16 Mar 2020

DBTS Welcomes New Faculty Member

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Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Jacob Elwart is officially joining the faculty of DBTS as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling after successfully defending his ministry research project for the Doctor of Educational Ministry in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His project focused on equipping seminary students for biblical...
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13 Mar 2020

Church Polity and the Coronavirus

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No doubt the readers of this blog have reached the saturation point on articles about the Coronavirus. Still, some angles of the issue are getting less attention, and I am hopeful that the following points, in no particular order, may be of some value. When the government asks or tells the church not to meet,...
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13 Mar 2020

Rice Lecture Series Update

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With increasing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus through travel and large gatherings, we have decided to adjust the format for the Rice Lectures this year from an in-person lecture to a webinar. Since we will not be meeting in person, the schedule has been slightly adjusted. 8:30 – 9:30 am – Session 1:...
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3 Mar 2020

Review: The Care of Souls by Senkbeil

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Though I am not a pastor, I want to stay current with the literature written for pastors. So when I heard that this book won both the 2020 Christianity Today award for church and pastoral leadership and the 2019 Gospel Coalition ministry book of the year award, I determined I needed to read it. I...
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24 Feb 2020

New Faculty Publication and Lecture Series on Proverbs

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Recently Dr. Kyle Dunham, Associate Professor of Old Testament at DBTS, published an article in the Bulletin for Biblical Research on the literary structure and theology of Proverbs. The article was entitled “Structure and Theology in Proverbs: Its Function as an Educational Program for Novice Leaders in Ancient Israel,” and appeared in the November 2019 edition...
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18 Feb 2020

Singing the Christian Experience

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Singing has evolved dramatically throughout Church history. And like many other cultural phenomena, it is evolving more quickly today. This gives our generation a unique opportunity to study that evolution as it happens. I’m not writing today about organs and pianos vs. guitars and drums (though the evolving circumstances of worship are surely not shrug-worthy);...
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10 Feb 2020

Calvin to Pastors: Forget Yourself If You Would Serve God

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In Philippians 2:20-21, Paul gives a recommendation for Timothy that all those who serve Christ should covet: “I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” In commenting on verse 21, John Calvin offers a direct and challenging exhortation to...
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5 Feb 2020

A Long Shadow: John C. Whitcomb (1924–2020)

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Dr. John Whitcomb, grand patriarch of biblical creationism and flood geology and long-time professor at Grace Theological Seminary, has passed from this life and into the presence of our Lord Christ. Dr. Whitcomb never taught a course at DBTS (though he did speak in chapel and at a lecture series), but our students continue to...
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27 Jan 2020

Must We Forgive?

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In one sense, the answer to this question is clear. Jesus indicated that it is the mark of his disciples that they forgive. In the parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18:21–35), we see that the man who refuses to forgive reveals that he has not truly been forgiven. Directly after the Lord’s prayer in...
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