Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Funding the formation of the called" (ABPnews Blog post)

Today the Associated Baptist Press ABPnews Blog published my post "Funding the formation of the called." I'll post the full text here at Ecclesial Theology early next week. In the meantime, here's a snippet from the opening of the post:

Robert Dilday’s article on the educational indebtedness of the church’s future ministers published last Friday by Associated Baptist Press, along with the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education paper “The Gathering Storm: The Educational Debt of Theological Students” referenced in the article, should be pondered deeply by anyone who cares about the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and its future....(continue reading the full post at ABPnews Blog)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In memoriam: Brother Jeffrey Gros (1938-2013)

Br. Jeffrey Gros, FSC
The death yesterday (August 12) of Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC, an ecumenist who belonged to the Catholic order of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is a great loss for the ecumenical movement. Brother Jeffrey became a kind encourager of my own work as a Baptist ecumenical theologian after we served as participants in a small consultation convened at the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute in New York in January 2006 to ponder the factors behind the lack of support for a Second Conference on Faith and Order in North America intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Oberlin Conference on Faith and Order. He was a good friend to Baptists and all others who belong to the one church of Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for his life and work.

A notice of Brother Jeffrey's death appears on the Christian Churches Together web site.