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Toward Closer Communion

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October 31, 2017, will be a significant date in the calendar of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). Declared by the German parliament a nationwide public holiday, the day will bring to a close the EKD’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The German celebration is dubbed “a festival of Christ that seeks to send the... Continue reading
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Voicing the Message

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I miss that bell. Its voice fell silent when, the national elections ended and the votes counted, the political party that used a bell as its symbol was declared the winner. Overjoyed at the taste of victory at the polls, after years in opposition, a handful of partisan enthusiasts appropriated the instrument that summoned people to community worship and made it a clanging symbol of political success. They beat the bell with... Continue reading
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In a recent Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk, Alexander Betts, British social scientist and director of the Refugee Centre at the University of Oxford, commented on “Why Brexit happened – and what to do next.” In his speech, Betts identified the urgent need to rescue globalization from the neoliberal agenda that is elitist and unmindful of the welfare of the entire populace. He renewed the call for “inclusive globalization,” which was... Continue reading
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For Faithful and Responsible Discipleship

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How does the church respond to the growing trend of popular protest against certain effects of globalization? What is the proper role of theologians? These questions reflect why it can be said that Steve Harmon's recently published book, Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor, 2016) has appeared at a most opportune time. The book becomes available when many people are crumbling under the weight... Continue reading
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On Baptism

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Recently, I was at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky to deliver the E. Glenn Hinson Lectures for 2016. Introduced in 2009 with celebrated church historian Hinson as the presenter, this series of lectures has attracted such scholars as Loyd Allen, McAfee School of Theology, 2010; Stephanie Paulsell, Harvard Divinity School, 2011; Don Saliers, Emory University, 2012; Robin Jensen, Vanderbilt University, 2013; Willie Jennings, Duke University Divinity School, 2014; and Molly Marshall, Central... Continue reading
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