8 Dec 2016

An Attempt at Biblical Theology in Poetic Verse

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I think it’s fair to say that art can reach the inner person quicker than an outline (though perhaps “art” is a strong word for my poem!). That is the thrust behind this attempt to summarize the storyline of the Bible. My goal was to produce something that would arrest the reader with the brilliance and intricacy...
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1 Dec 2016

Developing the Skill of Reading: How to Read a Book

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If you were to rate the importance of reading on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate it? Of course, as people of the Book, I trust you would rate it fairly high. If so, let me ask a second question, When was the last time you read a book about the skill of...
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29 Nov 2016

The Gift of Being Stuck With One Another

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You’re driving to church on a hurried Sunday morning and it hits you… You realize that you’re going to have to see “that person.” The wound from their careless words is still fresh and a chill hangs in the air between you. Your Sunday plans suddenly become a strategy to avoid “that person” without making it obvious...
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23 Nov 2016

Abortion and Logic

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Over at the Gospel Coalition website, Justin Taylor just posted a short and incisive critique of abortion. In my opinion, his broad treatment of the issue is one of the best ways to converse with those who disagree. It takes a position that nearly everyone on the other side agrees with (i.e., we are not...
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18 Nov 2016

2016 E3 Pastors Conference Recap

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The Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary hosted its inaugural E3 Pastors Conference on October 20-21. E3PC is a continuation of MACP with a new name and a new topical focus. Following the theme of “The Pastor’s Sanctification,” general sessions were times of encouragement and exhortation, focusing on topics such as “The Power of Trials in a...
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17 Nov 2016

Evangelical Philosophical Society

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DBTS has a history of presenting papers at the Evangelical Theological Society. This year, I have the honor of presenting at the sister organization, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, a paper titled, “Perspectival Epistemology: John Frame’s Trinitarian Theology and the Problems of Knowledge.” This is a chapter of my dissertation that had to be cut due...
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14 Nov 2016

No Bargaining: Being a Disciple in all of Life

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“I would like to buy about three dollars’ worth of gospel, please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my...
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10 Nov 2016

Getting the Sermon Started

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I feel a bit inadequate to write on a topic on which so many with greater experience than I have written at length. I don’t purport to be an expert on writing homilies; only rarely have I had extended seasons of life where I have had to write a weekly (much less twice- or thrice-weekly)...
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