The Context of my time at Seminary

I’ve been thinking about the context in which I have spent my seminary studies–the spiritual, the ecclesial (church), the theological issues and controversies which the church of Jesus Christ has had to wrestle with.

The following are some things that shaped my time while studying for my M.Div–in good ways and in bad–and have influenced the kind of pastor-teacher that I will be.   These are some things that have happened during my stay at Southern Seminary, which for better or for worse, I have had to struggle with/for and come to a conclusion about.

  1. The Emerging Church conversation/movement.
  2. Bill Hybels/Seeker-Senstive Church movement & their apology
  3. The Reformed Resurgence
  4. New Perspective on Paul, N.T. Wright; Federal Vision
  5. The Great Commission Resurgence (esp. in the SBC)
  6. Regenerate church membership (proposed SBC resolution in 2006, 2007, 2008)
  7. Women in the pastorate (in non-compliance with SBC’s Baptist Faith and Message, 2000)
  8. SBTS Sequicentennial anniversary
  9. Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  10. Being “missional”
  11. The rise of church planting Acts 29, Sovereign Grace Ministries, Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
  12. ETS doctrinal basis amendment
  13. Together for the Gospel; The Gospel Coalition.
  14. Ligonier & Desiring God National Conferences.
  15. New Attiude/Next Conference; Resolved conference.
  16. Mark Driscoll; Matt Chandler; Tullian Tchividjian.
  17. The fall of the Episcopal church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican church.
  18. The Manhattan Declaration.

Like Samuel was John Richard Sampey

Samuel was not himself anointed king. He was, rather, the anointer of kings…

Samuel laid the groundwork; others came after him to build the nation of Israel.

John Richard Sampey in somewhat the same role? A child of the Civil War, standing in the gap between an old and a new America, entangled in an era of change in Baptist life in America, John Sampey acted as a catalyst for survival and identity. He established strong foundations for those who would follow after him. He served faithfully under the presidential administrations of James P. Boyce, John A. Broadus, William H. Whitsitt, Edgar Y. Mullins, and took on the presidency of the seminary after an age when many of us hope to retire. He taught and studied, he preached and evangelized, he traveled on the mission field, and he built relationships with colleges and universities. John Sampey helped to build a strong foundation for the future of Baptist scholars, preachers, and teachers.

Source: "John Richard Sampey: shoulders on which to stand"
Baptist History and Heritage ,  Wntr, 2003   by Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford

Comfort to come, but for now, Suffering

Working on an exegetical paper on 2 Corinthians 1:1-7 for my Greek Syntax and Exegesis class! One last hump to get over until a 2 week “vacation” in Toronto 🙂

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

Summer 2008

As the clock struck 12am, I registered for my summer classes! I changed my mind on a few classes I originally planned on doing so that I could have each week-long summer class spread out a bit, giving me more breathing (reading) time in between each class.

Here’s my current schedule for this summer:

Troy Bush
MTWRF(8:00 am-5:00 pm) 6/2/2008 to 6/6/2008

Randy Stinson
MTWRF(8:00 am-5:00 pm) 6/23/2008 to 6/27/2008

Paul Tripp (visiting professor from Westminster)
MTWRF(8:00 am-5:00 pm) 7/7/2008 to 7/11/2008

I’ll update this page if there’s any changes;-)

Bird’s Eye View of SBTS

SBTS-Bird's Eye View by Microsoft LiveMaps
Check out a hi-resolution bird’s eye view of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary by Microsoft’s Live Maps.

Furthermore, Microsoft recently introduced a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software models to help users avoid traffic jams.

The new service’s software technology, called Clearflow, was developed over the last five years by a group of artificial-intelligence researchers at the company’s Microsoft Research laboratories. It is an ambitious attempt to apply machine-learning techniques to the problem of traffic congestion. The system is intended to reflect the complex traffic interactions that occur as traffic backs up on freeways and spills over onto city streets.

The Clearflow system is freely available as part of the company’s site ( for 72 cities in the United States. Microsoft says it will give drivers alternative route information that is more accurate and attuned to current traffic patterns on both freeways and side streets.

Spring Reading Days: To Read or Not to Read

Tony Kummer tagged me, so here we are:

1. What are you reading on Spring reading days? [Books I’ve brought home with me to Toronto, that I “plan” on reading]

  • Donald McLeod – The Person of Christ (Top priority–must finish this by the end of the week)
  • Tim Challies – The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (leisure reading!)
  • Robert Stein – A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible
  • Dan McCartney – Let the Reader Understand
  • Daniel Doriani – Getting the Message
  • Graeme Goldsworthy- According to Plan
  • Paul Barnett – Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity (I don’t know if I’ll get to this)

2. What do you wish you had time to read?

  • R. C. Sproul – The Truth of the Cross
  • Sinclair Ferguson – In Christ Alone

3. What have you decided NOT to read that you were assigned to read.

  • Carson and Moo – An Introduction to the New Testament

4. What is one great quote from your reading?

In fact, without the eternal sonship we should have to abandon the phrase, begotten, not made, altogether. On MacArthur’s construction, for example (taking the sonship to derive from the virgin birth), we should have to insist he was made, not begotten. This is surely perilous. We can speak of God creating the humanness of the Son from the substance of the Virgin, but we dare not speak of his begetting the Son from the substance of the Virgin. That would take us right back to the pagan notion of intercourse between the gods and the daughters of men.

McLeod, The Person of Christ, page 129.

McLeod criticizes MacArthur’s seeming rejection of the preexistence of Sonship, citing MacArthur’s statement in his NT Commentary on Hebrews (pg.28). Since I don’t have MacArthur’s commentary on Hebrews in front of me, I cannot tell exactly what MacArthur is commenting on, and thus McLeod’s point by quoting MacArthur’s comment seems unsubstantiated. While McLeod clearly states on page 128 that “MacArthur’s position must be kept in perspective”, McLeod does not provide a satisfactory perspective to understand MacArthur’s position. Clearly I am a MacArthur fan, and thus take offense — to caricature MacArthur for saying that “sonship began in a point of time, not in eternity” readers should be given the passage MacArthur is commenting on in order to understand what Scriptures MacArthur is interpreting.

Furthermore, McLeod fails to provide biblical evidence or exegesis for eternal Sonship in the 4 pages he allots for the issue. I was left confused by his arguments from church fathers and cannot fully get onboard with eternal Sonship just through biblical logic. While the entire chapter is titled “The Christ of Faith: ‘Very God of Very God’ “, I find it hard to just side with a church father (say even Athanasius) if it’s only because their argument was more biblically logical and is historically accepted! Give me the Scriptural support! (I’m hoping the other half of the book will solve these issues I’ve got with the book;-) )

5. Why are you blogging? (You’re supposed to be reading!)

  • McLeod ain’t tickling my theological mind and I’m left unsatisfied with his arguments! Argh :@

I tag Jordan, Bryan, Matt Click, Joshua, and Letoto!

The Righteousness of God Through Faith

I’m working on memorizing Romans 3:21-31, as it will be on my Intro to NT II mid-term next week:

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

In the future, when I get to teach Sunday School again, I am definitely going to be making this kind of lengthy Scripture memorization mandatory for all my students!