"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord." (Hab. 2:14)

Message from the Director

Larry Perkins, Ph.D.

Inaugurating the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy (CBTL)

In summarizing the results of a recent Gallup poll George Gallup Jr. and Jim Castelli concluded that “Americans revere the Bible but, by and large, they don’t read it.” Perspectives in Canada about the Bible are probably little different. But the problem goes much deeper. Not only are people not reading the Bible, but when the do read it, they do not understand it very well. Another Gallup poll indicates that 4 out of 5 churchgoers fail to get the help they need to understand the Bible. Discouraging trends to say the least! At their June 2011 meeting the Northwest Baptist Seminary board endorsed a proposal to establish the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy, as a direct action to address these trends, particularly in Canada. Its mission is to enable individuals and communities, both Christian and non-Christian, to discern the wisdom of the Christian Scriptures and be motivated to apply its wisdom for salvation and shalom.

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Taste and See – An Invitation to Read the Bible

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Annabel Robinson is publications manager for Scripture Union, Canada. A graduate of Oxford, she recently retired from teaching at the University of Regina where she was recognized with an appointment as Professor Emerita of Classics. Because of the benefit that personal Bible reading and reflection have contributed to her own life, she has a passion […]

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“Jesus’ Wife” Coptic Papyrus — Is it Credible?

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Recently an article authored by  Karen King (with contributions by AnneMarie Luijendijk) and said to be “forthcoming” in the Harvard Theological Review and entitled “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” a New Coptic Gospel Papyrus, proposed that this fragment may be evidence that some Christians in the third and fourth centuries A.D. believed and taught […]

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What is “Theological Literacy” and Why is it Important?

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“Theological Literacy” refers to a person’s capacity to formulate and articulate a Christian worldview based upon the Scriptures and with some awareness of the way the church has formulated such ideas throughout its history.

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The Nature and Importance of ‘Gospel Literacy’ in the Local Church.

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Significant discussion is occurring about the question “what is the Gospel?” Keller’s recent book “Center Church” devotes its first several chapters essentially to defining Gospel. At first it seems surprising that 2000 years after Jesus we still find ourselves debating such a question. Surely Christian leaders would have sorted out this most significant issue centuries […]

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“Take up and Read” – Is Augustine’s Path to Faith Still Effective Today?

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Late in the summer of 386 Augustine was sitting in a garden in Milan and by chance he heard a child chanting: “Take it and read it; take it and read it.” He picked up what was nearby, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and began reading Romans 13:13–14, “Let us behave decently, as in the […]

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