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Secularism and the Importance of Religious Freedom

In Christian communities, secularism and religious freedom can often seem to be negative concepts. Dr. Michael Bird, author of Religious Freedom in a Secular Age, theologian, and academic dean and lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, believes Christians should embrace these ideas due to our calling to love our neighbors. In…

The Faithful Reading of Scripture

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski, assistant professor of Theology Originally published in Engage Magazine, Fall 2022 When I was young, I was an obsessive baseball fan. I followed my favorite team, but I was also a student of the game’s history. I came of age during the steroid era, so you can imagine my delight as baseball’s…

Understanding the History of Evangelicalism to Build Its Future

The term evangelical is often misunderstood, multivalent, and controversial. In order to move forward responsibly, sustainably, and in ways that are beneficial to the world around us, we need first to understand the history of the evangelical movement. Dr. Randall Balmer, prize-winning historian, Emmy Award nominee, author, and John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth…

Paul and the “Gold” Testament

Dr. Joseph Dodson, Dr. Craig L. Blomberg Endowed Chair of New Testament Originally published in Engage Magazine, Fall 2022 My son once heard me talking about the Old Testament. He looked at me funny and said, “Old Testament? I think you mean Gold Testament, because there’s treasure in there!” He’s right. So many precious gems…

Faculty Publications Fall 2022

Below are recent publications from some of Denver Seminary’s faculty members. Craig Blomberg, PhDProfessor Emeritus of New TestamentDarlene Seal, PhDAssistant Professor of New Testament From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation, 2nd Edition In this introductory New Testament textbook which pairs depth of scholarship with contemporary application, Drs. Craig Blomberg and Darlene…

The Future of Evangelicalism

An interview with Dr. Walter Kim, President of the National Association of Evangelicals Edited by Jessica Schroeder and Andrea Weyand In a cultural context in which the term “evangelical” has become stigmatized, it’s no surprise that the notion of “evangelicalism” is often confusing and polarizing. Moreover, given the increasing secularization of the United States in…

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The Next Evangelicalism

Denver Seminary President Dr. Mark Young Founded in 1950, Denver Seminary has been at the center of the evangelical movement for over 70 years. Dr. Vernon Grounds, who served at the Seminary from 1951-2012 as Dean, President, and Chancellor, described Denver Seminary as a place of “vibrant evangelicalism.” Vibrant evangelicalism. What a beautiful phrase. We…

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Always at War

Professor Patty Pell, Assistant Professor of Cultural EngagementOriginally published in Engage Magazine, Fall/Winter 2021 Have you noticed that we are constantly at war? War language clutters our speech and permeates our attitudes. War against poverty, war against crime, war against drugs, war against freedom, war against families, war against oil and gas, and war against…

2021 Advent Devotional

“God’s people have been singing for centuries, even millennia. Paul wrote to the Colossians, ‘Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts’ (Colossians 3:16). Singing together is good…

In Memory of Dr. Felix Gilbert

On Tuesday morning, April 27, our dear friend and colleague, Rev. Dr. Felix Gilbert, passed into the presence of the Lord. Felix has been a part of the Denver Seminary community for some time completing his Master of Divinity in the Fall of 2008 and his Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2017. He joined…