Center for Informed Faith

Christmas came early to the Baptist building in Dallas. Sunday afternoon word began to spread across the Texas plains announcing the Dr. Jim Denison had resign as pastor of the prestigious Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas to assume the role as theologian in residence and director of the Center for Informed Faith housed in the offices of the Baptist building in the heart of downtown Dallas. In a time of announced cutbacks all across the Baptist world from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to Southern Baptist Seminary such a major advance seems out of place and out of tune with the present context, but Denison’s leadership came as a gift from a handful of visionary Baptist leaders who wanted to give their pastor and friend the opportunity to pursue a lifetime dream. You heard it right, Denison, and his staff will be financed from gifts outside of the Cooperative Program. God is still amazing.

When Randel Everett announced this move he was practically giddy. Denison is a close friend to Everett. Denison wants to help the BGCT to be a world-class leader in theological education and speaking truth into a world desperately seeking answers. Instead of many of the talking heads on television that are high on volume and low in substance, Denison speaks of a reasoned faith rooted in the real world. If you don’t know Denison’s journey of faith it is story that needs to be told. Denison was introduced to the faith by riding a bus to church in Houston with his big family Bible under his arm. Can you imagine the scene of this young man climbing down the steps of the bus with his huge Bible in tow looking lost and out of place. Praise the Lord for the bus worker who knocked on the door of Denison’s apartment and the church that welcomed him in with open arms. Even though Denison has moved in the upper echelons of Baptist life he is still rooted and grounded in the world of his youth.

The BGCT is beginning to show signs of life and visionary commitment to be a significant force for good in Texas and around the world. The BGCT stands as a miracle in the Kingdom of God. It is one of the most diverse religious organizations in the world. Now at its core it has a theologian that can speak in the heart and head languages of the people.


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3 responses to “Center for Informed Faith

  1. In a convention where constituents have clamored for change, this is a hard turn for good. Theological education has always been a hallmark of the BGCT’s vision (SWBT, Logsdon, Truett), and thus far only these seminaries have actually carried forth that vision. This new venture with Dr. Denison seems to me to be right in step with that vision. I am eager to see how it plays out in reality, insofar as helping churches and pastors. I would hope this center woud be an encouragement to churches to make Bible study important once again. I remember growing up in the era of “January Bible Studies” (Now called Winter Bible Study). We need more emphasis on God’s word. I believe this is a move in that direction.

  2. Fantastic! I am sure Jim will do well. Great guy. So glad he can pursue his passion. I work with the Boaz Project, another BGCT global initiative now completely funded outside the Cooperative Program. It can be done, but not getting finance directly does create a different and more relational way of networking.

  3. Suezy Smith

    I have recieved blessings and much knowledge from reading Dr. Dennison’s email God Issues. Thank you for allowing him to send these emails. It has been a blessing to all I have shared them with.

    Thank you and may God bless yours endeavors.

    Suezy Smith

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