Task ‘impossible’ apart from Christ, Dew tells students
By Marilyn Stewart
NEW ORLEANS (BP) – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Jamie Dew posed a question to the audience gathered Sept. 3 for convocation, the official start of the academic year. How can believers follow God’s call and fulfill His mission in a world torn apart by hostility and division?
The service was delayed one week due to closings in anticipation of Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura. The limited number of in-person participants wore masks and practiced social distancing in Leavell Chapel, observing COVID-19 guidelines. Others watched from overflow rooms and via the Livestream.
Before posing his question, Dew reminded the audience of the seminary’s mission to prepare servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth, and fulfill His mission.
“How do we do that today?” Dew asked. “In a context of overwhelming hostility, division, and turmoil, how do we live our lives in ways that please the Father and execute that mission?”
The task God gives to believers is neither easy nor difficult, but instead “impossible if left to ourselves,” Dew said, adding that the mission can only be accomplished when believers fully depend on Christ.
He added that while hostility to the Gospel is present and may be growing, today’s generation is not the first to face it.
“Don’t ever think that it’s worse for us than for generations gone by,” Dew said. “Don’t ever think that difficulties and the seeming impossibilities that we face today are somehow categorically different from what other believers throughout the centuries have experienced. Yet while [other generations] faced such things, somehow, in God’s providence, He advanced His kingdom through their lives.”
Drawing from the disciples’ example set in Acts 4, Dew provided five points of guidance for believers answering God’s call today.
Southeastern to sponsor “Knowing Faith” podcast
By SEBTS Staff
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – In a joint effort to equip believers to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is sponsoring Season 5 of the “Knowing Faith” podcast.
Hosted by Jen Wilkin, Kyle Worley and J.T. English, Knowing Faith champions the belief that the Bible is for everyone. The podcast models for its listeners how both men and women can do theology together and encourages pastors and church members to think deeply and critically about God’s Word.
“We wanted to create a discipleship-focused resource that was accessible, simple and clear, that explored issues of Christian story, Christian belief and Christian formation,” Worley said.
The Knowing Faith Podcast covers a variety of theological topics and books of the Bible. In Season 5, listeners can expect a deep dive into Genesis 1-11 to explore the major themes that exist throughout the rest of the Bible. In addition, listeners can tune into six “After the Fact” episodes, which will showcase SEBTS professors in a brief five-minute interview discussing theological topics related to their field of study.
Knowing Faith began as an offshoot of The Village Church, where Wilkin, Worley and English were serving in curriculum development. They started the podcast with the hope of better serving their congregation through weekly theological discussions. After four seasons, Knowing Faith became “a plant that had outgrown its pot,” as Worley described it, with over 200,000 monthly downloads and 100,000 subscribers.