Posts in Ministry and Leadership

Biola and Talbot at the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature Conferences

Oct. 30, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

Every year Bible scholars from around the world gather for a series of conferences about the Bible and related topics. This year the conferences are being held in San Diego, making it convenient for many Biola faculty to attend the conferences, present papers, see friends, and wander the book tables. The following list (thanks to David Roberts for compiling it) includes the presentation titles by those associated with Biola. As you can read, our professors are engaged in research in many different and interesting areas!

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What Person Led You to Faith in Christ?

By Gary McIntosh Oct. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

It was twenty-five years before church growth researcher Win Arn, building on the initial discoveries of Donald McGavran, conducted one of the largest studies of how people come to faith in Christ and to the church in the United States and Canada. Arn’s Institute for American Church Growth surveyed over 17,000 persons in 1980 asking, “What or who was responsible for your coming to Christ and to your church?” Arn published his findings in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, and church leaders were astounded ...

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A Global Partnership ... Sometimes with Our Very Own Talbot Grads

By Dave Talley Oct. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

One of the joys of teaching at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology is the privilege of investing in present and future church leaders who, in turn, go out and invest in the lives of others. It is the process of discipleship at its finest. As a faculty, we disciple students so that they disciple others so that they disciple others ... When this happens, the impact of our teaching reaches around the world. In many ways we will not know the full impact of our ministry until we all get to heaven.

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Working on a Doctorate: My Personal Story

By Tom Finley Oct. 23, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

Since students often come to me asking about doctoral work after Talbot, I thought it would be helpful to share my personal experience in obtaining my own doctorate. Perhaps some will find my experience helpful as they prayerfully contemplate whether the Lord is leading them to pursue further studies in a doctoral program.

 

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Sharing the Material Resources of Home to Embody the Gospel

By Aaron Devine Oct. 21, 2014 9:15 a.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament

I often think about home in a specific way. For a long time, home has been a safe place to come back to at the end of the day. It has been a place to establish a comfortable niche in the world as a respite, a literal financial investment in emotional well being. Home has been about rest and nurture, as it can be a place of ministry to family and friends. It also has been a place to launch out into kingdom ministry more broadly.

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Shepherds, Sheep, and Talking Heads

By Joe Hellerman Oct. 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

I am often asked my opinion of the mega-church model of ministry. I find the model lacking, frankly, but not for the reasons you might think.

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¿Cómo Disentir Sin Ofender? / How Can We Kindly Disagree?

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Recuerdo que mi padre solía decir con frecuencia “cada cabeza es un mundo” cuando se refería a las diferentes maneras de pensar y actuar entre las personas. Por esta razón, la comunicación es parte básica de las relaciones humanas. No se puede establecer ninguna relación importante y duradera sin que exista una comunicación fluida en la que se intercambien ideas y opiniones. La diversidad de percepciones nos abre la puerta a las relaciones saludables a través de la comunicación, pero al mismo tiempo crea la posibilidad de conflicto. Así que, es importante que todos en general, pero esencial para los líderes, que aprendamos a disentir sin ofender.

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