The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood held a banquet at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Providence, Rhode Island, November 14.
This is the fourth consecutive year CBMW has held a banquet at the academic conference. This year‘s meeting carried special significance in that it marked the 30-year anniversary of CBMW‘s founding and the Danvers Statement.
“Thirty years ago, I was a freshman in high school. Little did I know then how formative CBMW would become in my own life and ministry now,” said CBMW President Denny Burk. “The Danvers Statement and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood gave biblical focus to my own views during seminary long before I had any affiliation with CBMW. I am so very grateful for all of those who came before and for their years of faithful ministry.”
It was at the 1987 annual meeting of ETS – held that year in Danvers, Massachusetts – where, under the leadership of John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and others, the Danvers Statement was adopted and CBMW was incorporated.
“To be able to mark the 30-year anniversary of an organization that has had such a massive impact on evangelicalism as well as celebrate the drafting and release of another historic document, the Nashville Statement, has made 2017 a very important year in the organizational life of CBMW,” said CBMW Executive Director Colin Smothers. “We were grateful to commemorate its significance with so many friends at the banquet.”
This year‘s banquet featured an address from R. Albert Mohler Jr., who gave an overview of the organization’s history and the cultural challenges it has sought to face. The Danvers Statement of 1987 and the Nashville Statement of 2017 stand as bookends around a “period of history that has been one of the most tumultuous and transitional in human history,” Mohler said.
Mohler also looked ahead, predicting that it won’t be long before evangelical Christians will “be confronting things for which we at the present don’t even have the vocabulary.” For the present, though, Mohler concluded that, “We’ve said what needed to be said, and we must continue to say it again and again, without equivocation and without embarrassment.”
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