Thursday, February 14, 2008

Pray for Al Mohler as he anticipates surgery

A press release from Southern Seminary announces Dr. Mohler will be scheduled for surgery to remove a pre-cancerous tumor from his colon. This has necessitated his withdrawing his name from being nominated for the SBC presidency in June.

Pray for Dr. Mohler and his family as they face this medical trial.

Full text of the announcement:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will require additional surgery after a scheduled colonoscopy on February 11 revealed a tumor in his colon. An initial biopsy indicated that the tumor is pre-cancerous and further tests are to be scheduled, along with surgical options.

Mohler, 48, underwent major abdominal surgery in late December 2006, complicated by the development of bilateral blood clots in his lungs. Doctors will take special precautions to prevent a recurrence of the blood clots with this new surgery. Specialists are consulting on the case, and a decision on the date and location for the surgery is to be made in the very near future. The procedure is likely to require an extensive period for recuperation and recovery.

Mohler expressed gratitude to God that medical personnel found the tumor this early. "Sometimes we take it for granted that we live in an age like this one, in which God has given us the blessing of medical technology," Mohler said. "For most of human history, a tumor such as this one would have gone unnoticed until it was too late. I am thankful for modern medicine, but I am even more thankful that we live in a world in which our God hears us when we pray, a Father who listens to his children."

Mohler said that Southern Seminary "would not skip a beat" during his recuperation.
"I have absolute confidence in the seminary leadership team. We will move forward with momentum," Mohler said. "God has blessed and is blessing Southern Seminary. We do not take that for granted, and we pledge to be good stewards of that blessing, even through this time."

Mohler said that his time of recuperation would necessarily alter some of his plans as he gives first priority to his health and his family.

"Some have asked how this new development affects my nomination to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis this June," Mohler said. "I have decided to give my greatest attention right now to addressing this new challenge and to ministering to my wife and children. This is clearly not the right time for me to accept this nomination. I have asked my good friend Robert Jeffress not to proceed with nominating me for president of our Southern Baptist Convention this year.

"Frankly that decision is made much easier by my knowledge that there is at least one strongly conservative, committed pastor who intends to be nominated in Indianapolis," Mohler said.

Southern Seminary will release additional information as it becomes available. The Mohler family has expressed appreciation for all concern, prayer and encouragement.


Lane Chaplin said...

Dr. Mohler is in my prayers.

Double O Balloon said...

I will be praying as well. for Dr. Mohler and our convention. Dr. Mohler is a modern example of what a man can accomplish in submission to God.

Bill Formella said...

I wonder who Dr. Mohler was referring to when talking about those nominated for the SBC Presidency. Does he have someone he's comfortable with?

Double O Balloon said...


'Others in the running for SBC president are Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., and Bill Wagner, president of Olivet University International in San Francisco. Current SBC President Frank Page concludes his second term in June and is ineligible for re-election."

Double O Balloon said...

From a brief search and overview of the nominees I believe Cox is not reformed while Wagner is.

This of course does not mean for certain that Mohler was referring to Wagner.

pastorleap said...

Dr. Mohler is absolutely in my prayers, as he is frequently anyway. He is a hero of the faith to me and my family and an inspiration to me personally. He is the reason that I attended SBTS and under his leadership, I was not at all disappointed with my time there.

I think at this time, we should be less concerned about the politics connected to this announcement and more concerned about the impending surgery and health of this Christian brother and leader.


Steven Dresen said...

Mohler is referring to Cox. While he may not be reformed he has taken some pretty solid stands here in the GBC against the CBF.