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“Can any good thing come” from Africa?

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“Can any good thing come from Africa?” Read the news reports and op-eds, and you may be led to believe a negative answer is inevitable. Yet, how incorrect this conclusion is! Consider, for example, the stewardship of one African theologian whose contribution many Baptists worldwide greatly admire. Osadolor Imasogie was born in Benin City in southwest Nigeria in 1928. After serving as a teacher in the Nigerian primary school system, he set... Continue reading
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A Festival of Giving

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In a matter of days, several thousand Baptists will converge on Durban, South Africa, for the 21st Baptist World Congress. Participants will experience the joy of giving and receiving as we encounter each other with the riches of our unique experiences that are filtered through the lenses of our common commitment to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. From the experience of sharing with each other, we expect to develop... Continue reading
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A Journey Well Worth Taking

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Representatives from the churches in Southern Africa were in attendance when the inaugural congress of what became the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) took place in 1905. Rev. and Mrs. F. G. West from Pietermaritzburg (umGungundlovu in Zulu), Natal, and Mr. T. Burnham King from Kingwilliamstown in the Cape were among the “delegates” attending the London meetings. In his brief address at the congress, Burnham King called the meeting “epoch-making,” and spoke of... Continue reading
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It is OK to Dream

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The 4th Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (BICTE) was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 31 to August 3, 1993. I was among those who had the opportunity to participate in this conference that preceded the 12th Baptist Youth World Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, in August 11-15. While in South Africa, I received fresh insights into the sad effects of the injustice that influenced the World Council of Churches (WCC) to... Continue reading
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When Baptists Meet: A Feast of Diversity

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Some people say that part of the genius of being Baptist is the admissibility of a wide diversity of viewpoints contending with each other, sometimes within a single congregation. Sometimes, each purveyor of these divergent expressions insists that theirs is the truly responsible position. They posit interesting arguments to support their conclusion. In his recently published book, Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2014) Baptist scholar Curtis... Continue reading
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