But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Thursday, 09 June 2016 08:51

On Being Conservative

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Last week the satirical news site Babylon Bee made the national news with a post distasteful to some, mocking a health-and-wealth guru after she proved herself a fraud by dying. While that story was making the headlines, a less popular post titled “Conservative Christian Trying To Remember What He’s Supposed To Be Conserving

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:02

5/23/16 DBTS Podcast: Jeremie Roy

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Jeremie Roy, recent DBTS graduate and missionary to the Dominican Republic, reminds us from Romans 8:18-25 that because of the greatness of the coming Glory, we must see trials as trivial.


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Friday, 03 June 2016 07:16

Why Does a Gorilla’s Life Matter?

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Last Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo, a gorilla was killed to protect the life of a 4 year old boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure. The gorilla, named Harambe, was a member of an endangered species, with less than 175,000 western lowland gorillas worldwide.

This incident has created quite a bit of controversy. An online petition asking for

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 07:55

Christians Don’t Retire

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As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the percentage of Americans at retirement age is expected to explode, with about 9000 reaching age 65 each year. “Forty-eight million Americans were age 65 and older in 2015, 18 percent more than just five years earlier. The number of older Americans will increase to 74 million by 2030, and 98

After 33 years of faithful ministry at DBTS, Dr. McCabe will be retiring this year and moving with his wife to Arizona to live with their family. Paul Finkbeiner sat down with him in his office to talk about his life as a seminarian and Old Testament professor.

Paul Finkbeiner: How did you end up working at DBTS?Dr. Robert McCabe: Robert Smith,

Thursday, 05 May 2016 07:29

05/05/16 Podcast: Pastor Tracy Fressel

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1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 1


What is true success in ministry? More importantly, how does God measure ministry success? Pastor Tracy Fressel speaks on the characteristics of faithfulness in the Minister’s life.


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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 09:02

“I Do All Things for the Sake of the Gospel…” Featured

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So said Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:23. And so we must agree with him. Still, I wonder whether this verse can sustain all the freight that has been loaded onto it over the years. Does it mean, as John Piper suggested a few months ago, that Christians should not carry concealed weapons or use lethal force against violent intruders/rapists? Does it

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:55

05/04/16 Podcast: Dr. Robert McCabe

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Ecclesiastes 7:15-18


In his last chapel message before his retirement, Dr. Robert McCabe speaks on an often-misunderstood passage in Ecclesiastes and addresses the question, “If God does not reward righteousness in this life, then why live righteously?”


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Millions of people each year participate in short-term ministry trips, with many now preparing for trips this summer. I have the privilege of leading a team from our church to Zambia this summer. We will be visiting a missionary couple sent from our church with the purpose of encouraging them in any way we can; of learning more about them, their

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:27

Summer and Fall Schedule – 2016 available now

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DBTS is offering four courses this summer in a module format. The courses taught residentially include Introduction to Missions, Church Polity, and Greek Exegesis of 2 Peter and Jude. Each course can be taken for credit for either the M.Div. or Th.M.


First Session: May 17-27 (8:00–11:50 a.m.)


Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:43

Free Books to Give Away

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From time to time publishers send me free books in the hope that their books will be reviewed in the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal. Some of these end up being reviewed in the journal, but others do not. Right now I have five books published by Crossway sitting on my desk ready to be given away. Here are the titles:

Christopher Ash, Job: The

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 14:50

Imagine There’s…No Hell.

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In perhaps John Lennon’s most famous song, “Imagine,” he calls people to envision a world that would be at peace—where “the world will be as one.” He views certain ideas or beliefs as currently standing in the way of this utopia, including countries, religion, and possessions. But the first obstacle he names is

Friday, 25 March 2016 06:03

Did God Die on the Cross? Another Attempt

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Once again the anniversary of Christ’s death is opening up the question whether it is proper to say that God died on the cross, with good men leveling arguments at and past one another. Some argue that God, being immortal (1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16; etc.), by definition cannot die. Others, citing passages like Acts 20:28 and Galatians 2:20, which

Monday, 29 February 2016 18:02

The End of Evangelicalism As We Know It? Featured

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Those of you who know me know that I don’t like to self-identify as an evangelical. The label has some usefulness, of course. Were I to use it, the label would inform people that I hold to inerrancy in some form. It would inform people that I am not a card-carrying devotee of mainstream Protestant denominationalism—at least as my first

Thursday, 25 February 2016 06:16

You Must Legislate Morality

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“You can’t legislate morality.” I see this phrase come up in often in discussions of the government’s role in moral issues. Whether debating previous laws against adultery or current laws about drug use or marriage, many people argue that the government has no ability to dictate right or wrong.

I think part of the sentiment

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:04

DBTS Welcomes New OT Professor

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Dr. Kyle Dunham will join the DBTS faculty full time in the fall of 2016 as Associate Professor of OT.

After earning his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology in biblical studies from DBTS, Dr. Dunham completed his Doctor of Theology in Old Testament from The Master’s Seminary.

A distinguished scholar and author, he has published multiple

Thursday, 11 February 2016 07:51

2016 William R. Rice Lecture Series

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Please join us on Friday, March 18 from 8:30 am to noon for the 2016 Rice Lecture Series. Dr. Kyle Dunham will speak on the topic: Holy War: Past, Present and Future Implications.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016Time: 8:30 – NoonLocation: Detroit Baptist Theological SeminarySpeaker: Dr. Kyle DunhamTheme: “Holy War: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, 08 February 2016 07:39

What Is Forgiveness?

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In the past few months I have encountered several conflicting ideas about forgiveness in unexpected counseling situations. Nor is the confusion confined to the uninformed or immature. The biblical idea of forgiveness is an elusive one that is often missed entirely or sometimes mixed with other ideas—ideas that are not necessarily bad,

Monday, 11 January 2016 05:57

The Messianic Secret and the Son of Man

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When I was an associate pastor, I remember “Grandma” Audrey, an eighty-year-old woman, asking me why Jesus required His disciples to keep His true identity a secret (e.g., Mark 8:29-30). I was thankful that she had been reading her Scripture in such a way that questions were naturally generated. I trust that you likewise have faced

Friday, 08 January 2016 12:07

More Neo-Kuyperian than Biblical? Featured

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Back when I was in seminary, one of my professors used to warn us seminarians to be neither “more pious than Paul” nor “more Christian than Christ.” Such a stance might win us halos on earth, but no crowns in glory. This instruction was never more vivid to me than when I read John Piper’s pacifist critique of the

Six months ago the Lord led my family to make a surprising move. I was teaching at a University in Wisconsin and believed the Lord would leave us there for many years to come. When the Lord led us to seriously consider moving to Detroit, a few things needed to be examined, but one was primary. A number of years ago a wise man gave me the advice to

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 08:29

Dr. Compton Presents Paper at ETS Meeting

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DBTS professors Dr. Bruce Compton and Dr. Tim Miller attended the 67th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) on Nov. 17-19 in Atlanta. The conference theme – “Marriage and Family” – was timely considering the Supreme Court’s recent departure from the biblical definition of marriage.

In response to

Thursday, 17 December 2015 06:33

What Connects Christmas to Giving to Those in Need?

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 Christmas is associated with giving, and many organizations take advantage of the season to urge people to donate. Sometimes the giving is encouraged because it is the end of the year and the final chance to give for tax purposes. Often, though, the push to give is specifically tied to Christmas. We’re accustomed to seeing people dressed up

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 12:38

Why We Pray Even When “God Isn’t Fixing This”

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No doubt all of us are aware of the disparaging remarks that were made about prayer in the aftermath of last week’s shooting. Among others the New York Daily News discouraged prayer on December 3rd with an article entitled “God Isn’t Fixing This.” So we’ve reached another tipping point: people are annoyed with

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 06:48

The Man Who Would Be Santa Claus

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 It’s that time of year when complete strangers ask children what they want a dead guy to bring them when he sneaks into their house in the middle of the night. And it’s also a time when Christian parents struggle to help their children answer such people in a way that is both accurate and appropriate. Amidst the cultural clutter that

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