Reparative therapy, homosexuality and the gospel of Jesus Christ

Each U.S. presidential election cycle brings its own set of unexpected issues, and the 2012 race already offers one topic of controversy that truly sets it apart — a debate over forms of therapy that attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation.

Known as reparative therapy or sexual orientation conversion therapy, these approaches seek to assist individuals to change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. The cultural and political debate over reparative therapy emerged when a clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, was accused of offering treatment and counseling intended to change sexual orientation.

Seminary Wives Institute

Registration is open for the spring semester of Seminary Wives Institute. Course descriptions and a child care request form are posted here. New students also register at that Web page, while returning students register on Moodle.

The Attic

The Attic is now open Mon-Sat from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All students and their families are welcome to make free selections from this collection of clothing, home goods and furniture located in Fuller Hall, rooms 10-11. Details are posted on the Attic Web page. The Attic is now accepting food items between 2-5, Monday-Saturday. Donors should … Continued

Financial aid opportunity

The Financial Aid Office will implement a new financial aid application for the 2011-2012 academic year. The new application, Financial Aid Profile, is now available for Southern Seminary and Boyce College students to complete. To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time (SBTS: 8+ credit hours, Boyce: 12+ credit hours) master’s level or undergraduate student … Continued

SBTS begins green-friendly food take-out program

Man shall not live by bread alone, but when life gets busy, one sometimes finds it difficult to make time for bread. Even at a seminary, many students, faculty members and staff can feel hard-pressed to allocate time for dine-in meals. With Pioneer College Caterers’ “Green on the Go” program coming to campus, the Southern … Continued

IMB contact

Jon Clauson, an M.Div. graduate and current PhD student at SBTS, is now working with the International Mission Board to assist people in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana who are considering service overseas. If interested in talking with him, contact Jon at

Evolution and the empty nest syndrome

Michael Shermer publishes Skeptic magazine, teaches at Claremont Graduate University, and writes a regular column for Scientific American. He is an ardent defender of evolutionary theory and a well-known critic of all supernatural claims. In today’s edition of USA Today, Shermer writes about the “empty nest syndrome” — the difficulty many parents face when their … Continued

The life and legacy of Ellis A. Fuller

Ellis Adams Fuller was inaugurated as the sixth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 15, 1942. He died eight years and 13 days later, having labored to faithfully build upon the foundations laid by the first two generations of seminary leaders. Fuller led an expansion of the faculty and physical setting of the … Continued

The Survival of the Seminary

As a new academic year begins at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, we are wise to look back to the events of the summer of 1865, when the continued existence of this institution was in doubt. The seminary closed in 1862 amidst the turmoil of the Civil War. Following the end of the war, physical and economic conditions in the South were desperate and there was doubt as to whether the seminary could feasibly open again. The founding faculty members corresponded throughout the spring and summer of 1865 and then met in the late summer to make decisions regarding the future of Southern Seminary.

James P. Boyce, John A. Broadus and Basil Manly Jr. agreed on the vital importance of the seminary resuming classes with a majority of its faculty intact in order to inspire confidence and continued support for a common theological school for Baptists in the South. Manly wrote to Broadus in July the “it is desirable to return to the Seminary, if possible to reorganize it. That work is the most agreeable to my feelings. Its prompt re-establishment secures the institution for the churches of the country with all its boundless possibilities for good.”

Still, they were fully aware that it would be extremely difficult to raise the necessary funds to support themselves as faculty and the institution in the post-war South. The currency upon which the economy of the former Confederate states had been established was worthless; it was a struggle for families to meet their own needs, let alone honor pledged investments to institutions such as the seminary. There was also a concern that few students would be able to begin a course of seminary study amidst the period of Reconstruction in the South.

The Predicament — Francis Collins, Human Embryos, Evolution, and the Sanctity of Human Life

Francis Collins stands at the very summit of the scientific community. He successfully led the massive effort to map the entire human genome, bringing the project to completion ahead of time and under budget. He now serves as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), having been nominated by President Barack Obama last summer. He oversees one of the largest research budgets in the world and, armed with a Ph.D., a medical degree, and a long list of accomplishments, is one of the most influential scientists of the last 100 years.