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What Sustained Adoniram Judson During a Dark Time in Burma?

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:40
Adoniram Judson entered Burma in 1813 and began laboring in sweltering heat and seemingly constant battles with sickness, disease, and death for the next thirty-eight years. He did not see a convert for the first six years of his ministry. After serving for eight years, Ann Judson, his first wife, was so sick that he... Read More
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Mission in the Old Testament: Did Israel Have a Missionary Mandate? (Part 1)

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 14:27
A persistent question concerns whether or not God intended ancient Israel to serve as an emissary proclaiming salvation to the nations. At the recent E3 Conference I considered this debate and surveyed the Old Testament contribution to a biblical theology of mission. Over several posts, I would like to share my conclusions. This first post... Read More
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2019 E3 Pastors Conference Recap

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 10/28/2019 - 10:53
On October 17-18, 2019, pastors, missionaries, and church members joined DBTS for the annual E3 Pastors Conference. The theme of the 2019 conference was “The Missionary Church.” The general sessions and workshops provided attendees with theological and practical content for a biblical philosophy of missions, church planting, and discipleship. If you attended, we hope that... Read More
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The Letter of Aristeas (Part Two)

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 09:56
NOTE: This is the second in a two-part series on one of the most significant fake letters in the history of the church. The previous essay introduced the reader to the letter, explained what it says, and showed the historical and factual problems with the narrative. This post will address why the letter was written... Read More
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What Do We Want? MORE POWER! When Do We Want It? NOW!

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:44
The NT Scriptures frequently mention the Christian’s need for “power” or “strength” from God to obey him, endure persecution, and bear witness for him (Phil 4:13; Col 1:11; 1 Pet 4:11; etc.). This is the case not primarily because of our finitude, but because of our spiritual deficiencies. All persons are born under the crippling... Read More
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The Letter of Aristeas (Part One)

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 13:51
NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on one of the most significant fake letters in the history of the church. This essay will introduce the reader to the letter, explain what it says, and show the historical and factual problems with the narrative. A future post will address why the letter was... Read More
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When and Where was the Septuagint Written?

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Tue, 10/01/2019 - 13:04
The origins of the Septuagint (hereafter, LXX) remain murky despite the evidence of its wide dissemination in the Hellenistic world.[1] Clues to its existence begin to emerge as early as the mid-second century B.C. Historical details, however, concerning the identity, provenance, and setting of the translators are relatively scant. Clearer is the fact that by... Read More
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DBTS Student Publication

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:52
The Th.M. program at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary has as one of its goals the development of scholar-pastors in possession of the research and writing skills necessary to peer-reviewed publication. Recently one of our students, Mike Moses, published a paper that he originally prepared for a Th.M. seminar here at DBTS. You may read his... Read More
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Praying for Healing

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 12:43
The Bible teaches that Christians ought to pray for healing and that God routinely answers such prayers (Jas 5:14–15 et al.). But what exactly should we expect from God when we pray to him for healing? As I see it, there are basically five discernable responses to this query: Some praying Christians expect out-and-out miracles... Read More
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Is There Such a Thing as the Septuagint?: Analyzing Peter Williams’s objections (Part Two)

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:36
Note: This post, as well as future and past posts concerning the Septuagint, are rough drafts for a potential upcoming book on the Septuagint. Accordingly, these posts will be removed at a future date. In regard to this article, it is the second of two which analyze and then answer an objection to the use... Read More
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Is There Such a Thing as the Septuagint?: Analyzing Peter Williams’s objections (Part 1)

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:27
Note: This post, as well as future posts concerning the Septuagint, are rough drafts for a potential upcoming book on the Septuagint. Accordingly, these posts will be removed at a future date. In regard to this article, it is the first of two which seek to analyze and then answer an objection to the use... Read More
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Trusting and Obeying

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:57
There it was in my Facebook feed. One of those ubiquitous memes from well-meaning fellow believers: God does not want you to try harder, he wants you to trust him deeper. Stop trying. Start trusting. But is it true? Does God really not want us to “try hard” to become like Christ? Should we ever... Read More
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Joshua Harris, Purity Culture, and Christian Strangeness

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary - Wed, 07/31/2019 - 09:47
By now most have heard the news that Joshua Harris is leaving his wife and Christianity. Harris is most well-known for his book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. It was a popular book when I was in high school, though I never read it. (Someone I respected later told me his second book, Boy Meets Girl,... Read More
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