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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.

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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
 

BTS Adjunct Professor Contributes to Patheos

Carolyn Custis James

Carolyn Custis James, adjunct professor at BTS, accepted the invitation by Patheos to contribute to a series of essays on “Evangelicalism: The Future of Faith in America. The article is titled: Generational Divide in American Evangelicalism | Millennials will win in the end.

CLICK HERE to read the article.

Carolyn recently taught at BTS on her book, The Gospel of Ruth, with rave reviews from the students. To see more of her insights, visit her blog: www.whitbyforum.com.

 

Dave Lamb’s Book Recommended in Leadership Journal

David Lamb God Behaving Badly

The most recent Leadership Journal (summer 2015) article, “Teach the Bloody Bible” recommends 4 books for understanding the hard stories of the Bible—one of the recommended books is one written by our own David T Lamb: God Behaving Badly (p. 49 in the printed version of the article.)

The four recommended books appear on page 5 of the online article. You will need to be a subscriber to access the full article.

Dave’s newest book, Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style
will be available September 1, 2015.

 

Dr. Frank James teaching in BTS ThM Program

Frank James Biblical Seminary

As yet another reason to apply for Biblical Seminary’s Master of Theology program, seminary president Dr. Frank James will be teaching in our ThM program in the spring term.

His course is titled: Theology and Preaching in the Reformation Tradition and will be held on the main campus in Hatfield, PA each Monday morning, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., from April 18 to June 20, 2016.

Completed applications are due by August 15 join the program this fall term.

 

Click HERE for more information on our ThM Program

 

BTS Faculty Member David Lamb's New Book Arrives Soon!

Jacob and Solomon were polygamists. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes. What are polygamists and prostitutes doing on the pages of Holy Scripture? And God told the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute. What about Cain — did he really marry his sister? Abraham did, and he was also a polygamist. Lot offered his daughters up for rape, David committed adultery (or rape?) and the Bible calls both men righteous. Love, Old Testament style, was bizarre.

As readers of the Old Testament encounter these weird, confusing, and horrific “love” stories they ask, “What’s up with sex in the Old Testament?” The church often ignores the R-rated bits of the Bible, so it’s hard for people to find answers to their disturbing questions about sex in Scripture, which can lead people to give up on God and God’s word.

However, these stories were included in the Bible for a reason, to reveal an even more shocking “love” story. When humans behave badly, God behaves graciously. God not only forgives people with sexual baggage, but also redeems their lives and includes them in his mission. God’s word records their story to benefit us. Just as sex was not often ideal in the Old Testament, it’s often not ideal today. Instead of ignoring these stories, Prostitutes and Polygamists engages, discusses, and learns from them.

David Lamb's new book takes a Look at Love, Old Testament Style and is now available for pre-order. It comes out Sept 1, 2015.

 

 

Cohort 21 Returns from Haiti with Compassionate Hearts

The 2016 graduating students in the Urban LEAD Master of Divinity degree program (known as Cohort 21) completed their intercultural trip that is part of their curriculum and found it to be a thought and life changing experience.

Graduating student Robert EC Jones Jr., expressed it this way:

We had a rich cultural experience. But one thing that was most evident: It doesn't matter where you travel-- be it in the city of Port au-Prince, an outer laying small town, or pass through a village...the story is the same. Haitian people are in great need. They live in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that crumbled the island in 2010. Yet today, they struggle with recovery and still lack so many of the basic necessities that we have, enjoy, and take for granted in the United States. But, despite what they don't have many Haitian people live in appreciation for what they do have while sharing a commonality of life from day to day. As I reflect on our missions trip, I recognize that just giving handouts are not the solution to the problems in Haiti. Although different individual groups and organizations provide various kinds of aid to Haiti, the country needs a more compassionate world to come alongside them in genuineness of heart to help them meet their needs in a holistic way. This can begin with me.

 

Click HERE to learn more about our dynamic Urban LEAD MDiv Program.

 

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BTS Alum Book, Death Letter, to Become a Movie

David W. Peters enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after his high school graduation. After his enlistment, he attended Biblical Seminary where he graduated in 2002 with his Master of Divinity degree. He then worked as a youth minister. Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was commissioned as a chaplain in the US Army.

He served as the battalion chaplain for the 62nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Fort Hood, Texas, 2004-2007, which included his deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, orthopedic, neuroscience, and psychological wards at Walter Reed.

His essay, "A Spiritual War: Crises of Faith in Combat Chaplains from Iraq and Afghanistan" was included in the volume titled *Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2014). David has written for the Huffington Post and is a priest in The Episcopal Church. He lives with his wife in Austin, TX.

Written in the dark days immediately following former Army chaplain David W. Peters' deployment to Iraq, Death Letter is part memoir, part comic lament, on his relationship with the three great subjects of our mythic imagination. The book has been met with rave reviews from those who have read it:

"This book is brutally honest and savagely funny. I was laughing while I cringed. Or cried."

"This book is beautifully written. The author takes blocks of incomprehensible, painful, tragic, and intensely private events and uses them to build not a wall around himself but a path to the reader and perhaps to other things."

A feature film based upon David's critically acclaimed words is in production.

 

Do You Want to Learn How to Help Military Personal Dealing with Trauma?

On August 28th and 29th BTS is hosting a class entitled "Trauma and the Military" where Senior Chaplain Colonel Dean Bonura, DMin, will examine many spiritual symptoms of PTSD and explore the spiritual remedies that address them by using the tenets of Christian spirituality. The course also addresses other trauma experienced in the military such as sexual assault.

Click HERE for more information

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