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  • Mark Snoeberger - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 9:15am

    Pastor Richard A. Harris (1934–2021) was the pastor of my youth. By God’s grace and through his efforts the Bethel Baptist Church of Sellersville, PA, was chartered in 1962 in an unlikely patch of Bucks County that, despite the otherwise booming growth of that county, has remained delightfully undeveloped. Despite what would be considered by...

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    The post “Remember Those Who Taught You the Word of God.” appeared first on Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Tim Miller - Tue, 01/12/2021 - 7:49am

    I recently read Finding the Right Hills to Die On: The Case for Theological Triage by Gavin Ortlund. The concept of theological triage (coined by Albert Mohler, as far as I know) concerns categorizing doctrinal matters such that some are recognized as more vital than others. For instance, on all orthodox accounts, the divinity of...

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    The post Review: Finding the Right Hills to Die on appeared first on Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Mark Snoeberger - Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:18am

    In my last blog post I addressed the irrational distrust that is increasingly plaguing religious and political conservatives. Specifically, I suggested that we ask of our theories about, say, mask mandates, social distancing, and vaccines, “Why would all these people be doing what I have convinced myself that they’re doing?” Specifically, For what logical reason would...

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    The post Another Question of Discernment appeared first on Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Mark Snoeberger - Tue, 12/15/2020 - 8:50am
    About 25 years ago I was privileged to take several seminary courses that focused on the science of textual criticism. Textual criticism was really important in those days because epic battles were then raging over texts and translations as the King James Version lost its ascendancy in conservative Christian circles. Textual criticism is still important,... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Fri, 12/04/2020 - 8:05am
    It has been over 8 months since the initial major responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Various local, state, and federal leaders and agencies have pursued a variety of responses and adopted a range of policies. Personally, I am thankful I was not responsible for these difficult decisions. While I have my opinions... Read More

Religious Affections (about)

  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 01/26/2021 - 7:00am
    It would be an insurmountable task to gather the collective thought of Christians on the topic of love for God. Suffice it to say, that many Christians have spoken frequently on the degree and nature of rightly ordered love. They have spoken not only on the required order of Christian loves, but on their kind. […]
  • David Huffstutler - Mon, 01/25/2021 - 7:00am
    Apart from finding his name in the lists of disciples, the only stories that focus on Matthew (Levi) are of his call to be a disciple and a feast that he gave in honor of Jesus (Mark 2:13–17, Matthew 9:9–13, and Luke 5:27–32). By way of illustration, Matthew teaches us two simple lessons. First, leave […]
  • Kevin T. Bauder - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 10:09am
    Kevin T. Bauder The old dictum says that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I disagree. A friend is someone who values and honors what I value. An enemy is someone who destroys or debases what I value. It is quite possible for an enemy of my enemy to destroy or debase what […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 6:00am
    Ever since Cain and Abel, God’s people have been asking, “What is the proper way to worship God?” Uncertainty reigns today in churches over whether or not certain service elements are really helpful for congregational worship. What is acceptable? Some godly Christians, attempting to enhance their worship, believe they have freedom to use anything to […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 7:00am
    Is the idea of correspondent, or ordinate, love present in Scripture? Does Scripture describe what love for God should be? It does indeed. In terms of degree, Scripture makes a hierarchy of loves very clear. The first of the Ten Commandments is “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exod. 20:3). Deuteronomy 6:4–5 was […]
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  • David Phelan - Mon, 01/25/2021 - 8:37am

    Keith & Sarah Fleming

    Their daughters Kate & Anna

    Praise God, the IBL team is growing again!


    In 2020, God led Dave Deets to join our team, and he has been a great addition as we expand our side-by-side work with God’s Leaders. Now, in 2021, we anticipate additional blessings as God is leading Keith and Sarah Fleming to join with us.

    Keith Fleming currently serves as the Executive and Missions Pastor of Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield WI. Lord willing, the Flemings will transition mid-year, joining us in the Carolinas.  Keith’s background in executive ministry leadership, missions oversight, and business administration will be a great asset to IBL. 

    Keith will initially...

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  • Mark Ward - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 1:37am

    The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I loved Sandel’s book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? His power is incisive analysis: he cuts to the Augustinian heart of divisive issues using classic philosophical tools. He also explains all this slowly and clearly. He is the single most gifted guide of classroom discussion that I have ever seen (I not only read Justice; I watched the WBUR Boston recordings of his class; they were sterling).

    This book wasn’t quite as lean and refined as Justice; it also didn’t deal with quite as important a topic (that would have been a tall order). It was a bit long and a bit repetitive (though because I listened to the audio, read patiently and engagingly by the author, that actually...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 12/22/2020 - 2:59am

    The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl R. Trueman.

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I’m hoping to publish in a journal a more extensive review of this excellent—though long and at times tedious—book. I’ll say here: Trueman asks an intriguing question that builds a narrative expectation and structure into his book: How is it that so many average people in the West fail to see “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” as a self-evidence absurdity?

    Trueman sets out to answer this question by following the work of Rieff, MacIntyre, and Taylor—but adding a lot of studious book reports of his own as he guides the (evangelical) reader through Western intellectual history.

    I think Trueman delivered. He helped me see how we got here. Evil ideas don’t come from nowhere, or even just “from Satan...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 12/11/2020 - 6:59pm

    This video on “white supremacy” in Western music theory recently got some attention from intelligent friends and acquaintances. It claims that Western music theory is racist—white supremacist, to be precise—for teaching only the musical style of 18th century European males. But don’t roll your eyes: the guys making these claims are not hacks; they both know far more about Western music theory than I will ever know. They’re brilliant, and it’s fun to listen to them display their brilliance. They really know Western music.

    But I don’t think I have to know music theory as well as they do to argue that they are wrong to call the Western music education system racist merely for perpetuating itself as a tradition.

    I think the viewpoint I and the BJU Press team I was part of for our book, Biblical Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption, answers the explosive charge of “white supremacy” in Western music theory quite well: different cultures see different elements of—have different angles on—the one beauty of God, a beauty he invested in his creation. It isn’t white supremacy to...

  • Mark Ward - Fri, 12/11/2020 - 6:45pm

    There’s a young man I know from Christian circles somewhere in the U.S.—I’ll call him Kyle or Gerald or Edward, or maybe something a little more derogatory—who posted what I can only call an anti-girls-going-to-college meme on Facebook. It argued that Christian colleges were not teaching biblical womanhood. I wrote this in response, because I have a pastoral concern for the many Christians I know who may be tempted toward this kind of isolationism. I’m tempted toward it, too, at times. But I think my Bible tells me not to be.

    Kyle/Gerald/Edward, I really enjoyed meeting some wonderful young people at the two homeschool conventions I attended with you, kids who come from a culture which is generally opposed to college attendance even for young men. They were polite and clean-cut; I liked that. And I will never say that all Christian young men or women must attend college. But my own wife, who has a B.S. and M.S. in Biblical Counseling from a Christian college, was taught nothing if not biblical womanhood—from godly older women whom I respect and admire. One of the main female teachers there has raised three Christian women herself, all of whom have met the...

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