From the Dean

News items, published articles, and reading recommendations from Dean Timothy George




The Dean Recommends: Where are the mothers in the family of God?

By Kristen Padilla
July 26, 2016

Last week I had lunch with my friend and minister, Deborah.

Deborah is on the ministerial staff at The Cathedral Church of the Advent in downtown Birmingham, where my husband and I are members. Deborah has the gift of teaching and preaching. She is not only one of my favorite women Bible teachers but on of my top 10 favorite Bible teachers. She has a heart for the Lord and the gospel, is smart, and learned in the study of theology and exegesis. I’m so grateful to have her on staff at my church.

Deborah said something during our lunch that I’ve heard her say before, but today it struck me a little differently.

Following my most recent post last week about “Lost Women” she said something to the effect of “I want to move past these debates and get to the work of the Church, serving as a co-laborer next to my brothers and sisters.” Then she said, “I believe we need in the Church, just like in our families, fathers and mothers.”

Last year this summer we waited and watched as the Supreme Court made its ruling on marriage. Marriage–and all the benefits of marriage including having a family–was equally granted to homosexual couples as it has been for heterosexual couples. Christians mourned the loss of children not having both a father and mother in the home. Even though there are situations where children might be raised in a single family home, the ideal, nonetheless, is for every child to have a father and mother. Read the rest at kristenrpadilla.com.

Posted by Hunter Upton at Friday, July 29, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: Religious Liberty and the Fracturing of Civil Society

By Andrew T. Walker
July 21, 2016

The first lesson in civics received by most children in America is that America is a great “melting pot,” or perhaps a large patterned quilt sewn together with many unique squares. These images are meant to convey the essence of America’s motto: E pluribus unum (“out of many, one”).

American children are also taught that our country came to be thanks to a faithful, dissenting remnant—the Pilgrims—who sought political asylum and religious freedom. People traveled thousands of miles in order to create a political society where religious exercise was at the center. However inconsistent America’s earliest religious dissenters may have been in extending the freedom of dissent to others, religious freedom was woven into our nation’s earliest beginnings.

Protecting religious dissent is at the foundation of America’s history and constitutional legacy. As Madison and Adams argued, religion is prior to the claims of the state. It provides the grounding for democracy necessary for ordered liberty. And if religion is prior to the state, its importance looms larger than the state’s reach. This understanding wasn’t a secondary feature to America: it was, arguably, its distinguishing feature. Seen in this light, the Constitution didn’t bequeath religious liberty. Rather, religious liberty helped bequeath a penumbra of other rights that are enshrined in our Constitution.

"No Christians Wanted"

Today, when it comes to protecting dissent, something is awry. “Not Welcome Here” has become the overriding sentiment communicated to traditionalist Christians because of their beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender. The regime of secular progressivism, with its mantra that “Error Has No Rights,” doesn’t just create concerns for conservative Christians. No, the very possibility of civil society’s embrace of dissent is also being called into question, which means that the American tradition itself is being betrayed. Read the rest at the Public Discourse.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: The Writing Minister - How to Expand Your Ministry to the World

By Denise George
July 25, 2016

When you, as a minister, write-to-publish books, you can reach out far beyond the walls of your church with the Gospel message, and deep into the heart of the world. With today’s Internet and communication resources – including online ebooks – you can reach places in the world once considered closed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As you already know, the world is a hurting place, and people need instruction, wisdom, encouragement, and hope. As a minister, you have the answers for the world’s hurting and confused people. Not only can your book help a person now, but the written word has lasting power, leaving a legacy that will continue bearing rich fruit long after your time on earth has passed.

Advantages from your position

As a minister, you have definite advantages over other writers.  You’ve already been called to share the Gospel with others, and have made the lifelong commitment to Christ and to His ministry. Spreading the Gospel through the written word is simply a natural progression of your church ministry.

You also have your finger on the pulse of today’s men, women, youth, and children. Counseling hurting people in your congregation is, no doubt, part of your everyday ministry. You know firsthand how people today are hurting – their “felt needs.” Read the rest at Christian Index.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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