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1/19/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Tim Miller

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:37
In the first chapel message of the Spring Semester, Dr. Tim Miller explains how the perceived tension between religion and science is actually due to the tension between religion and naturalism. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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What Happened to the Biblical Generalist?

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:13
Each successful doctoral completion in biblical studies results in a niche scholar; that is, a scholar who knows massive amounts about a small corner of the biblical marketplace.[1] For instance, I completed my dissertation on John Frame and Vern Poythress’s Trinitarian theological method. Few could speak with me deeply about that topic, and even fewer... Read More
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On “Conservative” Worship

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:32
When a person self-describes as “conservative,” the meaning of the adjective can be elusive. Conservatism can be noble in one context and ignoble in another. What gives the word meaning, ultimately, is the explanation of what one is conserving and what one is allowing to progress. For a couple of decades now we have seen... Read More
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Bible-Reading Plans for 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:42
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a seminal figure in this religious renewal, posted his 95 theses in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. Years later, in a sermon reflecting on the power behind the movement, Luther acknowledged the supremacy of the Word of God: “I opposed... Read More
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A Good List of OT Commentaries

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:19
Bill Barrick, long-time professor at The Master’s Seminary and friend of DBTS, just wrapped up a list of his most highly recommended commentaries on the Old Testament. This is an outstanding list that is hard to improve upon. Highly recommended.
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Church Planting: Should We Buy a Building?

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:10
Jesus is our King–His mission is our mission. That means that proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, and planting churches are the goals we need to focus on and strive toward. The priority of the Great Commission should affect every choice you make, including where you gather. Any potential meeting place needs to be vetted by how it... Read More
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“Peace, Peace” When There Is No Peace (Repost)

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 10:05
One of the more troubling mis-translations in the history of English Bible translation (at least in terms of its popular acceptance and impact) is the King James rendering of Luke 2:14 as “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Despite the fact that nearly every modern translation has... Read More
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Spiritual Bumblepuppies: Technology and Personal Presence

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 13:48
Is technology killing our sanctification? Recently I was excited to attend a sacred Christmas concert. Soaring Christmas music combined with splendid orchestration and lush decoration created a unique visual and auditory experience. Elegant Christmas programs are annual events that we often anticipate long in advance. A fitting celebration of Christ and Christmas. Yet I was... Read More
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Making Room for the Mission: Discipleship and Church Planting

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:46
To be “Christian” is to be a disciple (learner, apprentice, understudy) of Jesus Christ. We watch, learn, and then imitate. Jesus’ ministry was marked by the proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom of God. He called people everywhere to repent and believe, to be reconciled into submission to God. Paul tells us we... Read More
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“Bone of My Bones”: A Theology of Marriage in One Sentence

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 08:46
The very first recorded words of Adam have sometimes been the stuff of jokes—the words of a lovestruck fellow who has seen a beautiful woman for the first time: “Look what became of my bone!” he seems to say: “Whoa, Man!” But on closer look, Adam’s words communicate something far more significant than first meets... Read More
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An Attempt at Biblical Theology in Poetic Verse

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:07
I think it’s fair to say that art can reach the inner person quicker than an outline (though perhaps “art” is a strong word for my poem!). That is the thrust behind this attempt to summarize the storyline of the Bible. My goal was to produce something that would arrest the reader with the brilliance and intricacy... Read More
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Is ‘Divine Accommodation’ a Trojan Horse for Weakened Biblical Inerrancy?

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:32
Last month my colleagues and I had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (for more on the purpose and value, as well as the shortcomings of ETS, see Dr. Snoeberger’s recent blog post). Although I attend the conference for a variety of reasons, a primary aim is to listen... Read More
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Developing the Skill of Reading: How to Read a Book

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:09
If you were to rate the importance of reading on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate it? Of course, as people of the Book, I trust you would rate it fairly high. If so, let me ask a second question, When was the last time you read a book about the skill of... Read More
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The Gift of Being Stuck With One Another

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:50
You’re driving to church on a hurried Sunday morning and it hits you… You realize that you’re going to have to see “that person.” The wound from their careless words is still fresh and a chill hangs in the air between you. Your Sunday plans suddenly become a strategy to avoid “that person” without making it obvious... Read More
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Abortion and Logic

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 13:29
Over at the Gospel Coalition website, Justin Taylor just posted a short and incisive critique of abortion. In my opinion, his broad treatment of the issue is one of the best ways to converse with those who disagree. It takes a position that nearly everyone on the other side agrees with (i.e., we are not... Read More
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Some Thoughts on Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 09:34
Every year about this time we get a spate of blog posts from within fundamentalism and elsewhere about the viability of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in view of (1) its skimpy doctrinal basis, (2) its tendency to the speculative and esoteric in its workshop offerings, (3) its broad inclusion of members whose theological positions... Read More
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2016 E3 Pastors Conference Recap

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 14:34
The Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary hosted its inaugural E3 Pastors Conference on October 20-21. E3PC is a continuation of MACP with a new name and a new topical focus. Following the theme of “The Pastor’s Sanctification,” general sessions were times of encouragement and exhortation, focusing on topics such as “The Power of Trials in a... Read More
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Evangelical Philosophical Society

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:20
DBTS has a history of presenting papers at the Evangelical Theological Society. This year, I have the honor of presenting at the sister organization, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, a paper titled, “Perspectival Epistemology: John Frame’s Trinitarian Theology and the Problems of Knowledge.” This is a chapter of my dissertation that had to be cut due... Read More
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No Bargaining: Being a Disciple in all of Life

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:59
“I would like to buy about three dollars’ worth of gospel, please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my... Read More
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Getting the Sermon Started

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 13:37
I feel a bit inadequate to write on a topic on which so many with greater experience than I have written at length. I don’t purport to be an expert on writing homilies; only rarely have I had extended seasons of life where I have had to write a weekly (much less twice- or thrice-weekly)... Read More
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