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  • Ben Edwards - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 8:32am
    Since we were not able to hold our commencement this year at DBTS, we are highlighting one of our graduates each day. Today we would like to recognize Timothy Schlater. Tim was born in Bucks County, PA, in 1986, the son of Robert and Judith Schlater. When he was 5 years old, after hearing his... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 9:58am
    Since we were not able to hold our commencement this year at DBTS, we are highlighting one of our graduates each day. Today we would like to recognize Joshua Roland. Josh was born in Denver, CO, in 1984, the son of Ralph (late) and Carol Roland. He came to Christ during a missions conference at... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 1:36pm
    Since we were not able to hold our commencement this year at DBTS, we are highlighting one of our graduates each day. Today we would like to recognize Anthony Iorillo. Tony was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1982, the son of Mark and Maria Iorillo. When he was 13 years old, he trusted Christ at... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 1:42pm
    Since we were not able to hold our commencement this year at DBTS, we are highlighting one of our graduates each day. Today we would like to recognize Alex Francia. Alex was born in Bethesda, MD, in 1991, the son of Gabriel Lifschitz and Maria Francia. He trusted in Christ at the age of 21... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:21am
    With the current restrictions on gatherings in Michigan we were unable to host our commencement ceremony this year at DBTS. While we have invited our graduates from this year to participate in our 2021 ceremony, we would also like to take some time to recognize their accomplishment now. Over the next several days, we will... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 9:27am
    Kevin T. Bauder Twenty years ago almost no reputable college, university, or seminary offered distance education. In fact, “distance ed” was one of the marks of a diploma mill. Nevertheless, the new computer technologies, and especially the internet, were about to provide platforms that could be used for widespread experimentation in distance education. An early […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:49pm
    Paul’s central argument in the only full NT chapter addressing corporate worship is that for corporate worship, the spiritual gift of prophecy was to be desired more than the gift of tongues. Even though this core argument may not be directly applicable in a day when tongues and prophecy have ceased, I have been demonstrating […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 7:00am
    Our technologies have come a long way from when John wrote, likely using a reed-pen on a papyrus sheet, “I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.” (3 Jn. 1:13-14) […]
  • Becky Aniol - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 7:00am
    I have vivid memories of spending long summer mornings at the library picking out piles of books to read. My very first trip to the library was the summer after my kindergarten graduation. The elderly librarian handed me a vintage hardback of Betsy’s Busy Summer by Carolyn Haywood–a little treasure in a sweet series of […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 7:00am
    The text of Acts 20:17–38 has a certain gravity that has endeared its words to the hearts of many. It contains someone’s last face-to-face words to a group of people (Acts 20:25, 38), summarizes what an excellent ministry should be (Acts 20:18–21, 25–27), and shows a resolve to live and die for the gospel (Acts […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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Stuff Out Loud

  • Mon, 05/25/2020 - 6:42am
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead; short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe!
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high!
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.John McCrae
  • Thu, 04/16/2020 - 9:36am

    The prophet Amos prophesied of a day when God would “send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. God said at that time, “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it. 13"In that day the beautiful virgins And the young men will faint from thirst.” (Amos 8:11-13).
    Martin Luther referenced this passage when he said, “There is no crueler blow of the wrath of God than when he sends a famine of hearing his words (Amos 8:11). Likewise, there is no greater favor from him than the sending forth of his Word, as it is said, ‘He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction’ (Ps. 107:20)” (Martin Luther in His Own Words, Kilcrease and Lutzer, p. 17).
    It strikes me that perhaps some, maybe even much, of modern evangelical preaching is not the blessing of God but the judgment of God. I fear that for many preaching of the Word has been turned into a self-help session, a coping mechanism with no underlying foundation of a biblical worldview, no coherent...
  • Wed, 04/08/2020 - 6:12am

    This past Sunday, I preached from John 10:22-42. In that passage, we saw the promise of preservation that Jesus gives to his sheep. Those who are his are protected by him and they can be assured that he will never let them go. It is one of the wonderful securities of the Christian life: Christ holds us fast.The reality of the Christian life, however, is that at times people struggle with assurance of salvation. They wonder, “Am I really saved?” If you have ever wondered that, you are not alone. The good news is that the Bible gives us at least three ways to help us to answer this question.First, there are the promises of God, such as are found in John 10:28: “I give eternal life to them and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” This promise is repeated many times over through the Bible as an assurance that those who belong to Christ in salvation will never not belong to him. We are eternally secure in Christ. When the doubts come, remember God made promises and he always keeps his promises. Trust his promises.Second, there is the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:15-17 puts...

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Strength for Today (about)

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By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:17am

    The following was written as an appendix to the audio version of Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. But there’s a longer story: I sent Dr. Jeff Riddle a review copy of my book, and he submitted a review to a theological journal but kindly sent it to me as well (or first—I do not now recall). I suggested a back-and-forth, a review and response in the journal. Brother Riddle liked the idea, and so did the journal’s book review editor. I spent many hours on my response—especially on shortening it after discovering that it was initially far too long! I sent it in, and the book review editor liked it. But the top editor at the journal felt the debate was too touchy for his readership, and he declined to publish either piece. Riddle ended up sending his piece to the Bible League Quarterly (you can read it here at Riddle’s blog). I ended up using my response in the Authorized audio book...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:54am

    Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    For every book there is an equal and opposite book. I read Smoke Signals by Martin Lee in preparation for my own small coauthored book, Can I Smoke Pot? Marijuana in Light of Scripture (Cruciform, 2016). I wish Berenson’s excellent book, Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, had been available then. It was, like Smoke Signals, journalistic in tone and therefore accessible to a non-specialist like me. But what can I say? Unlike Smoke Signals, I found Tell Your Children...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 6:35pm

    A story in pictures. Because this new ESV Bible—the ESV Heirloom Single Column Personal Size Bible—needs only a one-word review: exquisite.

    Bloggers write words when none are needed, however, because the word-count of the internet is not yet full—so I will oblige with some more words.

    The slip case with velvet wrapping up the Bible is exquisite.

    The gilt embossing is exquisite.

    The goatskin is exquisite. Mmm.

    The gilt page edges are exquisite.

    The single-column, paragraphed layout is, um, you guessed it.

    The Bible stands.

    The type (the excellent Lexicon) is exquisite, and the line-matching and bright paper commend it well.

    The headings are helpful and elegant. I believe in the value and importance of these ESV headings even more now that I have had to write headings for a commentary project.

    The paragraphing and page layout are careful and helpful. They are the exquisite culmination of centuries of tradition combined with the power of...

  • Mark Ward - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:25am

    I have now completed a video series working through Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible—one video per chapter.

  • Mark Ward - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 1:31am

    I recently read a promoter of exclusive use of the King James Version who argued that if anyone has trouble understanding KJV English, they can just go to Matthew Henry’s commentary for all the explanations they need.

    I was skeptical. I still am. It’s just not the job or the concern of a turn-of-the-18th-century commentator to help turn-of-the-twenty-first-century readers understand turn-of-the-17th-century English words that have either died or changed in the last 400 years.

    So I checked one of my false friends passages, Romans 5:8—and sure enough… If you know what you’re looking for, Henry nails it. 1) If you realize you don’t understand the word “commend,” and 2) if you realize that Henry’s use of the word commend is putting on display his knowledge of 17th century English, you’ll hear Henry explain the word to you.

    So stop: what does commend mean in Roman 5:8 in the KJV?

    But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ask ten redheaded Christians what that word means in that context, and I think eight of them will tell you it means “demonstrates...

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