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Provost E. Randolph Richards

Dr. Randy Richards is our Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Learn more about him by reading his biography and achievements below.

Dr. Randy Richards is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has been teaching since 1986, originally at a state university and then abroad at an Indonesian seminary.  Upon returning to the States, Dr. Richards served at two Christian universities before joining Palm Beach Atlantic University as the dean of the School of Ministry in 2006. In addition to mentoring students in advanced Greek and Greek manuscript studies, he loves training students for ministry, both domestically and internationally.  His wife Stacia has joyfully accompanied him from jungles of Indonesia to rice fields in Arkansas to beautiful South Florida.  They have two fine sons: Josh (Ph.D. 2012, University of St. Andrews, Scotland), a university professor in English, and Jacob (Ph.D. 2014, College of Medicine, University of Florida), a medical researcher. 

Dr. Richards has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books and dozens of scholarly articles. He is currently writing an introduction to the New Testament and is beginning a major 2-volume commentary on the Gospel of John in the Word Biblical Commentary series. Recently, he completed a major new edition of Rediscovering Paul (2017), a popular college and seminary textbook on the Apostle Paul; A Little Book for New Bible Scholars (2017), an introduction to Biblical studies; and Paul Behaving Badly (2016), a popular book on the beloved apostle. Other recent books include Rediscovering Jesus (2015), Reading Scripture Deeply (2015), and Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes (2012).

Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and teacher, and has presented in places as diverse as Istanbul, Turkey; Kijabe, Kenya; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Kathmandu, Nepal. He regularly presents at conferences and also serves as a Bible teacher at Family Church (SBC) in Palm Beach Gardens.

See below for more about Dr. Richard's career:


Contact Us

 
The Office of the Provost is located on the second floor of Sachs Hall. The office is staffed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office staff may be reached by phone at (561) 803-2051.

 

Debbie Konynenbelt
Administrative Assistant to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer
(561) 803-2058
debbie_konynenbelt@pba.edu


More from Dr. Randy Richards

Education

Ph.D., 1988  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Major: New Testament Studies

Minor: Biblical Theology, Archaeology

M.Div., 1983 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.S., 1980    Counseling Psychology, Texas Wesleyan College

Educational Administrative Experience

After teaching and administrating eight years at an Indonesian seminary, I served as a department chair for four years at two different Christian universities, creating a new department at one university. I have served as a dean for eleven years. Under my leadership, the School of Ministry began with about 70 students. The academic rigor was poor, particularly in the evening and satellite programs. Faculty morale was very low and there was no vision. We created a unifying vision statement; student enrollment increased about 400%; academic rigor is consistent and high. We added a fully online undergraduate program and two masters programs.

When I began leading the Rinker Center for Experiential Learning, there were three dysfunctional travel-study trips, one inactive London semester and a few CCCU-sponsored programs. Student engagement was under 30 students a year. Under my direction, policies, procedures, and paperwork were created to facilitate international travel. Five years later, there are robust London, Italy and Edinburgh programs, plus over 30 partner programs, in addition to the CCCU programs. Travel-study trips, mission trips and other international travel activities are fully organized under PBA control. About 800-1000 travel applications are processed every year. This center of excellence has grown dramatically and is positioned for more growth.

I am now the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.

Professional Experience

2017: Provost, Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Biblical Studies

Palm Beach Atlantic University
West Palm Beach, Florida

2006 -2017: Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies, School of Ministry  

Palm Beach Atlantic University
West Palm Beach, Florida

2011 - 2017: Director, Rinker Center for Experiential Learning

Palm Beach Atlantic University
West Palm Beach, Florida

2003 - 2006: Chair, Department of Christian Missions

Pruet School of Christian Studies
Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, Arkansas

2003 - 2006: Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Missions

Pruet School of Christian Studies
Ouachita Baptist University

1999 - 2002: Assoc. Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology

Pruet School of Christian Studies
Ouachita Baptist University

1998 - 1999: Chair, Department of Religion and Philosophy and Assoc. Professor of Religion

Williams Baptist College
College City, Arkansas.

1996 - 1998: Asst. Professor of Religion

Williams Baptist College

1993 - 1996:  Assoc. Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Indonesia Graduate School of Theology, Manado, Indonesia.

1993: Missionary Guest Professor of New Testament

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas

1992 - 1994: Guest Professor of New Testament

Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, Indonesia

1989 - 1992: Assoc. Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology

Indonesia Theological College, Manado, Indonesia

1986 - 1988: Instructor in Religious Studies

Tarrant County Community College, NW, Texas

1985 - 1986: Instructor in Latin

School for Science and Engineering Professions, Texas

1984 - 1985: Teaching Fellow in New Testament Greek

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas

Major Publications

John, Word Biblical Commentary series, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2022).

Rediscovering the New Testament with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2020).

Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, rev. ed., with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017).

A Little Book for New Biblical Scholars, with Joseph Dodson (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017).

Paul Behaving Badly, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016).

Rediscovering Jesus, with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2015).

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012).

Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007).

Paul and First Century Letter Writing. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

"In Exile but on the Brink of Restoration: The Story of Israel in the General Epistles." In The Story of Israel: a Biblical Theology, ed. Marvin Pate, pp. 232-254 (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

“Signs of the Restoration.” In The Story of Israel: a Biblical Theology, ed. Marvin Pate, pp. 153-176 (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

The Secretary in the Letters of Paul, in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament Series, no. 2/42, ed. Martin Hengel (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 1991).

Refereed Publications

“Was Matthew a Plagiarist? Plagiarism in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” in Christian Origins and the Establishment of the Early Jesus Movement, eds. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts. TENTS; Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context 4. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Some Observations on Paul and Seneca as Letter Writers,” in Paul and Seneca in Dialogue, eds. David Briones and Joey Dodson. New Testament and Ancient Philosophy Series. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. 49-72.

Reading Scripture Deeply, with Richard Hess (eds.), Proceedings from the Young Scholars Summit (Tyndale House, Cambridge, 2013). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Publishing, 2015.

“Reading, Writing, and the Production and Transmission of Manuscripts” in The Background of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity, eds. Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. Pp. 300-17.

“Pauline Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Convention” in Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament, eds. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts. Early Christiantity in its Hellenistic Context 1. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. 497-514.

 “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up? The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing” in Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics, eds. Paul Copan and William Craig. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012. Pp. 113-36.

“(Mis)Reading Paul’s Letters through Western Eyes” in Paul as Missionary: His Identity, Activity, Theology and Practice, ed. Trevor Burke, LNTS (formerly JSNTS) 420. T & T Clark, 2011. Pp. 247-63.

“An Honor/Shame Argument for Two Temple Clearings,” Trinity Journal 29, ns (2008): 19-43.

"Letters and Letter Writing," The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, 4 vols., ed., K. D. Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008. Pp. 3:638-41. 

"Silvanus was not Peter's Secretary: Theological Bias in Reading 1Pet. 5:12," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43/3 (2000): 417-32.

“Ministering in a Tough Place: Paul’s Pattern in Thessalonica,” Southwestern Journal of Theology (Fall 1999): 17-38.

“The Codex and the Early Collection of Paul’s Letters,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 8 (1998): 151-66.

Refereed Presentations

“Honor/Shame and the Gospel of John,” presented to the Honor, Shame and the Gospels Conference, Wheaton, June 2017.

“Honor/Shame, Plagiarism and Publishing the Gospels Anonymously,” HBU Theology Conference, presented to the HBU Theology Conference Annual Meeting, Houston, March 2017.

“Slave Children in Greco-Roman Antiquity and the Colossian Household Code,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 2015.

 “Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2014.

“Ancient Authorship Models and the Pastoral Epistles,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2013.

“The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing,” presented to the New Testament Graduate Seminar, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, June 2011.

“Western Influences on the Reading of Paul,” presented to the New Testament Post-Graduate Seminar of the International Christian College, University of Aberdeen, October 2010.

 “Dewesternizing Paul,” presented to the International Reference Library for Biblical Research Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, March 2010

“(Mis)Reading Paul through Western Eyes,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2009.

"A Defense of Two Temple Cleansings," presented to the International Reference Library of Biblical Research, Ft. Worth, TX, March 2007.

 “1 Peter's Reuse of Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles,” presented to the SBL Consultation on Methodological Reassessments of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude, at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Washington, D.C., November 2006.

"Another Brick in the Argument for Two Temple Cleansings," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"A Comparison of Acehnese (Islamic) and Dani (Christian) Death Rituals in Search of an Underlying Indigenous Indonesian View of the Soul," presented to the Indigenous Traditions group of the American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"Death Rituals in Tsunami-Devastated North Sumatra: a Study of Islamic Acehnese Funeral Beliefs," presented to the Death, Dying and Beyond Consultation of the American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"Not Posthumous and Not Collected: A Defense of a Complete Pauline Corpus before A.D. 66," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Nashville, November 2003.

"A Defense of Non-Pauline Interpolations in the Pauline Letters," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto, November 2002.

“Paul, the Writer, as Told in Our Own Image,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Colorado Springs, November 2001.

“Teaching Theology Across Racially Tense Lines: Fractured Theological Education in Myanmar,” presented to the American Academy of Religion, Southwest region, March 2000.

“Theological Bias in Interpreting dia Silouanou egraya in 1Pet. 5:12?”, presented to the Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, March 1999 and to the Evangelical Theological Society in Boston, November 1999.

“The Wind (Spirit) Blows (Speaks) Where It (He) Wills (Jn 3:8),” presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society, Southwest Region, March 1998.

“Shamanism in a Post-Death Ritual among Some Christian Dani Tribesmen in Irian Jaya?” presented to the American Academy of Religion, Southwest Region, March 1998.

“The Codex and the Early Collection of Paul’s Letters,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, March 1997.

Presentations and Publications by Invitation

“Literacy in New Testament and Greco-Roman Antiquity,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 15: Laodiceans-Lystra, eds. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017).

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, eds. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017): “Ancient Letter Writing,” “Shipping Practices in the First Century,” “Banquets and Meals,” and “Money in the NT World.”

Book Jacket Endorsement of G. Stevens, Acts: A New Vision for the People of God (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016).

Book Jacket Endorsement of M. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly (InterVarsity, 2015).

“Scrolls, Books and Seals,” The Biblical Illustrator (Summer 2015): 90-92.

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Tremper Longman. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013: “Amanuensis,” “Codex,” “John the Baptist,” “Letter Form and Function,” “Library,” Life, Book of,” “Manuscript,” “Secretary,” “Sosthenes,” “Thanksgiving,” “Transportation and Travel,” and “Writing Implements and Materials.” 

Review of Bruce W. Longenecker. Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 2012): 430-33.

“Flattery, Favors and Obligations: Patrons and Clients in Greco-Roman Culture,” The Biblical Illustrator (Spring 2011): 26-29.

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, eds. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011: “Jerusalem Collection,” “Paul, the Letter Writer,” and “Roman Names.”

Review of George H. Van Kooten, Paul’s Anthropology in Context, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2. Reihe, 232  (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 20/2 (2010): 191-92.

Review of Michael Bird, Introducing Paul (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008) in The Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society 53 (2010): 405-07. 

Book Jacket Endorsement of David Alan Black, The Jesus Paradigm (Energion Press, 2009).

Review of Tor Vegge, Paulus und das Antike Schulwesen: Schule und Bildung des Paulus, GZNW 134 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 19 (2009): 617-19.

Book Jacket Endorsement of Schnabel, Paul the Missionary (InterVarsity, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Duvall, Experiencing God’s Story of Life and Hope (Kregel, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Helyer, The Witnesses of Jesus, Paul and John (InterVarsity, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Wilder, Charles and Easley, Faithful to the End (Broadman and Holman Academic, 2007).

 “Roman Ships and Fleets,” The Biblical Illustrator (December 2008): 39-42. 

Review of David R. Nienhuis, Not by Paul Alone: the Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 19.1 (2009): 140-142.

Review of Juan Hernández Jr., Scribal Habits and Theological Influences in the Apocalypse: the Singular Readings of Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, and Ephraemi. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2. Reihe, 218. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2 (2008): 345-46. 

Review with Karelynne Ayayo of Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Reading the Good Book Well: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation (Nashville: Abingdon, 2007) in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 105-106. 

Review with Vic Copan of Gäckle, Volker. Die Starken und die Schwachen in Korinth und in Rom. Zu Herkunft und Funktion der Antithese in 1 Kor 8,1*11,1 und in Röm 14,1*15,13. WUNT 2/200 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 18 (2008): 158-60. 

Review of Hans-Josef Klauck and Daniel Bailey, Ancient Letters and the New Testament: a Guide to Context and Exegesis (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007) in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 611-13.

Review of Ego, Beate, and Helmut Merkel, eds. Religiöses Lernen in der biblischen, frühjüdischen und frühchristlichen Überlieferung. WUNT 180 (Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2005) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research (2007).

"Paul, the Letter Writer," Biblical Illustrator (Summer 2006).

Review of Terry L. Wilder, Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception: an Inquiry into Intention and Reception (Lanham: University Press of America, 2004), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2005): 662-63.

Review of L. Timothy Johnson, The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Anchor Bible Dictionary (New York: Doubleday, 2001), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2003).

Review of Bruce Winter, After Paul Left Corinth: the Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change (Eerdmans, 2001), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2002).

Review of C. Marvin Pate, The Reverse of the Curse, WUNT 2000, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2002).

“The Greek Gymnasium and 1 Tim. 4:8," Biblical Illustrator (2001).

“Rebuilding Corinth,” Biblical Illustrator (Spring 2000): 70-73.

“Teaching 1-2 Thessalonians,” presented to the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southwest Region, March 1999.

“Stop Lying,” Biblical Illustrator (Spring 1999): 77-80.

“Peter, Babylon and Rome,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1998): 12-15.

“Disciplin Gereja,” [Church Discipline], presented to the Seminari Teologi Baptis Indonesia, 1995.

“Patience in Pauline Theology,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1995): 69-72.

“‘Judgment Seat’ in the Theology of Paul,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1994): 35-37.

“Konsep Perjanjian Baru tentang Pelayanan Diakon-Diakonis,” [The New Testament Concept of the Ministry of Deacons], presented to the Rapat Gembala Sidang, 1994.

“Fungsi Pelayanan Kunjungan dalam Pelayanan Gembala Sidang,” [The Function of a Visitation Ministry in Pastoral Care], presented to the Perseketuan Tahunan Pekerja Tetap, KGBI, 1992.

“Membongkar Kebarat-baratan Pengharapan Kebangkitan Paulus,” [Dewesternizing the Resurrection Hope in Paul], presented to the Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Indonesia, 1991.

“Building Stones: Ashlar Masonry in the Second Temple Period,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1990): 26-30.

Most Recent Honors and Awards

2016: Mentor, Scholars Initiative, Museum of the Bible, Ancient Manuscripts Project (Oxford University)

2016: President, Ellis Foundation for Biblical Research

2015: Chairman, Greco-Roman Backgrounds Consultation, Evangelical Theological Society

2013: Senior Scholar, Young Scholars Summit, Tyndale House, June

2012 - 2016:  Chairman of the Board, International Reference Library for Biblical Research

2006 - :  Invited Fellow, Tyndale House, University of Cambridge

2003: Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year, Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies)

1999: Excellence in Teaching, Williams Baptist College

Ministerial Involvement

2015 - : Adult Bible Study Teacher, Family Church Gardens

2006 - : Supply preaching: Lakeview Baptist Church, FBC Greenacres, Community of Hope, FBC Delray, Grace Fellowship, Royal Palm Presbyterian Church

2009 - 2015 : Teaching Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church (SBC), West Palm Beach

2003 - 2004: (12 months) Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Jessieville

2002: (8 months) Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lewisville

2000:  (15 months) Interim Pastor, Richwoods Baptist Church, Arkadelphia

1999: (3 months) Supply Pastor, First Baptist Church, Waldron

1998: (5 months) Interim Pastor, Bethel Station Baptist Church, Paragould

1997: (15 months)  Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Marked Tree

1996 - 2006: Supply preaching: Piggott, Waldron, Tuckerman, Blytheville, Arkadelphia, Stuttgart, Camden, ElDorado, Crossett, Malvern, Newark, Monticello, etc

1988 - 1996: Missionary to East Indonesia

International Mission Board, SBC

1980 - 1985: Director of Campus Ministries

Tarrant County Community College, NE, Texas

University Involvement 

Committee Experience: Spiritual Vitality, Faculty Recruitment, Study Abroad Programs, Faculty Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, University Curriculum, Academic Standards, Birkett-Williams Lecture Series, President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, Campus Life

2015: Search Committee for Dean, School of Arts and Science

2015: Organized and led student trip to Israel and Jordan, July 2015

2010: Organized and led student trip to Sumba, June 2010

2010: Conference Speaker, Kathmandu and Hyderabad, April 2010

2009: Organized and led student trip to Indonesia, May 2009

2008: Organized and led faculty trip to Indonesia, July 2008

2008:  Led student mission team to Syria and Lebanon, May 2008

2007 - 2008: External Consultant, Search Committee for Dean, School of Communication and Media

2007 - 2008: Chair, Search Committee for “Director of Workship”

2007 - : Chair, University Task Force on “Academic Programs Review Process”

2007 -2008: Chair, University Task Force on “Adjunct Hiring Process”

2007 - : Chair, University Task Force on “Study Abroad Programs”

2007 - 2008: Chair, University Task Force on “Adjunct Hiring Process"

2007: Organized and led adult study trip to Turkey, August 2007

2006: Organized and led Alumni Trip to Turkey and Rome, March 2006

2005: Organized and led study trip to Sumatra, June 2005

2005:  Organized and led emergency medical relief team to tsunami-hit North Sumatra, Feb. 2005

2002: Organized and led faculty trip to Myanmar

2002: Organized and led student trip to Turkey and Greece

2000 - 2002: Requested and implemented Startup Grant ($10,000) from the Consortium for Global Education

2001: Organized and led Administrative Research Team to Myanmar

2000: Organized and led student trip to Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia

1999 - 2006: Chapel Speaker. Christian Focus Week Speaker, Noonday, etc.

1999 - 2006: Recruiting Trips, Preview Days, etc.

Academic/Leadership Training

Keynote Speaker, “Understanding Jesus across Cultures,” Middle East Bible School, Istanbul, Turkey, June 25-July 1, 2016.

 “Challenges to the Modern American Church,” Mark Lanier Theological Library, Houston, Aug. 1, 2014.

“Cross-Cultural Hermeneutic Workshops,” Keynote Speaker, International Christian Educators Conference, Kijabe, Kenya, April 2014.

Presenter, Graduate Training in Ministry Workshop. May 22, 2007.

Consultant, Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry, May 12, 2007.

Consultant, Pruet School of Christian Studies, Jan 23, 2007.

Presenter, Consortium for Global Education Workshop, September 28-30, 2001.

Participant, International Colloquium on Theological Education, Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, January 2000.

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