Understanding the Passion Week

April 11, 2017 Understanding the Passion Week

Jim Allman, Mark L. Bailey, Darrell L. Bock, and Mikel Del Rosario

The State of Evangelicalism – Dr. Darrell Bock with Dr. Ed Stetzer – Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Darrell Bock with Dr. Ed Stetzer Photo by www.dts.edu

The State of Evangelicalism

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Ed Stetzer discuss the state of Evangelicalism in America, focusing on how to minister in a shifting culture.


00:14 Introduction to the event
02:28 What is Evangelicalism?
08:00 What does the Evangelical spectrum look like?
17:51 Is Evangelicalism really collapsing?
21:51 Evangelicalism?s impact around the United States
25:41 Ministering in a shifting culture
28:37 Teaching the Scriptures and doing apologetics today
33:30 Invitation for questions
33:59 Evangelical stereotypes and evangelism
45:15 Closing summary


The Process of Knowing – Epistemology, Knowledge, Transformative learning

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Esther L. Meek, Dr. Tim J. Basselin, and Bill Hendricks discuss the process of knowing, focusing on one?s personal involvement in experiencing and discovering truth.


00:15 Dr. Meek?s interest in epistemology
04:30 The contribution of Michael Polanyi to philosophy
09:29 The flaws in Western approaches to knowledge
15:22 Personal interaction and covenant epistemology
22:53 The process of knowing and its impact on the knower
28:45 God and the personalization of reality
34:48 Indwelling and the pursuit of knowledge
37:18 Contrasting the indwelling of physical space with the indwelling of ideas
39:20 One?s response to reality and its response to a person
44:02 Pledge, openness and transformative learning


VIDEO by Dallas Theological Seminary

Key Differences Between Protestantism and Catholicism

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Photo credit askville.amazon.com

 Catholicism and Protestantism: Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism Part 1

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Scott Horrell and Dr. Michael Svigel discuss Catholicism and Protestantism, focusing on various distinctives of both traditions.


00:13 Issue #2: The role of tradition in various branches of Christianity
04:49 Issue #3: The role of the Catholic Church in salvation and grace
08:28 Issue #4: Catholic and Protestant perspectives of the Eucharist
15:45 Issue #5: Catholic and Protestant perspectives of Justification
19:55 Issue #6: The Priesthood of all believers in Protestantism
24:52 Political and sociological structures in Catholicism
28:20 Issue #7: Veneration of the Saints and the Virgin Mary in Catholicism

VIDEO by Dallas Theological Seminary

 Key Differences Between Protestantism and Catholicism Part 2


Walter C. Kaiser ~ The Structure of the Psalms ~ Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Walter Kaiser, President Emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, begins the week proposing that the book of Psalms is not a collection of isolated psalms self contained, but contains an intentional structure focusing on the Law, The Messiah and God?s creational sovereignty over all things.

Did the Historical Jesus Claim to Be Divine?

Darrell L. Bock, Mikel Del Rosario, and Justin Bass

darrell bockIn this episode, Mikel Del Rosario, Drs. Darrell Bock and Justin Bass discuss the historical Jesus, focusing on evidence for his claim to deity.

How do the Apostle Paul’s writings help us discover the sayings of the Historical Jesus?
How early were Christians referring to Jesus as divine?
How early did Paul understand Jesus’ implicit claim to be divine?
The historicity of John the Baptist’s inquiry and the implicit nature of Jesus’ claim.
Comparing Jesus’ claims in the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John
Do Jesus’ claims in Matthew and Luke show any continuity with those in the Gospel of John?
How can skeptical people investigate the claims of Jesus?
What constitutes a claim to be divine in a first century Jewish context?
Jesus’ claim implied his unity and distinction from God
Daniel, 1 Enoch, 4 Ezra and Jesus use of “Son of Man”
Jesus’ claim to possess divine authority in Mark 14
Who can sit on God’s throne?
The historicity of Jesus’ claim to be the Son of Man and possess divine authority
The role of the Gospel of John in Historical Jesus discussions
Why does it matter if Jesus’ claimed to be divine?

VIDEO by Dallas Theological Seminary

Christ is the integrating point in the complexities of life

Dr. John Hannah, Research Professor of Theological Studies & Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology, reminds us Christ is the integrating point in the complexities of life.

Is the Question What or Who?

VIDEO by Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS)

Singleness and the Role of Community

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla and Kari Stainback discuss singleness, focusing on the development of community within the local church.


00:15 Singleness and small group ministries
03:27 Experiencing community as a single person
09:55 Advice to singles for gaining greater community
12:44 Ministering to those who have reentered singleness through death or divorce
19:27 Singleness and dealing with loneliness


The Status of Evangelicalism – Darrell L. Bock and Ed Stetzer

Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, and Dr. Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of LifeWay Research Division, discuss issues surrounding the status of evangelicalism.

VIDEO by dallasseminary

History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church [Part 1] – Comparing Roman Catholicism with Protestantism (Dallas Theological Seminary)

See Part 2 here – History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church [Part 2] Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism (Dallas Theological Seminary)

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Scott Horrell and Dr. Michael Svigel discuss Catholicism and Protestantism, focusing on the historical development and organization of the Roman Catholic Church.


00:13 The demographic shift in Roman Catholicism
05:57 Dr. Horrell shares his experience in Latin America
07:13 Roman Catholicism and Martin Luther?s Reformation
10:26 Defining the terms ?high church? and ?low church?
14:58 The development of the Papacy
23:55 The Eastern Orthodox Church and the Papacy
24:08 The formalization of the Papacy
26:26 Various Popes throughout history
28:51 The organization of the Roman Catholic Church
30:20 Issue #1: The Magisterium and Scripture


History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church [Part 2] Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism (Dallas Theological Seminary)

See Part 1 here – History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church [Part 1] – Comparing Roman Catholicism with Protestantism (Dallas Theological Seminary)

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Scott Horrell and Dr. Michael Svigel discuss Catholicism and Protestantism, focusing on various distinctives of both traditions.


00:13 Issue #2: The role of tradition in various branches of Christianity
04:49 Issue #3: The role of the Catholic Church in salvation and grace
08:28 Issue #4: Catholic and Protestant perspectives of the Eucharist
15:45 Issue #5: Catholic and Protestant perspectives of Justification
19:55 Issue #6: The Priesthood of all believers in Protestantism
24:52 Political and sociological structures in Catholicism
28:20 Issue #7: Veneration of the Saints and the Virgin Mary in Catholicism


VIDEO by dallasseminary

Archaeology and the Old Testament, what can we learn from archaeological digs?

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Steven Ortiz, and Dr. Gordon Johnston discuss archaeology and the Old Testament, focusing on what we can learn from archaeological digs.


00:14 Ortiz and Johnston shares their experience in archaeological digs
04:19 What can we learn from archeology?
07:41 How does archeology inform one?s interpretation of the Biblical text?
10:08 How does archeology relate to the plausibility of the Biblical narrative?
14:18 What happens on an archaeological dig?
17:33 Stories from archaeological digs and discoveries in Israel
24:00 The importance of cataloguing artifacts
27:21 The importance of volunteer crews in the Middle East
29:37 Archaeology in the media
33:37 Was Noah?s Ark a round vessel?


Sexuality and the Church – Stanton Jones, Mark Yarhouse, Darrel Bock at Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament studies, Dr. Stanton Jones, Provost and Professor at Wheaton College, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University, speak and answer questions on sexual identity in the church.

VIDEO by dallasseminary

A Biblical View of Sexual Intimacy (Dallas Theological Seminary)

See another followup episode here – Ministering to People with Sexual Issues

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Gary Barnes and Debby Wade discuss sexuality and the church, focusing on a biblical view of sexual intimacy.


00:13 Recent events that affect how sexual ethics is discussed in the public square
04:21 The relevance of theology and moral philosophy to the conversation
06:23 Stretching boundaries, rejecting God’s design, and discovering the consequences
08:19 A biblical view of sexuality derived from Genesis 1 and 2
10:36 The profundity of sexual intimacy reflects God
13:05 The spiritual dimension of sexual intimacy
17:18 Healthy relationships in marriage and friendships
22:13 Complementing rather than seeking to complete your spouse
24:27 Barriers to healthy relationships between men and women
30:55 Birth statistics related to married and unmarried women
35:04 How churches can serve single women and those in diverse family structures

VIDEO by dallasseminary

Foundations of Religious Liberty (Dallas Theological Seminary)

In this episode, Dr. Darrell Bock and Kelly Shackelford discuss religious liberty, focusing on its history, its Constitutional basis, and the parameters of the discussion.


00:13 Shackelford shares his involvement in religious liberty cases
03:40 The historical and Constitutional basis for the concept of religious liberty
06:23 The importance of freedom of conscience to the founding fathers
11:14 How do we reconcile the rights of the religious and non-religious?
14:08 The societal implications of taking away freedom of religion
17:39 Faith in ?a Providence? and its impact on the founding fathers
20:33 Past and present trends in the religious liberty conversation and court cases
26:33 Shackelford explains the roots of the religious liberty controversy
31:52 The Constitution does not promote hostility to religion

VIDEO by dallasseminary

Litigation and Religious Liberty (Dallas Theological Seminary)

Darrell Bock, Kelly Shackelford

00:13-Engagement and censorship of religious ideas
05:24-The Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial case
09:18-Broader implications of cases involving religious symbols
13:11-The impact of a censorship mentality on children
16:29-How should Christians respond to health care regulation cases?
21:13-Underlying issues of the wedding photographers and florist cases
24:32-Health care regulations for churches, religious schools, and for-profits
26:18-Freedom of religious conscience and health care litigation
27:44-The central question of the religious liberty debates

VIDEO by dallasseminary

Chuck Swindoll – The Value of Vulnerability in Christian Leadership (At Dallas Theological Seminary)

Dr. Charles Swindoll, Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, teaches on the importance of transparency, authenticity and vulnerability in Christian leadership.

Charles (Chuck) Swindoll – Moses’ Battle at the Burning Bush and Three Mistakes Broken People Make – Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Chuck Swindoll is presently Chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor at Stonebriary Community Church.

Three Mistakes Broken People Make
and Moses’ Battle at the Burning Bush

  1. People who are broken often run before they are sent. It’s the tendency of the intense type person  to jump ahead, to get engaged, to be involved.
  2. The second mistake we make is that we retreat after we have failed. We run before we’re sent and then often in the running and the doing of it in the flesh, frequently, we fail. And we’re embarassed, we’re humiliated. Maybe some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. You have failed and as a result, your tendency is to retreat.
  3. The third mistake, we resist when we are called. I fear that most, for most of you. In God’s plan, which has been in motion since eternity past, He has you in mind, He has a future for you, and a hope, a plan that will unfold, and right now, you don’t have a clue. Some of you think you do, but you really don’t know ultimately, how and where He will use you. I plead with you to stay open, because I can assure you it will include some surprises.

Moses was in for the surprise of his life, when he came upon a bush that wouldn’t stop burning. Burning bushes in that median desert were not that unusual, or in any desert, for that matter. But a bush that wouldn’t be consumed by the flame, that was unheard of; which caused him to look at the fire and say, „This is amazing.” Exodus 3″3 „Why isn’t the bush burning up? I must go see it.”

Now, you understand, he’s never read Exodus 3, so he does not know that God is in the bush. He doesn’t know that’s where the voice of God will be heard, and I’m  sure one of his first thoughts was, when he heard his name, „Moses, Moses…” first thought was: He found me. I’m not sure they were on speaking terms. We know nothing of his spiritual walk for 40 years. We have this image of Moses that he’s just phenomenal. Born in this privileged family. Stephen does tell us he is mighty in words and deeds. He was supremely significant to Pharaoh, who probably had his eye on him as a replacement, until he blew it. And now, Moses, 80 years old, nothing but memories and they’re failing. And he hears, „Moshe, Moshe.” In the Hebrew, there is a simple little response, ‘Behold, it’s me.” „I’m Moses, who are you?”

„Don’t come any closer,” the Lord warned, „take off your sandals, you’re standing on holy ground, I’m the God of your father, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” I can hardly read it. I can’t imagine the thrill that must have coursed through him, ‘He hasn’t forgotten me! He still knows me!” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. When you read your Bible, may I Urge you not to rush through moments like this? When there’s an emotional moment, give it some emotion. Let it be relived in your minds. Put yourself in his place. He covered his face because he was afraid to look at God, and the Lord asks of him something great. Does he ever. I’ll cut to the chase- verse 10 „Now, go. I’m sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people, Israel, out of Egypt.”

Remember? We resist when we’re called, when we’re broken. „Pharaoh? My picture’s still in the post office (as most wanted for a crime). I’m a wanted man down there. It’s the last place I wanna go. They hate me there.” You see, all these years he’s had time to relive it and over the passing of time, your imagination runs wild, where you had failed and you smear that like a slab of peanut butter across toast. You smear that across your life. That’s you- you’re the personification of failure. You blew it.

The first words out of the bush, for the call, was, „Go!” Whenever the Lord uses you in any measure, for whatever purpose, you go from here to there, unless your call is that you remain right here (in seminary) for further study. And you’re going, „Man, that’s the last thing…” Well, hang on, you may pe the PhD student of the future, and you are the most surprised because some of you are thinking, ‘PhD? Just let me get out with whatever. I am not coming back.” Don’t say you’re not doing that, half of these guys would say the same thing. Who knows what His plan is for you to be in front of a class? And to shape the lives of those who will be going where you will never go? What a calling! But, that’s their calling, it may not be yours. But, it will be, „Going somewhere!” Going where? Away from the familiar, which is what makes something great so difficult. I will tell you, every calling I’ve had has been surprising. Every one, I said NO to, to begin with. Every single one. Sometimes, several times. I was graduating from seminary, I had offers to go to several different places, and of all people, Dr. Pentecost asked me to be his assistant. First response was, „Me?And then, it was NO.” He said, „Think about it.” So, I did that for a while. And in the middle of that, the Lord had another plan for us. It was to go to New England. Who in his right mind is going to leave Texas to go to New England? So, I go and I’m the most surprised guy in New England. So I wasn’t there pretty long. I would call it, pretty much a failure. But it wasn’t a mistake. I had learned what it meant to fail. And I did. I don’t think all of those that were in that church would say I failed, but anyways, to my surprise, the Lord tapped me on the shoulder and said, „I want you back in Texas.” „No, I’m not going back there. I’ve been there all my life.” „Oh, you need to go back there.” So we wound up in Irving. We came to Irving, to a little  church and while I’m there, it’s amazing how God blessed it. I had the time of my life and we had a number of seminary students and some of the faculty that were coming to church. It was just great.

The day my mother died, I got a letter from California, February 1971, and they wanted me to think about coming to a church in California. „No!” First of all, I am grieving and I’ve got to prepare the funeral message for my mother. It was the most ill timed letter ever written. They wrote again: Please think about it. „NO. We’re where we ought to be, we’ve been here just 4 years and I really wanna ….” Then, they wrote again. „What’s wrong with these people?” Cynthia said, „You know, we really don’t have any business leaving.” „I know, honey. I know. I’m not asking for it. They just won’t quit writing. I’ll tell you what I’ll do,, I’ll go out there, I’ll go to the seminar I want to go to, here, then on Sunday, I’ll go preach there and then I’ll come back here.” Done. And, I went, and oh, it was fantastic. I hate to tell you how much fun we had. So, I came back and she met me at the airport, „I don’t wanna hear.” Anyway, of all places, this Texan goes to California. I’m telling you all this so you’ll know that surprise things will happen. Not one of them did I pursue, did I seek, not one of them was I looking for, and it’s like I can’t believe it. I didn’t know the geography, I didn’t know the lifestyle, we had four kids, one wasn’t even a year old, they were all little. Every texan told us that we’re gonna lose our family if we move to California. You don’t lose your family, unless YOU lose your family. It’s not the environment, it’s the home. And it’s challenging, but what else is life, but a challenge? It is a challenge everywhere.

I started with no staff, and then I hired every one of them, little by little, along the way. It was a time when Orange County was exploding and our church grew. We wound up, that we couldn’t handle all the services, 5 services every Sunday. People sat on the floor, in the aisle, under the piano. The only one we tried to keep out was the fire marshall. We brought n extra chairs, we broke all the rules. We finally had to build. I had gone through a building program at Irving, I didn’t wanna go through one again. And we built a building, and it filled up, having the time of my life almost 25 years.

So, I’m telling you, where the Lord sends you, it is remarkable what can happen to you. And you finally are at peace with it, you say yes to it, and you do it. And having done it, you realize how magnificent the plan is. He wants to do great things, and I want to do familiar things. He wants to break molds and I want to be poured into the mold, where I am comfortable, where I know all the streets… And would you believe it? Before long, God opens up doors for a publishing ministry. I never dreamed of writing a book, ever, at my years at this school. I sat in awe of those professors that taught me and were using their texts, and I’m thinking, „What would that be like? Can’t imagine.” Now I got a publishing thing going.  And then, out of the blue, a man named Al Sanders, who says, „I think you ought to think about being on radio.” I said, „I don’t listen to radio, especially Christian radio.” He said, „I know. we need to give them something to listen to.” I thought, „No, I’m still not gonna do it. I’m  not. I don’t know that medium. I know preaching, I know a little about the church, and that’s my thing.” And God broke a mold and opened up a ministry for  the media. I never dreamed of that. People ask me all the time, „Is this a big fulfillment?” „No, as a matter of fact, it’s a big surprise.” I live my life surprised.

And I was settled in, everything was great, we were going along year after year, and I get a call from Dallas Seminary. I thought it sounds a lot like Don Campbell’s voice, and I thought, maybe I’m in trouble again. And he said, „We’d like you to think about being president.” 32:30

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