GPA – June 8-12: The Academy

Hey everyone! I would like to apologize for the lack of blogging commitment but the schedule at the Dallas GPA 2014 is intense yet super beneficial. Since classes started on Monday and everything have been rolling like an ICE ball down the mountain.

In this issue, I intend to:

  1. Master Coaches
  2. Connect, Unite and Strengthen strategy
  3. Prayer Request
  4. Miscellaneous

Master Coaches

The Global Proclamation Academy has a purpose to Connect, Unite and Strengthen pastors from around the World. Therefore, our master coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Let me introduce you to the master coaches we’ve met so far:

Dr. Ramesh Richard

Dr. Ramesh Richard

 

Day 01: Dr. Ramesh Richard:
A theologian-evangelist, philosopher-expositor, educator and author, Dr. Richard holds a ThD (in Systematic Theology) from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD (in Philosophy) from the University of Delhi. In addition to serving as a president of RREACH (Ramesh Richard Church Health), he serves as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as General Chair of the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers to be held, the Lord Willing, in 2016.

 

 

 

Day 02: Dr. Celestin Musekura

Dr. Celestin Musekura

Dr. Celestin Musekura

Dr. Musekura, is the President and Founder of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.). He is an ordained Baptist minister who was born and raised in Rwanda. He received a Bachelor of Theology at Kenya Highlands Evangelical University in Kenya, a Master of Divinity at the Africa International university (AIU), a Master of Sacred Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership at the University of Texas at Dallas, and a PhD in theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas.
In addition to his theological studies, Celestin has done more studies in Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Reconciliation at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia (USA) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. (you can Google his name to get even more results)

 

 

Dr. Bruce Fong

Dr. Bruce Fong

 

Day 03: Dr. Bruce Fong
Ministering at the intersection of parachurch, pastoral, and academic ministry, Dr. Fong is committed to teaching God’s Word “to anyone and everyone who will lend him an ear.” By serving as the Dean of DTS Houston and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, he is excited to minister to and train the next generation of Christian leaders. Dr. Fong received his BS from Western Baptist College, his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Averdeen.

 

 

 

 

Day 04: Dr. William E. Brown

Dr. William Brown

Dr. William Brown

Dr. Brown became president of Cedarville University in June 2003, following a 10-year presidency at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Dr. Brown holds a master of theology degree and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary.
As a nationally recognized expert in worldview, Brown has authored three books- Making Sense of Your Faith; Where have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview; and Making Sense of Your World with Gary Philips – and more than one hundred articles for journals, magazines, encyclopedias, and newspapers. He is also the executive producer of re:View, a film series which helps students discern culture (www.re-films.com)

 

 

 

Connect, Unite and Strengthen

Praying Time

Praying Time

Academic class room is not the only focus at the Global Proclamation Academy. Just like at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon, things are very intentional:

  • Room mates from different cultures
  • Breakfast, break, lunch, break and dinner
  • Global Lunches were we get to meet new friends
  • Hearing daily testimonies from at least 2 of the 25 pastors.
  • Hearing daily ministry news from at least 2 of the 25 pastors.
  • Recreational gatherings.
  • Workouts

Every single point mentioned above, is intentional in braking the barriers between 25 different cultures. And it is working so far!

Global Lunch

Global Lunch

Prayer Request

As we get deeper into the program, knowledge about what Christ is doing all around the globe gets wider. Please pray for God to give us all the wisdom on how to stay connected, united and strengthened.

Miscellaneous

As I lack time to write in depth blogs, I content myself with saying that “a picture is worth a 1000 words…”

Having Fun

Having Fun

Fixing the sound anywhere!!

Fixing the sound anywhere!!

GPA – Day 01: Orientation and Prestonwood Baptist Church

It’s always a pleasure to sit down, reflect on what happened during the day and share it with you guys. I pray that you are enjoying reading it as much as I am enjoying cooking it.

In this issue I shall share with you the following:

  1. Jet lag Vs sports
  2. South America, Europe and the Middle East
  3. Dr. Ramesh Richard visit
  4. Prestonwood Baptist Church visit
  5. Prayers
  6. Miscellaneous

I know the above topics sound voluptuous, but I’m going to try keeping it to a minimum.

Jet lag Vs sports

It never occurred to me that I would be a “jet lager,” but when I woke up at 5:00 am today without the alarm’s help then I understood how difficult it is. Yet, I decided to somehow overcome it! I put on my shorts and went down for an hour of running and stretching. I guess that if I maintain this pace of work then I might actually start loosing weight.

South Africa, Europe and the Middle East

Specifically speaking about Brazil, Hungary and Lebanon… I’m not actually talking about the 2014 World Cup taking pace in Brazil.

Middle East, South American and Europe

Middle East, South American and Europe

Today, Norton from Brazil (in the middle), László from Hungary (on the right) and I (on the left) sat down after breakfast and had several discussions regarding the church’s challenges and successes in our respective countries. It is interesting to mention that regardless of the region and the hindrances –  according to our discussion – the church seems to be having this new wave of young visionaries oriented and tasked towards God’s Kingdom.

Dallas GPA is a wonderful opportunity for such open-minded discussions that will help us stretch ourselves. One of our talk consisted on Dr. Martin Accad’s SEKAP spectrum. “Martin, teaches Christian-Muslim dialogue at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon.  That topic is often testy in the United States and explosive in the Middle East. Accad teaches what he calls a “SEKAP” spectrum. SEKAP is an acronym listing five postures or tones of interfaith dialogue.

They are:

S — Syncretistic (“all roads lead to heaven,” multicultural and pluralism promotion)

E — Existential (looking for common ground in truth or morality all parties can agree on; for instance, loving the poor or social justice)

K — Kerygmatic (positive proclamation of the gospel in respectful, civil dialogue that allows those of other faiths the same reciprocal opportunity)

AApologetic (recasting the case for my faith to persuade outsiders)

PPolemical (aggressive, triumphalist assertion of one way, excluding all alternatives).” ((http://www.abpnews.com/extras/rh-archive/item/27782-trendingsekap))

 

Dr. Ramesh Richard’s visit

Dr. Ramesh Richard

Dr. Ramesh Richard

At lunch time, Dr. Richard and his wife Bonnie visited us to fellowship and kick off the orientation day. Ramesh seems to be an “eloquent understanding multicultural person,” and we’re looking forward to hear what has to offer us on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

Prestonwood Baptist Church visit

At Prestonwood Baptist Church

At Prestonwood Baptist Church

J. John Canon was invited to kick off a series regarding the 10 commandments for today’s life, the sermon was based on his book : “Just 10.”  If you’d like to know more about this mega church visit this link: Prestonwood Church.

Prayers

Today we really felt the seriousness and importance of the Global Proclamation Academy. Please pray that the Lord gives us the power to proceed with the program with no hindrances.

Miscellaneous

Hula Hoop Game

Hula Hoop Game

In an team work effort, we played a team work game: ” The Helium Hula Hoop.” The game consists on several team members holding the hula hoop with on two fingers trying to lower down the circle to the ground. I know it sounds simple and easy… Now it’s your turn to try it!

 

Well i still have plenty of things to share about today, but it’s getting late and I surely could use some rest.

Good night dear readers,

Be blessed in Jesus’ Mighty Name