David S. Dockery

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FIRST-PERSON: Agents of reconciliation in 2021

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Perhaps in recent weeks you have been given the opportunity to sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” one of Charles Wesley’s great Christmas carols. The angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King: peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” Nowhere is the theme of reconciliation better pictured than in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, which has been called one of the apostle Paul’s charters of Christian ministry.

FIRST-PERSON: A tribute to J. I. Packer

J.I. Packer exemplified the best of the Christian intellectual tradition, David Dockery says. He pointed beyond mere rhetoric or pragmatism. He called us to think and live Christianly in all aspects of life.

FIRST-PERSON: James Leo Garrett Jr.: A tribute

David Dockery remembers his mentor James Leo Garrett Jr., whom he calls "a scholar of the first order ... a man of deep and genuine piety, kind and considerate toward others, a faithful churchman, and a devoted follower of Christ."

FIRST-PERSON: Darold H. Morgan (1924-2019): A Tribute

"What I found in Darold Morgan was a person with an authentic walk with God and commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, expressed in genuine kindness and care for others," David Dockery says of his friend.

500 YEARS: Baptists & the Reformers: intersections & departures

Though shaped by the Reformation, Baptists developed key distinctives in such areas as believer's baptism, religious liberty and global missions, David Dockery writes in the third of a three-part series.

500 YEARS: Baptist beliefs: Learning from the Reformers

The Reformation's convictions on Scripture and salvation by grace became key elements of Baptist doctrine, David Dockery writes in the second of a three-part series.

500 YEARS: The Reformation & Baptist life

Many Baptist core convictions have been influenced or shaped by the 16th-century Reformation sparked by Martin Luther, David Dockery writes in the first of a three-part series.

FIRST-PERSON: A tribute to Thomas C. Oden

"Thomas C. Oden was one of the most prolific and influential theologians of this generation," David Dockery writes. Not only was Thomas, who died Dec. 8, one of the most prolific and influential Christian thinkers of our time, Dockery notes, but his theological journey was also certainly one of the most interesting.

FIRST-PERSON: Charles C. Ryrie (1925-2016): A tribute

David S. Dockery describes the late Charles Ryrie, longtime Dallas Theological Seminary faculty member and member of First Baptist Church in Dallas, as "a thoughtful theologian, a stalwart defender of the truthfulness of the Bible and faithful follower of Jesus Christ."

A tribute: Fred Shuttlesworth (1922-2011)

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — Each day people fly in and out of the Birmingham International Airport, rarely considering its official name. A few years ago, city officials gave the airport a new name: the Shuttlesworth-Birmingham International Airport. My guess is that very few people who do know the name of the airport recognize its full […]