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5 Simple Habits to Prevent Data Disasters

We all spend copious amounts of time filling out spreadsheets, preparing for courses, writing papers, and working with a variety of data every day. With so much of our lives spent creating, modifying, and reviewing digital content, it is not surprising that we are devastated when we lose our work. Here are 5 habits you can start right now to minimize the impact of a hard drive that’s crashed or a destructive virus.

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Campus Technology launches new resources

New Southern Dashboard

Campus Technology is excited to announce new websites aimed at getting information to your fingertips easily. One such website is info.sbts.edu, an online dashboard that allows you to search the Campus Directory, check your student account balance, print your pay stub, and reset a lost password. To login, simply use your Moodle username and password (same one as eCampus and apps.sbts.edu). Feel free to check out info.sbts.edu and calendar.sbts.edu and let us know what you think.

SBTS to host Job and Bank Fair, Aug. 28

Southern Seminary invites you to attend the annual Job and Bank Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, August 28, in Heritage Hall. This is an opportunity for students and their spouses to find part-time and full-time jobs and to learn about local banks. Banks will offer incentives to open a local account and learn more about other services.

Past participants include Verizon Wireless, Summit Energy, Louisville Metro Police, FedEx, UPS, JCPS, Highlands Latin School, Chick-fil-A, Valvoline, Charter Communications, Stock Yards Bank and Walgreens. Door prizes will also be awarded at the event.

Schreiner offers ‘pastoral’ explanation of how ‘Scripture fits together’ in new book

A new biblical theology book is a “pastoral” effort to help Christians understand “how all of Scripture fits together,” said author Thomas R. Schreiner, a New Testament scholar at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In a recent interview with Towers, Southern Seminary’s news magazine, Schreiner said he wrote The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments “fundamentally for people who love the Scriptures and want to know the Scriptures, but they also want to have an understanding of how all of Scripture fits together.”

Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and author of commentaries on the books of Romans and Galatians, said his motive when writing was pastoral rather than scholarly.

“I think there’s a pastoral slant to my book. I’m not trying to advance a new or novel scholarly theory, really. I am trying to discover how the Scriptures fit together,” Schreiner said.

The thesis of The King in His Beauty ­– the title of which comes from Isaiah 33:17– is that God reclaims his kingship on earth among his people through one man.

“The story of the Bible is that God, as Lord and creator, is king, and he created us to rule the world for him,” he said. “Human beings rejected God’s rule and sinned. God is king, but he doesn’t treat human beings as he did fallen angels. He promises in Genesis 3:15 that victory will be won (the world will be reclaimed) through the offspring of the woman who crushes the serpent.”

Schreiner, who is also a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., noted practical ways he thinks people can use the book, with private reading as the first option. Because of what he sees as weaknesses in many Bible survey-type courses, The King in His Beautycould also be an alternative text book for an Old or New Testament survey course to help students better connect the big story across the testaments.

“Sometimes there’s not as much focus on how the message coheres with the rest of the Bible,” he said. “We focus so much on the parts that we don’t see the whole. One of the contributions of my book is that I look at the Scriptures in terms of a book’s historical setting, but I also look at a book in terms of its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

“The problem with many Old Testament biblical theologies is that they only look at it in terms of what it meant within the Old Testament itself, but I think we should do both: we should look at Leviticus in light of its historical setting and in terms of the fulfillment we have in Jesus Christ,” he said.

In The King in His Beauty, Schreiner emphasizes the importance of studying the timeline found in Scripture of God’s redemptive work on earth through Jesus Christ.

“In biblical theology we focus on redemptive history and what each biblical author has to say, whether we are reading Leviticus, Lamentations, or Luke,” Schreiner said.

Schreiner connects Old Testament books like Leviticus to Christ, teaching and writing about Scripture as one cohesive story about the gospel.

He said that writing about the Old Testament for The King in His Beauty challenged him, specifically the wisdom literature and how it fits into the redemptive storyline of the Bible. He tied wisdom literature like Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to the fear of the Lord.

“In Proverbs how we live under God’s reign is tied to the particulars, to the details of everyday life. We don’t only have a cosmic plan; God relates to us as individuals as we await the consummation,” he said.

In the interview, Schreiner also discussed the importance of biblical theology in the Christian life. He said that people want to know the big picture, including why they exist, what life is about and what it means to be human. As Christians, this means seeking answers in Scripture about God’s work and understanding life in relation to what God is doing in the world, and biblical theology gives people the answers.

The full interview with Schreiner about The King in His Beauty is available hereThe King in His Beauty is available for purchase in all major Christian bookstores and on Amazon.com

-RuthAnne Irvin

John D.W. Watts, former professor at Southern Seminary, dies at 92

Former professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, John Drayton Williams Watts, died July 21 near his home in Penney Farms, Fla., according to the family. He was 92.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the seminary, said of Watts, “John D.W. Watts was both an Old Testament scholar and the son of an Old Testament scholar, and the Watts family represents at least two generations of seminary professors within the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Watts played a significant role in several Baptist institutions and was a member of the Southern Seminary faculty for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Watts family.”

Born in August of 1921 in Laurens, South Carolina, Watts spent his childhood in Palestine with his missionary parents and his youth in New Orleans, La., where his father served on the faculty of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In 1946, he married Winifred Lee Williams. The two served with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board — now called the International Mission Board — from 1948 to 1970 and from 1972 to 1975. Watts was professor of Old Testament at International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, where he also served as president from 1963 to 1969. He then served on the faculty of Serampore College in Serampore, India (1972-75), Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., (1976-1981) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., (1981-95).

Watts earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and bachelor of divinity and doctor of theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the Old Testament Editor of the Word Biblical Commentary. His books included Vision and Prophecy in Amos (1958; revised 1996), Studying the Book of Amos (1966), Basic Patterns in Old Testament Religion (1971), How We Got the Bible (2011), with contributions to the Broadman Bible Commentary (1970-72) and several commentaries on Old Testament books.

He was honored with two festschrift collections of essays by colleagues and students, Forming Prophetic Literature: Essays on Isaiah and the Twelve (ed. J. W. Watts and P. R. House, 1996) and a special issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies (ed. P. J. Scalise, 2008). In 1995, he retired to Penney Farms, Fla., where he lived with Lee until her death in February 2011.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl, Reid, Clare and Jim, as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial service at the Penney Farms Retirement Community on a date to-be-determined in September. The family requests donations of sympathy to Heifer International.