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'Called to Mission' topic of Sept. 6 First Mondays speaker at Dordt
September 1, 2010
Dordt College is hosting a “First Monday” guest speaker series for the campus and surrounding community. The speakers series brings campus thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders with a Biblical perspective to Dordt College each month, challenging listeners to expand their discussions, grow in understanding, act boldly, and creatively serve God’s kingdom
Dr. Michael D. Williams, professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, will be the first guest, speaking Monday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, and again at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building Lecture Hall S101.
“The Mission of God” is Williams’ morning topic, building upon the insight of Geerhardus Vos that the Bible is not a dogmatic textbook but a story of redemption. A growing number of biblical theologians and missiologists today argue that the purpose of Scripture, the very reason for its existence, is to call and shape a people for the kingdom. The mission of God is the key to Christian identity, the purpose of the church, and the glasses through which we are to read God’s Word.
“Called to Mission” is Williams’ evening topic, challenging people of God not to be passive receivers of the redemptive work of Christ, but to be active agents in God’s redemptive purposes for his world. Dr. Williams will address questions such as where does the believer stand in relation to the biblical revelation; what good is doctrine to the life of faith; and how are we invested in God’s purpose?
“One of the greatest blessings for me as a teacher is encouraging students to grasp the amazing scope of the gospel and God’s lordship over their lives and this world,” said Williams. “Students are often more than a bit surprised to hear an understanding of the gospel and the Christian life that embraces the whole of God’s creation.”
Dr. Williams is the author of three books, including Far as the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption, a text used by Dordt instructors for the Biblical Foundations Core curriculum. Williams earned a diploma in Bible and theology from Moody Bible Institute; a B.A. in theology from Calvin College; a M.T.S. in systematic and historical theology from Harvard Divinity School; a Ph.D. from St. Michael’s College; and a M.Div. from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary.
The First Mondays Series at Dordt College is designed to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff, and to create an engaging community learning experience that is free and open to the public.