In February, The Southern Baptist Seminary announced the establishment of a new center at the school, the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam.
This summer, SBTS hired Dr. Scott Bridger to lead the Jenkins Center. Scott and I were classmates in both the M.Div. and Ph.D. programs at Southeastern Seminary. I think Scott’s ministry and academic background make him uniquely qualified to lead the Jenkins Center. I look forward to good things from the center under Scott’s leadership.
The Jenkins Center recently held its first major event, hosting Dr. Michael Youssef for a chapel lecture on “The Imperative of Understanding and Responding to Islamism.” Following the lecture was a panel on the “Christian Understanding of Islam.” The panel was composed of Bridger, Al Mohler, and Michael Youssef. For a video of the lecture, click here. For the video of the panel discussion, click here.
Youssef did his doctoral research on radical Islam. In the short video below, he gives a brief history of radical groups in light of the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.