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500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Sparks First Lectureship

On Tuesday, April 11, North Greenville University’s College of Christian Studies hosted a “Lectureship in Theology and Culture,” led by Dr. Jason Duesing of Kansas City’s Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The event, promoted as a general overview of Martin Luther’s biography and doctrine, was held in correlation to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which was sparked by Luther when he chose biblical truth over the economic agenda of the Catholic Church.

Widely considered to be the most radical and influential of all 16th century reformers, Luther’s major milestones occurred when he challenged the selling of indulgences in the year 1517, in addition to the infamous nailing of his 95 Theses.

Eventually stripped of all church titles and rank, Luther declared that scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) should be what generates a Christian worldview, not the decoded teachings of men masquerading as the Lord’s divine messengers.

Perhaps one of the most telling aspects of Luther’s theology was when he denounced the Catholic Church post-excommunication by clarifying his duty versus that of the papacy. Luther said, “They attacked the life, I attack the doctrine.”

Additionally, Luther believed that the word of God is a living, breathing entity that speaks to those who wish to draw close to the Lord. Luther’s belief that Grace alone, not numerous payments, save sinners and heal wounds.

Duesing serves as the academic provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Prior to MBTS, he served for more than a decade on the administrative leadership team and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2008. He also holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Duesing serves as a research fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, on the board of directors for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, academic editor of the Midwestern Journal of Theology, and general editor for For the Church resources. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and regular contributor to Baptist Press.

Through the educational lecture provided by NGU’s College of Christian Studies, Duesing helped students and faculty remember the quintessential moments that defined Luther’s life and bolstered the faith for centuries to come.

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