There are two kinds of pride–Healthy pride is when we have an honest estimation of our strengths and weaknesses. We recognize the gifts God has given us and use them with a measure of confidence for His glory. However, there is also an unhealthy pride. This is displayed when we elevate ourselves above others, sometimes even over God. I Peter 5:5 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Our retreat speaker is Rev. Dennis Edwards, Associate Professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL). Rev. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering (Cornell University) and has been a high school science and math teacher. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree in Urban Ministry (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) as well as Master of Arts and PhD degrees in Biblical Studies (Catholic University of America).
Rev. Edwards has over thirty years of pastoral ministry experience and has written several books and articles. In each of our gatherings, Rev. Edwards will bring us Words of Hope from I Peter.
Dennis has been married to Susan Steele Edwards since 1982. They are the parents of four adult children, and grandparents of four. He enjoys playing his flute and saxophone, as well as weightlifting and cycling.