“Relational Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology”

My work with Steven Sandage is now published with Routledge Press. Be sure to get a copy of Relational Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology: Theory, Research, and Practice.

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What did “the gospel” mean in Jesus’ day?

Here’s the lead in to an article I wrote for the publication of the National Association of Evangelicals on the “Theology behind Euangelion.”

Jesus’ first words in Mark’s Gospel announce the impending arrival of God’s reign. “‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15). Although it is easy to think Jesus was the first to speak about the good news (euangelion in Greek), the origins of the “gospel” go further back. If we look for antecedents of announcements about “good news” tied to the reign of a king, we find two paths that prefigure Jesus’ proclamation.

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Insights from the Greek

My contribution to Devotions on the Greek New Testament is highlighted in a blog post earlier this week. With an introduction like this, I’m sure everyone will be clamoring to read it :).

It’s not every day you’re invited to ponder the meaning of a collocation signifying clause. Yet Jeannine Brown invites us to do just that with διὰ τὸ ἔχειν in Philippians 1:7.

Bethel’s Online MDiv gains recognition

Our Bethel Seminary Online Master of Divinity degree has been highlighted as one of the best online MDivs at TheBestSchools.org. Here’s the article that highlights our program and puts us in the top 20 online MDivs:

Bethel University had its birth as a seminary in 1871 in Chicago. Founded by Christian sea captain John Alexis Edgren, the Baptist Union Theological Seminary was established as a means to train Swedish pastors for congregations of Baptist immigrants fleeing persecution by the state church in their Scandinavian homeland. While Bethel relocated several times, it nevertheless remained a part of the University of Chicago’s divinity school until in 1914. That year, churches of the Baptist General Conference acquired and moved it permanently to St. Paul, where it joined with a Baptist high school to form Bethel Seminary and Academy. In 1947, its sister school became a 4-year college, and together they were known as Bethel College and Seminary. Bethel Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, the Higher Learning Commission, and other accrediting groups depending on program needs.

The Master of Divinity at Bethel Seminary can be completed fully online. It consists of a total of 78 credits, which the student can completed in four to five years. Bethel’s MDiv will prepare the student for vocational ministry, chaplaincy positions, and for further doctoral studies. Classes the student will take for their MDiv include Old and New Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, Church History, and more.

Alongside classes in the Center of Biblical and Theological Foundations, Bethel University also offers the student opportunities to take classes in a variety of other disciplines. The student can take classes in Children’s and Family Ministry, Christian Thought, Church Planting, and Transformational Leadership.

Why do Bible translation committees continue to meet?

This is a question I often get from people interested in the Bible and its translation. The flip side of this question is: If you get Bible translation right the first time, why should you have to continue to translate? At the center is the issue of the necessity for ongoing Bible translation. A great answer is provided by the staff at Biblica, the organization that sponsors the work of the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT)–the NIV translation team. (I am honored to be a part of this team and that work.) They have drawn examples from our NIV work to answer this important question.