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Webinars for Church Board Chairs

Categories: Feature Resource. (December 17th, 2012)

Where does a church board chair find resources to develop his or her leadership abilities in fulfilling this important role? Dr. Larry Perkins is offering a series of three webinars January – March 2013 that will give you significant help in understanding your role and offering practical wisdom to facilitate your service.

Inauguration of the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy

Categories: BibleFeature ResourceIssues of the DayTheology. (September 27th, 2011)

Inauguration Event for the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy

Does Love Win or God Win? – A Review of “Love Wins”

Categories: Book ReviewsFeature Article. Tags:
(May 12th, 2011)

Dr. Larry Perkins reviews Rob Bell’s controversial book “Love Wins”.

Theologies of Leadership – are they new forms of clericalism?

Categories: Leadership. (March 14th, 2011)

Is the general belief that only a few are called to exercise leadership in ministry perpetuating clericalism, but under a new guise? Did Jesus intend only a few in his Kingdom to be leaders or was one of his radical changes the opportunity and requirement for every disciple to be both leader and follower, rather than a few being leaders and the rest followers?

In His Service

Categories: Nova. (December 15th, 2010)

In a few days I will be completing my responsibilities as Northwest’s President. Two years ago as I began to plan for this transition, it seemed a long way ahead. Now it is here and God’s grace has enriched the experience. Thank you for the good wishes you have shared recently and for your prayerful […]

Alpha and Omega – How well does a pastor need to know the Bible?

Categories: Bible StudyBiblical LanguagesFeature ArticlePreaching. Tags:
(October 8th, 2010)

Pastors open windows into the text of Scripture to let people discern its meaning…. But what competence in the original languages does a pastor need in order to do that with excellence?

Decade of Service

Categories: Nova. (August 26th, 2010)

In the sixty-five years following Northwest’s re-establishment after World War II, Northwest has had six presidents.  This is a remarkable story of committed, stable leadership. A decade of service in this role is about the average. I believe it is time for a new leader who can bring fresh vision and vitality to Northwest’s mission. […]

2010- 06-12 Board Summary

Categories: Board Summaries. (June 15th, 2010)

The June meeting of the Northwest board marks the beginning of a new year of ministry by these volunteer leaders on behalf of our Seminary and our churches. We extend our thanks to Colin McKenzie for his excellent service during these past three years. Robert Murdock and Dwight Geiger (FEBPacific President’s representative) are initiating their […]

Ministry Leaders Entering the Harvest

Categories: Nova. (June 2nd, 2010)

Summer is soon upon us and I wanted to drop a note to keep you connected with Northwest. Graduation occurred six weeks ago and about 80 men and women received diplomas and degrees through the ministry of Northwest and its partners in the Associated Canadian Theological Schools. Praise God for these new ministry leaders entering […]

Working with Bias — Decision-making In Church Board Meetings

Categories: BoardTalkChurchChurch BoardsLeadership. (April 7th, 2010)

In the midst of every important decision a church board engages lurks a myriad of biases that batter the process like turbulent winds. Every board member brings these biases into the room, including the chair and lead pastor. Biases are human realities, but some can be beneficial, while others have potential for serious harm. How […]

Equip Today – Impact Tomorrow

Categories: Nova. (March 22nd, 2010)

What a headline – “Canadian Seminary Enrolments drop by 15 – 20% in five years!” It’s true. In 2005 the total reported enrolment in Canadian Protestant Seminaries was 5751, but in 2009 this has decreased to 4860. The numbers have stabilized in the last year or two. What does this mean? In the next few […]

2010-03-16 Board Summary

Categories: Board Summaries. (March 18th, 2010)

The Northwest Baptist Seminary Board of Governors met Friday evening and Saturday, March 12 -13, 2010. On Friday, Northwest hosted its third “State of the Seminary” evening for the Board, faculty and staff with spouses, as well as special guests. The theme for the evening was “Equip Today — Impact Tomorrow.”  We were encouraged by […]

God’s Provision

Categories: Nova. (January 11th, 2010)

God’s done it again – totally exceeded my expectations! I can affirm Paul’s claim in Philippians 4:19 that “my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Our goal for the operational and bursary fund this year totaled $99,000 and as of December 31, 2009, God has blessed us […]

2009-10-17 Board Summary

Categories: Board Summaries. (October 28th, 2009)

Northwest Baptist Seminary Summary of the Board of Governor’s Meeting October 17, 2009 Every two years the Board at their October meeting gathers for a two day retreat, that incorporates their business meeting. They defined their theme this year as “learning how to develop leaders collaboratively – a ten year perspective.” So much of what […]

Navigating Uncertainty

Categories: President's Challenge. (October 5th, 2009)

Recently a report came across my desk urging leaders to “master the discipline of uncertainty.” Since they cannot predict the future, leaders must “adopt, adapt, and build” new capabilities to navigate uncertainty.  Sounds severely challenging! But it is no different when it comes to equipping ministry leaders. Diverse changes occurring in the evangelical church world, […]

Continuing Education At Its Best

Categories: Nova. (September 1st, 2009)

The end of summer encourages us to reflect on the ‘harvest’ that our work in these past months is producing. I do know that 250 pastors, lay people and emerging leaders were involved in various courses and other leadership development opportunities from May to August. This included the Smarter Families Canada workshops. I think for […]

The Parable of the Talents — How can it be applied today?

Categories: Bible. (June 23rd, 2009)

A colleague who works with Christian entrepeneurs asked me recently whether Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) offers any principles to guide Christians in business? This is a wonderfully provocative question. 1. I am strong believer in first seeking to interpret Jesus’ parables in the context of the presumed first century audience and his ministry goals. In terms […]

God’s Purposes in Crisis

Categories: President's Challenge. (June 18th, 2009)

The English word ‘crisis’ has its origins in a Greek noun meaning “exercise judgment.” A crisis requires a person to discern very carefully a just response to current or emerging circumstances. Usually it defined the activity of judges in a legal setting, evaluating the behaviour of people and holding them accountable. Times of crisis require […]

Green Shoots

Categories: Nova. (June 4th, 2009)

“Green shoots” is the lingo economists and business gurus are using to describe the signs of economic recovery, at least what they hope are the signs. I have no expertise to discern whether these green shoots are weeds or wheat, I have to leave that to others more competent or perhaps more daring than I. […]

Jimmy Long: The Leadership Jump

Categories: Book ReviewsLeadership. (June 2nd, 2009)

Jimmy Long. The Leadership Jump. Building Partnerships Between Existing and Emerging Christian Leaders (Downers Grove, ILL: InterVarsity Press, 2009). 205 pages. Writing from his experience as a leader and leadership developer for many years within InterVarsity, Jimmy Long passionately argues that existing and emerging Christian leaders need one another in order to guide the church […]

Christian Freedom

Categories: Book ReviewsChristian LifeDiscipleshipGraceSpiritual Formation. Tags:
(May 19th, 2009)

A friend recently gave me a copy of Steve Brown’s book A Scandalous Freedom. The Radical Nature of the Gospel. Maybe he thought my life was confined by too many ‘don’ts’ and wanted me to discover afresh the gift of freedom in Christ.  Brown’s thesis is quite basic — Christians in North America have lost the true sense of Gospel freedom […]

Does the Ending Matter? Mark 16

Categories: BibleBible StudyHermeneuticsNew TestamentTranslation Issues. (May 5th, 2009)

After Mark 16:8 the New International Version adds the bracketed statement "The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20." But then they print some additional material (vv. 9-20). What are readers to do? Should they ignore what follows and consider Mark 16:8 as the ending of this Gospel? Should […]

The “Vision” Quest

Categories: Church BoardsLeadershipMinistry. (April 16th, 2009)

The pastor read what the church leadership expert wrote — the leader casts the vision! The elders were expecting him to come forward with "the vision". What would they think about his ability to lead if he couldn’t deliver? The weight of this expectation seemed to crush him. Where was he to find "the vision" for his […]

Life Transforming Study of God’s Word

Categories: Nova. (April 1st, 2009)

For over thirty years I have had the privilege annually to teach in depth some portion of God’s word. This semester my focus was the Gospel of Matthew. What a challenge to lead emerging ministry leaders to engage these vital, authoritative words of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. And to do this in a way […]

What’s Sunday For?

Categories: ChurchChurchTalkDiscipleshipMinistryMinistryTalkNew TestamentNew TestamentTalk. (March 31st, 2009)

The resurrection of Jesus inaugurated one of the most remarkable changes in human religious observance – Sunday became the day of the week for Christian worship. Up to that point in history, Sunday was just another day in the week, a day for work, commerce, and , if you were wealthy enough, pleasure. But Christians […]

Leading Without Blinders

Categories: ChurchLeadership. (March 13th, 2009)

Churches grow and diminish; educational institutions thrive and then fade; missions burn fervently and then stagnate; denominations ebb and flow. People express considerable curiosity about the factors that cause human institutions to flourish for a time, but then, it seems inevitably, begin to falter or at least lose their initial momentum. E.Gibbons wrote The Rise […]

Ministry Assessment Process

Categories: President's Challenge. (February 21st, 2009)

Human beings have been creating simple maps before they knew how to write. The oldest maps in the world pre-date the third millennium before Christ. Our desire to locate ourselves and find our destination seems to be as old as human creation itself. And this cartographic creativity is not limited to one group of human […]

A Brief Note on Gunaikes in 1 Timothy 3:11 – Deacons or Wives?

Categories: Biblical LanguagesHermeneuticsLeadershipNew TestamentTalk. Tags:
(February 12th, 2009)

In response to one of my blogs someone asked how we are to understand the role of the women mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:11. Are they to be included among the diakonoi, i.e. deacons, or were they the wives of male diakonoi. In other words, did women serve in an official capacity as diakonoi (deacons) […]

Discerning God’s Plans

Categories: Nova. (February 1st, 2009)

“His Mighty Power at Work in Us” (Eph. 3:20) We are almost two months into our new fiscal year. The strategic plan I presented to the Board for 2009 gradually is unfolding, but the energy required to move our desired projects from idea, through planning, to implementation and then evaluation and redesign is immense. With […]

Church — An Adaptable Community

Categories: BlogsChurchChurch BoardsChurchTalkLeadershipMinistryMinistry. (January 22nd, 2009)

Church communities live with the tension between operating current ministries with excellence and the need to keep adapting those ministries to meet and survive future challenges. For forty years I have observed this tension play out as ministry trends come and go and churches struggle to find their bearings in the midst of this change. Discerning […]

Defining Success

Categories: Nova. (January 1st, 2009)

“Success” is one of those wonderful contemporary words that everyone bends to their own service. We use it to judge others and when it is convenient, we grab hold of it to bolster our own sense of worth and accomplishment. Within Northwest our Board recently has chosen the Carver Policy Governance model to organize and […]

Septuagint Studies and Evangelicalism – Using the Bible Paul Used

Categories: Septuagint Studies. (November 19th, 2008)

The study of the Septuagint in Canada during this past century has occurred primarily in the graduate departments of selected Universities, primarily the University of Toronto. The same reality marks the majority of Septuagint Studies that occur in the United States, Great Britain and Europe. Few, if any Evangelical Seminaries have considered Septuagint Studies sufficiently […]

Keeping Your Mission On Track

Categories: Nova. (November 1st, 2008)

So much is happening in our world these days that I find it hard to keep track of it all. Significant changes are happening in the leadership of the United States. The business and financial worlds continue to experience turmoil. Leadership among our seminary partners in ACTS is changing, as well as leadership within the […]

Generating Hope In God

Categories: Nova. (September 1st, 2008)

As I sit in my office, the returning and new students create a real buzz of excitement and energy around the Seminary – at least I think it’s the students and not the coffee! Seriously, new semesters always generate significant vitality – new relationships, new encounters with God, new ideas, new ministry opportunities, new hope. […]

Ministry Talk: Reflections on “The Shack”

Categories: Book ReviewsMinistryTalk. (August 25th, 2008)

William Young writes an interesting novel (as the title page describes this book) — and we have to remember that The Shack is a novel! According to the foreword Young is telling the story of Mackenzie Allen Phillips and his encounter with God at “the shack”, the place where Phillip’s youngest daughter was murdered. Young […]

Leadership Next – What has to Change in Ministry Leadership?

Categories: Book ReviewsLeadership. (July 7th, 2008)

Eddie Gibbs writes with passion and insight as he seeks to answer the question: what kind of leaders does the church in the 21st century require in order to carry forward the mission Jesus gave it? LeadershipNext. Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture assumes that the missional church perspective represents the direction that the Western […]

Nova – New Things

Categories: Nova. (July 1st, 2008)

Relationships require good communication, if they are going to flourish. Over the years you have demonstrated a deep commitment to the ministry of Northwest Baptist Seminary and I count you as one of our significant ministry friends. Yet friends need to be connecting in order to keep the relationship warm and flourishing. I am initiating […]

Are there hip replacements for limping leaders?

Categories: Book ReviewsLeadershipMinistryTalk. Tags:
(May 8th, 2008)

Dan Allender has provided a provocative look at several serious aspects of ministry leadership in his book “Leading with a Limp.” He writes primarily out of his experience as the founder of Mars Hill Graduate School located near Seattle. His thesis is clear: “to the degree you face and name and deal with your failures […]

Taught by God (theodidaktoi – 1 Thessalonians 4:9)

Categories: Biblical LanguagesNew TestamentNew TestamentTalk. Tags:
(May 1st, 2008)

The Psalmist declared “Since my youth, O God, you have taught me” (Psalm 71:17) and he desires that God continually would teach him to do his will (Psalm 143:10). His experience and expectation is that God does instruct him, with the result that he knows God and his ways. While this defines the Psalmist’s relationship […]

“Being Imitators (mimētai) of God”

Categories: BibleBlogsEthicsNew TestamentTalk. Tags:
(April 15th, 2008)

Paul’s choice of words in his letter to Christians in the province of Galatia reflects careful intention. The issues he confronts are extremely serious, the opponents powerful and persuasive, and his audience somewhat befuddled. Strong warnings mingle with cries of frustration as he encourages these believers to keep running well the discipleship race. He has […]

Alumni: Jim (2006) and Janet (2006) Visbeek

Categories: Alumni Stories. (April 2nd, 2008)

Jim and Janet Visbeek graduated from Northwest/ACTS in April 2006. They both earned the MA in Christian Studies, but Janet’s focus was in Chaplaincy. Dawne, one of their daughters, also graduated in April 2005 with the Master of Counseling degree. Jim is the Managing Director of Cedar Springs Retreat Centre, Sumas, Washington. They have three […]

Church Talk: Discerning New Ministry Leaders

Categories: ChurchTalkLeadershipSeminary. Tags:
(January 25th, 2008)

In 2007 Amal Henein and Francoise Morissette published Made in Canada Leadership. Wisdom from the Nation’s Best and Brightest on Leadership Practice and Development. They argue that "in each of us rests the potential for leadership, but the response and measure depend on us….We are all called to lead"(58). They discovered that parental influence and […]

God’s New Year

Categories: God's PowerNew Year. Tags:
(January 2nd, 2008)

When God led Israel out of Egypt, he told them to change their calendars. Their year would now begin in the month when the last plague occurred, when Israel experienced Passover, and when Israel left Egypt. In Exodus 12:1 we read "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of […]

New Testament Talk: Defining “Evangelical”

Categories: New TestamentTalk. Tags:
(December 6th, 2007)

Considerable discussion is occurring about the appropriate way to define an "Evangelical". John Stackhouse (Church and Faith Trends volume 1, issue 1, EFC website) proposes a definition that includes the following elements:  orthodox and orthoprax, crucicentric, biblicist, conversionist, missional, and transdenominational. There is much to commend such a definition, although personally I think it emphasizes […]

Churchtalk: Responding to the Breakdown of Tolerance

Categories: Christian LifeChurchTalkCultureEvangelism. Tags:
(October 18th, 2007)

In a recent issue of Mcleans a lead article raised the alarm that our Canadian commitment to multiculturalism may be eroding. The key question that Canadians are debating is this:  what reasonable accommodations should Canadians make to cultural and religious minorities? Where should the limits be drawn? The writer claimed that many in Canada are […]

MinistryTalk: “Resourcing the Vision”

Categories: LeadershipMinistryTalk. Tags:
(October 9th, 2007)

According to Robert Quinn in Deep Change a legitimate vision must exceed perceived resources.  If our vision fits neatly within our current resources it is merely a plan, not a vision. Planning is important, but it will not result in "deep change", according to Quinn. Only vision enables an organization to discern a future that […]

Translation Theology

Categories: BibleBible StudyBiblical LanguagesHermeneuticsMinistryNew TestamentTalkPreachingTheologyTranslation Issues. Tags:
(September 19th, 2007)

No, this is not an attack on any Bible translation. But it is a serious question — how do our translations of the Bible  influence the forming of our Christian worldview? We believe that God intended his Word to be translated into every language. Yet as we make the transition from Greek or Hebrew text […]

Ministrytalk: Spiritual Formation — is it all good?

Categories: DiscipleshipMinistryTalkSpiritual Formation. Tags:
(September 10th, 2007)

Great interest now focuses upon fostering spiritual formation within all segments of Christianity. In its best forms, Christian spiritual formation uses various exercises and disciplines to form us to be like Christ, in thought, word and deed. Jesus himself taught his followers to pray, to resist evil, to love, to serve, to pursue righteousness, to […]

MinistryTalk: “Leading From the Second Chair”

Categories: LeadershipMinistryTalk. Tags:
(August 30th, 2007)

In their book Leading from the Second Chair Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson have provided an excellent discussion of the challenges and opportunities people in associate ministry leadership roles face on a daily basis. Their goal is to help such individuals thrive and discern good, creative ways to cope with tensions that inevitably define this […]

Mark 1:1 — The Beginning of the Gospel or the Norm for the Gospel or both?

Categories: Bible StudyBiblical LanguagesNew TestamentTalk. Tags:
(July 31st, 2007)

Eugene Boring in his new commentary on Mark’s Gospel published in the New Testament Library (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006) proposes that the first word in Mark’s Gospel (archÄ“) signifies both beginning or origin, and norm, which he proposes should be translated as "the norm for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ" (32). There […]

The “Ministry Leadership Team” – the Best Model?

Categories: Book ReviewsChurch. Tags:
(July 26th, 2007)

George Cladis, Leading the Team-Based Church. San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1999. vii-xv, 1-189. According to Cladis the best of kind of leadership model for the North American church in this postmodern era is the ministry leadership team. He begins by grounding his model in Trinitarian theology. Then he defines seven specific characteristics, based on his […]

Who is the Happiest Canadian?

Categories: Religion. Tags:
(July 20th, 2007)

Macleans magazine did their annual ‘happiness’ poll of Canadians on our national holiday. While some aspects of Canadian life generate stress and disappointment, the trend continues to show that Canadians, by an overwhelming majority are happy — in fact may be one of the happiest people living on this planet. Of course, the degree of […]

Missional Leadership: Does this Emperor have Clothes?

Categories: ChurchLeadershipMinistry. Tags:
(July 16th, 2007)

The missional church movement calls the church to rediscover its kingdom identity and purpose as the people of God. Now we hear that churches will require a new kind of leadership – missional leadership – to guide their re-development as missional congregations. Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk in The Missional Leader. Equipping Your Church to […]

Hearing God’s Message – Luke 2:26

Categories: Bible StudyBiblical Languages. Tags:
(June 11th, 2007)

In the infancy stories of Jesus recounted in Luke and Matthew God actively directs events to preserve his Son and to inform participants about the significance of these occurrences. For example twice in Matthew 2 God reveals (chrÄ“matizō) “by dream” his divine decree to the Magi and to Joseph. In the case of Joseph this […]

The First Major Translation Project in History –
the Challenge of Cultural Change

Categories: Biblical Languages. Tags:
(May 31st, 2007)

It was the beginning of the third century before Christ. Alexander the Great had died and his empire divided among four generals. Greek language and culture swept through the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Palestine. Large numbers of Jewish people were relocating to the emerging metropolis of Alexandria in Egypt. Caught up in all […]

The Blame Game

Categories: Religion. Tags:
(May 22nd, 2007)

In a recent Macleans article (April 16, 2007) Brian Bethune reviews recent writings by several atheists who “blame God for every social problem from Darfur to child abuse.” Strong voices – Hitchens, Onfray, Dawkins, Harris – argue the case for atheism afresh, claiming that religion is purely and only a human creation – toxic in […]

The Promise of Matthew 24:14
(en holēi tēi oikoumenēi = in all the Roman Empire)

Categories: Biblical Languages. Tags:
(May 11th, 2007)

In his final segment of extended teaching to his disciples in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus outlined their mission beyond the cross and urges them to be faithful to the end. In response to his prophesy that the temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed, his disciples asked “When will these things be and what will be the […]

Smart, Healthy and Disciplined

Categories: Church Boards. Tags:
(May 2nd, 2007)

We are in the midst of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Because the Vancouver Canucks have won the right to participate, our city is appropriately excited. What the fans hope for is a team that is ‘smart, healthy, and disciplined,’ presuming that this formula will bring them success. Of course, flashes of brilliant hockey finesse also […]

Earth Day 2007

Categories: God's Power. Tags:
(April 24th, 2007)

Earth day 2007 has come and gone. What did you do to help preserve planet earth and its delicate ecosystems? The fervency of the rhetoric matches that of revival preachers from a bygone era. Guilt is heaped upon those who refuse to comply. “Make the culprits pay!” advocates shout. The activities of the human species, […]

Reactions to the News of Jesus’ Resurrection

Categories: Easter. Tags:
(April 17th, 2007)

In the various Gospels we have complementary accounts of the resurrection of Jesus and the diverse responses that people had to this news. We tend to think that these first century people easily accepted that God had raised Jesus from the dead. However, that is not the reality, at least as we find it in […]

The Dance is Not Perichōrēsis

Categories: Biblical LanguagesChurchTheology. Tags:
(April 6th, 2007)

In several recent publications various authors have sought to support arguments related to the understanding of the Trinity by stating that the Greek noun perichōrēsis (cognate verb perichōreō) signifies dance or dancing. For example, George Cladis states that “Perichoresis means literally ‘circle dance’.”[1] Eugene Peterson concurs: “The dance is perichoresis, the Greek word for dance.”[2] […]

Alumni: Randy (1975) and Ruth (1973) Kamp

Categories: Alumni Stories. (April 2nd, 2007)

Randy Kamp, Canadian Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows– Maple Ridge–Mission. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Randy (BTh. 1975) & Ruth (Certificate 1973) are Northwest alumni. Randy, in the years since graduation, what kinds of ministry has God led you and Ruth to be involved in? Ruth and I met on […]

Secular – Is the word useful anymore?

Categories: Secular. Tags:
(March 29th, 2007)

Secular often is used in opposition to the idea of the sacred. The Latin word saeculum, meaning this age, is the etymological root for our English word “secular”. It tends to describe a view of things that ignores the reality of God and sees natural processes or human agency as the final cause of things, […]

A “Cheating Culture”

Categories: Ethics. Tags:
(March 22nd, 2007)

A recent study conducted among undergraduate students at Canadian universities and colleges revealed that more than 50% of students surveyed admitted to “cheating on written work”. This included copying sentences from online or other sources, as well as cheating on exams. 22% of graduate students admitted to engaging in some forms of plagiarism. It is […]

The Tomb of Jesus???

Categories: Resurrection. Tags:
(March 13th, 2007)

News media have posed the question “Has film crew found the DNA of Jesus?” or “Have we discovered the tomb of Jesus?” Journalist Simcha Jacobovici and producer James Cameron recently released a documentary film claiming that they had discovered Jesus’ tomb. Is this a credible claim? The tomb they refer to was discovered in 1980, […]

“I am in kindergarten and I know everything!”

Categories: Christian CommunityLeadership. Tags:
(February 23rd, 2007)

“I am in kindergarten and I know everything!” exclaimed my granddaughter. It took me a moment to process this amazing declaration. I then realized what my problem had been – I never attended kindergarten and so I now understood why it took me twenty years to reach the end of my formal education. If only […]

Doing it ‘the Lord’s Way’

Categories: Discipleship. Tags:
(February 15th, 2007)

In a post-Super Bowl comment, winning coach Tony Dungy is quoted as saying, ".more than anything else, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American, but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way." He doesn’t drink or rant and rave at his players or curse them. Such things are not necessary […]

Alumni: John (1980) and Debbie (1975) Harris

Categories: Alumni Stories. (April 2nd, 2006)

Debbie completed a Certificate in Christian Studies in 1975 and John completed an M.A. in Christian Studies in 1980 —focusing on Soren Kierkegaard. John and Debbie have been married for 30 years and have 3 married Children and 3 grandchildren. In the years since graduation, what kinds of ministry has God led you both to […]

“Courageous Leadership”

Categories: Book Reviews. (November 21st, 2005)

Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership (Grand Rapids: Zondervans, 2002) 253 pages, paperback. This book is written from the heart. Bill Hybels packs into these pages key lessons and good advice about pastoral leadership that he has learned and continues to learn through his involvement with the Willow Creek Church and its Association. He is convinced that […]

“Ascent of a Leader”

Categories: Book Reviews. (November 1st, 2005)

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, Ken McElrath, The Ascent of a Leader. How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and Influence (San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999): i-xiii, 1-203 The three authors are all involved in various aspects of leadership development, building primarily upon experience in the corporate world, but with a commitment to following Jesus. As they say in […]

“Jesus on Leadership”

Categories: Book Reviews. (May 21st, 2005)

C.Gene Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership. Discovering the Secrets of Servant Leadership from the Life of Christ (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Ltd., 1998), 251 pages. Paperback. Evangelicals seek to ground their faith and practice in the authority of God’s word. Gene Wilkes, in his examination of Jesus’ words and practices in relationship to Christian leadership, […]

Alumni: Vern (1963) and Helen (u1960) Middleton

Categories: Alumni Stories. (April 2nd, 2005)

Dr. Vern Middleton is a Northwest alumnus (B.Div. 1963) and Professor Emeritus of Missions and Evangelism at Northwest@ACTS. We took this opportunity to connect with him and listen to his continued heartbeat for global missions and for Northwest Alumni. Vern, you have had a long and rich history here at Northwest. What year did you […]

Mark’s Language of Religious Conflict As Rhetorical Device

Categories: New Testament. (July 31st, 2000)

The application of literary criticism to the Synoptic Gospels has stimulated many new readings of Mark’s[1] Gospel. In particular one application of rhetorical criticism[2] invites the interpreter to discern the various ways in which the author seeks to direct the implied reader to a specific conclusion. In the case of Mark’s Gospel attention has turned […]

Greater than Solomon

Categories: New Testament. (July 31st, 2000)

In Matthew 12:38-42 Jesus compares himself to two Old Testament figures – Jonah and Solomon. In both cases he indicates that "one greater than" either of these individuals is now present and active among the people of God.[1] It seems apparent from Matthew’s arrangement of the gospel materials[2] that the choice of these particular individuals […]