12 Aug 2022

The Trouble with Being Reformed and Baptist

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The words Reformed and Baptist mean something and they are and always have been mutually exclusive.  So begins one of Scott Clark’s several diatribes on the paradox of Reformed Baptists, the latest of which hit the fan a couple of weeks back with a provocative description of Reformed Baptists as “squatters in the Reformed house.” By making these statements, Clark is not discouraging...
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8 Aug 2022

Helpful Thoughts on Infant Baptism

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I recently came across a few interesting thoughts about infant baptism. The first is an excellent rejoinder by Jeff Straub to arguments that Baptist churches should allow those baptized as infants into membership. Some highlights: “The debate over baptism has raged in the church for millennia for many reasons. All sides argue passionately for their...
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29 Jul 2022

Bible Faculty Summit 2022

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DBTS just hosted the Bible Faculty Summit, a meeting of faculty from various theological institutions. This year, we had multiple faculty members from institutions like Bob Jones University, Maranatha Baptist University, Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, and Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Other institutions sent one or two representatives as well. I always enjoy these...
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5 Jul 2022

The Gift of Singleness

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  The tendency among young men and women to delay marriage (or even to abandon it entirely) in contemporary Western society has given birth to a curiously parallel increase of interest in Paul’s passing comment in 1 Corinthians 7:6–9 about his own marital state and implication that there is a “gift of singleness” to be...
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13 Jun 2022

2022 Faculty Recommended Booklist

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For the past thirty years the faculty of Detroit Baptist Seminary have regularly released a list of recommended commentaries for each book of the Bible, ranked lists of resources for each of the major heads of theology, and also sundry recommendations for a number of other ministry topics. When I came to seminary as a...
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7 Jun 2022

Purposeful Suffering

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We can endure the worst kinds of pain when there is a meaningful purpose. A cadet can endure strenuous labor and exhaustion as long as he knows that his suffering is designed to prepare him for future battle. A mother can endure severe labor pains if she knows the result will be the delivery of...
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31 May 2022

DBTS Welcomes New Faculty Member

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Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Ryan Meyer is officially joining the faculty of DBTS as Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages. Dr. Meyer has been serving as the administrative assistant for the seminary for the last five years, teaching in the Inter-City Baptist Bible Institute, and has been teaching language courses...
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23 May 2022

The Two Trees, Part 2: The Tree of Life

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Having suggested in my previous post that there was nothing magical or supernatural about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we turn now to the other tree: the tree of life. Was this tree of a character fundamentally different from the first tree? Let us explore the data. The text says relatively...
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25 Apr 2022

The Great Divorce: Allegories Reveal Theology

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* Note this is a two-part series. The first part details my theological reservations about the book. The second details some of the insightful elements a discerning reader may nevertheless gain from the book. C.S. Lewis was a master of imagination. Most Christians first experience Lewis with either his apologetic work (Mere Christianity) or his...
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