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SHELeads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission

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SHELeads: a multi-regional summit to connect, resource, and empower women and men as church leaders as we seek to reclaim a fuller and more faithful expression of partnered ministry in God's mission, for all who long to see the mission of God advanced in and through the co-laboring of men and women as partners in kingdom ministry - the Blessed Alliance!

Biblical Seminary is the only mid-Atlantic site to participate in a live simulcast of the plenary sessions from Chicago, including a conversation between Jo Anne Lyon and David Fitch along with presentations by Carolyn Custis James and Jo Saxton. We will also host a panel discussion with participant engagement on-site at BTS, complementing the simulcast sessions.

Registration (Including lunch):

  • $59 until September 30
  • $69 until October 17
  • $79 October 18 and at the door

Student registration (Including lunch):

  • $29 until September 30
  • $39 October 1 and at the door

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New Book Published by Our Own Derek Cooper

Derek Cooper Christian History

Christianity is a global faith. Today, people are increasingly aware that Christianity extends far beyond Europe and North America, permeating the Eastern and Southern hemispheres. What we may know less well is that Christianity has always been a global faith. A vast untold story waits to be heard beyond the familiar tale of how the Christian faith spread across Europe. Not only was Jesus born in Asia, but in the early years of the church Christianity found fertile soil in Africa and soon extended to East Asia as well.

In this brief introduction to world Christian history, our very own Derek Cooper explores the development of Christianity across time and the continents. Guiding readers to places such as Iraq, Ethiopia, and India, Scandinavia, Brazil, and Oceania, he reveals the fascinating - and often surprising - history of the church.

Here are just a few things others have said about the book:

In this book, Cooper reintroduces us to the global story of Christianity.” (Dr. Todd Johnson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

“This accessible and informative historical narrative introduces the reader to the broad, diverse, and far-reaching story of Christianity…In the end, the reader is left with little doubt that Christianity was and is a worldwide movement.” (Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt, Wheaton College)

If you are interested in picking up a copy of Derek's book you may purchase it through Amazon and many other book distributors.

 

Diane Langberg New Book: Suffering and the Heart of God

Diane Langberg Book

Trauma healing cannot be hurried. Patience and love–godly traits–are put to the test with loved ones as they watch and try to help those in trauma. Diane Langberg’s new book, Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores, examines the process of healing for the victim, the care-giver, and those that love the sufferer. “Unpacking” requires time.

“The heart of God is revealed to sufferers as they grow to understand the cross of Christ and how their God came to this earth and experienced such severe suffering that he too is well-acquainted with grief. The cross of Christ is the lens that transforms and redeems traumatic suffering and its aftermath, not only for the sufferer, but it also transforms those who walk with the suffering.”

The book is an encouragement to hope–the larger work of the church–along with identifying specific ways the church can understand and participate in the redeeming work of Jesus as Healer. Truth, in the inward parts, is also examined. As we observe trauma we may encounter our own buried issues, necessitating healing.

The larger issue of worldwide trauma is also a church issue; we cannot pretend trauma, especially in the refugee population, doesn’t exist in a way that will affect the world for many years to come. We are called in the church to broach the subject: plainly, yet not so simple. Langberg says, “Also, in reducing evil to little or nothing we fail to see the work of Christ on the cross in truth. There is no evil He has not borne. He carried incest, genocide, war, and trafficking—all of it.”

Dr. Diane Langberg tackles these complex and difficult questions with the insights she has gained through more than forty years of counseling those whose lives have been destroyed by trauma and abuse. Her answer carefully explained in Suffering and the Heart of God is Yes, what trauma destroys, Christ can and does restore.

More on the conversation about the book: Visit www.byfaithonline.com

To purchase the book: Available at Amazon

 

2016 Commencement Address from Dr. Dave Dunbar

Biblical Seminary Graduation Commencement

The 45th commencement was held on Saturday, June 11 at LCBC BranchCreek Church in Harleysville, PA. Fifty-seven students received graduate degrees including 7 doctoral degrees. The following students were awarded special honors:

  • Jeremy Chen – Hebrew Exegesis Award
  • Samuel Jeong Soo Woo – Greek Exegesis Award
  • Jason Craig – Master of Arts Award
  • Angela Clymer – Master of Arts in Counseling Award
  • Seth Mangum - Language MDiv Award
  • Robert Jones - LEAD MDiv Award
  • Clarence Wright and Jessica Greaser - President’s Award
  • Daniel Hyun – Alumnus of the Year Award

President Emeritus Dr. David Dunbar gave the commencement address, titled “The Easy Yoke.” His message can be viewed below.

Clarence E. Wright, who graduated with his master of arts degree, shared an inspiring testimony about his journey at Biblical. In his words, “I learned that the Bible is a narrative, an ever- unfolding story that we find ourselves in the middle of. Spoiler alert: Jesus Christ is the main character.”

Alumnus of the Year recipient Daniel Hyun (MDiv ’03) shared encouraging words about his time as a student at Biblical. He serves as lead pastor of The Village Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Drs. Manny Ortiz and Susan Baker were honored at commencement for their many years of service to Biblical. Both were important leaders in establishing our urban program in North Philadelphia.

Congratulations to the graduates of the class of 2016 for their hard work and diligence in earning their masters and doctoral degrees. We pray for God’s blessing as they move into this new season of ministry.

There were many other highlights from the 2016 commencement ceremony. Below are just a few of the highlights provided by the graduates of Biblical Seminary.

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Journal of Urban Mission and BTS Join Forces

Journal of Urban Mission

Special Announcement: Journal of Urban Mission Comes Under the Administration of Biblical Theological Seminary

I am delighted to announce that the Journal of Urban Mission has come under the administrative oversight of Biblical Theological Seminary. Biblical has been growing in its sense of calling towards the city and in its awareness of its missional journey leading in the urban direction. As Biblical’s urban program has grown steadily in recent years, stewarding a journal focusing on scholarship and praxis of urban mission and ministry has come to make greater sense. As for the Journal of Urban Mission, which has since its inception been a labor of love carried out by volunteers, Biblical’s institutional support will further stabilize and strengthen its work. Over the years, our friendship has deepened, as has our awareness that we share a common vision for urban mission.

I am grateful to the Lord for this provision for the Journal’s continuing mission—to promote the mission of God’s kingdom in the cities around the world. The Journal will continue to be led by the same executive editorial team and continue to work with regional editors and publish writings from various global perspectives. Please join me in giving thanks, and support us in this increasingly vital work of growing in the knowledge of global cities for the sake of reaching them with the good news of Christ’s kingdom.

Shalom,

Kyuboem Lee, DMin
General Editor, Journal of Urban Mission

 

8 Years in the Writing, Cooper & Lohrmann Release New Book

Following eight years of research, Drs. Derek Cooper and Martin Lohrmann have published an important work titled 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP Academic, 2016), part of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series. Cooper and Lohrmann hit all the high notes of the Reformation fathers, and touch on the little-known as well, many appearing in English for the first time. Scholars and students alike will access a depth of thought heretofore not in published form and be able to trace the arc of the Old Testament “gospel” that the Reforming Fathers brought with them into the movement.

Dr. Derek Cooper, a graduate of BTS (MA ’02 and MDiv ’04), earned his PhD at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2008 and is an associate professor of world Christian history at Biblical. He hails from Texas but is a long-term resident of Pennsylvania and is the author of nearly ten books related to Christian history, world religions, and Christian living. When not writing or teaching, Derek loves taking students on international trips to places in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Martin Lohrmann, an ordained minister in the ELCA, is an assistant professor of Lutheran confession and heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary. He grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and has earned degrees from Valparaiso University (BA 1999), Wartburg Theological Seminary (MDiv 2004) and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, (PhD 2010). He researches and publishes in the field of Reformation history, gives presentations in academic and church settings, and serves as webmaster for the journal "Lutheran Quarterly."

Congratulations, Drs. Cooper and Lohrmann!

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2016 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training

Child Abuse Training
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10-State Reach for BTS Counseling Grads

counseling licensure

Congratulations to the Counseling Program at BTS! They have reached a milestone with graduates now licensed in 10 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia.

This milestone is evidence of the hard work of our counseling graduates who not only meet PA State licensure requirements, but are then able to move to another state and get licensed. It can be a challenge to meet the requirements of other states who have varying educational, exam, and clinical experience requirements.

In 2005 BTS moved to a cohort-based master of arts in counseling program designed to help students complete the academic requirements toward licensure. Since then we have graduated 179 students. Fifty of them have received their LPC (licensed professional counselor). Others are still in process gaining their clinical hours and taking the National Exam that will allow them to apply for their license.

At BTS, the cohort model is a powerful delivery format for professional development because it can tap into students’ prior ministry or other experiences, it is collaborative, and it occurs over a period of three years. Because students move through the program together, the quality of learning from one course to another is enhanced. Cohorts develop strong communication skills where students sharpen and challenge each other. This dynamic learning community produces the kind of deep learning, authentic contextualization, and relational wisdom that counselors and missional leaders need today. In addition, students embrace spiritual and professional formation through participation in retreats and sharing about their internship experiences throughout their time in the program.

Want to know more about a counseling degree in the Philadelphia area at BTS with a distinctly Christian-based program that leads to licensure?

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

Tim Haahs Wins 2016 Solas Award at Welcoming Center

Tim Haas

BTS Board member, Tim Haahs receives the 2016 Solas Award for “Realizing the American Dream”, which highlights his contribution in the workplace in the global economy. “Tim Haahs, a Korean immigrant and President and CEO of Timothy Haahs & Associates, a professional engineering firm he founded in 1994, has created economic opportunities for others and has enhanced the profile of immigrants as innovators.”

Since 2003, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians has connected more than 14,000 individuals from 140 countries with economic opportunities. The Center encourages regional economic growth by connecting local companies with skilled global talent and by helping immigrant and U.S. born entrepreneurs to start and expand businesses. The Solas Awards bring together key community leaders in the civic and business arenas, and demonstrate support for Philadelphia’s growing global population. Other award winners that evening are: Mayor Jim Kenney and Dan Hilferty, along with the Independence Blue Cross company.

Join us as BTS congratulates Tim Haahs on this well-deserved award.

 

BTS Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr.

Damone Jones, Biblical Seminary

The Board of Trustees of Biblical Seminary is proud to welcome Dr. Damone B. Jones Sr. as its newest member. Dr. Jones brings a wealth of experience to this role.

Since 1993, he has served as the senior pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and earned the doctor of ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jones is particularly passionate about working with at-risk youth. He serves in the Philadelphia Youth Detention Center as Coordinating Chaplain, as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel, and as president of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District. In 2010, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Dr. Jones to the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System, which he now chairs. As a trusted community leader, Dr. Jones dedicates a substantial portion of his time working with city officials, the police, and the district attorney advocating for youth in court.

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.

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

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