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FIRST-PERSON: Churches & seminaries

Southern Baptists' six seminaries, Jason Duesing notes, share in the task given to every believer and church: carrying out the Great Commission to the glory of God.

Glorify God: the shared task of churches & seminaries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The apostle Peter explains in 1 Peter 4:7 that "the end of all things is at hand" and by that he means he and his readers were living in the last days before the return of Jesus. Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing. Peter's point was focused rather on how one is to live at the end of all things, and he spends the next few verses underscoring this for believers.

FIRST-PERSON: A high view of a low and free church

Baptist distinctives in congregational governance and religious liberty, Jason Duesing notes, have been helpful to other faith expressions even when they disagree with Baptists understandings of Scripture.

SBC IN DALLAS: Prayer for Southern Baptist resolutions

DALLAS (BP) -- As chairman of the 2018 SBC Committee on Resolutions, I write to ask for members and messengers of Southern Baptist churches to pray for the committee during this season where we carry out our work and to provide a brief overview of our responsibilities. What are resolutions and what is the Resolutions Committee? The Resolutions Committee exists to serve the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and has the entrusted duty of preparing and submitting ...

MLK50: The hope of Martin Luther King Jr.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- The apostle Paul's second letter to Timothy is believed to be his last. While personalized to Timothy and his work in Ephesus, clearly the teaching of the letter was intended for more readers. At the time of his writing, Paul was in prison likely facing execution, and because of this, as Calvin notes, "all that we read here ... ought to be viewed by us as written not with ink but with Paul's own blood" for what he was suffering and sacrificing.

Finding refuge in Central Asia, North Africa

In two major global cities, Jason Duesing of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary sees "pockets of light and safety" for people needing refuge. "For every act of terror in the world today, there are multiplied a thousand times over acts of sacrificial service and Gospel proclamation," Midwestern's provost writes. In the 2016 version, many still are coming to them to save their life and, yet, they also are finding life. I observed this just weeks ago in two major global cities, both having been in the news in recent months for acts of terror and political instability. The first in Central Asia was teeming with young professionals and, though centered in a Muslim culture, there were signs that the younger generation in this city were not much different than many in the West in terms of their tenuous devotion to their historic and national religion. At prescribed times throughout the day, prominent mosques would erupt in amplified calls to prayer. Yet, just as in some of our Western cities where church bells ring out from massive and mostly vacant cathedrals, the normal course of business is for the people not to pause for genuflection, but to carry on with head bowed toward their smartphone.

BAPTISTS: Making the history of the future

"Making the history of the future in the present is an encouraging and hopeful task," Jason Duesing writes, citing hopeful signs in the study of Baptist history and theology. Many current scholars are "engaging in the task of biblical recovery" without resorting to "rootless invention," writes Duesing, provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

FIRST-PERSON: The Gospel on a houseboat

Seminary provost Jason Duesing recounts his visit with students engaged in sharing the Gospel from their base aboard a rustic houseboat in the shadow of the Himalayas.

FIRST-PERSON: Paige Patterson – 40 years of leadership in higher education

Paige Patterson, across 40 years of leadership at three Baptist institutions of higher learning, "refashioned the paradigm for what a college and seminary president could be and do," seminary provost Jason Duesing writes.

FIRST-PERSON: Why a national denomination?

Seminary professor Jason Duesing often answers students' questions about whether denominations are necessary, pointing to the "one sacred effort" envisioned by Baptists in forming the Triennial Convention in 1814 to send "glad tidings of Salvation ... to nations destitute of pure Gospel-light."