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Seminary President to speak at Weber State University
Ogden, UT – “What happens after we die?” “Is there life after death?” “Are heaven and hell real?” These and many other questions will be answered by Dr. Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dew will be coming to the Shephard Union on the campus of Weber State University, on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome to attend, but priority seating will be given to Weber State students in attendance to hear Dr. Dew’s perspective on this important topic.
Casey Swails, Family Pastor at Redemption Church in Ogden had a vision to invite President Dew to give a new and eternal perspective on life after death that goes counter culture to the predominant perspective found on this northern Utah campus. Swails, who oversees the Redemption Church college ministry at Weber State shared that the vision for this event grew out of a relationship the church built with Dr. Dew, his family, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Swails said “While connecting with Jamie and his wife, Tara, last year at a ministry event at hosted at our church, he expressed his interests to aid in the continued ministry of Redemption Church. Considering his expertise in philosophy and theology, we concluded that inviting Jamie to speak on life after death would be an excellent opportunity to reach the campus with a gospel perspective and he gladly accepted our invitation.”
Every student that attends will receive a Gospel conversation guide, a follow-up card with links to continue the conversation with students through gospel appointments. They will also be entered into a drawing for additional prizes to be given away at the event. The first 40 students in attendance will get a free Bible. Following the presentation, students will have the opportunity to have a question and answer moment with Dr. Dew. Please pray for students that will respond to the invitations and attend this event with an open heart to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel and for them to consider the biblical truth of what happens after this life is over and what they can do now to be prepared of that moment.
This event is made possible through the cooperative efforts of many organizations and groups that seek to reach and minister to the students at WSU. The leadership and volunteers have expressed gratitude for the generosity of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Evangelism Department of North American Mission Board, as well as funding through the State Missions offering of the UISBC and direct sponsorship by Semper Veritas at Weber State, the college ministry of Redemption Church in Ogden.
The Annual Church Profile helps in church revitalization
Draper, UT – One of the best ways to know where you are going is to look back to where you’ve been. Numbers, the fourth book of the Old Testament, is full of names, places, events, and the results of two important censuses of Israel. It is often overlooked, until such time that future events refer back to things referenced in this important record. For example, Joshua 2:9-11 shares the report of Rahab when Israel spied on Jericho and discovered that 40 years earlier, the people they feared the most actually feared the Israelites even more. Joshua and Caleb were right about the promised land being ripe for the taking all along, as recorded in Numbers 13. This record gives their journey into the promised land greater perspective in the way that God works through His people.
As missionaries that work with churches across Idaho and Utah, we work with a teams of volunteers, pastors, lay leaders, fellow churches, our executive board, and national partners to use many tools at our disposal to help churches understand challenges they face seeking to fulfil their mission in their communities. We know that many of our churches are plateaued and want to do more to impact their communities with the gospel. One of the most relevant and important tools we use is the Annual Church Profile. Through this important survey, we can help a church track their growth or decline in key areas of church ministry. This timeline and the data gathered helps us determine events that create challenges within the life cycle of the church. When data is missing and gaps are in the timeline because they neglect to report that information in consecutive years, we lose the ability to accurately track those events. We recognize it is difficult to see the immediate value in completing the ACP, but for churches wanting to revitalize, the value is greater than we can imagine.
The ACP is an annual statistical report churches voluntarily submit to the Southern Baptist Convention. The numbers reported provide a snapshot of the impact Southern Baptists are making through their local churches in reaching their communities with the gospel. We’ve provided quick and easy options to complete your church ACP. If you are a pastor or church officer, please take a few minutes to provide this important statistical information. These tools are available in English and in Spanish direct from our website. For questions or for more information, contact Sally Teny, one of our Staff Ministry Assistants.