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.
A growing trend for many interpreters of the Bible is to read the Old Testament primarily as a means of uncovering new, and often hidden, truth about Christ.
Yesterday, I looked at the historical background of the debate among Christian theologians and argued the following points from Scripture: (1) The triune God is truth because God is ultimate reality. (2) The sanctity of the triune God constitutes the sanctity of truth. (3) Satan and his “offspring,” in contrast, foist deception and are characterized as liars from the beginning. (4) Consistently throughout Scripture lying is a sign of ungodliness while speaking truth is a sign of holiness. (5) God’s people, as God himself, are to be characterized by truth.
A daily scan of the headlines suggests we live in a culture permeated by lies and delusion. Confronting such a prevailing culture is daunting and forces us to reflect on a number of ethical questions. For example, is it always wrong to lie? What standards of truth must we adhere to? As Christians we claim to submit to higher ethical ideals, but how do we live out these ideals in a tangible, consistent way?