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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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Reflections on the Election (From an Old Testament Perspective)

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 12:48
It’s finally here. Millions of Americans are turning out today to cast their vote in an election that many pundits are calling the most significant in a generation. I must confess that the arrival of election day brings mixed feelings: relief (that the election ads and news cycle will finally end), excitement (that I can... Read More
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Is Our World a Simulation?

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:05
Is our world a simulation? That position has been expressed in the past.[1] Some of the more well-known theories come from Descartes and the movie, “The Matrix.” According to Descartes, it is possible that our world experience is the hallucination caused by a malicious demon. For The Matrix, a future world is taken over by... Read More
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Luther’s 95 Theses

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:05
On this day 499 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther (1483–1546) approached a church door in Wittenberg, Germany and posted a list of topics for academic debate at the local university. With this relatively innocuous act Luther started a movement that developed into the Protestant Reformation. That list of topics which Luther posted on... Read More
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Praying for God to Be “With” Us

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:57
Go to your average weekly prayer meeting, and chances are it won’t be long before you hear a prayer dressed up with mindless filler that means practically nothing. We all know it would be really bad to lead out in prayer by saying, “God: here’s my prayer list: Frank, Jennifer, Andrea, Jimmy. Amen.” So we... Read More
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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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