The NET Bible translates Ecclesiastes 1:14 in striking but despairing words: “I reflected on everything that is accomplished by man on earth, and I concluded: Everything he has accomplished is futile – like chasing the wind!” The phrase “chasing the wind” is a masterful metaphorical idiom from the pen of King Solomon. He uses this expression to create a sense of futility and hopelessness in the mind of his reader.
Is Genesis 6:8 teaching that Noah earned God’s favor? The verse states: “But Noah found favor (grace) in the eyes of the Lord.” How should we properly interpret the words of Moses, the author of Genesis? Is it possible for any man to attract God’s attention and blessing by living a blameless life?
“Dr. Bob,” as we affectionately called Robert Tomenendal, was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for Virginia Beach Theological Seminary since the Fall of 2008. This past week, God took him “home” after an acute seven-month-battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by the VBTS community.
On November 1, 2014, I sent an essay entitled, “The Joy of Ministry and the Wisdom of Change” to the Deacon Fellowship of Colonial Baptist Church. This four-page document was the culmination of many months of thought, conversation, and prayer. It outlined what I sensed was the leading of the Lord in my life to resign as Senior Pastor of Colonial Baptist Church and to concentrate my full effort on the ministry of Virginia Beach Theological Seminary.
VBTS alumnus Luke Bylsma reflects on how he has seen and learned to more deeply appreciate the grace of God during his time at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Luke Bylsma graduated from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity on May 4, 2014. He, his wife Karin, and their young daughter have moved to Grand Haven, Michigan to work at Lake Shore Baptist Church with two other VBTS graduates.