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Frank and Carolyn James Co-Lead Important Workshop…

Seminary President Frank James and his wife, evangelical thinker and author Carolyn Custis James were captured in action at their workshop on His and Her-meneutics at the Ecclesia National Gathering, February 25-27.

Their co-led workshop explored the good, bad, and ugly hermeneutics among Evangelicals with a goal to help those attending to gain a missional perspective on how we approach the Bible.

Dr. Frank James teaching Carolyn Custis James teaching

Counseling Department in 4 Places at Once

The weekend of February 22-23 was an active one for the Biblical counseling team as representatives from our counseling department served in four locations.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Biblical Adjunct Faculty and Counseling Department Staff Members Bonnie Steich and Jennifer Zuck attended the Justice Conference at Calvary Church in Souderton where they built relationships, connection, and staffed the recruiting table.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Staff Counselor Steve Smith, MA Christian Thought and MA in Counseling both from Biblical, finished the fourth week of the adult education elective at Great Valley EPC Church in Malvern, PA: Balancing Life’s Demands – a Biblical Perspective. Director of Ministries at the church is Biblical alum Jim Shackleton.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Pictured here with MDiv student Natalie Martinez at the Philadelphia’s Women Conference, Heather Drew, Biblical’s counseling teaching assistant and alum of both our MA in Counseling and our Global Trauma Recovery training, spoke at St. Matthew’s Episcopal in Maple Glen on Trauma and Forgiveness. Counseling faculty member Dr. Bryan Maier spoke the prior week on Broken Relationships.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Director of Biblical’s counseling program Phil Monroe spoke at the Sparrow-Fund couples’ conference in Leola, PA. Phil addressed 40 adults on the topic of trauma and adoption. All attendees were adoptive parents, many of whom have adopted from very difficult countries who have children with physical and emotional scars. This gathering is organized by Biblical Alum Kelly Raudenbush and her husband Mark.

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Don't miss out on an opportunity to join the next GTRI Cohort

A missional initiative by Biblical Seminary and under the leadership of Dr. Diane Langberg and Dr. Philip Monroe, the Global Trauma Recovery Institute consists of a clinical faculty able to teach, train, and supervise individuals and groups seeking to enhance effective ministry and provide best clinical practices.

We provide high quality continuing educational resources, skills training, and case consultation for mental health clinicians, ministry leaders,and professionals interested in addressing the needs of psychosocial trauma victims in the United States and around the world.

Trauma is the mission field of the 21st century. Trauma disrupts life, dissolves relationships and hinders faith development wherever it is experienced. As an expression of the Gospel, missional Christians follow Jesus into the world to care for the least of these suffering the effects of trauma.

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Dr. Frank James Congratulates Matt Millen

Matt Millen

On January 11, 2014 Matt Millen, husband of Biblical board member Pat Millen and four-time Super Bowl winner, will be awarded the Walter Camp “Man of the Year.”

This prestigious award “honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football… attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service… He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp,” according to the Walter Camp Foundation.

Matt started his career as a linebacker at Penn State University and went on to have a successful 12-year career in the NFL. He then worked as an NFL analyst prior to providing leadership for the Detroit Lions and now broadcasts college football games for ESPN.

Matt and Pat Millen understand “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addition to being active members of Cornerstone Church in Easton, Matt and Pat are passionate about making a difference by investing their time, talent, and resources in organizations close to their hearts. Their focus is assisting those who bring help, hope, and healing to victims of trauma, globally and domestically. "She’s My Sister," an initiative of the American Bible Society (ABS), and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute, established by Biblical Seminary (in partnership with ABS), are two ministries that have become important in their lives. Trauma expert Dr. Diane Langberg, clinical professor at Biblical Seminary, describes trauma as “the mission field of our century.” The Millen’s daughter Marianne, currently a student at Biblical Seminary, has traveled to Rwanda to learn about the spiritual and emotional wounds caused by decades of brutal conflict throughout that region in Africa.


Biblical-trained Counselor Now in Our Nation’s Capital

Congratulations to 2009 Master of Arts in Counseling alum Greg Franklin who is the newest addition to the growing list of counselors trained at Biblical Seminary who have achieved the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor.

Greg traveled quite a distance to Biblical each week so that he could receive the excellence in training found in Biblical’s graduate counseling degree program. Our one night a week, one Saturday a month format made it possible for him to achieve his counseling degree.

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Biblical Congratulates Alum Elected to City Commission

David Ennis from Biblical Seminary

Biblical Seminary 2013 Urban Master of Divinity alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate David Ennis was elected to the City Commission last night for Millville, NJ.

Pastor Ennis is the founder of In His Presence Worship Center. He has served on the Millville Board of Education for three years.

As a pastor who grew up in Center City, Ennis wants to make the city safer by bringing more jobs. He and his wife Starr have one daughter.

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Biblical Board Member Appears on WFMZ-TV

Dr. Jim Arcieri Participates in Televised Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Biblical Seminary’s leadership is committed to engaging with culture, which sometimes means having difficult but important conversations. Last night, Dr. Jim Arcieri, Biblical board member and pastor of Community Bible Fellowship Church, engaged in a debate on same-sex marriage that was televised on the show “Business Matters” on WFMZ-TV. Sam Rohrer (former Pennsylvania Representative and Pennsylvania Pastors Network), Mary Lisicky (LGBT Council), and Kirby Upright, Esq. (Kim, Spry, Herman, Freund, & Faul, LLC) also participated in the debate.

If you missed it, you can view it online here.

“Business Matters” on WFMZ-TV reaches 2.7 million households from Hazleton, Pennsylvania to the Jersey Shore. The show has hosted Hillary Clinton, Tom Corbett, Bob Casey, and many other influential business and political leaders. It airs Monday evenings at 7:30.


Biblical Board Member Following Jesus to Washington!

United States Senate Confirms Timothy Haahs to NIBS Board of Directors

“Tim Haahs pursues excellence — for the sake of glorifying God — in every area of his life. He runs a successful company and founded and provides pastoral leadership to a church that meets in his building. He is truly an example of a missional business leader. He greatly deserves this honor, and I am confident he will add significant value to NIBS Board of Directors,” says Dr. Frank A. James III, president of Biblical Seminary.

After being nominated by the White House earlier this year, the United States Senate recently voted to confirm Timothy Haahs, PE, AIA to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Authorized by Congress, the Institute brings together representatives of government, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to identify and resolve issues that hinder the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce, and industry throughout the United States. The Institute serves as an authoritative source, and provides a unique opportunity for free and candid discussion among private and public sectors within the built environment. The Institute serves public interests by supporting advances in building sciences and technologies to improve the performance of the nation’s buildings, while reducing waste and conserving energy and resources.

The Board of Directors, which is comprised of 21 members from across the country, includes public representatives and industry voices elected from the nation’s building community. The bi-partisan Board also includes members appointed by the White House to represent public interests.

Some of the Institute’s most recent accomplishments include the development of the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an online portal providing access to peer-reviewed building research and case studies; the Integrated Resilient Design Program, an innovative approach to the design, construction, and operation of buildings and infrastructure to withstand natural and man-made disasters; and HAZUS, a nationally-used software system estimating potential building and infrastructure losses from natural disasters.

In response to his appointment, Haahs states “I am thrilled and honored by the opportunity to work with the National Institute of Building Sciences, and to work with my fellow Board members to further the Institute’s mission. I look forward to the opportunity to use my experience in the building industry, specifically related to issues associated with parking planning, design, and construction, to contribute to the development and implementation of programs to improve the built environment now and in the future.”

Reprinted with permission from Tim Haahs Engineers & Architects.


Dr. Susan Post Appointed to the Board of Trustees

Biblical Seminary welcomes new board member Dr. Susan Post, executive director of Esperanza Health Center in North Philadelphia.

Dr. Post joins Biblical Seminary’s board of trustees with over 20 years of management experience in the healthcare industry. She earned her Master or Arts (MA) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Bridgeport. Since 2005, she has served as executive director of Esperanza Health Center, which provides holistic, affordable, bilingual health care and support services to the men, women, and children living in North Philadelphia.

Esperanza neighbors Biblical’s Philadelphia location, where “theology meets reality,” according to Dr. Larry Anderson. There, Biblical faculty members equip students who live and serve in Philadelphia for impactful ministries of teaching, shepherding, evangelism, discipleship, and counseling.

“We are honored to have Dr. Post join our board,” said Dr. Frank James, president of Biblical Seminary. “Biblical’s mission is to train men and women to ‘follow Jesus into the world’ and lead those within their spheres of influence to do the same. Dr. Post lives this out personally and professionally. Her experience, leadership, partnership, and passion will be invaluable as Biblical continues to develop leaders for missional engagement in Philadelphia.”

In addition to her new board position at Biblical, Dr. Post serves on the boards of the Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF), the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF), and Ayuda Community Center.

Biblical Seminary, established in 1971, is an evangelical seminary committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox Christian faith for the purpose of preparing missional leaders to serve the church. Biblical Seminary offers graduate degrees and certificates in divinity, theology, biblical studies, counseling, and ministry.

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New Book from Frank James to be released on August 8

Church History - Volume Two
From Pre-Reformation to the Present Day

The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context

Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. IT did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church. Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, it is an account of the ups and downs and the triumphs and struggles of the Christian movement.

The book will officially be released on August 8, 2013, but is available for pre-order on Amazon already. Click here for more details.

About the Authors:

Dr. John D. Woodbridge: Research Professor of Church History and History of the Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970.

Dr. Frank A. James, III: President and Professor of Historical Theology at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. He is the author or editor of numerous works on the Reformation and has been a consultant and script writer for a historical documentary film series.


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