Last night at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 2014 Banquet in San Diego, California, CBMW instituted two new awards that will honor complementarians each year in the fields of scholarship and leadership.
The scholarship award is named after CBMW founder Dr. Wayne Grudem and is titled the Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship. Dr. Wayne Grudem is known to most evangelicals around the world. He became Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in 2001 after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 20 years. He has served as the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as President of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999), and as a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He also served as the General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (Crossway Bibles, 2008). Many know him because of his thorough and accessible Systematic Theology published with Zondervan in 2004.
He has written numerous works on complementarianism from a scholarly perspective including: Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism? (Crossway, 2006); Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood (with Dennis Rainey) (Crossway, 2003); Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway, 2002);
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (with John Piper) (Crossway Books, 1991)
Dr. Grudem has been the driving force behind CBMW since the organization’s inception. His books and articles have provided immense ballast to the movement. So it is in his honor and in light of his example that we are instituting this award for complementarian scholarship.
The leadership award is named after CBMW founder Dr. John Piper and is titled The John Piper Award for Complementarian Leadership.
John Piper is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God. He also serves as chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the coeditor of Recovering Biblical & Manhood, the book that is the cornerstone of the complementarian movement. He has been a key leader in complementarian circles for four decades. He is a cofounder of CBMW and has provided exemplary theological leadership for the broader evangelical movement through his preaching, teaching, and writing.
At the banquet, CBMW President, Dr. Owen Strachan awarded the Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship to Drs. Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger, who were traveling overseas and not able to attend the banquet.
Dr. Andreas Köstenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Dr. rer. soc. oec., Vienna University of Economics) is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, as well as Director of Ph.D. Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the Founder and President of Biblical Foundations™ (www.biblicalfoundations.org), an organization devoted to encouraging a return to the biblical foundations in the home, the church, and society. Dr. Köstenberger also serves as editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has authored, edited, or translated over twenty books, including God, Marriage, and Family, Women in the Church, Encountering John, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (with Peter O’Brien), and John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.
Dr. Margaret E. Köstenberger (ThD, University of South Africa) serves as adjunct professor of women’s studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is the author of Jesus and the Feminists and the coauthor (with Andreas Köstenberger) of God’s Design for Man and Woman. She and her husband, Andreas, live in North Carolina with their four children.
This year, they co-authored a new biblical theology of manhood and womanhood called God’s Design for Man and Woman. The book is a thorough study of manhood, womanhood, marriage, and sexuality and how they are developed across the storyline of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. For this ground-breaking work and for many other quality, complementation works, CBMW is thrilled to award this year’s Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship to Dr. Andreas Köstenberger and Dr. Margaret Köstenberger.
Dr. Strachan then presented the John Piper Award for Complementarian Leadership to both Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III and to Dr. and Mrs. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and is also the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Along with his friends Mark Dever, Al Mohler, and C.J. Mahaney, Duncan co-founded Together for the Gospel (“T4G”) in 2006. T4G has become a major catalyst for the young reformed resurgence. He is founder and chairman of Reformed Academic Press and serves on numerous boards/councils including The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Highland Theological College, The Gospel Coalition, and Reformed African American Network.
Duncan is the former president of CBMW and is a Senior Fellow of the organization. He is the coauthor of Women’s Ministry in the Local Church and numerous other books. He is married to Anne and is the father of two children. He has taught and mentored numerous complementarian leaders and his preaching and teaching ministry have been instrumental to the growth of complementarianism throughout the world.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler is a member of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition. He writes regularly about matters of marriage, gender, and the family, and has influenced both Southern Seminary and the Southern Baptist Convention in a complementarian direction. His books include Culture Shift, Atheism Remix, and the forthcoming Aftermath. His daily podcast, The Briefing, is one of the most listened to religious podcasts on iTunes and is downloaded daily by thousands of listeners.
Mary Mohler is married to Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. She is the founder and Director of the Seminary Wives Institute at The Southern Baptist Theology Seminary. She is the author of the booklet Modeling Modesty. She is the mother of Katie and Christopher and serves as a role model to countless women at SBTS, in the SBC, and the broader evangelical world.
Together, the Mohlers have influenced the larger evangelical world to better understand manhood, womanhood, marriage, and sexuality through their respective preaching and teaching ministries.
We are incredibly excited to award both Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, and Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Mrs. Mary Mohler the John Piper Award for Complementarian Leadership.
At the end of the evening Dr. Strachan also honored Dr. Denny Burk for his outstanding leadership of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood for seven years.
Denny Burk is a Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church, which is in Louisville. He served for seven years as Editor of Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, contributing heroically to CBMW and to evangelicalism in the process. Under his leadership, JBMW became the world’s leading periodical resource on gender matters.
Burk is the author of What Is the Meaning of Sex? He will continue as a CBMW fellow.
Strachan noted at the banquet that complementarianism “is thriving because it works, because it orders life in a wise and sensible way. It is thriving in part because of you. It is thriving because of people in this room, appointed to their roles in the kingdom by the divine will.” He went on to add that the future of CBMW is very bright with so many young leaders gravitating towards the movement and the Bible’s teaching of what it means to be a man and a woman. He also said that complementarian marriages are beginning to look incredibly inviting to a world that is very confused about the meaning of marriage and manhood and womanhood.
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