Summer Seminary for Everyday People
Brought to you by St. James Presbyterian Church & Denver Seminary professors
Join us for a free power-packed summer teaching series with distinguished scholars from Denver Seminary teaching on critical topics of faith in contemporary culture. All seminars are free and run from 9:50-10:50 am.
How the Bible Came To Be and Its Layout
Dr. Hélène Dallaire, PhD
Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Director of Messianic Judaism
Where did the Bible come from and how did it come to be? What is its history? What is the layout of the Bible? Join us as these questions and more will be addressed in this informative down-to-earth seminar by Dr. Hélène Dallaire.
Dr. Dallaire has served on the faculty of Denver Seminary since 2006. She earned a PhD and an MPhil in Hebrew and cognate studies from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She has completed additional work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute for Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, McMaster University in Ontario, and Western Pentecostal Bible College in British Columbia. Prior to coming to Denver Seminary, Dr. Dallaire served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in the position of director of Hebrew language instruction, on the faculty of Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines and completed ten years of pastoral ministry in Canada.
Dr. Dallaire has recently written Biblicial Hebrew: a Living Language and The Syntax of Volitives in Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite Prose. She has also authored highly respected commentaries on Joshua and Esther, as well as several chapters and many scholarly articles on Biblical studies.
The Reliability, Credibility and Authority of the Bible
Dr. Craig Blomberg, PhD
Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
Is the Bible just an ancient book filled with old stories and antiquated ideas? Isn’t the Bible outdated in a world marked by fast-paced advancements in science, thinking and technology? Is the Bible credible? Why or why not? If so, can we trust the Bible to be true and reliable for our daily lives? Join us for this important, honest, thoughtful discussion for every day people by one of the world’s premier Biblical scholars.
Dr. Craig Blomberg joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1986. Dr. Blomberg completed his PhD in New Testament, specializing in the parables and the writings of Luke-Acts, at Aberdeen University in Scotland. Before joining the faculty of Denver Seminary, he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.
Dr. Blomberg has authored or edited 20 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, The Historical Reliability of the New Testament, Can We Still Believe the Bible? as well as commentaries on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James.
Christian Worldview in a Pluralistic World
Dr. Doug Groothuis, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary
Don’t all religions basically teach the same thing? How is Christianity different? What does it mean and why is it important to have a Christian worldview in a pluralistic culture filled with different religions and viewpoints? Aren’t we just supposed to be tolerant and assume no one has the corner on truth? How do we represent and share our faith in a pluralistic culture filled with many views? Join us for this power-packed seminar for everyday people taught by renown philosopher and apologist Dr. Doug Groothuis.
Dr. Doug Groothuis (pronounced similar to Grote-hice) joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1993 and is professor of philosophy. Dr. Groothuis is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Society of Christian Philosophers. He received his PhD and BS from the University of Oregon, and an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Groothuis is the author of many books, including the recently published Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Christian Faith, considered by many to be the new standard for contemporary dialogue and defense of the Christian faith. He is also a regular contributor to several scholarly journals and popular magazines including Christianity Today, Moody Magazine, Christian Counseling Today and Modern Reformation and Perspectives.
Living the Gospel with a Missional Kingdom Focus
Dr. Mark Young, PhD
President, Denver Seminary
What does it mean to follow Jesus in the real world? What is God up to, and how do our ordinary lives fit in to it? What does it mean to be God’s person and people in a challenging world? How do we live our Christian lives in a ways that make a real difference? How do we align our lives with the purposes of God? Join us as Denver Seminary’s president, Dr. Mark Young shares passionately from his heart and mind about what it means to be God’s Missional kingdom-oriented people in today’s world.
Dr. Mark Young is a theological educator and pastoral leader with over 35 years of global ministry experience. Prior to becoming president of Denver Seminary in 2009, he served as professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His life passion is to align all that he is and all that he does with the eternal purpose of God – that all people in all places worship Him alone.
Dr. Young has a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as a ThM in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has travelled extensively, both domestically and internationally, as a teacher, consultant and missions leader, and has written and spoken on issues in theological education and mission for numerous international symposia and conferences.
Mark and his wife Priscilla were involved in theological training and local church ministry with WorldVenture in Eastern Europe for 14 years, lived in Vienna, Austria while ministering throughout the former Soviet bloc, and in Poland where Mark was the founding academic dean of Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Spiritual Disciplines and Practices in Every Day Life
Dr. Bruce Demarest, PhD
Senior Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation
How can real people in the real world experience real personal growth and positive change in our relationship with God? What are spiritual disciplines and practices, and how can they help us? How can we be more intentional in our relationship with God while balancing the rest of life? What are practical ways we can become more real with God and ourselves? Join respected Christian spiritual formation specialist Dr. Bruce Demarest as he provides practical insights on disciplines and practices for dynamic spiritual growth.
Dr. Demarest joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1975. He is currently professor of spiritual formation and member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Theological Thinkers and Cultural Group, and Spiritual Formation Forum. He received a PhD in biblical and historical theology from the University of Manchester, England.
Dr. Demarest served as a Naval officer in the Atlantic fleet before serving as a missionary educator in West Africa, and as theological secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students based in Europe. Dr. Demarest has written several books, including, Satisfy Your Soul: Restoring the Heart of Christian Spirituality, Soul Guide: Following Jesus as Spiritual Director, Who is Jesus, General Revelation: Historical Views and Contemporary Issues, The Cross and Salvation, in addition to many scholarly articles. He has also coedited and contributed to significant books, including Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, New International Dictionary of the Christian Church, New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, New Dictionary of Theology and Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible and Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture as well as contributing editor to the Renovaré Spiritual Formation Study Bible.
Intimacy with Jesus
Howard Baker, ThM
Assistant Professor of Christian Formation, Denver Seminary
There is nothing more powerful, important or life-giving than our personal relationship with Jesus! The King of kings and Lord of Lords calls his disciples: my friends! He wants his joy to be ours, and our joy complete. He wants us to experience his love and purpose in real and dynamic ways. How can we grow in our intimacy with Jesus? What does it mean to know him and to grow in our relationship with him? Join Howard Baker, a spiritual formation leader in this down-to-earth practical discussion of real intimacy with Jesus.
Howard Baker joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2006 as instructor in Christian formation, where he had been an adjunct faculty member since 1995. Prior to coming to Denver Seminary, Howard served Young Life as an area and regional director; was a chaplain at the Denver Rescue Mission; co-taught the Vincentian Formation Program for spiritual directors; and was adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has taught as a visiting faculty member at St. Meinard Seminary, Summit Bible College, Colorado Christian University, and Evangelical Theological College in Ethiopia. Together with Dr. Bruce Demarest, he began the Seminary’s certificate program in evangelical spiritual guidance. In addition, he has served as a board member for Spiritual Formation Alliance and Young Life Africa, offers spiritual direction, and leads retreats. Currently, he is a board member and teacher for Nexus International, on the faculty of the Soul Care Institute, and on the Board of Potters Inn, a soul care ministry.
Howard has authored Soul Keeping and The One True Thing, as well as contributing to The Holy Spirit: An Unfinished Agenda, The Transformation of a Man’s Heart, Giving Ourselves to Prayer, The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, and was consulting editor for Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections that Celebrate an Intimate God. He has written articles for Christianity, Discipleship Journal, Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Kindred Spirit, and is a section editor for Conversations Journal.