to interview astronaut who is aboard space station

 
NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, now aboard the International Space Station, is scheduled to be interviewed by R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during the Tuesday, Aug. 30, chapel service at 10 a.m. The interview will be livestreamed at sbts.edu/live from the seminary's Alumni Memorial Chapel in Louisville, Ky. Williams, who has previously spoken on campus about his explorations, and his Soyuz crewmates were launched on a 172-day mission to the International Space Station on March 18. ...

Baptist College of Florida student fights the good fight in Rio

 
Just like the rest of the world, the faculty, students and staff at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville appreciated the tremendous athletic ability on display at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. For many BCF students, the dream of attending the Olympics is just that, a dream. However, one BCF student not only attended the Olympics, but found herself right in the middle of the action as she shared her faith and the redemptive story ...

The Baptist College of Florida welcomes new, returning students

 
All across the campus of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, new and returning students saw an array of blue banners on the street lights that proclaimed “Welcome Home.” For new students, the banners represent the start of their college experience and the formation of new friendships at their new home. Returning students who already call BCF home, recognize the banners as a warm return to a loving campus and lifelong friendships. On Aug. 10, new students ...

BCF business majors excel in summer internships

 
As part of the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, students are required to participate in a 180-hour internship. This summer, three of the students enrolled in the degree program were given opportunities to learn and grow in their areas of interest. BCF Business Major Roselyn Zaiter served as an intern to Houston County, Ala., Deputy Chief Probate Clerk Leanne Richardson and was able to work with ...

New Orleans Seminary launching interactive Ph.D. program

 
A new doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) delivery system at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary opens the research-based degree to non-residential students while upholding high academic standards and fostering a vibrant learning community. The new approach, known as SYNC at NOBTS, allows the seminary to offer seminars and colloquia to Ph.D. students via synchronous interactive video regardless of where they live. The Association of Theological Schools' Commission on Accrediting has approved the new model for a three-year experimental period. ...

Baptist College of Florida announces fall chapel schedule

 
As the new semester approaches, faculty, staff and students at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville not only look forward to the new learning experiences in the classroom but also the exciting chapel services planned throughout the semester. BCF chapel services are held at 10 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and provide spiritual nourishment, encouragement and sound biblical teaching from godly leaders. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen is the first on the ...

Baptist College of Florida students serve at Mississippi kids camp

 
It took four vehicles to transport two classes comprised of 10 students and two professors to one destination: Mission Camp Macon in rural Noxubee County, Miss. For the second time, missions majors and psychology majors from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville came together for a unique interdisciplinary practicum that provided hands-on opportunities for students of both fields. Known locally as “Camp Macon,” the weeklong project has been a summer highlight for children and teens in the ...

Baptist College of Florida students minister in Portugal

 
“This was the best day ever” was the sentiment of Samuel, one of the children that the mission team from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) had the opportunity to minister to in Lisbon, Portugal. Samuel made this declaration to his mother at the end of one of the sports camp days held at an elementary school in a Lisbon neighborhood where a church plant is being revitalized. Samuel’s mother let the team of BCF students ...

Baptist College of Florida conducts 2nd Elevate! Worship Arts Camp

 
Building upon the exciting weeklong music and worship arts camp held on The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) campus last year, 39 motivated campers and 15 faculty members from across Florida and neighboring states participated in the second-annual Elevate! Worship Arts Camp July 11-15. Just as the camp title implies, middle school and high school students engaged in worship experiences to lift up the Lord in worship and to elevate or increase their abilities to lead and participate in worship through singing, ...

'I was born this way' countered by seminary professor

 
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Alan Branch has a friend whose brother explained his decision to embrace a homosexual lifestyle by stating, "I have a male body, but I have a female brain. That's why I'm attracted to men." Branch, professor of Christian ethics, classifies that pronouncement as a version of the increasingly common argument that homosexual acts are morally legitimate because homosexuality is "hard-wired into who [some people] are from birth." As Branch sees it, the argument has been ...

Midwestern Seminary launches Center for Public Theology

 
The new Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip the church "for theological engagement in a fallen order and a secularizing public square," as described by MBTS President Jason Allen. Allen has named Owen Strachan as the center's director. Strachan, 35, joined Midwestern Seminary's faculty as associate professor of public theology in June 2015. He is the author or coauthor of eight books and has served as president of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood since 2014. ...

Golden Gate Seminary closes Mill Valley campus

 
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary closed its main campus in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 3 to prepare for its 400-mile move to Southern California. After a ceremonial locking of the doors at 4 p.m., President Jeff Iorg sent out a campus-wide email that read, “The Mill Valley campus of Golden Gate Seminary is now closed. We press on!” The Southern Baptist seminary had been located in the Bay Area since its founding in 1944. Employees at the ...

BCF trustees affirm Blue Springs Conference Center plan

 
The Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) held its annual meeting on the home campus in Graceville on June 2-3. The meeting was highlighted by a lengthy presentation and discussion of the college's proposal for the utilization of the Blue Springs Baptist Conference Center property in Marianna. In April, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen requested that the State Board of Missions give the college an opportunity to conduct a feasibility study and present a plan for ...

13 incarcerated women receive milestone degrees

 
Having overcome a crisis of faith to complete her college degree, Brenda Thornton walked the chapel stage at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. Thornton was one of 13 LCIW graduates in the first-ever awarding of bachelor degrees at the prison by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell College, marking a milestone for the program that began five years ago. "I'll be honest; I didn't think I would make it," said Thornton, who received a bachelor of Christian ministry degree with ...

SBC's first African-American seminary professor retiring

 
The Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American seminary professor is among three retiring faculty members at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. T. Vaughn Walker, David L. Puckett and Brian C. Richardson are retiring following the 2015-16 school year with 64 combined years of service on the faculty of Southern Seminary. Walker, WMU professor of Christian ministries and professor of black church studies, was appointed in 1986 as the first African-American professor at any of the six SBC seminaries, and then the first elected to ...

Baylor demotes president, fires football coach

 
Baylor University stripped Ken Starr of his presidency and fired head football coach Art Briles today (May 26) after an independent investigation found "a fundamental failure" to protect students from sexual assault in a years-long scandal. The Baylor Board of Regents announced the personnel changes in a press release posted on its website, based on the findings of an investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP. "Key findings of the investigation reflect a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title ...

SBC seminaries, colleges hold spring commencements

 
Serve as Christ served, Akin exhorts SEBTS grads By Harper McKay Sent to lead? Perhaps. Sent to serve? Absolutely. With those words, Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, charged 237 spring graduates to follow Christ's model of service. "The greatest person who ever lived and walked on this earth was a humble servant," Akin said. "He got down low so that He might lift others up. And now He calls us, those who follow Him, to do the same." ...

LifeWay's Ed Stetzer joining Wheaton College faculty

 
Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research and executive editor of The Gospel Project curriculum published by LifeWay, has been named to the faculty of Wheaton College and as executive director of Wheaton's Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. Stetzer, 49, will begin his new roles at Wheaton July 1, which also will include publisher of Evangelical Missions Quarterly, founded nearly 50 years ago, and chair of the Wheaton College Graduate School's evangelism and leadership program. Wheaton College President Philip Ryken, in a news ...

Baptist College of Florida holds historic graduation

 
On Friday, May 13, the Wellness Center at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville was filled with faculty and graduating seniors wearing black robes and mortarboards as family and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the spring 2016 graduating class. Fifty-one graduates entered the front doors of the Wellness Center as the BCF College Winds played “Pomp and Circumstance” under the direction of Professor Ron Branning. Following the processional, the invocation was voiced by BCF Associate Professor ...

NOBTS student found in Alabama hospital

 
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student John Russell, missing since April 22, has been found in an Alabama hospital. He has been in the ICU at D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton, Ala., since April 22 following an accident. Hospital officials were unable to identify Russell until May 4. After identifying Russell, Alabama authorities notified NOBTS that he had been found. Russell's mother has been notified and is traveling to be with him during his recovery. NOBTS President Chuck Kelley asked for continued ...

NOBTS helping police in missing student case

 
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is assisting police in the disappearance of John W. Russell, a 39-year-old master of divinity student reported missing April 25. Russell was last seen April 21 at NOBTS around 7:45 p.m., and last had contact with his mother April 22, NOBTS Director of Public Relations Gary Myers confirmed to Baptist Press. NOBTS informed the New Orleans Police Department of Russell's disappearance after receiving a call from his mother April 25, Myers said. NOBTS President Chuck Kelley told BP, "At ...

Baptist College of Florida named Best Value School

 
The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville has been selected out of nearly 8,000 postsecondary schools as the recipient of a Best Value School award from University Research & Review (URR), a company that seeks to help match prospective students to postsecondary institutions. “It is our distinguished pleasure to present the award to The Baptist College of Florida,” said URR Founder Joseph Schmoke. “We hope current students and alumni take pride in this honor, and anyone searching ...

BCF to host Northeast Florida open house

 
On April 12 beginning at 2:30 p.m., representatives from The Baptist College of Florida will host an informational open house in the education building at Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., in celebration of the Northeast Florida Distance Site. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, Site Director Jim Robinett, enrollment representatives, professors, trustees, alumni and admissions counselors will be available to answer questions and share information about all of the opportunities for continued education at the Northeast Florida Distance Site. “...

Midwestern Seminary announces ERLC doctoral studies partnership

 
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced a partnership with Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to equip doctoral studies students in becoming the next generation of Christian ethicists. Beginning in May, certain modular-format seminars for Ph.D. and doctor of ministry degrees -- both with an emphasis in Christian ethics -- will be offered to Midwestern Seminary students either in Nashville, Tenn., or Washington, D.C. In addition to Midwestern's ethics faculty, several courses will be taught by ERLC ...

Prospective students preview The Baptist College of Florida

 
Excitement was in the air on March 11 at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, as more than 100 prospective students and their families attended Spring Preview Day to see if BCF is where they should continue their education. The day began with registration in the Wellness Center, where students received bags filled with information regarding the many facets and areas of life at BCF. During the registration time, prospective students were able to visit exhibits and booths dedicated to providing ...

Baptist College of Florida’s online business program recognized by website

 
The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville was identified as one of the top colleges for online business degrees in a recent ranking by CollegeValuesOnline.com. BCF was ranked 10th, with comparison criteria that included graduation rate and tuition rates. CollegeValuesOnline.com is an interactive website that seeks to provide assistance for students in selecting the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of schools and various degree programs. According to the CollegeValuesOnline.com article, “Whether they ...

Seminary professor graduates from police academy

 
For counseling professor John Babler, intertwining ministry as a fire department chaplain with academic training has been a natural part of life and work. Now, he also is a police academy graduate. Babler, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary faculty member, attended the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy during 22 weeks of a sabbatical last year. Upon graduation, he became a reserve police officer for the Fort Worth-area Forest Hill Police Department. Babler already serves as chaplain for ...