What a strange and enlightening experience to literally step back thousands of years in time - which is exactly what we did at the city of Arad. Though the original Canaanite city dates back before the time of Abraham, these ancient people were anything but primitive, having built an amazing planned city including an entire road system and a deep cistern capable of holding an enormous amount of water - a crucial element in such a hot, arid climate.
This morning began with a descent from 35,000 ft. into the Tel Aviv airport on the Mediterranean coast. Then it was up through the hills to Jerusalem at 2500 ft. elevation. Next we left the lush side behind and descended through the Judean wilderness to the Israeli side of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist most likely carried on his ministry.
It is my joy as the President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Virginia Beach to share the following announcement with you. Upon the unanimous recommendation of the seminary faculty, and by the unanimous consent of the Board of Trustees, the seminary changed its name on May 6, 2013, to Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.
Much has been written about the relationship between postmodern thought and the problem of uncertainty in the church. We might infer from this that the church didn’t have this kind of problem in the good-old-days of modernity. While revisiting the J. I. Packer’s God Has Spoken (released in 1965), I was reminded that the problem of uncertainty is not unique to today’s church:
Today, David and Annalisa Wilson (VBTS graduates, 2006 & 2007) are heading into the third week of their new lives and ministry in Chesham, England. Colonial Baptist Church sent the Wilsons to Chesham to partner with Newtown Evangelical Baptist Church. David will serve alongside Pastor Mark Richards with a primary focus of discipleship and evangelism.