Author Spotlight: Dr. Matt Akers

College and Clayton Press is excited to announce the upcoming title One Lord, One Faith by Dr. Matt Akers.

Dr. Akers serves as the Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies as well as the Director of the Hispanic Institute at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. In addition to these roles, he also pastors La Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida and is the Executive Vice President of Guatemala Children’s Mission, a ministry that provides Christian-based education to underprivileged children in Chimaltenango. Matt, who is a native of Missouri, became interested in racial reconciliation and multiethnic ministry in large part because of his marriage to Glenda, who is originally from the Central American country of El Salvador. He and Glenda consider their children Josiah, Jenny, and Katie to be among their greatest blessings.

In One Lord, One Faith, Matt examines the role of fellowship in Christian community and the impact fellowship has on unity within the church.

Jesus told his closest followers that people would know they were his disciples by their love for one another (John 13:35). Fellowship is among the many fruits that sprout from the sincere affection our Lord emphasized. Sadly, however, fellowship fails to reach its highest potential in some Christian circles. One such challenge that exists in the United States is the relative lack of unity between believers from different ethnocultural backgrounds. The book of Acts contains numerous accounts of Jewish, Samaritan, and Gentile Christians who learned to weave their lives together for the glory of Christ and for their mutual benefit, and we can learn much from these efforts. In One Lord, One Faith, Matt will examine these vibrant narratives and will apply the lessons therein to twenty-first century Christians.

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