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“Young, Wrestling, and Always Reforming" Event

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BTS Faculty, Carolyn Custis James and Kyuboem Lee, will be presenters at the “Young, Wrestling, and Always Reforming” event at Liberti Church in Philadelphia May 3, 4. Subtitled “The Mission of God and the Continuing Reformation of the Church,” this event focuses on how the cultural climate for the Reformation has waned, and that emerging generations of Christians are seeking a new reformation, “one that honors the best of our heritage while moving past the categories and assumptions of the 16th Century.” The gathering aims to re-imagine the gifts of reformational theology and ministry practice for the sake of God’s mission, now and in the future.

Topics include: “The Mission of God’s Sovereignty,” “Reformed Theology from its Christendom Captivity,” “Semper Reformanda?: Recovering a Flexible, Contextual, Missional Ecclesiology for the Reformed Community,” and “The Vocational Formation of the People of God.”

This event is one in a cycle from Missio Alliance titled, “The Once & Future Mission Series.” It is dedicated to “recognizing the gifts of our various traditions up to today and re-imagining those gifts for the future of mission. We seek to do this by bringing these gifts into conversation with other parts of the Body of Christ so that a ’fusion of horizons’ can begin to take shape – one that we believe will be necessary for the future of mission in North America.”

Date: May 3, 4, 2016

Schedule: Available HERE

Location: Liberti Church 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Cost: $89 until April 3; until May 2, $109

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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.

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Honest conversations about social issues are often uncomfortable. Often controversial, these issues get under our skin, tearing at the fabric, not only of who we are, but how we view those around us.

As tensions over race and ethnicity in U.S. cities heat up, it’s easy to complain about (or simply ignore) the state of our fractured communities. But God wants his children to take up the hard work of healing…to ask the uncomfortable questions:

  • What if racial reconciliation in our cities started with the church?
  • What if Christians had the courage to listen to their marginalized brothers and sisters?
  • What if believers dared to live in the spiritual unity accomplished by Jesus?

This Black History Month, American Bible Society and Biblical Seminary are excited to host “Under My Skin,” an evening of conversations about racial issues in the Christian church. The night will kick off with some light refreshments and appetizers. Then a diverse group of panelists will lead large and small group discussions organized around three dialogues:


What do we mean when we talk about “black identity” and “white identity?” What words, artifacts and institutions have shaped racial identity in America? In the first dialogue, we will discuss the future of race relations in our nation.


In the United States, conversations about race have tended to focus on the abiding racial tensions between blacks and whites. But what about the experience of Latinos, Asians and other ethnic minorities? In the second dialogue, we will attend to the voices that have often gone unheard in America’s cultural conversation.


In Ephesians 6:12, Paul reminds us that the church’s true enemies are not fleshly, but spiritual—“cosmic powers of this dark age.” In the third and final dialogue, we will consider how the Bible leads to true reconciliation by reshaping the lenses through which Christians see race, enabling us to deal with underlying spiritual realities.

Speakers and Participants:

listed below are the confirmed speakers and particpants for the "Under My Skin" event.

  • Roy Peterson - American Bible Society
  • Dr. Frank James - President of Biblical Seminary
  • Dr. Dan Williams - Director of urban programs at Biblical Seminary
  • Dr. Greg Thompson - New City Commons
  • Malcolm Byrd - NewCORE
  • Jael Chambers - Young Life Philadelphia
  • Kuybeom Lee - Director of DMin Program at Biblical Seminary
  • Manny Ortiz - Author, pastor of Spirit and Truth Fellowship church, and faculty member at Biblical Seminary
  • Debbie Ortiz
  • Arthur Satterwhite - American Bible Society
  • Dr. Peter Heltzel - New York Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Donna Jones

Thank You Dr. Zimmerman for Your Service

Charles Zimmerman

After thirty years of service at BTS, Dr. Charles H. Zimmerman has resigned from his position as the Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology at BTS, making it possible for him to focus his attention on the ministry opportunities at Calvary Church as well as pursue other missional opportunities. Mr. Joe Longo (MA ’90), a former student of Dr. Zimmerman’s and a member of the board of trustees at BTS, described Charles “as possessing an unusual blend of energy for the work of God along with a deep intellectual capacity. Twenty-five years after sitting under his tutelage I still remember many of the things he taught me.”

Charles’ first role with BTS was as registrar and coordinator of admissions in 1985, the year he earned his MDiv from Biblical. He also served as director of admissions (1986-1989), dean of student affairs (1989-1993), and director of the doctor of ministry program (1993-2001). A graduate of Westminster Seminary (DMin, 1987), he became the teaching pastor of Calvary Church in 1990 where more than 2,000 worshipers gather weekly.

Beyond his work at BTS and Calvary Church, Charles has had an active public ministry, preaching regularly at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference (NJ), America’s Keswick (NJ), Camp of the Woods (NY), and many other ministry settings. We thank Charles for his service to BTS and pray God’s blessing on him as he continues to “follow Jesus into the world.

Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD
President | Professor of Historical Theology


Dean of Faculty, Dr. Todd Mangum, Cited in New Book

Dr. Todd Mangum Teaching

BTS Dean of the Faculty Dr. Todd Mangum is frequently cited in a recently published update/contemporary manifesto of “Dispensationalism” that presents a “broadly evangelical” kind of theological approach.

Dr. Mangum’s books and articles are cited and quoted throughout and several times upheld as the direction to which contemporary, modest/moderate dispensationalists are seeking to uphold.

Dr. Mangum comments: “Working on my dissertation in the late 90s, I thought that if I saw a leveling out and broader modifying of dispensationalist tenets in my lifetime at all affected by my work, I’d consider my life scholarship goals achieved. This book is really gratifying to see.”

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Special Report: 2015 IRA Charitable Rollover

On December 16, 2015 Congress and the White House reached an agreement on a year-end tax bill which includes a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover. The Senate is expected to pass this bill next week, sending it to President Obama who is expected to sign the bill into law.

IRA Rollover Contributions

This provision means that donors age 70½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to Biblical Seminary and other qualified public charities. This transfer will be made free of federal income tax and the gift qualifies for the donor’s required minimum distribution (RMD). This bill makes the IRA rollover provision retroactive to December 31, 2014.

Individuals may begin taking distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as early as age 59½, but are required to begin taking them at age 70½. Normally, these distributions are subject to income taxes.

In order to qualify, contributions must go directly to Biblical Seminary or other qualified charities and be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs. Donors may receive no goods or services in return for their contributions, and must obtain written documentation of their contribution from each recipient charity.

Here is a sample letter for donors interested in an IRA Charitable Rollover.

Donors who want to take advantage of this option should contact their IRA Administrators immediately. A sample letter is enclosed for your convenience. For additional information, feel free to contact me directly:

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BTS Grad Celebrates 20 Years of Pastoral Service

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Biblical grads and BTS people pictured: (from left to right): Rob Marshall, Nariett Butler, Judith Crumety, Cornell Williams, Dr. Todd Mangum, Baleria Williams, Dr. Dan Williams.


Biblical Seminary grad (June 2015), Pastor Cornell Williams celebrated his 20th pastoral anniversary at Baptist Temple Church in Camden, NJ.

Pastor Williams led a church plant of 40 people to become a robust, vibrant and growing church of between 250 and 300 members. He has received commendation from the mayor of Camden, from governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and from the chief of police of Camden – who was there at the banquet and made remarks.

Rev. Dr. Dan Williams, BTS Assistant Prof of Pastoral Theology and Director of Urban Programs gave the message from the Word.

BTS Dean of the Faculty, Todd Mangum, said this: “ Dan’s message was deeply edifying for a pastor or Christian leader who has been in the work for a long time; using Elijah’s encounter with the Lord in 1 Kings 19 to talk about the Lord enabling His man of God to gain “his second wind.”

BTS alums were in abundance at the event. Grads participating in the event included:

  • Dan’s wife Baleria Williams
  • Master of Ceremonies for the day Pastor George Holland
  • George’s wife, Eartha Holland
  • Special music performed by Florena Douglas
  • Delivering some of the remarks, minister Robert Marshall

To learn how you can receive training that matters, contact BTS today.

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Could Logos Bible Software Be In Your and Our Future?

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The faculty at BTS is currently researching the use of Logos Bible Software for use in our biblical and theological studies curriculum.

Pictured are some of our faculty with executives from the Logos Bible software company; they met in the midst of the conference meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta last week.

From left to right, Dr. Derek Cooper, Professor Steve Taylor, Dr. Todd Mangum, Thomas Osborn (executive VP of Logos), Dr. David Lamb, Tim Sebens (academic program manager for Logos), and Pastor Michael Ruis (pastoral training consultant with Logos)

  • We are interested in your comments if you have experience with Logos Bible Software.
  • We are also interested in knowing if having Logos Bible Software at BTS would encourage you to choose BTS as your seminary.

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BTS Announces Commencement Speaker

The speaker for the June 11, 2016 commencement ceremony at LCBC in Harleysville, PA is President Emeritus and Professor of Theology David G. Dunbar, PhD

Dr. Dunbar served the seminary as its president for 27 years until 2013 and continues to be a popular instructor. Before coming to Biblical in 1986, he taught at Northeastern Bible College and Trinity evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Sharon, have four grown children. Dr. Dunbar received a BS degree from Penn State University, his MDiv from BTS, his ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Drew University

Dr. Dunbar is the teaching pastor at Grace Bible Church in Souderton, PA.


Happy #GivingTuesday!

You may be familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? It’s an opportunity to give—and encourage a movement of giving—rather than consume. Watch this video to learn more:

Will you join us in participating in this day of giving back?

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  • You can give at or by calling 215.368.5000 x116! Any amount you’re able to give will help prepare men and women for ministry.
  • Share with your friends to help inspire others to give this holiday season!

Our ministry would not be possible without faithful ministry supporters. Thank you!

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).


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