Baylor Professor Presents Report to Baptist World Alliance on Global Baptist Preaching
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Dr. Joel C. Gregory, professor of preaching at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, presented a special report on "Global Baptist Preaching" to the Baptist World Alliance meeting July 4-9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Gregory, a member of the BWA Commission on Worship and Spirituality, was commissioned to report on Baptist preaching in the six BWA-defined global regions. He collected and edited 24 contemporary sermons from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America to present to the BWA. In addition, Gregory analyzed the sermons in a 70-page analytical presentation. Three of the 24 preachers were present in Kuala Lumpur, and Gregory interviewed them as part of his presentation. These included Dr. Solomon A. Ishola of Nigeria, Dr. Ross Clifford of Australia and Pastor John Kok of First Baptist Church in Kuala Lumpur.
Baylor University Press has agreed to publish a book of the sermons and analyses. It will include the sermons presented at Kuala Lumpur as well as others from global Baptist preachers. Gregory's expanded presentation of preaching and preachers will be delivered at next summer's BWA meeting in Santiago, Chile.
"This substantial report is of great value for Baptist world preaching, and we appreciate Joel's bringing the report to Kuala Lumpur. It will help us all," said John Upton, president of the Baptist World Alliance.
Neville Callam, the general secretary of the BWA, said, "We need this emphasis on preaching with passion in the BWA. We are grateful for the study and its insights."
The sermons comprised a 140-page collection. The analysis reflected another 70 pages of homiletic reflection.
"I am encouraged by the depth and thoughtfulness of these sermons reflecting Baptist global preaching," Gregory said.
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