Who is Wise and Understanding Among You? (GRTS 2018 Commencement Address)

By David Turner on May 9, 2018

Editor's Note: Dr. Turner has faithfully served in the Bible department at GRTS for 32 years, and we are grateful for his commitment to educating and mentoring students throughout their seminary journeys. Last week, Dr. David Turner gave the commencement address to our graduating seminary students, and we wanted to have his address available on the blog as well. David's humor (which was in rare form…

What is the GRTS Vision? Reflections on 30 years of theological education (Part 3 of 3)

By David Turner on April 11, 2018

Editor's Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner's 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the third of three posts. Here is part 1 and part 2.

I've reflected on the identity and constituency of GRTS in two previous posts. It's also critically important to ponder how these…

Who Does GRTS Serve? Reflections on 30 years of theological education (Part 2 of 3)

By David Turner on April 10, 2018

Editor's Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner's 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the second of three posts. Here is part 1.

When Victor Matthews' retirement led to my coming to Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary in 1986, I was told that about 60% of our students identified…

Who is GRTS? Reflections on 30 years of Theological Education (Part 1 of 3)

By David Turner on April 9, 2018

Editor's Note: We are celebrating Dr. David Turner's 32 years of ministry in the Bible department at GRTS. After the Spring 2018 semester, he is stepping out of his full-time role as Professor of New Testament. We asked him to reflect on his time here and to offer a parting word for students, alumni and colleagues. This is the first of three posts.

Distilling (can I use that word here?) thirty years…

Giving Thanks When It’s Hard

By David Turner on November 22, 2017

It's easy to be thankful when things are going well, like when we ace the exam, when we get the raise, when we're healthy and our life is flourishing. It's not so easy to give thanks when we fail the exam, when we get fired or when tragedy strikes. I have yet to see an athlete point their index fingers to the sky to give thanks after striking out or getting sacked, and I'm not holding my breath. If…

Why is the Resurrection So Important?

By David Turner on April 19, 2017

The resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of the Christian message. How unfortunate that church services may stress the empty tomb only on Easter Sunday, or even just through the Eastertide season. Another concern is the common way Christians summarize the gospel by mentioning only Jesus' death. Without the resurrection, Jesus' ministry ends in defeat and disillusionment (Luke 24:21). But everything…

The Cross: For Us, By Us and In Us

By David Turner on March 27, 2016

In many evangelical churches, Easter is relegated to a single Sunday each year. In more liturgically-minded churches, Eastertide is observed as the eight-Sunday season between Easter and Pentecost, which this year falls from March 27 to May 15. Either way, Christ's death and resurrection is the very heart of our experience of new life in him. We need to reflect on the absolute centrality of the cross…

We interrupt your warm, comfy, cozy Advent season with a message from the Apocalypse...

By David Turner on December 23, 2015

We often hear the Christmas story told from the Gospels.

From Luke 1-2, we learn about John the Baptist's parents Zacharias and Elizabeth, the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary, the coming of the shepherds, and the words of Simeon and Anna about the baby Jesus. From Matthew 1-2, we've come to know about Joseph's care for Mary and Jesus, the visit of the magi, the holy family's flight to Egypt,…