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Gladly reach nations, Mohler tells grads

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- More than 270 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary students received degrees ranging from certificates to doctorates during commencement exercises on the seminary's lawn.
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"We set loose to do what God has called and gifted and empowered them to do -- to teach and preach the Word of God, to shepherd the flock of God, to guard the good deposit and to follow the pattern of sound words, to herald the good tidings of the Gospel, to teach the church, to counsel believers, to reach the unreached and to comfort the afflicted," R. Albert Mohler Jr. told the 209th graduating class May 18 at the Louisville campus.

"They are set forth to defend the truth, to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, to mourn with those who mourn and to minister in Christ's name and stead," Mohler said.

"Take everything good you received here, and leave anything that does not glorify God and strengthen Christ's church. Remember all who made this possible for you, knowing that all these things were provided so that the church may be faithfully taught and the nations gladly reached," Mohler said.

Also at graduation, Mohler presented the Findley B. and Louvenia Edge Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence to Peter Gentry, who joined the seminary in 1998 and is professor of Old Testament interpretation. He also is the author, along with Southern's Stephen Wellum, of the forthcoming book "Kingdom through Covenant," available this summer.

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Mohler's entire address is available in audio and video formats at Southern's resources page, www.sbts.edu/resources. A complete transcript of the address, "To Utter What Has Been Hidden Since the Foundation of the World," is available at www.albertmohler.com.

Reported by the communications staff of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Copyright (c) 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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