Written by Kelly Pfleiger Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:00

Breakfast with Biblical has long been a tradition here at BTS. With speakers engaging in conversations revolving around missional topics, where else can you go to have a free breakfast, grow with other leaders, and rub shoulders with the faculty of BTS?

Breakfast with Biblical

During the spring of 2014 (man I wish it was warmer as I am typing this) we had eight speakers sharing on a wide range of topics.

Below is a list of the speakers that presented and link to the audio files for each presentation.

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About the Author

Kelly Pfleiger

Kelly Pfleiger

Kelly Pfleiger is the Director of Information Technology and the webmaster here at Biblical Seminary. He and his wife, Amy, have three busy little boys, two of which play baseball. Kelly’s passion for baseball led him to start a website called Fantasy Gameday. You can follow him on twitter.


Written by Kyuboem Lee Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

James Davidson Hunter, in his book *To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World*, has named pluralism as one of the biggest challenges facing the world, and Christianity, today. How is the church doing in rising to the challenge? The results have been mixed at best.

pluralism, segregation and Niche Markets

Take Ferguson, for instance. Ferguson was, among other things, a flare that threw a stark light on the deep faults that run through not only the American society at large, but also through the American church. Conversations—or rather, pronouncements—ensued, and cumulatively exposed our harsh reality.

We live and worship in segregated and divided churches, inhabiting different worlds, at odds with each other, and unable to see what the other can see; we do not live in the one body of Christ giving united witness to the kingdom of God, according to the confession of our faith: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:4-6)

The slippage in these communiqués from different realities told a tale of brokenness that cries out for the gospel of reconciliation under the administration of Christ the Prince of Shalom. We are in desperate need of the gospel at work in our world(s).

However, the tale has not been one of unmitigated fracture and dissolution. As the New Year dawned, I was at a standing-room-only gathering of believers from various congregations in Philadelphia, including Blacks and Whites, Hispanics and Asians. Its purpose was to convene diverse believers who would worship, converse, and pray for the issues of racial divisions that have so recently resurfaced—yet again!—in our society. It provided a flesh-and-blood glimpse of the Christian hope of redemption, and those who gathered gravitated towards this hope with great yearning.

Nevertheless, questions remained


Written by Derek Cooper Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

Several years ago, I attended a family reunion. Although held in Texas, where my father’s side of the family has called home for six generations, relatives from other states and even foreign countries attended. During the two-day event, I spent most of my time with those I had known since childhood—my two brothers (of course), my first cousins, their parents, and my grandparents.

Christian Family Reunion

However, I also socialized with second and third cousins, distant granduncles and grandaunts, and many other relatives reportedly once or twice removed from family members I scarcely knew existed.

At the reunion, I watched videos of great-grandparents who had died before I was born, but who obviously played a pivotal role in my family’s life. I heard heartwarming tales about my ancestors who immigrated to the United States in pursuit of their dreams. I listened to tragic stories about family members who had divorced, died prematurely, or otherwise experienced some calamity that left emotional scars on those closest to me. I held in my hands silver cutlery, porcelain dishes, and other articles my forefathers used. I glanced at photographs of people who looked eerily like me other than differences in hairstyle and wardrobe.


Written by Susan Disston Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Most—if not all—students would be thrilled to know that their professor’s idea of fun is studying the subject he or she is teaching. Here at BTS our professors enjoy teaching. Most of them have not testified to this in a book. But one professor did.

Church History

Dr. Derek Cooper, professor of World Christian History, wrote:

“The study of church history is one of the most exciting adventures on which one can embark in academia. Unlike some disciplines, the field of church history is constantly in flux and never static. New discoveries of ancient articles drive us toward novel interpretations and revisions of old ones. The geographic extent of church history is immense, encompassing the entire globe. Its ongoing engagement with new cultures, people groups, and worldviews propels it into new sphere of influence and new orbits of thought.

Did you know that about church histor... that church history engages, propels, and orbits…that it encompasses cultures, people, and worldviews? If you missed these things, then like a lot of Christians, you don’t know much about history. Many Christians dismiss church history because they think it’s about “the church-as-institution,” as in doctrine, denominations, disputes, divisions, and so on.


Written by David Lamb Friday, 23 January 2015 08:44

Thomas V. Taylor passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Tom was one of the founding faculty members of Biblical Theological Seminary, where he taught, among other things, church history and Old Testament. For more information on his teaching and courses, click here.

Tom Taylor Psalm 23

I only remember one interaction with Tom Taylor during the first year I taught here at BTS. I met him outside of “Tom Taylor’s office” a room that he and a bunch of us used as an supplemental office, as place to make copies, and as a place to organize documents.

He could tell I was new, so he introduced himself to me, and then proceeded to welcome me to the seminary. He also instantly made me laugh (I value laughter, perhaps too highly). I thought, “I wish I had the opportunity to take classes with him.” Because of other responsibilities that kept him busy during his retirement, I didn’t have other opportunities to get to know Tom better over the past nine years.


Written by R. Todd Mangum Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Founding faculty member Tom Taylor died this past Saturday afternoon (1/17/2015). There will doubtless be many a eulogy offered that outshine this one on behalf of this man, who served the Lord with gladness for over 50 years. And, doubtless, were TVT here to respond in the flesh, he’d have some kind of self-deprecating one-liner to make everyone not only laugh, but put the whole thing in proper perspective.

Tom Taylor

I’m going to remark on just three outstanding characteristics of this extraordinary, unusual man (and make no mistake, he was very much both).

The Humor He Brought

Tom had a tremendous sense of humor – which people like me with a sense of humor immediately resonated with and enjoyed. His sense of humor was not always entirely comfortable or even appropriate; never off-color, he just had a way of finding the humorously awkward and talking about it, in a way that made people laugh – usually, though not always, in a way that made the people who were the brunt of the joke laugh, too, at themselves. (And when they didn’t or couldn’t, he’d feel genuinely bad.) Over 90% of the time, the joke was on him. In any case, his sense of humor was just legendary. It was wry, playing-field-leveling, and just plain enjoyable.


Written by R. Todd Mangum Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

Let’s get this out right away: we still have a long way to go. We have longer to go than I thought we did, frankly, after electing our first African American president to the highest political office in the land.

Martin Luther King

The events of Ferguson, MO, New York City, Cleveland, OH, and Miami Gardens, FL (and these are just the tip of the iceberg if the testimony of vast numbers of African American men and women across the country is any indication) suggest that race-based inequities and race-rooted “misfortunes” are still very much with us.

Not to mention: does the kind of extraordinary resistance Obama has gotten from his first day in office have anything to do with his race? Many a Republican politician and party operatives insist that presidential politics is inherently hardball, a “contact sport” as Bill Clinton once famously put it. But still. . . some of us can’t help but wonder: is race a factor in at least exacerbating some of the animosities the president has endured?

Have we progressed at all?


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