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Baby It’s Cold Outside: On “Spending Time Obsessing Over the Latest Debates”

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:13
When Paul entered the Areopagus in Acts 17, he entered into a place where debates over the latest pagan ideas took center stage. It was the first-century equivalent of Facebook. But rather than answering the Athenian fools according to their folly and taking sides in impossible debates, Paul chose to stay above the fray and... Read More
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Christmas Shopping that Benefits Your Favorite Seminary

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:00
Giving Tuesday may be over, but there’s another way you can help DBTS financially this Christmas season and all year round. And it won’t even cost you anything. When you shop on Amazon using the link below, the prices won’t be any different, but Amazon will give DBTS up to 10% of your total. This... Read More
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Interpreting the Book of Job

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:46
Jerome once compared studying the book of Job to grasping an eel. The more you squeeze, he opined, the sooner it escapes your grasp. Many interpreters have wondered similarly at the eloquence and challenge the book offers. While John Baker recognizes Job to be the “supreme masterpiece of Israel’s wisdom tradition” (“The Book of Job,”... Read More
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John Broadus on Appealing to Motives in Preaching

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:37
In his classic work on preaching originally published in 1870, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, John Broadus spends some time noting the importance of persuasion in the application of preaching.  “The chief part of what is commonly called application is persuasion. It is not enough to convince men of truth, nor enough to... Read More
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The Importance of Biblical Creationism for Theology

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:07
How important is biblical creation for one’s theology? Self-professed evangelicals increasingly say, “Very little.” A surprising number of theologians downplay its importance. Wayne Grudem, while agreeing that the biblical data favors young-earth creationism, argues that “both ‘Old Earth’ and ‘Young Earth’ theories are valid options for Christians who believe the Bible today” (Systematic Theology, 297).... Read More
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Dispensationalism Unhitched?

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:11
These things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So says the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:11. The statement caps a rapid-fire sequence of references to the Old Testament in a timeless warning against moral vices common to both... Read More
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Support DBTS on #GivingTuesday

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:54
A message from Dr. Doran:   Dear Friend of DBTS, Happy Thanksgiving! God has been gracious to us and is worthy of every bit of thanks, and more, that He receives. I am looking forward to a fun and refreshing time with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day, then leaving that night for Zambia to speak... Read More
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A Few Good Men

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:53
  We are often reminded that “there is none good, no not one.” And that is true because of God’s perfect standard of good. Nevertheless, God wants us to be good, and He is busy about transforming His people into good people. Years ago, the former pastor of our church, known to some of you... Read More
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What Is a Cult?

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 10:50
This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, where over 900 people (members of the Peoples Temple) lost their lives in a group suicide-murder by drinking poisoned punch under the direction of their leader, Jim Jones. Since groups like the Peoples Temple and events like the Jonestown massacre often serve as examples of... Read More
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ETS 2018

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:02
Three of our professors will be presenting papers at the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, Colorado this week. Mark Snoeberger: “Did God Die on the Cross? A Proposal for Harmonizing Divine Impassibility with Christ’s Passion” (Tuesday, 9:50–10:30 AM). Kyle Dunham: “Zechariah 11 and Eschatological Shepherds: The Literary Structure as Clue to a Messianic Reading” (Wednesday,... Read More
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Should Missionaries Skip Seminary?

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 14:09
God is graciously using DBTS to prepare His servants for global ministry. Through His help, we have graduates planting churches in a growing number of foreign fields. Most of these graduates are doing pioneer work in areas that are in desperate need of the gospel and solid biblical teaching. They are laying the foundation for... Read More
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Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 09:36
On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther (1483–1546) posted a list of topics for academic debate at the local university. With this relatively harmless act, Luther unwittingly launched a movement that would rend the religious fabric of Europe and would eventually be called the Protestant Reformation.   That list of topics which Luther... Read More
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A Righteousness Greater than the Scribes and Pharisees

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:04
Jesus shocked His listeners by His seemingly ludicrous claim about righteousness. He argued that they needed a greater righteousness than the Scribes and Pharisees (S&P). I am not sure if Israel has crickets, but if so they could be heard after that bombshell. This post will consider what Jesus means by this “super righteousness.” The... Read More
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Two Helpful Resources in the NT Prophecy Flap

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:56
Wayne Grudem’s continuationist theory of NT prophecy (i.e., that prophecy continues in the modern church, but that it differs from OT prophecy in terms of its accuracy and authority) has been with us now for three decades. After Grudem wrote his Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today in 1988 (rev. 2000), several substantial... Read More
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Christian Zionism and the Future of Israel

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:49
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the inception of the modern state of Israel. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion announced from Tel Aviv the rebirth of the nation, and the United States, minutes after the announcement, became the first nation to officially recognize the fledgling state. The right of Israel to exist and... Read More
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10/4/2018 DBTS Chapel: Pastor Bob Johnson

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 14:43
Pastor Bob Johnson encourages us from Lamentations 3 that God is worth believing even in the midst of great difficulty. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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10/3/2018 DBTS Chapel: Dr. Tim Miller

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:37
Dr. Miller speaks on the “ugly before” and the “beautful after” of the Christian from Ephesians 2. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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A Handful of New and Forthcoming NT Commentaries

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:50
In the past few weeks, a number of significant new commentaries have been released, and several more are on the immediate horizon. Below are a few of the more interesting additions. Douglas Moo, Romans, 2nd ed., NICNT (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018) Originally published in 1996, Douglas Moo’s commentary on Romans in the NICNT series has... Read More
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Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Part 6: Heaven, a Better Place, and Life with God

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:40
A few months ago there was a controversy from an exchange the Pope had with a young boy whose father had died. The boy wanted to know if his father, who was a good man but an atheist, was in heaven. The pope’s answer emphasized that God would not abandon someone who had a good... Read More
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9/20/2018 DBTS Chapel: Dr. John Aloisi

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:32
Dr. John Aloisi presents portions of Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and offers some concluding observations. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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