Seminary News

Dr. Henebury on Livestream – 25 October 7pm (CST)

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In less than an hour, I will be lecturing for The Bible & Beer Consortium in Fort Worth, and the event will be Livestreamed. The topic of my lecture is:  The Biblical Worldview Against All Others. Here’s how you can join in:

1. create a free Livestream login ID
2. sign in and subscribe to “The Bible & Beer Consortium” channel
3. play the event when it begins, or jump in at any time

Since I’m teetotal, I’ve been getting a lot of queries about what the Bible & Beer Consortium is!  Here’s a great little video introducing the ministry and starring its founder, and my good friend, Ezra Boggs.  Enjoy, and I hope to see you tonight.

Announcement – TELOS: A Christian Resource Ministry and Theological School

Many of my readers know that my calling and the means of putting food on the family’s table (usually!) has been Veritas School of Theology.  But I can now announce some exciting changes.

Our mission has always been to train God’s people to believe what God says and to think biblically.

We do this at a low cost, and if I may say so, quite effectively.

But many of you also are aware that we have been in the throes of change; not a change of ministry, but an expansion and rebranding of the ministry.  Now, at long last, I am happy to reveal what we’ve been up to.

Two New Websites!

I have always wanted the school to be part of a broader outreach.  This has led us to create two websites; one for the school, and another for the ‘umbrella’ ministry.  Let me introduce them to you:

TELOS THEOLOGICAL MINISTRIES (Telos for short), is designed as a go-to place for free Bible instruction for the Christian public.  If you press the link you’ll find plenty of audio files, on all sorts of topics, plus articles and reviews, with lots more, including video, to come.  There’s also a link to this blog.

So get going and browse!  Tell your friends about us.  LIKE us on Facebook, and do all the other things ministries like this need nowadays to get known.

If, after you have listened for a while, you would like to arrange for myself or my buddy Eric Peterman to do a seminar or conference near you, we’d be glad to help.

TELOS BIBLICAL INSTITUTE (Telos Institute for short), is the new name for Veritas School of Theology as was.  We’ve revamped the old website, and added Certificate programs and Diplomas for those interested in doing study in particular areas, but not in pursuing a degree.  Of course, any one can audit lectures.  We only ask for a donation to help us along.  Whether taking a degree or listening to a single lecture, you can study any time at Telos.

Separating the seminary from the main ministry gives us the freedom to offer resources not specific to students, or to let visitors know what goes on at Telos Institute.

Needless to say, I would love to get your feedback and ideas on these new ventures!

Your brother,

Paul

Veritas Update

Where has Veritas School of Theology gone? 

The School is still very much here, even though the website is temporarily down while being rebuilt.  My associate Eric Peterman is busying away on the technical side of things while I patiently upload hundreds of lectures under many class headings.  I have to say, (though you’ll have to take my word for it) it looks good!

Another thing that is happening is that we’re getting a new logo.  We have a new one for the School and one also for the Umbrella Ministry which we’ll be launching.  The logos bear relation to each other but with slight differences.  Again, they look terrific!  This blog will eventually be situated within the main Ministry website.

If all that wasn’t enough, the Lord has providentially led us to move back to California.  Yes, I know, that’s where people are moving from.  But we firmly believe the ministry will be able to grow far more than if we remained in “Southern Baptist Land.”  We are just a week away from loading up and driving 2,000 miles to NoCal – two hours north of San Francisco.  Try to stay off the roads from the 27th through the 1st as yours truly will be behind the wheel of a twenty-six footer with seventy plus boxes of books on board.

Needless to say, we would appreciate your prayers in this time of transition.

Your brother,

Paul

 

Where has Veritas School of Theology gone?

Yes, Veritas School of Theology’s Website is Temporarily Down

Readers of this blog may be aware that my “day job” is running a small ministry, the purpose of which is to ground God’s people in a Biblical Worldview through immersion in Dispensational Biblical and Systematic Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, and Bible Exposition.

I am fully persuaded it is very possible to believe what the Bible says and at he same time articulate such a Worldview – six day creation, future for national Israel, and all.  And we prove it!  Here is a synopsis of our Statement of Faith.

The ministry has up to now been mainly focused on an online seminary:  Veritas School of Theology, normally parked at http://www.inquiroveritas.com .

Expansion

We are about to expand the ministry to bring a broader spectrum of teaching to all levels.  The expansion will include:

  • Seminars & Conferences
  • Video & Audio
  • Writings – articles, e-books, etc.
  • The School
  • lots of Free Resources!

All this to be centered in a single website.  I am very excited about this expansion!  For one thing, my old friend Eric Peterman is joining the ministry, which is a real boon.

Rebuilding the Website

So what has happened to the existing website?  Two things:

Firstly, our old webhost contacted us three weeks ago to inform us we’d exceeded storage limit, and promptly gave us seven days to rectify the problem, upgrade to an expensive package, or be suspended!  We decided it would be a wiser use of the Lord’s provision to move everything over to another webhost we’d opened for the purposes of future ministry expansion.

Second, the transfer of the School did not go without a blip, unfortunately.  They tell me that there are “errors in the code” or some such lingo.  Hence the resulting blank webpage and disappearance of Veritas.  It was therefore decided to rebuild the school platform on another educational software.  We have been using Moodle for several years, but are basing the rebuild on a different platform since our previous data on Moodle can no longer be used.  So the present status is as follows:

  • School being rebuilt on new platform – time-consuming and a bit painful, but necessary
  • New, expanded ministry website launching soon!

Our present students were forewarned about all this and given the chance to download the lectures they needed.  Anyone wishing to take courses through Veritas School of Theology can still do so easily, even while the main website is down.  Contact me with any inquiries at pmhenebury@inquiroveritas.com

We appreciate your patience and prayers while we get this sorted out.

Your brother,

Paul Henebury

Four Talks on ‘The Family and the Church’

The first weekend of July I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the Family Retreat in Waxahachie, TX.  I had been given the broad title “The Family and the Church.”  Praise God, even though they were quite hard-hitting, the talks were well received.  Here is an outline of each presentation, which was given under the auspices of Veritas School of Theology:

First Presentation: All in the Family

This talk centered on the key institution of marriage in God’s structuring of society, and the very different definitions of “marriage” in the world and the Church.  I cited two worldly definitions; one from Psychology Today, and one from Wikipedia, to demonstrate the looseness of these views.  I noted that “love” in such definitions did not entail a full commitment to the other in the biblical sense, but that it referred more to a sentiment or feeling.  I also pointed out that according to these sources, marriage and family were human inventions and institutions, and hence were fixed by convention only.

Contrasting this with the Bible’s portrait I used an excellent definition of marriage from John Stott, noting that it was both specific and others-centered.  I also called the audiences attention to the fact that “love” was not in most sound definitions of marriage for the reason that it is liable to be grossly misconceived.  I closed with short expositions of Genesis 1:26-28a; 2:18-24, and Matthew 19:3-9, making sure to include a last slide addressing the issue of sex before marriage and its damaging affects.

Second Presentation: Divided Families and the Church

I began this talk with some reflections on the impact of secularization and its dehumanizing influence.  I then tied this to the Church’s lapses in not correctly reading this cultural turn, asking if the Church (and the individual believer) knows how and when to say “No!” to the cultural mores.

From there I launched into a study of “Love” in biblical perspective.  Understanding love is crucial to understanding our difference as Christian couples and Christian families.  From there I turned to the husbands and the commandment to “love your wives.”  I told the men (and myself) that “if there is no love in the home it is the husband’s fault.”  Then we studied Ephesians 5:22-33, first for men, and then for women.  I finished off with a quote from John Angel James: “If they would preserve love, let them be sure to study most accurately each others tastes and distastes, and most anxiously abstain from whatever, even in the minutest things, they know to be contrary to them.”

Third Presentation: The Concept of the Church

I took the opportunity here not to teach ecclesiology, but to to build upon what I had already said and highlight the fact that families make up the greater part of the Church, and thus, local churches ought to be expanded families.  I again reminded those present of the threat of our culture’s values and how they have seeped into the Church.  Then I studied briefly the meaning of the word ekklesia, defining it as “a summoned community in Christ.”

The next part of the presentation was a run through “What God wants to see” in the individual (from the Beatitudes), and then the local church (focusing on Romans 12).  The lecture ended with a contrast of the two last churches addressed by the Lord in Revelation 3.

Fourth Presentation: Church, Family and the Word

The final talk was given more extempore as I had been getting many different kinds of questions from different age groups who were there.  I wanted to anchor this talk on the importance of the life of faith for all Christians, no matter what there situation may be.  I grounded the talk in an exposition of Ecclesiastes 8:1-7, noting that I was deliberately taking some liberty with the passage by replacing the earthly king of the context with the King of kings.

Among the things I noted was the connection between wisdom and humility.  I asked husbands and wives and children if they were willing to be corrected by their spouse/parents.  I then tried to drive home the cruciality of not deserting God because of our misperception of His lack of interest in our condition.

From here I moved onto the subject of the awkwardness of change.  What I meant was the question of what others will think of me if I am not as selfish and absorbed as usual.  This was tied into the true meaning of love as service for another.  The presentation concluded with a mention of the truth that we need to recognize the structure which the Lord has built into the physical and moral world and move in accordance with it and not against it (this is the Dooyeweerdian stuff on “structure” and “direction” which I think is a keen insight, although I didn’t bother to reference the Dutchman himself in this context!).

The talks each ended with stimulating Q&A.  I thank God that the feedback has thus far been very positive.  now I need to practice more of what I preach!

An Enjoyable Trip

I have now returned to the Texas heat from a nice time in San Jose, doing a Veritas Conference for my friend Will Dudding.  We covered a lot of ground.  I spoke on “Bible Interpretation for the Rest of Us,” “The Temple,” “Islam,” “Views of the Rapture,” and “Covenant Theology v. Dispensational Theology.”  Of course I was biased for pretribulational dispensationalism, but I think I steered a fairly non-radical course.

What was interesting is that there were some post-mils. and post-tribbers in attendance – Keith Mathison’s book against Dispensationalism in hand – and that made the Q&A interesting.

Sadly, none of them made it to the final ‘sesh’ (even though they said they would be there) so the really interesting exchanges didn’t materialize.

Will is going to put the audio on his blog so we’ll see how it sounds.  Hopefully, the Lord will use it to promote Veritas School of Theology and to encourage His band of besieged Dispensationalists!

Things Are Progressing!

I thought it would be a good idea if I gave an update on Veritas School of Theology and what I’ve been up to.

In two weeks, Tom Pryde and I will be flying (Sept. 26th – 29th) to meet with the President and faculty of a fine Christian College to discuss a ‘partnership’ between the two schools; they will likely be donating classes to be used in our online school, and Veritas would provide online training at a graduate level and beyond for their students. They seem enthusiastic about meeting with us, and we, for our part, are very happy that an institution we both respect wants to discuss our vision. It’s becoming more and more evident that online education is the future.

I am very close to completing the recording of lectures for my course on “The Doctrine of God (1),” which means that it will be available soon! I have been working on the materials for many different courses for awhile, more specifically, for: “The Doctrine of God (2)“, “Intro to Biblical Apologetics“, “The Canon of Scripture“, and “Church History (1).” Many more courses are in the pipeline.

We are very thankful to those of you who are supporting the work financially. May God bless you all. Veritas needs a dedicated server (about $5,000?) so that we can handle more students and provide the bandwidth necessary for the lectures. We received our EIN# yesterday, which enables us to proceed on the business side of things, but we also need to complete our application for tax-exempt status as a 5o1(c)3 corporation, which will cost $750. It is imperative that we file this in October, so that we can begin processing funds for Veritas. I shall be posting a “Shopping List” on the website soon, so that any “project-oriented” individuals can see where they might supply a need.

As one might expect, Satan is unhappy with what Tom and I are doing and both of us have been hit in the pocket recently. I was laid off my part-time job (the owner is selling up) and Tom is having to go part-time at his church. But we believe the Lord will continue to supply and to prove Himself as Jehovah Jireh on our behalf.

There you have it. Plenty of work, lots of exciting opportunities, and some challenges. Please pray for us and continue to watch us move forward!

Your brother,

Paul.

The Veritas ETHOS: Principles Underlying Studies at Veritas School of Theology

THE VERITAS ETHOS

Purpose

The objective of Veritas School of Theology (www.inquiroveritas.com) is twofold:

  • To restore the locus of theological training back to the local church.
  • To articulate and defend a God-centered, revelational worldview.

Definition

We describe ourselves theologically as existing to promote the knowledge of God through the disciplined study of God and man, always respecting the biblical Creator/creature distinction. This means that orthodoxy and orthopraxy are viewed as opposite sides of the same truth. Thus, we do not lay stress on theology as a subject but as the divinely appointed truth without which we are without a compass in the world. This lends to theology a more necessary and obligatory aspect.

Position on the Theological Spectrum

Along with Fundamentalism and historic Evangelicalism we contend for the practical outworking of an inerrant and authoritative Word of God. For this reason we are not afraid to stand for certain unpopular positions (Young Earth Creationism, propositional revelation, consistent hermeneutics, a biblical ethic of selfless love, etc.), nor are we ashamed of standing against popular trends in the churches (egalitarianism, sign-gifts, progressive creationism, hermeneutical relativism, integrative approaches to counseling, and postmodernism).
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Veritas School of Theology…

The old Puritans used to say “Man proposes but God disposes.” That certainly sums up our lives over the past few months. By now I fully expected to be writing this from Bismarck, N.D., but that has not come to pass (at least, not as yet). During the meantime I have been busy working from Texas on the online part of the seminary, and I am seeing God work in a definite direction, using outward circumstances. Even though there is much work to do we are seeing the ministry beginning to create its own momentum – it is quite exciting! Let me fill you in:

Veritas School of Theology is a venture that has grown out of a general concern of several pastors and educators with the state of theological training in America. This forward-looking theological project has sprung up because of our belief that anyone desiring a deeper knowledge of God’s truth ought to have access to it in the place where the Lord has placed them. To read more about the plan and purpose of the seminary, click here to visit the Seminary Page!

Breaking news at this point is that, as of this week, we have a website set-up to host interactive online courses. (more…)

How did the vote go?

This past Monday (26th March) there was a vote taken at First Evangelical Free Church, Bismarck, ND. The vote was on the recommendation of the elders that a new seminary be established under the auspices of the church. The church, being congregational, needed to vote positively in favor of our venture, and I am pleased to say that 84% voted for the seminary. We thank God for such a clear decision.

Now we must find the funds that will be necessary to realize the seminary, including (of course) my salary. We trust the Lord for this, understanding that obstacles still lie ahead. One of those obstacles will be to secure my salary before we can move up to Bismarck. For the present I can do nearly everything I need to do from Texas, although it will be necessary for me to spend time in Bismarck about once a month to help coordinate things up there.

As you can see, things are still very much in the Lord’s hands, which is exactly where we want them to be. In whatever God calls a person to do, it is so important to know that one is called. I would rather not teach again than to go unsent! But if God calls, he also provides. We humbly anticipate that provision to come in as this important and exciting project moves forward. Please pray with us about this.

Your brother,

Paul

Psalm 71:6