Mark Dever: The SharperIron Interview

Originally Published on October 24, 2005

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Mark Dever and Jason JanzDr. Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC where he has served since 1994.

Dr. Dever received his Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He also has a Master of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Duke University. His scholarly interests include Puritanism and ecclesiology.

Dr. Dever currently serves as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; he also serves as a member of the board, vice-chairman, and chairman of the Forum for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. From 1995 until 2001, he served on the steering committee for Founders Ministries, a pastoral movement for biblical teaching and healthy church life within the Southern Baptist Convention.

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I cannot think of a post that I have been more excited about posting in the last nine months than this one. My burden is to see fundamental churches re-capture some biblical goals. One of the most dear to my heart is evangelism.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Rockford, Illinois for a conference and I spent some time with Pastor Bob Bixby of the Morning Star Baptist Church. We have endeavored to highlight what they are doing with Global Grace in their outreach following the hurricanes down south. While I was there, I was able to meet a couple they adopted from Louisiana. I had my blog recorder with me and I asked them if they would be willing to do an interview for SharperIron. They agreed and the rest is history.

I love what this church did. No excuses were given as to why they could not get involved. Here’s a few they could’ve gotten away with:
1. We’re a small church. We can’t make a difference.
2. We don’t have the money.
3. Our job is to just give out the Gospel, not be involved in social causes.

However, Bob led his people on a journey that has changed their ministry. In just my short time with him and his church, the following was evident:

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