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  by Dr. David B. Schreiner When Cyrus the Great rode into Babylon on October 30, 539 BCE, he ended the Neo-Babylonian Empire and solidified the foundation for one of the largest empires the world has ever known. For God’s people, Persia meant the end of the Exile and the inauguration of a new dispensation....
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  Jim Howard, WBS Board Chair, recently published an apologetics book entitled The Miracle of Man: Evidence For God from Human Nature (Resource Publications, 2017). From the back: “What Is a Man? Biologically, we are animals–homo sapiens. But men are different, born with consciousness, reason, free will, notions of morality, and other characteristics of what...
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Chris Lohrstorfer is from Elizabeth, Indiana, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart. He now resides in Raymond, Mississippi where he and His wife Mary are the parents of two teenagers, Diana 17, and Nicolas, 15. Chris has served as Senior Pastor at Hinds Independent Methodist Church in Raymond since 1997 and has been...
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Mark Weeter (M.Div. ’83): Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the School of Ministry and Christian Thought, Professor of Theological Studies In 1977, just two months after marrying my wife, Brenda, we packed up and moved to Mississippi to attend WBS. It was still in its infancy and was meeting in a mansion...
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  by Dr. Steve Blakemore   Foreward: “Why should I go to seminary? If God has called me, won’t the Spirit empower me for ministry?” That is a legitimate question, since education alone cannot prepare or equip anyone for the service of God. Yet, neither are a call from God, passion, and spiritual gifts sufficient...
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    An Interview with Dr. Matt Friedeman   You are a professor as well as an activist – what led you to think that you needed to do in order to teach? When we arrived in Jackson in 1987, Dr. Harold Spann, the preside nt at the time, thought there would be wisdom in...
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  Reflections upon Retirement Gareth Lee Cockerill taught his first course at Wesley Biblical Seminary in the fall of 1979, joining the faculty of the fledgling seminary while he was on home assignment for his missionary work with the Wesleyan Church. Back on the mission field in 1981 for another three-year term, he returned to...
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Check out the 2017 Compass! Included in this edition are: some highlights from Commencement and the 2017 Graduate and Alumni Banquet, testimonies from some of our grads, details on our cooperative efforts with Oklahoma Wesleyan University (along with a look at our alumni who serve at OKWU), faculty articles addressing the important question, “Why Seminary?...
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  by Dr. John Neihof During my 19 years of education in Christian schools, I learned the stories of faith. When I enrolled in the University of Kentucky at the age of 25, I encountered stories far different from the kind on which I’d been raised. Stories with labels like “science,” “subjectivism,” and “socialism.” For...
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  The WBS community gathered the evening before commencement for the annual Graduate and Alumni Banquet at the Jackson Hilton. Attendees celebrated Dr. Cockerill’s retirement and service, honored Dr. Friedeman’s service milestone, listened to Alumnus Marshall Daigre’s charge to the Class of 2017, and enjoyed dinner and fellowship.
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