Why should seminary education remain a priority during a pandemic? Because difficult times don’t change the mission of institutions like Southern Seminary, but make it all the more urgent, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said Tuesday morning, August 25, in fall 2020 convocation address for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Preaching from Psalm 91:1-6 and illustrating with C. S. Lewis’s 1939 sermon “Learning in War-Time,” preached at Oxford University at the outset of World War II, Mohler said neither war nor pandemic changes the fact that Southern is called to teach and learn and send out graduates to preach the gospel in a dangerous, fallen world. Until Jesus returns, there will never be a time that will allow Christians to teach and learn in peace and safety.
“We will never be surrounded by anything less than deadly dangers. And we are preparing those who will serve Christ in the church and in the world by sending them out into a world which is even more dangerous.”
Drawing on Lewis’s sermon, Mohler outlined three dangers students face during crises such as a war or pandemic: excitement, frustration, and fear. Students must resist all three, especially fear.
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Source: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary