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Dr. Dave Dunbar is teaching a new course this winter term

The Theology and Practices of the Spiritual Life

Here’s a snapshot of the course from Dr. Dunbar:

“The Gospel invites the disciples of Jesus into the life of the Kingdom of God, not only a future hope but a present reality. This course will examine what a kingdom life looks like and how we might actually expect to engage in such a life. Students will reflect on biblical materials and readings from the traditions of Christian spirituality and will also experiment with selected practices that followers of Jesus have found helpful for cultivating growth in Christ-likeness.”

Thursday, 4:30 – 7:30 pm, starting January 15, 2015


Dr. Phil Monroe Featured in ABC Documentary "Hope Rising"

Biblical Seminary’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute has partnered with American Bible Society to bring hope to those who have suffered severely in other parts of the world.

Hope Rising promo from American Bible Society on Vimeo.

Dr. Phil Monroe and Dr. Diane Langberg co-chair the Trauma Healing Advisory Council for the American Bible Society. They work to ensure that the Scripture-based trauma healing programs uphold the highest standards of biblical scholarship and mental health practice. Phil and Diane advise on program design, curriculum materials, training research and related disciples.

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Dave Lamb Adds the E-Beam

Students using Interactive Whiteboards

Dr. David Lamb has added a new feature to his lively Reading the OT Missionally class on Mondays. In addition to his teaching from the Word, he is teaching students to use our new E-Beam technology to highlight the biblical text for classroom discussion.

Pictured from the left are students Janice Nader, Amy Ruhf, and Jason Craig as they look at Joshua 2, the story of Jericho and Rahab.


Charles Zimmerman to speak at Camp-of-the-Woods

Charles Zimmerman

Our own Dr. Charles Zimmerman will be the speaker at Camp-of-the-Woods the week of July 11-18, 2015.

Charles joins Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Rev. Alistair Begg as the top three promoted chapel speakers in the series which covers 10 weeks during the summer.


Dr. Karen Sawyer Elected Chair of the Biblical Seminary Board of Trustees

PHILADELPHIA, October 14, 2014—The Board of Trustees of Biblical Seminary elected Dr. Karen Sawyer to serve as the eighth board chair in its 43-year history. Dr. Sawyer is the seminary’s first female board chair, succeeding Mr. Joe Longo (MA ’90), a businessman from New Jersey. Mr. Longo will remain on the seminary board.

Dr. Karen Sawyer, assistant professor in physical therapy at Arcadia University, graduated from Biblical Seminary’s counseling program in 1991 and has been on the board since 1994. “BTS is trying to reach out in new ways to marginalized people. To follow the heartbeat of God is to be in the margins of society with the poor, destitute, sick, economically deprived, and abused. We should be who he is. I see that the seminary is doing this, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it… I work with an amazing group of people on the board. I love it,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer brings a wealth of experience. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Arcadia, she also counsels and oversees student service trips to Jamaica, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Morocco as a part of curriculum requirements for an experiential program she developed. Over 250 Arcadia students have provided care to men, women, and children with neurological disabilities and some with orthopedic problems. In 2004, Sawyer led efforts to launch a clinic in St. Elizabeth Parish where one of her students has served since graduating.

“Karen’s humility and wisdom characterize her leadership style. I look forward to working alongside of her in this next season of the seminary’s ministry. I’m honored she accepted the invitation,” said Dr. Frank A. James III, President of Biblical Seminary.

Mr. Timothy Haahs, elected as vice chair, joined the board of trustees in 2008. He is the president and CEO of TimHaahs, a multi-disciplined engineering and architectural design firm. He is also the founding pastor of Calvary Vision Church.

“Tim is one of the remarkable leaders of our generation. He strives for excellence in every realm of his life. As both a business leader and a pastor, he points others to Jesus,” said Thom Skinner, Vice President for Development.

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.


Frank James joins Philadelphia Union League

Philadelphia Union League

BTS President Frank James is pictured below with his spouse, author Carolyn Custis James, at a recent gathering of the Union League of Philadelphia of which Frank is a member.

Members represent the Philadelphia region's leaders in business, education, technology, healthcare, law, government, religion, art and culture.

Frank’s connection with city leaders supports the BTS commitment to the city of Philadelphia.


Frank James speaks at Missio Alliance Gathering

Missio Allinace Missio Allinace

BTS president Frank James spoke at the Missio Alliance Gathering on September 19-20 in Carlisle, PA

Also attending and pictured: resident faculty member Dr. Derek Cooper and instructor Dr. Malcolm Walls.

Biblical is a proud sponsor of this event. The conference was well attended and Dr. James was well received. Several of our Biblical Alum were in attendance as well.


Derek Cooper’s latest book

Derek Cooper Book

Resident faculty member Dr. Derek Cooper’s latest book, Exploring Church History, offers an accessible introduction to world Christian history, full of interesting stories and beautiful artwork from the church’s past.

The book is scheduled for release December 1, 2014.

Did you know that if you order this book, and all other books, using Amazon Smile you can support Biblical Seminary? Use the button below:


Two BTS alums featured in new book

BTS Alums Book

Kyle Canty and Drew Hart, both 2011 Master of Divinity alums of BTS have contributed to a new book on Fatherhood.

To read more about the book click here.

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BTS Partners with WFIL at event

On Saturday, September 6th, Monica Hall and Dana Ergenbright from Student Advancement represented Biblical Seminary at the Pastor’s Wives Luncheon in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Over 200 hundred women attended this event and gifted speaker and author, Jill Briscoe, was the guest speaker.

The event started with a time of fellowship and information exchange as the women met with the vendors and other organizations. Monica and Dana were able to speak to at least 100 women and generate interest about Biblical Seminary and what we have to offer.


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