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  • Kelley: 'Fuel the Fire' to spark baptism conversation

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (one month ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation.

    "The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record," said Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    A new book by Kelley, "Fuel the Fire: Lessons from the History of Southern Baptist Evangelism," published by B&H Academic, examines the causes behind the longest running decline in baptisms in SBC history and what can be done to reverse it. Read More

  • NOBTS 'Million Dollar Monday' to fund scholarships

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- When New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley began his day Aug. 7 he had little idea of the blessings to come: Two gifts totaling $1 million dollars for student scholarships were received that day.

    "This has been one of the greatest Mondays in the history of the institution and quite an exciting way to begin a new academic year," Kelley said. "It was a 'Million Dollar Monday.'"

    NOBTS will immediately distribute more than $200,000 of the money this school ... Read More

  • NOBTS celebrating Chuck Kelley's 20th year

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, April 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- At first, it seemed like any other chapel for Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, but he was in for a surprise. Members of the faculty and staff planned a special recognition of Kelley's 20th anniversary as NOBTS president.

    Kelley was clearly surprised and moved by the acknowledgement. Read More

  • MOVIES: Sherlock Holmes detects old age

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, December 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

    In "Mr. Holmes," movie critic Phil Boatwright notes, "the intuitive detective battles his greatest adversary -- and ours as well -- the aging process." Both Tinseltown and Scripture can relay poignant insight for the time when death knocks on the door, Boatwright writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An embarrassing prayer

    by Chuck Kelley , posted Thursday, October 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, sees confession of sin -- by Christians -- as a missing key to spiritual awakening. It's an "embarrassing prayer" to acknowledge that "I still have a problem with sin, as does my church and my nation," Kelley writes. Even so: "Praying an embarrassing prayer is much preferred to living an embarrassing life." Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: NOBTS counts blessings, not losses

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is counting blessings rather than losses and leaning into the future with anticipation.

    "We are grateful that God was able to pull out of the rubble of Katrina a city of New Orleans that has more energy and has more vitality than it has had in a very long time," NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said. "And out of the rubble, the seminary is now strong, healthy and doing well." Read More

  • NOBTS graduates challenged to 'praise the Lord'

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- "Praise the Lord" every step of the way, Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told graduates at the school's May 16 commencement.

    "Out of all the words you've read, all the words you've known," Kelley said. "Out of all the things you've experienced in your studies, I want to be sure you leave here with three words: Praise the Lord." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NOBTS enhances mentoring opportunities

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees approved a streamlined mentoring initiative and revised the mentoring track of the master of divinity (M.Div.) program during their spring meeting April 15. The board also approved new master of arts degrees in discipleship and pastoral ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Evangelism -- a daily walk with Jesus

    by Chuck Kelley, posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 (3 years ago)

    New Orleans Seminary President Chuck Kelley, noting how a relationship with Jesus empowers personal evangelism, writes, "If you are walking with Him, you will find yourself talking about Him." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Small is the 'new big'

    by Chuck Kelley, posted Wednesday, February 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, notes that 90 percent of Southern Baptists' 46,000-plus churches have less than 250 people in Sunday worship. Southern Baptists' future, Kelley writes, "will be determined by how well we nurture our small churches and enhance their fruitfulness." Read More