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The Overrealized Eschatology of Progressive Covenantalism

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 14:51
I first came across the phrase “overrealized eschatology” in a seminary class on the exegesis of 1 Corinthians. The idea had been suggested by the commentator C. K. Barrett to describe how, in his view, the Corinthian church had mistakenly come to believe that the end times were already fulfilled. Barrett understood the apostle Paul... Read More
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Book Giveaway

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 23:38
We have five books we’d like to giveaway this week. Here are the books:   Constantine Campbell, Advances in the Study of Greek Victor Kuligin, The Language of Salvation Sam Storms, Packer on the Christian Life John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life Milton Eng and Lee Fields, eds., Devotions on the Hebrew Bible In... Read More
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Miracles: Then and Now (Part Four)

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:16
[This is the final post in the series. See part one, part two, and part three] The Spiritual Gifts for the Church In the spiritual gift lists in the New Testament, some gifts were miraculously endowed and immediately exercised (e.g., healing, tongues, prophesying) and some were non-miraculously, naturally inherited and used (e.g., administrations, helps, teaching). These latter... Read More
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On Reading Larger Portions of the Bible

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 09:13
A few weeks ago, I suggested that we should read larger portions of Scripture at a time. In this post, I want to consider a few questions pertaining to the issue: 1) why does it seem unnatural to read like this and 2) how, practically, can I read larger portions. On the one hand, reading... Read More
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Miracles: Then and Now (Part Three)

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:09
[See part one, and part two] The Miracles of Jesus Christ John the Baptist (who did no miracle) was the new voice for God to Israel after the four sterile centuries between the testaments. His message concerned the Kingdom of God and the need to repent and make spiritual preparation for it (Matt 3:2). He... Read More
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1/24/2019 DBTS Chapel: Ben Edwards

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:03
Following the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the passage of New York’s “Reproductive Health Act,” Ben Edwards walks through the biblical foundation for the pro-life position and provides an approach for both exposing the evil of abortion and extending the grace of the gospel for those who perpetrate it. Download and subscribe to our... Read More
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1/23/2019 DBTS Chapel: Dr. David Doran

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:00
To open our Spring semester, Dr. Doran continues his series on worship from Ephesians 5. Download and subscribe to our Podcasts here
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Synthesizing Indwelling, Omnipresence, and Sanctification

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 11:06
The question of the absence or presence of the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament is a relatively new question in theology. Prior to the twentieth century, the question is almost entirely absent from the literature. In fact, one is hard pressed to find a treatment of “indwelling” at all—it was... Read More
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Miracles: Then and Now (Part Two)

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:19
[See Part One Here] NEW TESTAMENT MIRACLES In the decades of the New Testament Gospels there was a huge break-out of miracles (e.g., Matt 4:23-24; 8:16; 9:35; 12:15; 15:30). (Interestingly John the Baptist performed no miracles–John l0:41.)  These surrounded mainly the person of Jesus Christ and His claims to be God in the flesh and... Read More
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Online vs. In-Person Education: Theological Training Is Supposed to Be Hard

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:29
In my previous post considering Dan Wallace’s recent article discussing online vs. in-person education I concluded that, especially regarding theological teaching, in-person education is superior to distance education—all other things being equal. But rarely if ever in life are all other things equal. Thus, we inevitably are forced to weigh a variety of factors beyond... Read More
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Miracles: Then and Now (Part One)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:04
On occasion through the years one reads or hears of a great revival somewhere in the world, a sudden outburst of the power of the Holy Spirit. It usually includes the testimony of many souls saved as well as miracles of all sorts that seem to parallel those of the Bible. Fantastic accounts of healings,... Read More
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Online vs. In-Person Education: The Superior Value of In-Person Education

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:45
A couple of weeks ago Dan Wallace wrote an article questioning whether or not online education is equal in quality to in-person education. (Tim Miller offered some of his thoughts on the article here.) I’d like to consider two of the issues he raises in comparing in-person/residential to online/distance education—one in this post and the... Read More
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Online Education: A Few Comments on Dan Wallace’s Recent Blog Article

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 14:06
A few weeks ago, Dan Wallace wrote an article on the recent trend towards online theological education. I would like to summarize his points here, and then offer a few comments. You can read his entire post at this link (and I encourage you to do so). The main point of Wallace’s article is that... Read More
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Is Christmas Pagan?

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 08:34
It is not unusual to find arguments, both from atheists and Christians, that Christmas was started as an attempt by Christians to try to usurp/replace pagan festivals with a Christian one. Atheists make this argument out of an attempt to mock Christians and undermine Christianity’s historical basis, while Christians use this reasoning to disparage the... Read More
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Yes, Virginia, There Really Was a Santa Claus

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 09:39
It’s that time of year when grocery store clerks, kind-hearted relatives, and even complete strangers ask children what they want Santa Claus to bring them. And it’s also a time when Christian parents struggle to help their children answer such people in a way that is both truthful and appropriate. Amidst the cultural clutter that... Read More
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You Are Doing it Wrong: Reading Entire Books of the Bible

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 15:18
Have you ever read one of the Gospels in one sitting? I believe many Christians have not. Have you ever read Romans in one sitting? How would such a reading change your perspective on the book? I require my students to read the Bible in large portions. For instance, in the Gospels class, I require... Read More
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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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