Monday, February 15, 2010

Roger Skepple: Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places: Is Reformed Theology Antithetical to the Love of God? (An African-American's Journey

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Roger Skepple, pastor of Berean Bible Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, will address the theme: "Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places: Is Reformed Theology Antithetical to the Love of God? (An African-American's Journey)".

According to our guest, Roger Skepple, "Throughout my journey, I have always heard that Reformed soteriology ignores the love of God, reduces it to an insignificant place, or belittles it. However, I have found over the years, it is only in comprehending the elective love of God in the context of his righteous wrath against sin that we come to find and understand the true depth and extent of the love the Father has bestowed upon us in Christ. Truly I found love, albeit in all the wrong places (to some)..."

Tonight's theme is taken from the title of Roger Skepple's chapter in the book "Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity".

Roger was born on the small West Indian island of Antigua. His parents, the late Adolphus Daniel Skepple and his widow Ineta Skepple, moved the family to Kingston Ontario Canada when he was only two and half years old. There he grew up and went to school. Upon graduating from high school having majored in science and mathematics Roger decided to go to Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York, a one year program, before he would begin a degree in Electrical Engineering. While there he was called to the ministry and decided to attend Liberty University to train for the ministry.

Roger graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion with a major in Pastoral Ministry and a minor in Biblical Studies. After which he attended his Masters Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991, double majoring in New Testament Literature and Exegesis and Systematic Theology Studies. He began post-graduate work in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1994 and continued in that program until he and his family, Teresa and their four children, relocated to Atlanta Georgia.

Before becoming the Senior Pastor of Berean Bible Baptist Church in May of 1998, Roger was active in ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, where Roger was ordained for the ministry in 1991. Roger has experience in serving as an interim pastor and conference speaker, has served on several different levels of the ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship throughout his eight years there, including responsibilities for adult ministries, such as Singles, Single Parents, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship's Lay Institute, etc., and completed his tenure at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship as the Associate Pastor of Christian Education (5 years), where Dr. Anthony T. Evans is the co-founder and senior pastor.

Pastor Skepple is also the author of Overcoming Life's Challenges: Biblical Answers For Life's Difficulties, Foundations for Spiritual Growth: Building on His Word, From God to Man: An Investigation of the Nature, Origins and Formation of the Bible and The Doctrines of Grace: A Biblical Introduction : Chosen from the Foundation of the World.

To view a presentation by Pastor Roger Skepple defining Sovereign Grace click here:

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