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Commemorating the Reformation

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The church, which is the creation of God’s Word and God’s Spirit, belongs to God. It is holy, and the holiness of the church stands in contrast to individual and communal sin. Historically, sin, which runs counter to the church’s nature and vocation, has disfigured the church’s witness. God the Holy Spirit enables reform and renewal in the life of the people of God who have the vocation to serve God’s mission... Continue reading
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Of Sin and Grace

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In his widely read book, The Cost of Discipleship, German theologian and Christian martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, praised Martin Luther for rediscovering the gospel of pure grace. For his part, however, Bonhoeffer warned of the danger of cheap grace. Cheap grace, he said, is “preaching ... forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living... Continue reading
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Worship and Mystery

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Our experience of the God who chooses us, searches for us and finds us makes our life an exciting adventure. The worship we offer in response is a whole-life engagement by every follower of Christ. Organized corporate worship events are a vital part of the life of the Christian community. At least once per week, do we not assemble in God's presence in response to the experience of God's faithfulness? And when... Continue reading
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Appeal to Baptists in USA

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In 1911, the Northern Baptist Convention and the Free Will Baptist General Conference forged a church union. This was perhaps the first example of organic church unity in the 20th century. Since that time, the resulting group has led the way, among Baptists in the USA, in developing and manifesting a positive ecumenical commitment and outlook. In 1950, Northern Baptist Convention changed its name to American Baptist Convention and invited other Baptist... Continue reading
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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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