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Dallas Theological Seminary's First Black Student

In 1966, Michael Kenneth Frank became the first African-American student admitted to Dallas Theological Seminary, 42 years after the seminary was founded in 1924. Dr. John Walvoord was president of DTS at the time. When DTS had been probed on the admission of blacks in 1951, Walvoord explained the absence of black students in three ways. First, until recently the admission of blacks to white schools was considered illegal in Texas. Second, no black man had ever applied to the seminary. And third...

December 23, 2020

Is There Life on Other Planets? A Review of C. S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet

In C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet (1938), the main character, Ransom, a philologist, is drugged and kidnapped by Devine, an old schoolmate, and Weston, a great physicist, and transported in a spaceship from Earth to Malacandra, which we later learn is Mars. Once arrived to Malacandra, Ransom escapes Weston and Devine, wanders the landscape, and is rescued by a hross named Hyoi, who leads him to a village of the hrossa. Ransom is guest with the hrossa for several months, begins to learn...

November 16, 2020

Averil on Homeschooling and Socialization

A representative from New Zealand's education department expressed concern that our six-year old, Abraham, would be improperly socialized as a homeschooler. Averil's response was great: We definitely agree that social interaction with a range of people is important. May I share with you what attracted me to homeschooling my own children the most? As a teacher abroad in Thailand, I had the privilege of meeting a number of homeschool families, who came to assist at the orphanage where I was teachi...

August 19, 2019

Israel Folau's Freedom of Conscience and Expression

The Otago Daily Times editorial on Israel Folau is puzzling in a nation and city that prides itself on democracy, liberalism, and tolerance. Foundational principles of the Western civil experiment of which Australia and New Zealand are a part include individual freedom of conscience, freedom of deeply-held religious belief, freedom to convince others of one’s point of view, freedom of speech as long as one doesn’t incite violence, and the freedom of an employee to express him or herself...

June 28, 2019

War: 10 Biblical Principles

Just a few days ago, I (Jeff) was privileged to deliver a short address during the 2018 ANZAC Day memorial service at St. Andrews, a small town in the Waitaki district of New Zealand. Below are the ten points I shared. It is important for us to have a right perspective about war, including during times of peace. Because we live in a fallen world, war is inevitable. Free nations must always be ready to fight and defend their freedom, if necessary. We honor warfighters of the past and present who ...

April 28, 2018

Response to John Piper's Article about President Trump, "How to Live Under an Unqualified President"

John Piper’s article, “How to Live under an Unqualified President” (January 20, 2017) was sent to me this week by a friend here in New Zealand. He wanted to know my opinion about it. Here's what I wrote:  I have three thoughts. First, I think American believers should live basically in the same way under President Trump as they have lived under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Whether Trump is “morally qualified” in Piper’s opinion really isn’t an issue at this point. He i...

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