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A New Publication

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When, in 2016, BWA gave me a seven-week sabbatical, the hope was that I could use this time to help me make significant progress in completing a manuscript, just published by Judson Press, with the title, From Fragmentation to Wholeness: Race, Ethnicity, and Communion. The book, which can be acquired from Judson Press (, focuses on one of the central motifs of my decade of service as BWA General Secretary. I am... Continue reading
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BWA – Adults, Youth and Children Together

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I remember with joy visiting with Bruce Milne during the 2016 BWA Annual Gathering in Vancouver, Canada. During my college days, I used Dr. Milne’s commentary on the Gospel according to John. In later years, I became aware of ways in which this saintly man has contributed to the ministry of BWA. It was good to see him again, after we last met at the Baptist World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, in... Continue reading
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Strengthening Christian world mission

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Many religious groups have been severely affected by the Great Recession of 2008. Since the onset of the financial meltdown that precipitated that recession, many religious institutions are still trying to recover from the undesired harmful effects of that experience. Around the world, thousands of churches are closing their doors each year for reasons including   their inability to service their mortgage and noteworthy decline in church attendance. These developments remind us that... Continue reading
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Facts and judgments

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William Thomas and Florian Znaniecki’s sociological classic, The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, is a study of the conditions of Polish immigrants in America. This exhaustive work illustrates how important it is to develop an accurate “definition of the situation” if we are to properly understand social reality. The same principle applies to responsible decision-making. Persons examining a situation with a view to passing an ethical judgment need to ensure that... Continue reading
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A Study in Resilience

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If you grew up in circumstances where adversity thrives, your confidence in the future can be undermined. Living perpetually in dire situations can lead to insulation from positive expectations. Something tells you nothing will ever change; nothing good will ever happen to you. Yet, extended exposure to painful experience can elicit another response. It can fuel your courage, reinforce your determination and fire your zeal to overcome. You manage to dispel the... Continue reading
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