President’s July Newsletter
Dear Friends of Northern,
When Paul and Barnabas returned from their missionary journeys, they took time to communicate the results of the people’s offerings of talent and treasure as well as mission fulfillment. Take time this summer after your ministries are “over” to communicate their impact. Here are six suggestions for multiplying the impact, thanking your congregation and reaping a harvest of abundant blessings.
In that spirit, let me share with you how your prayers and gifts continue to impact the world this summer through Northern Seminary.
On June 23, Dr. David Fitch, B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, addressed a breakfast for more than 40 alumni and friends of Northern Seminary. The event was held in conjunction with American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Mission Summit.
Dr. Fitch discussed his new book Us vs. Them: Overcoming a Faith that Makes us Enemies, released this week by Baker Books. He challenged the group to use the culture’s antagonisms as a place for the church to enter and make room for the Holy Spirit’s presence to do the work of reconciliation, healing, and witness. President Bill Shiell delivered a report on the new initiatives at Northern Seminary and recognized alumni spanning six decades.
Urban Leadership Symposium
You will not want to miss a cutting edge presentation for Northern Seminary’s Urban Faith Leadership Symposium from 1 to 9 p.m. August 21, 2019. Rev. A. Wayne Johnson, President, General Baptist State Convention of the Northwest & Faculty, Hampton University teaching in the PRIME Program, will be the keynote speaker. He has served on multiple boards and committees, including the Religious Platform Committee for the Obama Administration and the Executive Board of Church World Service, and currently, President Jimmy Carter’s New Baptist Covenant Executive Board.
For details and registration information, click here now.
New Resources for Churches
We are living in angry times. No matter where we go, what we watch, or how we communicate, our culture is rife with conflict. Unfortunately, Christians appear to be caught up in the same animosity as the culture at large. We are perceived as angry, judgmental, and defensive, fighting among ourselves in various media while the world looks on. How have we failed to be a people of reconciliation and renewal in the face of such tumult?
Claiming that the church has lost itself in the grip of an antagonistic culture, David Fitch takes a close look at what drives the vitriol in our congregations in his newly-released book, The Church of Us Vs. Them.
Fitch shows a way for the church to be true to itself, unwinding the antagonisms of our day and making space for Christ’s reconciling presence in our day-to-day lives. He offers new patterns and practices that move the church beyond making enemies to being the presence of Christ in the world, helping us free ourselves from a faith that feeds on division.
Also released in July 2019, Dr. Scot McKnight’s new book, Reading Romans Backwards, is already listed on Amazon Prime as the #1 New Release in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation.
Reading Romans Backwards places lived theology in the front room of every Roman house church. It focuses all of Romans―Paul’s apostleship, God’s faithfulness, and Christ’s transformation of humanity―on achieving grace and peace among all people, both strong and weak. McKnight shows that Paul’s letter to the Romans offers a sustained lesson on peace, teaching applicable to all divided churches, ancient or modern.
Here’s how you can order their books: Every time you shop on Amazon, you can purchase these two books – and support Northern.
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New Graduate Provides Pastoral Leadership
Rebecca Richmond uses one word to sum up her studies AND the no-interest loan she received when completing her Graduate Certificate in Urban Leadership Emphasis in June 2019: “Grateful.”
Northern Seminary offers interest free loans to qualified students who may not be able to attend school without this great no-interest option provided by an anonymous donor. As a result, Northern decreased the number of students with federal student loan debt to 16 percent this past year.
Your Decision Today Assists the Church Tomorrow
As you update your estate plans, please remember Northern in your will. This month, we received a generous gift from the estate of Buford and Ora Smith. Their legacy will continue to be felt for generations to come. https://www.seminary.edu/connect/donate/.
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Greater Cincinnati Center Hosts Open House
Join us September 9 for an open house at the Greater Cincinnati Center
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Founders Day, October 10
Guest Speaker Reginald Bachus
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