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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20 Jan 2020

Roger Scruton (19­44–2020)

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One of the most important philosophers of our day died last weekend, and almost no one noticed. Best known as a proponent of political conservatism (or Toryism in the British circles in which he lived much of his life), Sir Roger Scruton was also a champion of conservatism generally. His 50+ books touched a range of...
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13 Jan 2020

New Atheism, Social Justice, and Apologetics in the New Decade

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As we embark on a new decade, it can be helpful to consider what has occurred over the previous decade(s) to consider what we might expect in the coming one. I recently read a thought-provoking argument that may have some insight into apologetics efforts in the coming years. The article (NOTE: contains mild language) is...
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6 Jan 2020

Not Ashamed?

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Christian media outlets have a lot to say these days about the idea of shame, mostly trying to convince us that shame is bad. And in many circumstances, they are right. For instance, (1) we need not be ashamed before God for sins committed in our pre-conversion past: Christ’s work on the cross not only cancels...
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2 Jan 2020

Philosophy for Theologians: A Seminar at DBTS

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Some of my favorite classes at DBTS are the seminars. They tend to be explorative, going deeper into a topic than any normal class would go. For instance, a few semesters ago we had a seminar on Advanced Greek. On one of the weeks we were able to seriously consider the concept of deponency (an...
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