3 Dec 2018

John Broadus on Appealing to Motives in Preaching

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In his classic work on preaching originally published in 1870, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, John Broadus spends some time noting the importance of persuasion in the application of preaching.  “The chief part of what is commonly called application is persuasion. It is not enough to convince men of truth, nor enough to...
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28 Nov 2018

The Importance of Biblical Creationism for Theology

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How important is biblical creation for one’s theology? Self-professed evangelicals increasingly say, “Very little.” A surprising number of theologians downplay its importance. Wayne Grudem, while agreeing that the biblical data favors young-earth creationism, argues that “both ‘Old Earth’ and ‘Young Earth’ theories are valid options for Christians who believe the Bible today” (Systematic Theology, 297)....
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26 Nov 2018

Dispensationalism Unhitched?

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These things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So says the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:11. The statement caps a rapid-fire sequence of references to the Old Testament in a timeless warning against moral vices common to both...
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20 Nov 2018

Support DBTS on #GivingTuesday

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A message from Dr. Doran:   Dear Friend of DBTS, Happy Thanksgiving! God has been gracious to us and is worthy of every bit of thanks, and more, that He receives. I am looking forward to a fun and refreshing time with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day, then leaving that night for Zambia to speak...
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20 Nov 2018

A Few Good Men

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  We are often reminded that “there is none good, no not one.” And that is true because of God’s perfect standard of good. Nevertheless, God wants us to be good, and He is busy about transforming His people into good people. Years ago, the former pastor of our church, known to some of you...
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16 Nov 2018

What Is a Cult?

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This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre, where over 900 people (members of the Peoples Temple) lost their lives in a group suicide-murder by drinking poisoned punch under the direction of their leader, Jim Jones. Since groups like the Peoples Temple and events like the Jonestown massacre often serve as examples of...
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13 Nov 2018

ETS 2018

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Three of our professors will be presenting papers at the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, Colorado this week. Mark Snoeberger: “Did God Die on the Cross? A Proposal for Harmonizing Divine Impassibility with Christ’s Passion” (Tuesday, 9:50–10:30 AM). Kyle Dunham: “Zechariah 11 and Eschatological Shepherds: The Literary Structure as Clue to a Messianic Reading” (Wednesday,...
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5 Nov 2018

Should Missionaries Skip Seminary?

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God is graciously using DBTS to prepare His servants for global ministry. Through His help, we have graduates planting churches in a growing number of foreign fields. Most of these graduates are doing pioneer work in areas that are in desperate need of the gospel and solid biblical teaching. They are laying the foundation for...
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31 Oct 2018

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

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On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther (1483–1546) posted a list of topics for academic debate at the local university. With this relatively harmless act, Luther unwittingly launched a movement that would rend the religious fabric of Europe and would eventually be called the Protestant Reformation.   That list of topics which Luther...
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29 Oct 2018

A Righteousness Greater than the Scribes and Pharisees

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Jesus shocked His listeners by His seemingly ludicrous claim about righteousness. He argued that they needed a greater righteousness than the Scribes and Pharisees (S&P). I am not sure if Israel has crickets, but if so they could be heard after that bombshell. This post will consider what Jesus means by this “super righteousness.” The...
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