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News items, published articles, and reading recommendations from Dean Timothy George

The Dean Recommends: My idols vs. Jesus

By Michael Kelley

May 19, 2016

Deep within us all is a manufacturing process whether we know it or not: Slowly but steadily, we craft our idols, linking them together based on our own thoughts, desires and preferences until one day they take full residence in our hearts.

We should know these idols are just that -- idols. They're our own creations. They do not speak. They do not feel. They are mere fabrications to which we willingly bow down to instead of the living God.

If we're truly honest, there are a few reasons why we are prone to treasure these idols -- even more than Jesus.

They tell me what I want to hear.

Because idols are fashioned around our preferences and desires, we can rest assured that our idols are always going to tell us exactly what we like to hear. That we are right. That everyone else is wrong. That our sin is no big deal. That the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment, no matter what it is.

But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to. Jesus, who knows our hearts more fully than we know ourselves, will cut through our web of self-deception, look us squarely in the soul, and tell us the uncomfortable, unvarnished truth about ourselves, Himself and the world. Read the rest at Baptist Press.

Michael Kelley is a graduate of Beeson Divinity School.

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Friday, May 20, 2016
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Beeson Divinity School to Offer New Missions Certificate

By Kristen Padilla

May 19, 2016

Samford University has announced a new missions certificate through Beeson Divinity School beginning in fall 2016.

Students interested in intentional training in cross-cultural ministry and who pursue a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree can now earn a missions certificate. To complete the certificate, students will be required to take three missions courses and complete two cross-cultural practicums in addition to meeting all other components of the M.Div.

“The missions certificate is designed to work within Beeson’s existing curriculum to provide maximum impact for cross-cultural ministry,” said David Parks, director of Beeson’s Global Center. “We aim for this certificate to help students better bridge the gap from seminary to the mission field.”

Beeson Divinity Associate Dean Grant Taylor said, “We are confident that Beeson’s faculty, evangelical convictions, and personal approach will prepare students for a lifetime of effective cross-cultural ministry. The missions certificate reflects that confidence.”

Those pursuing a missions certificate also will be able to take advantage of Beeson’s Global Center, a hub of resources to equip the student for missions and to build awareness of the global Christian cause and community. The Global Center does this in many ways, most notably through its two annual, mission-focused lectures: Go Global and World Christianity Focus Week. The center also provides weekly opportunities to learn about missions through Global Voices and to build relationships with internationals through International Lunch Club.

For more information about the missions certificate and Global Center, visit or contact David Parks at

Posted by Kristen Padilla at Thursday, May 19, 2016
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The Dean Recommends: Does the Bible Contain Forgeries?

By Terry L. Wilder

Spring 2016

Books in antiquity unquestionably contained forgeries, writings that were purportedly authored by someone who did not actually write them. Critical scholars today argue that not only are many ancient works forged, but so also were some books found in both the Old and the New Testaments. Terms like “pseudepigrapha,” “pseudepigraphy,” or “pseudonymity” are often used to refer to such writings. Technically, a forged or pseudonymous text is not authored by the person whose name it bears and there must be the intention to deceive, from whatever motive. Such deceptive works are written after the purported author’s death by another person or during his life by someone who is not commissioned to do so. Plenty of these writings existed in ancient times, having been created by Greek, Roman, Jewish, and even Christian writers.

Forgeries or deceptive pseudonymous writings are not the same as anonymous texts. The former works make definite bogus claims to authorship; the latter do not. Several anonymous works exist within both the Old and New Testaments. For example, the book of Judges, the Gospels, Acts, and Hebrews do not make definite claims to authorship. That is to say, the authors of these works did not specifically identify themselves, though they were surely known to their recipients.

Strictly speaking, those biblical works most often classified by scholars as forged or pseudonymous are the OT books of Daniel and Isaiah, and certain Pauline and Petrine letters and those of James and Jude in the NT—namely, Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 and 2 Peter, James and Jude. One might also note that several forged, pseudo-apostolic works exist outside of the NT canon—for example, 3 Corinthians, the Epistle to the Laodiceans, and the Gospel of Peter. Read the rest at Midwestern Journal of Theology.

Please consult the journal for the footnotes contained in these paragraphs. This article originally appeared in Terry Wilder's book, "In Defense of the Bible," (B&H Academic, 2013).


Posted by Kristen Padilla at Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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