Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Connice Dyar

Connice Dyar

One of the fastest growing areas of ministry in the United States today is sports chaplaincy.  Not only do most major sports teams have chaplains, but now even college and some high school programs have chaplains.  These chaplains have unprecedented access to these athletes who will be future leaders and (inevitably) influencers of American culture.

Incredibly, despite these strategic opportunities, the ministry of sports chaplaincy is relatively unknown.  We are working hard here at RTS Charlotte to address this important ministry niche through our Chaplains Ministry Institute (CMI), in partnership with great ministries like the Sports Chaplains Network.

Connice Dyar (RTS Charlotte class of 2007) is on the …

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Gospel Critics and the Argument from Silence

Contradictions in the Gospels

“You can’t say everything.”  This is one of the refrains I often cite to my students as we discuss historical documents.  When ancient authors put quill to papyrus (or parchment), we need to remember that they had a limited amount of space, a limited amount of time, a limited number of goals, and often a very specific purpose for which they wrote.

Inevitably, therefore, an historical account will include some things that other historical accounts (of the same event) might omit, and they might omit some things that other historical accounts might include.

This reality is particularly important to remember when the Gospel accounts are analyzed and compared with one …

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“The Early Text of the New Testament” is Now in Paperback

EarlyText-cover

In 2012, Oxford University Press published The Early Text of the New Testament, edited by myself and my friend Chuck Hill.  The volume was designed to assess the most primitive state of the NT text available from our sources.  It covered three main subject areas: (1) The textual and scribal culture of early Christianity; (2) The manuscript tradition itself; and (3) Citations of the NT in early Christian writings.

Contributors included Tjitze Baarda, Jeff Bingham, Juan Chapa, Scott Charlesworth, Carl Cosaert, J.K. Elliott, Paul Foster, Harry Gamble, Peter Head, Juan Hernandez, Larry Hurtado, Tobias Nicklas, Stan Porter, Dieter Roth, James Royse, Billy Todd, Christopher Tuckett, Joseph Verheyden, Tommy Wasserman, …

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Where Are They Now? RTS Charlotte Alumnus Phil Davis

Faith Community Prague

Why would a seminary graduate, with a young family, want to move overseas and start a church in the “most atheistic city in the world”?  Certainly this is not the normal next step for the average American seminary student who typically envisions ministry in an established suburban church in a Bible-belt city.

But, this was the next step for RTS Charlotte alumnus Phil Davis (class of 2003) who moved his family to Prague, Czech Republic to start a new church.  And now they have a thriving ministry in this beautiful European city (and home of 14th century Reformer Jan Hus).  In addition, they have been joined in recent years …

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