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DMin Class Upfront and Personal at Gettysburg, PA

BTS at Gettysburg

Last week, BTS’s Doctor of Ministry program took students on a field trip to Gettysburg, PA. The trip was a required component of the DMin class titled “Missional Theology,” taught by Dr. Paul Metzger from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR. The purpose of the class trip was to reflect on the significance of the Civil War on Christianity in America, and specifically to discuss the impact of race, slavery, and war on biblical interpretation, ecclesiology, and theology.

In preparation for the trip, students were encouraged to read Mark Noll’s The Civil War as Theological Crisis or George Rable’s God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War. On the bus ride to and from Gettysburg, students discussed thought-provoking questions related to the Civil War and Christianity, such as: Is the Civil War still being fought in America? Did Lincoln die in vain?

The great ethnic diversity of the DMin class—with an almost equal number of African-American, Asian-American, and Caucasian students - greatly enhanced the discussions. In one of the group discussions of which I took part, which included students from Germany, Sierra Leone, and the United States, we heard insightful comments about a range of issues related to the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Korean War, World Wars I and II, and various intellectual battles being fought on American soil today.

In Gettysburg, we toured each of the major landmarks associated with the battle and had a licensed guide walk us through important moments of the three-day battle in 1863. On the bus ride home, we reflected more on the Battle of Gettysburg, and students then spent the next two days in class discussing issues of culture, race, and theology flowing out of the Civil War.

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BTS Community Members Teach at Missions Conference

Missions Conference

Three members of the BTS community, each one a different type of stakeholder, will be sharing and teaching at the Church of Love in Philadelphia’s missions conference gatherings throughout June.

  • Dr. Chang Hoon Oh will be speaking on Missional Life in Korean-American Church on June 4.
  • Dr. Kyuboem Lee (BTS adjunct) will share about Urban Missional Life on June 11.
  • Rev. Daesung Kim (BTS grad. & DMin student) will address Mission for North Korea on June 25.

BTS Mourns Death of Student Seongi Lee

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From President Frank A. James:

Sadly, I must report to you that one of our beloved students, Seongi Lee, passed away on 19 May from liver cancer. He was a pastor and MA in Ministry student from Korea. Todd Mangum informed me that even after his dismal diagnosis a few months ago, Seongi continued to come to class. Astonishingly, three days before his death, a very weak Seongi Lee turned in his last essay for his class. Such was his dedication to his calling that he labored until the very end. I trust his seminary education at BTS was good spiritual preparation for his journey home.

We will be holding a memorial service at the BTS chapel on Saturday 24 May. Please pray for Seongi's wife and family at this difficult time.

From the Academic Dean Todd Mangum:

Pastor Seongi (English name: Edgar) Lee came to Biblical in 2011, having already served as a Methodist pastor in Korea, he came to Biblical to be trained in missional ministry. His special passion was always reaching the seeker, the lost, and building relationships with unbelievers (or, as he saw them, the not-yet-believing).

After completing the Advanced Cultural Studies program at Biblical, he embarked upon the MA in Ministry; about halfway through, he was diagnosed with liver cancer (in October 2013). The doctors estimated that his life expectancy might be a year or so; but Seongi and his wife, Zoe, decided that he would press on with his studies, and with his ministry (he was a pastor of a church plant in the U.S.), for as long as he could.

I happened to have Seongi Edgar Lee for what turned out to be his last class at Biblical. My classes have regular assignments due, nearly every class period. Thursday, May 15, 2014, was no exception. A biblical study thought assignment was due at the beginning of class, 1:30 PM. A little after 1:15 PM, I was told that Seongi had just come from the hospital where he'd had a difficult and draining procedure done, which would prevent him from attending class that day. Nevertheless, I was told, he wanted to see me; he and his wife were in the parking lot. When I went down, I found him, very weak, reclined in the seat of his van. When I came to the side of the van to see him, he looked up and smiled faintly, and then handed me a set of papers — when I looked, it was the assignment due that day, which, despite everything, he had completed. He wanted to make sure I got it, and got it on time. In fact, up to the day of his passing, he'd completed every assignment — on time.

I only had Pastor Seongi for that one class; but I feel like I got a pretty good measure of the man just from that brief window into his life. He truly persevered to the end. And worked for the Lord, including maintaining daily study of His Word, through his last day.

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BTS Mourns Death of J. Scott McFadyen

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).

On May 12, 2014, a dear partner in our ministry at Biblical Seminary went to be with our Lord. J. Scott McFadyen died of pneumonia after years of battling Parkinson’s disease.

Scott took the idea of stewardship seriously. He pursued excellence in his life and work. As a result, his family business—McFadyen Music—thrived. Scott and his wife Julia, whose father was Dr. G. Aiken Taylor (the second president of BTS), invested their resources in ministry and causes close to their hearts. BTS benefitted from their passion for seeing men and women prepared and sent out for ministry. Their scholarship assistance over the years has made many BTS students’ educations possible. Earlier this year, President-Emeritus Dr. David Dunbar and President Dr. Frank James spent an afternoon with Scott in his home. Frank recalls, “Scott was a man who clearly loved Jesus and His church. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to spend that time with him and his beloved, Julia.”

While he is no longer physically present with us, his legacy will live on through the lives of those he touched. Please keep Scott’s wife Julia, their children and grandchildren in your prayers.


Dean of BTS participated in a debate at Cairn...

BTS Dean

The Academic Dean of BTS, Dr. Todd Mangum participated in a debate regarding four views of Eschatology at Cairn University. The event included, Dr. John Master (Dispensational), Dr. Todd Mangum (Historic Premillennial), Dr. Vern Poythress (Amillennial), and Dr. Gregg Strawbridge (Postmillenial Preterist).

Below is the audio recording from the event:


BTS Grad accepts new position...

BTS Grad

Rev. Barbara S. Lee (M.Div. 2008) has accepted a new appointment to serve as the pastor of Fritz United Methodist Church of Bethlehem, Pa. (located next to Lehigh University). She has served as the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church of Slatedale, PA for the past five years.

“The Fritz congregation serves in ministries with the heart of Christ through a homework club, work at a meal center, parent support group, and wellness ministry,” she said. “I am looking forward to the challenge of serving in this ethnically diverse, urban neighborhood.”

Barbara also has recently completed several years of study at Moravian Theological Seminary as well as a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa. She is currently a provisional ordained elder in the Eastern Pa. conference of the United Methodist Church.

From all of us here at BTS, congratulations!


BTS President Frank James returns from successful Korea trip…

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Seminary president Dr. Frank James has returned from a very active time in Korea during which he addressed 300 professors as the keynote speaker for the Korea Evangelical Theological Society.

Reports from those in attendance are that Frank’s presentation resulted in many taking a fresh look at what BTS can offer.

During his time in Korea, Frank also spoke at Chongshin University both in the classroom as well as in chapel where he presented to a room of 1,500 students. There were many more connections and meetings during his trip where his intercultural skill and his engaging style resulted in BTS and Frank both being more than well-received.

The pictures were taken at a Kosin University event where Dr. James and a Chongshin Seminary professor each gave a lecture followed by a question and answer session. Also in both pictures you will find BTS’s own Dr. Chang Hoon Oh who accompanied Dr. James on this trip.

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Dave Lamb engages students at two universities

Dr. David Lamb took his special brand of teaching the Bible on the road and spent his last two Thursdays engaging university students.

On April 17 he presented to a group of Intervarsity students at Lehigh University and on April 24 he drew a group of both Intervarsity and Reformed University Fellowship students at the University of Maryland.

What was on the mind of students as they looked at seminary?

“Are you friendly to women students?” - Anyone who knows Dave Lamb and BTS for that matter will know that answer!

“I didn’t know seminary could even DO what BTS does!” - Curriculum, class delivery format…it’s all here!

“Wow…BTS is affordable.” - Less than the cost of one year at many universities.

“I am thinking of what seminary before med school might look like.” - There’s no better place than BTS to learn to shape the culture!

Pictured below is how Dave Lamb was announced at U of Maryland.

Dave Lamb speaking

Faculty member guest lectures at local university

This spring term Dr. Todd Mangum was guest lecturer at Arcadia on the topic of Revelation at the request of BTS board vice-chair Dr. Karen Sawyer. Students in the class had this to say about the experience:

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“It helped me understand the all-around character of John, and I literally had no idea what anything in Revelation meant until now.”

“A lot of what he taught brought together things we learned earlier in the semester.”

“He made a clear presentation for a topic that is extremely confusing. It helped me understand things in a new way”.

To have Dr. Mangum or another of our faculty speak at an event or in a class, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


BTS is pleased to announce the 2014 Commencement speaker...

BTS Graduation Speaker

... Wayne A. Davidson

Wayne holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and has served the seminary as adjunct instructor for the Greek language and as the BTS controller since 1979. He is retiring this year from his full time role at the seminary.

The BTS 2014 Commencement is Saturday, June 28 starting at 11 a.m. at LCBC BranchCreek, Harleysville, PA


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