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2015 CBMW Banquet [RECAP]

December 3, 2015

Every year around the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood hosts a banquet to rally fellow complementarian leaders and scholars to meditate on God’s goodness over the past year. At this year’s banquet in Atlanta, we were pleased to have around 100 leaders from various denominational and confessional backgrounds break bread and reflect on God’s goodness to complementarian movement over the past year.

In addition to sharing a meal together, we were pleased to honor Dr. Bruce A. Ware with the Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship. Dr. Ware is the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology and Chairman of the Department of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to serving as CBMW President in years past, Dr. Ware has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He is also the author of books like Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationship, Roles, and Relevance; The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ; and Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God.

Dr. Ware had this to say about receiving the award:

“Because of my deep appreciation for the strategic work of CBMW, and because of my long-standing admiration and respect for Wayne Grudem, I was humbled and honored to be given the Wayne Grudem award for Complementarian Scholarship.  Dr. Grudem has provided incomparable leadership, both formally and informally, to the work of CBMW over decades, and I am grateful to have contributed in some modest ways along this journey, with encouragement from him and many others.  I hope and pray that the efforts of CBMW over decades ahead will prove even more influential in upholding biblical wisdom and instruction for God’s design of manhood and womanhood.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. had this to say about Dr. Ware being honored as the recipient of this year’s Complementarian Scholarship award:

“I congratulate Dr. Bruce Ware on this richly deserved honor. I consider him to be one of the most important evangelical theologians of our time. His brave and consistent witness, inside and outside of the classroom, make him genuinely one of the great complementarian heroes of our day.”

In attendance we had scholars and students from various institutions including the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Talbot School of Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The King’s College, Southeastern Theological Seminary, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Phoenix Seminary, Cambridge University, Cedarville University, and many more. At the end of the night, we all went home with full hearts, grateful to God for his continued blessing of this organization.

As we push on into the next year, we are in eager anticipation as we think about events like our T4G Pre-Conference, The Beauty of Complementarity where we will glory in the goodness of maleness and femaleness created in the image of God. In addition, we’re marching forward with new initiatives and resources that will continue to equip God’s church to think wisely about complementarianism.

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