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The Simple Solution to Unleashing the Spirit . . . No Really!

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:34
There is a time in everyone’s life where they look at the long list of desires and goals in front of them and wonder, “How am I ever going to get this done?” There are books and books along with blogs upon blogs of pithy slogans to help you get more done in less time.... Read More
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E3 Workshop Teaser: Why Did Wesley Think God Raised up the Methodists?

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:14
Just six months before he died, John Wesley (1703–1791) wrote to a preacher named Robert Carr Brackenbury (1752–1818). In that letter Wesley revealed why he believed God had led him establish the Methodists. He wrote, “…with regard to full sanctification. This doctrine is the grand depositum which God has lodged with the people called Methodists;... Read More
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Once More Unto the Breach: Electing a President and Selecting a Plumber

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 17:57
OK, so I told myself I was done talking about Christians and voting. But the events of the last week got to me. Not the Billy Bush video, but the evangelical reaction to it. Please don’t get me wrong—the video was awful and disgusting and demeaning and odious and everything else. But it changed nothing... Read More
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Switching Fields: From Baseball to Missions

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 15:45
Five years ago, James’ life looked drastically different. Born and raised in California, preparing to play college baseball – in the world’s perspective, he was on the track to stardom. But James gave up a pro baseball dream to pursue a future life of missions in a closed-access country. What caused such a drastic change... Read More
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They Did Not Give Thanks to God

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:34
One of the benefits of being in Detroit is our proximity to Canada (you can get to Canada from our seminary in about 20 minutes). That allows Canadians to attend our seminary more easily (and allows us easier access to Canadian delicacies like poutine!) Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, so in honor of our Canadian neighbors,... Read More
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Originalism and Labeling the Dispensational Hermeneutic

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 13:56
The use of the term literal in dispensational hermeneutics has had a rocky history. Even if we can get past the snickering claims of critics that literalism disallows figurative language (which no advocate of literalism has ever affirmed), the term is still not without its tensions. No less eminent a linguist than E. D. Hirsch, to... Read More
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The Gospel in Israel’s Fall Festivals (Part 2)

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 09:37
The following post is part two of a two-part series. Part one may be found here. Last time we began a two-part series on the importance of Israel’s fall religious season by looking at the significance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We saw that these religious days demonstrate the gravity of sin and foreshadow in the... Read More
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The Gospel in Israel’s Fall Festivals (part 1)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:21
The following post is part one of a two-part series. The conclusion will follow on Friday. Over the next several weeks observant Jews will enter one of the busiest and most important religious seasons of the year. Starting at sundown, October 2, and running through sundown, October 4, many Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish... Read More
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Day of Prayer

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:37
“What does it profit us to read another book, but not to know Jesus?” – Will Galkin Seminary is more than journal articles and and term papers. Students who are preparing to lead people to love God passionately must love him passionately themselves. DBTS schedules a Day of Prayer for this reason. It’s a day... Read More
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To the Church Planter: 6 Wise Words and Where to Find Them

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 10:11
Church Planting is all the rage right now–the topic seems to be on everyone’s mind, on every conference schedule, and taking hold of many church budgets. All Glory to Christ! I am so thankful for the surge of church planting among evangelicals and the advance of gospel preaching and disciple making around the U.S. As... Read More
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The Role of Presuppositions in Scholarship

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:11
A few weeks ago I asked the question concerning how much those committed to evangelical faith should engage with progressive scholarship.[1] The reader’s responses were helpful, pointing mostly to limited and purposeful engagement. Let’s say we follow this advice and have students engage with works by those opposed to the divine origin of Scripture. How... Read More
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Guest Speaker Andy Naselli – Using Technology in Ministry

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 16:56
This week DBTS welcomed author, theologian, and pastor, Andy Naselli, to speak to faculty and students on ways to leverage technology resources in gospel ministry. Andy is a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary (Minneapolis), a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, and runs his own blog. He approaches new technologies with open arms saying, “As a... Read More
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The Goal of Preaching

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:03
In my occasional role as an interim pastor, I’ve been tasked more than once with creating a questionnaire for potential pastoral candidates who have submitted applications for a vacancy in the church. One of the questions that I like to include is this: “What is the primary goal or ‘center’ of preaching?” The answers I’ve... Read More
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Apologetics Seminar: “Does God Exist?” and “Is Christianity a Myth?”

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:38
This Saturday, September 17 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is hosting an apologetics seminar designed to promote critical thinking about two topics. The seminar is free, and all are welcome. 1) Does God Exist? Jonathan Swift’s (pastor of Christ Community Church) talk will start out with an overview of the various most common... Read More
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An Able and Faithful Ministry

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:06
In the early 1800s the church in America faced a number of challenges. Intermittent revivals of religion in the previous decades had fueled rapid church growth without a corresponding supply of godly, qualified ministers. The vastly expanding western frontier called for missionaries, as the pioneer settlers often were unevangelized and disconnected from established churches. Young... Read More
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09/07/16 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Mark Snoeberger

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:40
Do you view your 9-5 job as pointless or wearisome? How can a Christian approach hard work with joy and view it as a gift from God? Dr. Snoeberger provides a scriptural perspective on work. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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Ora…et Labora

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 10:14
Summer comes to a more-or-less official end this weekend with the celebration of Labor Day. The day is not so much about general labor, of course, but about organized labor (an issue about which the Bible is mostly silent and, when it does speak to the issue, is a bit critical). Still, Labor Day offers... Read More
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08/31/16 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Dave Doran

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 15:08
In the opening chapel of the semester, Dr. Doran speaks from 1 Timothy 3:15 on the centrality of the local church and the believer’s responsibility to it. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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Scholars or Pastors?: On the Purpose of a Seminary

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 16:09
Should the chief role of a seminary be the training of scholars or pastors? In recent years there has been much said about the Pastor-Scholar, a breed of theological prodigies capable of handling two full time jobs. While some may be able to maintain such balance, most have to determine the calling God has for... Read More
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“You Must Be Men of God” – Kicking off a New School Year

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:56
“You must keep the fires of religious life burning brightly in your heart; in the inmost core of your being, you must be men of God. –B. B. Warfield, “The Religious Life of Theological Students” As a new school year begins, DBTS is emphasizing the core goal of seminary students – to know God. Grades,... Read More
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