Bible & Theology

Worship in Spirit and Truth

Mark L. Bailey Jun 15

O ur heavenly Father has transformed his throne—from a throne of wrath to a throne of grace—on our behalf. With the finished work of the Cross, we can approach God not on our own merits but his. In fact, God has invited us to come boldly. He waits for us and seeks for us to...

A Pivotal Moment in History

Mark L. Bailey Jan 20

I recently spoke at a weekend retreat in east Texas to a group of young adults from a local church near Dallas. At the end of our time together, we had a Q&A session that lasted for about three hours. In the hearts of these young people burned the question, “What does our future...

Blazed Out of Darkness

Michael Justice Jan 9

E ver wonder why a physically blind person longs to see light while a spiritually blind person does not? The man born blind in John 9 saw darkness: no colors, no shapes, no depth perception, no visual perspective whatsoever. He “saw” by his other senses, such as hearing, touch, smell,...

Shaped By the Future: Reclaiming the Hope of Eschatology

Glenn R. Kreider Jan 9

Eschatology. Often simply defined as “the study of last things,” the mere mention of the word conjures up a variety of responses. Some think of weeklong prophecy conferences, led by biblical scholars who have spent a lifetime developing charts, maps, and graphs of end time scenarios....

Follow Christ's Lead

Mark L. Bailey Sep 12, 2016

My grandfather raised sheep on a small 210-acre ranch in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. When I was a child, my family and I lived across the mountains from him and would often make the five-hour drive, climbing and descending through three mountain passes just to get to his place. Then...

3 Essential Instructions You Need to Overcome the Uncertainty and the Unknowns of Leadership

Amanda DeWitt Sep 9, 2016

I still remember the first time I slipped out of my chair and stood at the head of a boardroom table. The women before me were leaders, mentors, and trailblazers in my profession. “They don’t teach you how to do this in seminary,” I thought to myself. I swallowed hard, hobbled...

Can Any Good Thing Come Out of Nazareth?

Sandra Glahn Jul 1, 2016

S tanding in Nazareth's Basilica of the Annunciation, I gazed up at mosaics from all over the world. These works depicted the Virgin Mary with Jesus, and in each case Jesus bore the ethnic identity of the predominate group in the gifting country. That is, the art from Ecuador showed...

The Lord Loves Diversity

Mark L. Bailey Jun 23, 2016

A ll of us who have lived through this past year are aware of the difficulties of the racial tensions within our culture—the massacre in Charleston, racially related police violence, and offensive statements made by politicians and candidates. If anything, these events continue to show...

For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free

Kelley M. Mathews Feb 21, 2016

When I was a child, my relationship with my brother was rocky at best. Wrapped in our own me-centered worlds, we cared little for what the other preferred—whether he wanted me to share the phone or I wanted him to turn down the hard rock coming through the bedroom walls. We spent several years at...

Till Heaven and Nature Sing

Mark L. Bailey Feb 7, 2016

Some 2,600 years ago, Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon, invaded Judah. Consequently, after a siege lasting about eighteen months, the Gentiles conquered and destroyed Jerusalem, plundered the temple, and hauled most of the city’s residents into captivity. Only the poorest of the poor remained....

The Irresistible Force of Star Wars:
3 Theological Approaches

Michael J. Svigel Dec 8, 2015

The Irresistible Force of Star Wars Since the saga’s launch in 1977, the irresistible force of the Star Wars phenomenon has impacted young and old alike. It’s nearly impossible to get through a day without being brushed, bumped, or bombarded by a Star Wars image, allusion, or...

DTS and the NIV: 50 Years and Counting

Emily Varner, Sandra Glahn Nov 16, 2015

Dallas Theological Seminary’s role in the faithful translation and interpretation of God’s Word continues with the work of DTS Department Chair and Senior Professor of New Testament Studies, Buist M. Fanning. Fanning is a contributor to the recently released NIV Zondervan Study Bible , a new...

The Dinner Table as a Place of Connection, Brokenness, and Blessing

Barry D. Jones Oct 26, 2015

Perhaps before we invite people to Jesus or invite them to church, we should invite them to dinner

From the Garden to the Garden: Tracing Our Sobremesa through the Bible

Karla D. Zazueta Oct 12, 2015

It seemed no one had intentions of leaving anytime soon. The crowd that night—and, in fact, every night we traveled through France—preferred to linger after dinner. I enjoyed this style of dining—no rush, no waiter pushing us out the door, just fellowship and conversation for...

Coffee as a Means of Grace: A Sip of Theological Humor

Michael J. Svigel Sep 29, 2015

Until I accepted coffee as a means of grace, I struggled both internally and externally with the entire concept of waking up early in the morning to seek the Lord in prayer.

The Covenant of Singleness: The Bible and Church History

J. Scott Horrell Jun 12, 2015

The Hebrew understanding of man and woman forcefully urged marriage and offspring as essential to Israel’s future heritage and inheritance. But the New Testament seems to turn from a Jewish perspective of marriage to valuing celibacy for the kingdom of God.

They Were Single Too: A Sampling of 8 Bible Characters

David M. Hoffeditz Jun 10, 2015

Single adults in the Bible demonstrate that the single life is both a viable option and one that affords people the opportunity to live uniquely for the Lord—undistracted by particular concerns of the world. The following eight individuals were unconcerned with spouses, education, or...

14 Reasons Why Song of Solomon Probably Doesn’t Tell a Single Love Story

Gordon H. Johnston Feb 14, 2003

The narrative approach to the Song of Solomon has been popularized by several writers. While this approach has some merits, it also has several significant problems.

Is Tithing Bibical?

Glenn R. Kreider Jan 2, 2014

We asked Dr. Glenn Kreider , professor of Theological Studies, what he teaches his students about tithing, and whether it’s biblical. “I tell them that tithing is biblical like polygamy, slavery, and animal sacrifices are biblical. These concepts are included in the Bible. But...

Five of Christ’s Teachings about Money

Klaus D. Issler Dec 29, 2014

Five important themes that emerge from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, excerpted from Living into the Life of Jesus, by Dr. Klaus Issler (ThM, 1977), published by IVP Books.