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Alum Gathering Set for May 9

BTS alum Gathering

Are you an alum who will be in the Washington DC/northern Virginia area on Saturday, May 9th?

Whether you are an alum living and serving in that area, or perhaps coming to the area to attend the Missio Alliance “Truly Human” conference, you can join BTS President Dr. Frank James to learn how Biblical is stepping into new areas of missional training to engage leaders in the journey of following Jesus into the world.

The group is gathering at 2 p.m. sharp at a restaurant on King Street in Alexandria, VA. Seats are limited so you must RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: (215) 368-5000 x150 by April 22nd.

Monica will give you the exact details of where to meet as soon as you let her know you are coming.

You will be excited to hear how BTS is impacting the culture and the church.

 

Dr. Diane Langberg Leads On-Campus Intensive

Global Trauma
Pictured left to right: Dr. Phil Monroe, Charity Jones, Will Sibert, Mary Castria, Harriet Hill, Joel Kolb, April Hankins, Dr. Diane Langberg, Nancy Higgins, Shari Hofstetter

 

Dr. Diane Langberg, Clinical Faculty at BTS, joined Director of the BTS Graduate School of Counseling Phil Monroe in a Global Trauma Intensive that is part of our renowned GTRI (Global Trauma Recovery Institute) training program.

During the training the class wrestled with the challenge of supporting cross-cultural trauma recovery, recognizing that while techniques are valuable, relationship-building and bearing witness to trauma stories are our primary activity.

Participants video conferenced with trauma counselors in Romania, Ukraine, and Rwanda, and with two U.S. counselors working with domestically trafficked women.

“If you do this work because you love [the victims], you will soon get out of the business because the work is nearly fruitless. Better that we do this work out of love and obedience to Christ.”

Are you ready to be equipped? Click here for information on how to get started.

 

City Leaders Join BTS on Missional Engagement

In the wake of the two recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers for killing unarmed black men, our nation is again awakened to ongoing and systemic racial tension. Biblical Seminary recognizes the debate around these events within the Christian community and the need to address them.

Missional Event

On February 23rd Biblical Seminary hosted our first Black History Month event in Philadelphia at Temple University’s Student Center.

The Graduate School of Counseling at BTS joined with the Urban ministry program to moderate a conversation on Race, Law Enforcement, and Trauma.

The event was titled From Protest to Process - How Can the Church Become a Healing Community?

To a room filled with more than 100 attendees that included civic leaders, ministry practitioners, and college students a panel conversation for which I served as facilitator offered perspectives on community and police relations, race, and the impact trauma has within urban environments.

Participants on the panel who fielded questions from the audience included:

  • Commissioner Sylvester Johnson - Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner
  • Rev. Desiree Guyton - Licensed professional counselor practicing primarily in urban context
  • Rev. Michael Major - President and CEO of Called to Serve CDC working to transform and revitalize a neighborhood in N. Philadelphia
  • Dr. Shannon Mason - Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends

Click Here: To keep informed of other BTS offerings on a variety of issues

 

Dave Lamb at Penn on God Behaving Badly...

Dave Lamb University of Penn

A coalition of campus groups at the University of Penn that included Cru, Greek IV, and the Christian Union gathered on Thursday night March 19 to engage with BTS Associate Professor of Old Testament Dave Lamb on his book God Behaving Badly, Is the God of the OT Really Angry, Sexist, and Racist?

Dave humbly and graciously connected well with students at various levels of their spiritual journeys. The campus leaders of the event loved the lively discussion and the way Dave took students' questions seriously.

The University of Pennsylvania is a high powered secular university where 40% of the student body is of the Jewish faith. Students hung around to talk with Dave for more than an hour afterward. Asking follow up questions and pressing deeper into issues that troubled them.

The Christian Union bought and handed out a couple hundred copies of Dave's book God Behaving Badly during a campus walk the week before he spoke.

Roughly 75 students attended the talk, the majority Christian. However, at least a third of the questions were asked by people who were seeking to sort out their perspectives on God.

The most lively discussions centered around the Canaanite Genocide, Sodom, and "is God sexist?"

Watch for Dave’s next book that continues to look at the more challenging parts of scripture. Click here to request Dave Lamb as a speaker.

 

Super Bowl Champion Coming to BTS Campus

Matt Millen Leadercast

Bucks-Mont Leadercast is proud to announce that former NFL great and four-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Millen will be our lunchtime guest for Leadercast 2015, hosted by Biblical Seminary and CBMC on May 8, 2015 at Biblical’s suburban campus, 200 N. Main St., Hatfield, PA.

Matt, a broadcaster and commentator for ESPN television, had a brilliant career as both a college and professional football player. Following his playing days, he was the general manager of the Detroit Lions, a season of life that was both rewarding and challenging. The NFL Network profiled Matt’s colorful career in its series titled “A Football Life: Matt Millen,” originally broadcast in October 2013.

Matt’s wife Pat (an accomplished artist as well as a national champion gymnast from Penn State) is a BTS grad and a member of the seminary board of trustees. Their daughter Marianne, now a doctoral student at Wheaton College, also graduated from the seminary, and their son Matthew, a practicing attorney and pastor in Easton, PA , is a current BTS student. The Millens have two other children, Mrs. Michalyn Mooney (who lives with her husband, former Tennessee Titans running back Collin Mooney, near Nashville, TN) and Captain Marcus Millen, a West Point grad and military officer, currently serving in the Middle East.

Matt will be interviewed by his son, Matthew. You will not want to miss this live, on-site interview, available only at Bucks-Mont Leadercast.

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Three BTS Alums Ordained Together

Congratulations to BTS Master of Divinity alum and assistant professor at BTS, Dr. Chang Hoon Oh for his ordination in the KAPC denomination on Monday, March 16, 2015.

BTS alums ordained
  1. Pictured (above-left) with newly ordained Pastor Oh along with a host of others are (to his immediate right) his son, Min and (to the immediate left) his wife, Hee Young Kim.
  2. Pictured (above-right) with Pastor Oh is his BTS colleague, VP for Student Advancement Pam Smith.

 

Pictured next is fellow 2014 BTS MDiv alum, Pastor Hyun Kee Bae also ordained and who delivered the benediction for the service.

BTS alums ordained

 

Pictured below is yet another 2014 BTS alum and former president of the Korean Student Fellowship at BTS, Pastor John Oh, also ordained.

BTS alums ordained

 

Finally student worker EK Park sang a song of congratulations with other BTS and WTS students.

BTS alums ordained

A great day for BTS!

 

Faculty Follows Jesus to Pray with Coptic Church

Coptic Church Prayer

Moved to act by a devotion delivered at a recent faculty meeting, the BTS faculty met with Father Salib and a group of his congregants at St Mary & St. Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church to join with them in acknowledging the act of violence committed against Coptic Christians this past February.

Those who went heard Father Salib present tragic details about the 21 Coptic Christians martyred by ISIS in Libya on Feb. 16, 2015. He told the faculty that Coptic Christians are praying for the men who committed these atrocities. What a moving and humbling demonstration of faith and obedience. And after all, didn’t Jesus say something along those lines? (see Mt. 5:44).

The group prayed together for the families of those slain, for boldness in the face of persecution, and for greater unity among Christ's body.

Coptic Church Prayer Coptic Church Prayer
 

Additional BTS Alum at South Ridge this Sunday

Dr. Todd Mangum, BTS alum and both Professor of Theology and Academic Dean, will be speaking at South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, NJ this coming Sunday.

South Ridge is pastored by BTS grad Nathan Tuckey and BTS grads Jeremy Moore and Ben Stapley also serve there.

Dr. Mangum's topic: Why Trust the Bible?

For more on Dr. Mangum, click here.

 

A Call to Action in Response to the 21 Martyrs

Over the last 48 hours QIdeas.org has focused their creativity and resources on supporting an appropriate response to the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs. In partnership with many other leaders and organizations, their team created 21Martyrs.com as a simple place to call for action in two specific ways:

  1. Join thousands of churches for a 'Moment of Silence and Prayer' this SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd and play this video before offering a prayer of reflection. Please invite other church leaders in your area to participate as well for a moment of unity.
  2. Engage the growing PRAY 703 initiative created by Ann Voskamp to guide us towards repentance and renewal during this Season of Lent at 7:03 each day. Use #Pray703 on twitter to follow her posts and mobilize others to join in here.
 

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