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BTS and Fresh Expressions Partner on Learning Opportunity

BTS Fresh Expressions Partner

This November Fresh Expressions is launching a new learning/training opportunity in Central Pennsylvania for which Biblical students receive a discount.

The learning journey opportunity entitled “Pioneer Community” offers unique training on starting and developing “Fresh Expressions” of church.

The cost of the retreat is $599 plus housing. The special BTS price is $249 plus housing.

As a special opportunity for those students enrolled in the BTS LEAD Master of Divinity degree program, this training which requires two weekends can be used to satisfy the program’s one-credit personal retreat requirement.

Click here to learn more about this offering

Our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have regarding our programs and the application process.

MA in Counseling Program Cohort Draws 30

BTS Cohort Counseling

The BTS Graduate School of Counseling invited 30 students into Cohort 11 to begin their journey following Jesus into the world as well-equipped counselors.

This exciting group of students will build lifelong relationships with each other as they engage together in learning to read the Bible with an ear to what it teaches about difficult issues facing the world today. They will be equipped to help the hurting as only graduates of the BTS programs can do.

The energy level of the group assembled for the first class on Monday, September 14 was palpable. Several of the students travel two to three hours to be a part of the BTS counseling program.

In additional to the cohort students, a number of students in our Certificate in Christian Counseling and our Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling will be joining in on classes. The certificate courses are ones that add essential counseling skills that can be used to serve the church and in professional settings.

For more on the full range of offerings in the Graduate School of Counseling, click HERE.


Dr. Monroe to speak on Spiritually Informed Practitioners

Phil Monroe Speaking

The director of the BTS Graduate School of Counseling, Phil Monroe, PsyD will speak to mental health providers this October 21 to help them explore faith, spirituality, and religion in behavioral heath.

The seminar takes place at Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA and will explore challenges and opportunities in a multicultural world. CEU's are available to licensed professionals (social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, RN's, LPN's)

CLICK HERE For more information and cost to attend.


Former BTS Volunteer shares story about the film “My Father’s Vietnam”

Margie Belford served BTS as a volunteer in our business office. With permission, she shares her connection with the new documentary My Father’s Vietnam which is an official selection of the Connecticut Film Festival, the Red Dirt International Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

“My husband, Glenn Rickert, Sr. was killed in Viet Nam in May 1970 and we had a son, then less than 1-1/2 years old, named Glenn Jr. When Glenn was 15 he was approached about being part of the Grand Marshall unit when the Vietnam Memorial plaque was dedicated at the Doylestown courthouse, since we were living in Sellersville, Bucks County, when his father was killed.

At that point Glenn Jr. claimed a real pride in carrying his father's name. When Glenn was a young man out of college, he started to visit The Wall each Memorial Day. He posted comments and photos of his father on the "Virtual Wall" along with his email for anyone to contact him.

Quite a few years ago, Soren Sorenson (the producer of the video) contacted him saying that his father knew Glenn's father and he would like to meet with him. He and Glenn met and talked; he told Glenn that when he was 18 his father took him to The Wall and cried when he saw Glenn's name there as well as the name of another of his father’s friends. Soren told him that he wanted to produce a documentary honoring his father and the two men his father knew who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Soren studied music and film making and had a good friend who was a professional camera man who had already done documentaries and who encouraged him. Soren then asked Glenn if he thought I would be willing to be interviewed.

After a lot of prayer I agreed and eventually he and his camera man came to interview me several years ago. As he worked on editing it, he would send to those of us who were interviewed footage for our comments and acceptance. Last August the video was featured at a Film Festival in Rhode Island and it won acclaim, and was subsequently featured at two other Film Festivals within the past two months.

I'm still a little numb whenever I view it. On the clip, the soldier holding the baby is my husband (he was starting adoption procedures for the little girl named Lan, but that fell through when he was killed). The wedding photo is of us, along with other photos of Glenn shown in the clip.

I’m not sure where this all is going, but Glenn Jr. and I are thankful that his father was honored in this way. During the war itself, there was so much turmoil and our soldiers were not honored for their sacrifice at that time like they should have been. It has been healing for all of us.”

Join us on Facebook and post an honoring message for those lost in Vietnam.


Dr. Lamb Speaking on New Book Released September 1

David Lamb God Behaving Badly

In addition to his fall teaching schedule, popular speaker on difficult passages in the Old Testament Dr. David Lamb has an active beginning to September.

On September 3 you’ll find him speaking at the Lehigh InterVarsity gathering with BTS Master of Divinity student Jeremy Chen on hand to answer questions about BTS.

Immediately following this event, Dave will be accompanied by his wife and current BTS Doctor of Ministry student Shannon Lamb at the Decatur Book Festival where on Sunday he will be speaking on his new book, Prostitutes and Polygamists, at 3:45 p.m.

For more information on the book festival, see these links:


Dr. Mangum Releases Upcoming Schedule

Todd Mangum Speaking Events

The Academic Dean at BTS, Dr. Todd Mangum, is a requested speaker and has provided a number of places where students and alums can connect with him.

You can find Todd at these theological conferences this November 17-24, 2015, all in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • Evangelical Theological Society (Todd is on the steering committee of the Theology and Culture study group)
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, GA, November 17-24, 2015

Can’t wait until November? You can see Todd in action teaching at First Presbyterian Church, Ambler September 20 – October 11; then October 25 – November 1.

Can’t wait that long? The visit Cairn’s chapel on Labor Day, September 7th.

Are you interested in having BTS personalities speak at your event?

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Phil Monroe to present at Faith in Practice event

Faith in Practice

Our director of the Graduate School of Counseling, Phil Monroe, has agreed to be a presenter at the one-day Faith in Practice Conference April 2, 2016, in Langhorne, PA.

This conference is being sponsored by Cairn University’s Oasis Counseling Center and Graduate Counseling Department. It is anticipated to be a diverse blend of licensed therapists, ministry professionals, lay workers, as well as current and prospective graduate students. CEU’s will be provided to those who attend and hold a license in counseling, psychology, or social work.

A representative from BTS will have a display table with information on the full offering of our BTS Graduate School of Counseling as well as information on all programs offered by the seminary.

More information will be posted about this event as it becomes available.

Click HERE to learn more about our Counseling program

Our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have regarding our programs and the application process.

BTS Board Member’s Biography Released – First Stop: Korea

BTS Board of Trustees member Timothy Haahs is President and CEO of the recognized leader in parking, planning, and design. His newly released biography “P31” stands for Proverbs 31 where under his leadership the company derived the mission statement, core values, and management philosophy.

Tim Haahs Book P31

After its release in May of 2015, P31 remains as the number one selling book in Korea.

Recently Tim Haahs traveled to Korea to speak at CBMC where 3,000 business people came together for a three-day conference. God is doing something about business and ministry.

President Frank James Endoreses P31

What kind of man has two doors in his office—one to his church, the other to his business? What kind of man survives not one but two heart transplants and thanks God? What kind of man takes Proverbs 31 as the core vision of his company and includes it in new employee orientation? What kind of man creates a company that clients want to join because it will make them a better person? What kind of man encourages his employees to serve their communities by participating in a charitable organization?

Tim Haahs is that kind of man. He is the kind of man who seeks to live out the Gospel in his personal and professional life. The fact of the matter is that he cannot separate his calling as a Christian from his calling as a businessman. Tim’s remarkable career demonstrates that one can serve God faithfully as a businessman.

In many respects, this is a book of miracles. It is a book of how God has blessed the personal and professional life of Tim Haahs. There is much to learn from a man who has not only survived two heart transplants but prospered. Indeed, this is the story of Tim’s two hearts—his heart for God and his heart for people. I commend this book—this man’s life story—not only as a Christian testimony but as a wise guide to life.

Frank A. James III, Ph.D., DPhil - President, Biblical Theological Seminary

Tim Haahs Book P31

LEAD Cohort “All 4 Him” Holds 10 year Reunion

BTS LEAD Reunion
Top row (from left to right): Cohort President, Phil Rosenberger, Scott Carter, Dave Lewis; bottom row: Todd Mangum, Steve High, Tim Schmoyer.

The LEAD Cohort Class of 2005 got a head start on the upcoming October 3 Alum Reunion by gathering of 5 of the 18 cohort members along with invited guest Dr. Todd Mangum to celebrate 10 years since graduation.

The full Alum Reunion for all Biblical Seminary graduates takes place on Saturday, October 3. If you did not receive your invitation, contact the seminary.

Our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have regarding our programs and the application process.

BTS to have Presence at Pray America Event

Dr. Frank James, who participates in the prayer group sponsored by the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation has been invited to help impact the city as one of the Prayer Leaders for the Saturday, September 19, Pray America event at Independence Mall from 9 a.m. to noon.

This event has the promise of a powerful gathering of those who wish to see God’s work expanded in our cities, communities, and churches.

Please join Dr. James at this important event.

prayer day in Philadelphia

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