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BTS President Frank James returns from successful Korea trip…

Frank James BTS

Seminary president Dr. Frank James has returned from a very active time in Korea during which he addressed 300 professors as the keynote speaker for the Korea Evangelical Theological Society.

Reports from those in attendance are that Frank’s presentation resulted in many taking a fresh look at what BTS can offer.

During his time in Korea, Frank also spoke at Chongshin University both in the classroom as well as in chapel where he presented to a room of 1,500 students. There were many more connections and meetings during his trip where his intercultural skill and his engaging style resulted in BTS and Frank both being more than well-received.

The pictures were taken at a Kosin University event where Dr. James and a Chongshin Seminary professor each gave a lecture followed by a question and answer session. Also in both pictures you will find BTS’s own Dr. Chang Hoon Oh who accompanied Dr. James on this trip.

Frank James BTS
 

Dave Lamb engages students at two universities

Dr. David Lamb took his special brand of teaching the Bible on the road and spent his last two Thursdays engaging university students.

On April 17 he presented to a group of Intervarsity students at Lehigh University and on April 24 he drew a group of both Intervarsity and Reformed University Fellowship students at the University of Maryland.

What was on the mind of students as they looked at seminary?

“Are you friendly to women students?” - Anyone who knows Dave Lamb and BTS for that matter will know that answer!

“I didn’t know seminary could even DO what BTS does!” - Curriculum, class delivery format…it’s all here!

“Wow…BTS is affordable.” - Less than the cost of one year at many universities.

“I am thinking of what seminary before med school might look like.” - There’s no better place than BTS to learn to shape the culture!

Pictured below is how Dave Lamb was announced at U of Maryland.

Dave Lamb speaking
 

Faculty member guest lectures at local university

This spring term Dr. Todd Mangum was guest lecturer at Arcadia on the topic of Revelation at the request of BTS board vice-chair Dr. Karen Sawyer. Students in the class had this to say about the experience:

BTS Dean

“It helped me understand the all-around character of John, and I literally had no idea what anything in Revelation meant until now.”

“A lot of what he taught brought together things we learned earlier in the semester.”

“He made a clear presentation for a topic that is extremely confusing. It helped me understand things in a new way”.

To have Dr. Mangum or another of our faculty speak at an event or in a class, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

BTS is pleased to announce the 2014 Commencement speaker...

BTS Graduation Speaker

... Wayne A. Davidson

Wayne holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and has served the seminary as adjunct instructor for the Greek language and as the BTS controller since 1979. He is retiring this year from his full time role at the seminary.

The BTS 2014 Commencement is Saturday, June 28 starting at 11 a.m. at LCBC BranchCreek, Harleysville, PA

 

BTS CELEBRATES INAUGURATION OF DR. FRANK A. JAMES, III

BTS formally celebrated the Inauguration of Dr. Frank A. James, III on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Founding and current faculty members, board members, special guests, ministry leaders, staff members, and friends joined together to honor, challenge, and commission Frank for the work to which the Lord has called him—the work Frank described as “Leadership on the New Frontier.”

Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, charged Frank to embrace his role and provide Christian leadership in the seminary, local community, and world. With Dr. Charles Zimmerman serving as emcee, the evening featured a number of other special guests, including:

  • Dr. George Murray, Chancellor of Columbia International University and son of BTS Founder Dr. Jack Murray,
  • Rev. Nan Clarke, Associate Pastor of Ardmore Presbyterian Church and BTS Board Member,
  • Pastor Rachel Sutliff, Associate Pastor of Vineyard Community Church West Philly,
  • Mr. Philip A. Clemens, CEO of Clemens Family Corporation,
  • Korean Student Fellowship Worship Team,
  • Dr. Robert C. Newman, Professor Emeritus and a Founding Faculty Member, and
  • Dr. Dan K. Williams, Director of Urban Programs at BTS.

The evening culminated with a Prayer of Commissioning by the board of trustees and a choral celebration by New Life Voices of Worship.

 

BTS Alum Meets with Pope Francis...

On behalf of the American Bible Society, Robert and Susan Briggs (MA in Counseling 2010, and Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling 2013 both from BTS) meet with Pope Francis and Vatican officials regarding Bible engagement and church unity.

Pope Francis
 

GTRI featured in an online, free journal

Global trauma recovery

BTS’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute is featured in the most recent issue of the EMCAPP Journal for Christian Psychology Around the World. Pages 172-211 include an overview of GTRI, two essays by BTS Clinical Faculty member Diane Langberg (The Role of Christ in Psychology; Living to Trauma Memories) and one by BTS Professor of Counseling and Psychology Phil Monroe (Telling Trauma Stories: What Helps, What Hurts).

 

Two New Faculty Books Now in Print….

Blessed Are the Balanced : A Seminarian's Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy (2013) by BTS’s Academic Dean, R. Todd Mangum and Paul E. Pettit of the Howard Hendricks Leadership Center in Dallas, Texas, explores the pivotal relationship between theological learning and meaningfully integrating that learning into daily living, in order to walk in spiritual fullness rather than detachment. In essence, this book challenges readers to exercise their theological scholarship through reflection and service, in order to achieve a harmony between academic learning and Kingdom living. It is a must-read for anyone contemplating or pursuing theological studies.

 

Derek Cooper, Assistant Professor of World Christian History, Director of LEAD MDiv, and Director of DMin, and Ed Cyzewski, a Biblical alum, co-authored the newly released book, Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those Who Doubted Jesus (2014). This book takes a fresh look at some of the overlooked personalities of the Gospels: Judas, the rich, young ruler, Herod, Pilate, Caiaphas, and more. Since, as BTS faculty colleague Dr. David Lamb puts it: "profound lessons often come from unexpected places be prepared to be encouraged and drawn closer to the Lord as you encounter these often ignored individuals in a new light".

 

Faculty Book Finalist for ECPA Award…

Derek Cooper’s, Christianity and World Religions is a finalist for this year’s ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) awards, under the Bible Reference category. The Christian Book Award program honors the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year. Winners will be announced at the Industry’s Award Banquet on April 28, 2014 at Focus on the Family. Derek Cooper is the Assistant Professor of World Christian History, Director of LEAD MDiv, and Director of DMin at BTS.

Congratulations, Dr. Cooper!

 

Frank and Carolyn James Co-Lead Important Workshop…

Seminary President Frank James and his wife, evangelical thinker and author Carolyn Custis James were captured in action at their workshop on His and Her-meneutics at the Ecclesia National Gathering, February 25-27.

Their co-led workshop explored the good, bad, and ugly hermeneutics among Evangelicals with a goal to help those attending to gain a missional perspective on how we approach the Bible.

Dr. Frank James teaching Carolyn Custis James teaching
 

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