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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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Africa beckons; South Africa waits

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Since the inaugural global Baptist gathering in 1905, 20 congresses have provided special memories for Baptists around the world. In July this year, Africa will play host to the first congress to be held on this vast continent that has so far provided one of the 20 BWA presidents. All Africa awaits the coming of the Baptists, more than a thousand of whom have already registered to attend the congress. South Africa... Continue reading
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A three-month long conference took place in Berlin, Germany, which had a significant effect on the future of Africa. It started on November 15, 1884 and ended on February 26, 1885. Fourteen powers were represented: Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Sweden-Norway, Turkey and the USA. The conference provided a forum for the discussion of how to regulate the colonization of Africa, establishing boundaries for the... Continue reading
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Time to Celebrate

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During this month, Baptists around the world mark BWA Day. Following the decision of the BWA General Council meeting in Izmir, the second Sunday of February and the Saturday preceding that day will be marked as such. On BWA day, Baptists unite to celebrate their common belonging to Jesus Christ and their common heritage as Baptist Christians. Like those who belong to other Christian World Communions, Baptists acknowledge the forces that have... Continue reading
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