From Executive Director Owen Strachan: As CBMW is seeking support for our $30,000 matching campaign, we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce our readership to some evangelical leaders who support complementarianism and CBMW. Today, we interview Jason Duesing, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thanks for reading, and please join us in our campaign!
Jason G. Duesing has served at Southwestern since 2003 in a variety of roles and currently as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. He has taught classes at Southwestern since 2005 in Baptist History, Church History, History of Christian Missions, and Ecclesiology. He is most recently the editor and contributor of Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary (B&H Academic, 2012). You can follow him on Twitter @JGDuesing.
1. When did you become a complementarian, and what did that look like?
Having only first trusted Christ as a Freshman at Texas A&M University, I first became aware of a biblical understanding of gender and authority through the faithful discipleship of my College Pastor. But all of this was examined and tested during my studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary when the church where I was a member and where I served assisting the senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina, walked through a several year process of debate and conflict over the issue of the roles of men and women in the church and home. (See Pastor Andy Davis’ recounting of those days in this article for 9Marks). This local church experience drove me to the Bible and coupled with the tremendous equipping I was receiving in my classes at Southeastern on these issues solidified for me not only personal agreement that complementarianism best fits with biblical teaching but also drove deep conviction in my heart on the matter for I saw how the effects that misunderstanding of or even intentional disobedience to what Scripture clearly presents can destroy both church and home. Conversely, I saw and have grown to see more and more how glad submission to the Bible in these areas can bring joy, freedom, and peace to those realms.
2. What role, if any, has CBMW played in your life and ministry?
From my earliest days of study at Southeastern Seminary, CBMW was a welcomed ministry that provided both answers and ready resources to my questions and the questions of those around me. For years now, I have been thankful to have the ministry of CBMW to commend to students, church members, and any inquiring or confused minds. Furthermore, the Danvers Statement has served as immensely helpful clarifying document for faculty service at Southwestern Seminary as it succinctly states, in fine compatibility with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, what complementarianism affirms and does not affirm.
3. Why do you support CBMW, and encourage others to do the same?
CBMW has always been something I’ve readily supported as few ministries have been as effective of providing prolific, in-depth, and helpful resources that speak directly to the controversial issues of the day that many Christians and churches face. CBMW has a long standing proven track record of integrity, ingenuity, and creativity that serves well those looking for both quick answers and lengthy responses to complicated issues.
4. What have you written of late that would be of interest to CBMW readers?
In 2012, I joined several others in the publication honoring the bicentennial anniversary of the pioneer American missionary, Adoniram Judson. In the volume we review several aspects of Judson’s life and ministry, including his three healthy marriages (he was twice widowed).
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