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Dr. Perkins and Multnomah's Dr. Metzger Take Partnership Nationwide

2/20/2008
In February 2008, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, founder and director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins of Multnomah Biblical Seminary officially launched his strategic ministry partnership with Dr. John M. Perkins, "Drum Majors for Love, Truth and Justice" in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Perkins is the Founder of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, Co-Founder of the Christian Community Development Association, and author of numerous books (including his autobiography, "Let Justice Roll Down"). Dr. Perkins has served as an advisor to several U.S. presidents on poverty and justice-related matters.

Dr. Perkins approached Dr. Metzger this past year about forming the partnership. In Dr. Metzger's teaching and in his new book, "Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church" (for which Dr. Perkins wrote the afterword), Dr. Perkins has found an Evangelical theologian whose biblical and theological perspective corresponds with his work developing biblically based, Christian communities.

Drs. Perkins and Metzger plan to speak in different locations nationally, working with churches and community groups. "We want to inspire people across the nation to pursue a biblical vision of love, truth, and justice where the all-consuming love of Jesus consumes those things that divide us, like race and class barriers," Dr. Metzger said.

Through their new partnership, the two aim to equip and encourage the church nationally through their speaking engagements and writings, the development of the blog consumingjesus.org, and their already existing regional and national network. "Our desire is to raise up well-trained and educated Christian leaders who actively proclaim the whole gospel of the kingdom in word and deed, through the church, to the whole person, in the whole community," Dr. Metzger said.

To inaugurate their partnership, Drs. Perkins and Metzger spoke together at all three services at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, February 17, and at Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary's 10 a.m. Tuesday chapel service on February 19, held at Central Bible Church. In association with the launch, Dr. Metzger held a "Consuming Jesus" book reading event at Powell's Books on Burnside in Portland on February 13. Dr. Perkins and Dr. Metzger also met with a group of local leaders, who share their vision, to build a prayer and financial support network.  

Information about the partnership will be posted on www.consumingjesus.org, as it becomes available. The contact person for the "Drum Majors for Love, Truth and Justice" partnership is Mr. Ronn Elzinga (503-222-7216).