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Intertextuality: What Is It and Is It Helpful? (Part 2)

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:42
Previously I began a series on intertextuality by providing a brief history of the term and of the controversies surrounding its meaning. In this post I begin to discuss intertextuality in the context of biblical studies. Three important questions loom over the potential connection of intertextuality to biblical interpretation. These questions relate to the validity... Read More
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2/9/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Sam Dawson

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:35
May we never be guilty of ministering in the name of Jesus without having a genuine love for Jesus. Dr. Dawson preaches from Revelation 2:1-7, the letter to the church of Ephesus, and implores us to never leave our first love. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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2/8/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Mark Snoeberger

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:05
The story of Cain in Genesis 4 extends far beyond the “Cain and Abel” episode. It speaks of the grace of God in a godless, depraved society. Dr. Snoeberger presents a thoughtful treatment of the life and lineage of Cain. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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Intertextuality: What Is It and Is It Helpful?

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:32
Recent weeks have found me immersed in the study of intertextuality, a trendy and cherished buzzword in academe. Defining intertextuality has proved notoriously difficult, with nearly as many definitions as interpreters. Nevertheless, since its coinage in the late 1960’s, intertextuality has come to dominate certain segments of literary studies by offering an air of sophistication... Read More
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2/2/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Bruce Compton-Part 4

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:07
Dr. Compton continues his series on the qualifications for the ministry from 1 Timothy 3:1-7. In this session, he discusses the qualifications found in verse 3: “not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.” Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here You can listen to the parts 1-3 of... Read More
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2/1/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. William Combs

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 13:38
In a world that promotes–even demands–conformity, Christians are called to present themselves as living sacrifices. Dr. Combs preaches on Romans 12:1-2, presenting a biblical view of sanctification. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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Christians and the Immigration Crisis: A Few Thoughts

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:59
Donald Trump’s stay on admitting certain immigrants has brought out a raft of evangelical critics, especially those who see everything as an immediate gospel issue. Arguing from the facts that (1) God says nice things about foreigners in the Bible (e.g., Lev 19:33–34) and that (2) we have to be nice to foreigners or we’ll never... Read More
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1/26/17 DBTS Chapel: Dr. John Aloisi

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 14:18
Dr. Aloisi offers an insightful exegesis of Ephesians 6:1-4, addressing the familial responsibilities of both children and parents. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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The Septuagint and Modern Translations

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 08:20
I have recently been interested in the relationship between the Septuagint (LXX, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) and the New Testament. Most commentators recognize that NT authors cite from the LXX more frequently than from the Hebrew. I believe the implications of this fact are significant for the way we view translations... Read More
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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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