Uncategorized / April 17, 2013

Russell Moore’s Final Sermon at Southern Seminary and His Legacy

Southern Seminary dean Russell Moore preached his final chapel sermon as Senior VP for Academic Administration this week. You can check out the chapel sermon below or on Southern Seminary’s resources webpage.

This historic event has me reflecting about the legacy of Dr. Moore at Southern. To me, Dr. Moore isn’t just a dean. He has been professor, Sunday School teacher, pastor, mentor, doctoral supervisor, colleague, and trusted friend.

As I’ve watched his life and ministry up close and personal for the past 7 years, here’s the legacy I believe he’s left at Southern Seminary:

  • A vision for the kingdom of God – The leading contribution Dr. Moore has made at Southern Seminary, and more broadly in evangelicalism, is a vision for the kingdom of God and its application to theology, socio-political engagement, and the entire Christian life.
  • A precedent of Christ-centered preaching – The lasting impact Dr. Moore has made through both his preaching courses and his sermons at Southern and Highview Baptist Church is a precedent of Christ-centered expository preaching from all the Scriptures.
  • A model for Christocentric cultural analysis – The ongoing legacy Dr. Moore has left behind through his writings and podcasts is a model for analyzing the culture through the lens of Christ–a legacy that will be amplified in his new role at the ERLC.
  • A passion for classic country music – The musical memory that Dr. Moore has embedded at Southern Seminary is a passion for the greats of classic country music–no sermon or theology lecture was complete without a reference to Waylon, Willie, and the boys.
  • A love of Coke Zero – When I arrived at Southern in 2006, I’d never heard of Coke Zero. Dr. Moore has not only consumed his weight in it over the last 7 years, but also managed to get this heavenly nectar on tap around campus. Instant impact!

As was announced yesterday in conjunction with Southern Seminary’s trustee meetings, I will also transition to the ERLC with Dr. Moore in June. I am thrilled about this chance to work alongside Dr. Moore in this capacity as the organization serves as a voice to and a voice for the SBC on the urgent moral and ethical issues of our day.

At the same time, I am excited for the next chapter in the life of Southern Seminary under the leadership of men I absolutely love like Randy Stinson, Greg Wills, and Matt Hall. You can read more about these leadership transitions in this press release.

These transitions leave me optimistic that the best days are ahead for Southern Seminary:

  • The foundation is strong – Dr. Mohler has assembled the greatest faculty in the evangelical world and has combined that with academic innovation that leaves Southern poised for impact on the churches of the SBC.
  • The leaders are capable – The new academic leadership team is poised to carry on the gospel-centered momentum of the last few years under the direction of Randy Stinson, Greg Wills, and Matt Hall.
  • The future is bright – The best days are ahead for Southern Seminary as the school continues its mission to train soldiers for the front lines of spiritual warfare

Though my time will come to an end at the close of May, I look forward to continuing to be a part of Southern as I get the chance to continue to teach both in Louisville and in Nashville. The monumental moment of Russell Moore’s last chapel sermon has me reflective about his legacy and excited about the future of Southern Seminary.

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