Episode 248. Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. – President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
DR. R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR.-Pres. of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary-
As Pres. of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, (the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention) & 1 of the largest seminaries in the world, Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time Magazine & Christianity Today as an American evangelical leader.
In fact, Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”
In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts 2 programs: “The Briefing” a daily analysis of news & events from a Christian worldview; & “Thinking in Public” a series of conversations with leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog & a regular commentary on moral, cultural & theological issues coined “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large” by The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Mohler’s mission is to address contemporary issues from a consistent & explicit Christian worldview. Dr. Mohler has been quoted in multiple leading. Newspapers such as: The NYTimes, The WSJournal, USA Today, The Wash. Post, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution & Dallas Morning News. He has also appeared on such national. news programs as CNN’s “Larry King Live” & “AC360,” NBC’s “Today Show” & “Dateline NBC,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” & Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” Not too shabby! As a theologian & an ordained minister, Dr. Mohler has served as pastor & staff minister of several So. Baptist churches. BTW-he came to the presidency of So. Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the So. Baptist Conv. A native of Lakeland, FL., Mohler was a Faculty Scholar at FL. Atlantic Univ. before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford Univ. in Birmingham, AL. He holds a master of divinity degree & Dr. of philosophy (in systematic & historical theology) from So. Seminary. He has pursued additional study at the St. Meinrad School of Theology & has done research at Univ. of Oxford (England).
His writings have been published throughout the U.S. & Europe, & he has received numerous awards & recognition such as:
the Edwin Meese III Originalism & Religious Liberty Award from the Alliance Defending Freedom (2015),
Christian Standard Bible award from Lifeway Christian Resources (2017),
Award for Biblical Counseling Achievement from The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (2015)
M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award from Union Univ. (2009),
and a Doctor of Laws degree from Bryan College (2016).
He is an author of several books, including:
We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking truth to a culture redefining sex, marriage, & the very meaning of right & wrong (Thomas Nelson);
Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters (Bethany House);
Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth(Multnomah);
and Words From the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the Ten Commandments (Moody).
From 1985 to 1993, he served as Associate Editor of Preaching, a journal for evangelical preachers, and is currently editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has contributed to over 100 other published works. A leader within the So. Baptist Convention, In 2000, Dr. Mohler served on a blue-ribbon panel that made recommendations to the So. Baptist Conv. for revisions to the Baptist Faith & Message, the statement of faith most widely held among So. Baptists. He currently serves as chairman of the So. Baptist Conv.’s Council of Seminary Pres.’s.
If all that was NOT enough, Mohler has lectured or given addresses at institutions such as:
the University of Virginia-
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Univ. of Richmond
Beeson Divinity School-
London School of Theology
Reformed Theological Seminary
The Master’s Seminary-
Covenant Theological Seminary
Cumberland School of Law-
Regent Univ. School of Law-
Colorado Christian Univ.
Grove City College-
and the historic Chautauqua Institution, among many others.
Dr. Mohler is listed in Who’s Who in America & serves on the bds. of several organizations including World News Group, & previously served on the bd. of Focus on the Family. He is a member of the Council for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition, & is a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. In addition, he is a co-founder of Together for the Gospel.
He is married to Mary, & they have 2 children, Katie and Christopher. In 2015 Dr. and Mrs. Mohler welcomed their first grandchild, Benjamin, born to Katie & her husband Riley.
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