Blog Interview with Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer

I am very pleased to be able interview Dr David Instone-Brewer about Tyndale House’s S.T.E.P. Project – an initiative that I have been indirectly involved with for several years. In the video below David introduces the Project:

Interview

Thanks David for agreeing to be interviewed about the STEP Project. First of all, can you tell me what S.T.E.P. stands for.

Scripture Tools for Every Person. Actually we toyed with the idea of being for “….Every Pastor” but then we realised that everyone else wanted these tools too.

Does the change in the project’s name indicate a development its scope? [Pastor —> Person]

We are making tools which busy pastors can use, interested untrained people, and also well-informed scholars. So “Every Person” is more accurate.  We also wondered about making it “… for every Platform” because part of the idea is that anyone can use them on anything from a phone to a beefy server, but we thought that was too geeky.

Will you need an Internet connection for the software to work properly?

We want to especially help those guys who don’t have reliable internet connections, so we are aiming to make almost everything installable from an SD card or downloadable.

At what stage are you at now?

Some things are working, some things are at prototype, and lots of things are being developed. This is an exciting time.

How can people be involved -­ what do you need help with?

Mostly we need people with good English who can work meticulously and who love the Bible. There are all kinds of projects that need help with all kinds of skills, language work and programming skills to good English editing skills. Have a look at www.TyndaleHouse.com/STEP to explore the different modules,
and click on “we welcome offers of help” to see the variety of skills we are looking for.

How many copies of the software do you plan to distribute and how will this be done?

We have arrangements in place with missionary organisations to distribute tens of thousands to named individuals, but these will just be seeds. All copies can be freely copied and distributed by any means – internet, attachments, SD cards, memory sticks – whatever. And all our data modules will be free for use in other free software.

This means that any work done on this project will benefit the whole church worldwide.

Thank you David for taking the time to share this project with us.

Visitors can find out more about STEP here.

Developing Closer Relationships with Bible Colleges & Seminaries

One of my aims in the coming months is to continue to develop my relationship with Bible Colleges and Seminaries around the world. I hope do do this in a number of ways:
1) A large number of organisations currently allow me to use their logos and weblinks on my site homepages under the heading “Site supported and recommended by:”. This does not imply financial support (see 3 below) or that the organisation necessarily endorses all the content on the sites, simply that it considers the sites useful to its students. If you have the authority to grant permission for an organisational logo to be used in this way please contact me.
2) Many Bible College/Seminary websites list on-line resources that they recommend to their students. I would like to encourage more to link to the Theology on the Web sites. I would also like to see their library pages linking the the tables of contents of online journals. Many of these journals are not available elsewhere on-line and are now difficult to find in paper copies.

3) Very few colleges are currently in a position to consider either sponsorship or advertising on the sites, but I would be very happy to hear from those who could. I currently have only 3 people who support financially the sites regularly – out of around 1 million visitors per annum. Building a healthy foundation of regular financial support is vital the the Project’s future. I have more than enough material being offered to me for digitisation to go full time. I currently work on the sites in my spare time in addition to my full-time job. For those not in a position to support financially there are a number of other options.

Reformed Baptist Theological Review Table of Contents Online

I have created a table of contents for the Reformed Baptist Theological Review here. The journal states its Purpose and Goal as follows:

The purpose of RBTR is to be an instrument for the theological advance of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors, but also for the benefit of believers of different theological commitments. RBTR will seek to present material in a scholarly, yet pastoral manner.

The goal is to present confessional Reformed Baptist doctrine in all the branches of theology, with its practical outworking. With Scripture as the ultimate standard. RBTR will function within the theological framework of the 2nd London Confession of Faith (1677/1689).

The editor, Dr Richard C. Barcellos, has kindly granted permission for me to host three articles on the New Perspective on Paul, which I am sure many will find helpful.

Jeffery Smith, “An Overview and Critique of the New Perspective (Part I),” Reformed Baptist Theological Review 3.1 (Jan. 2006): 77-108.

Jeffery Smith, “An Overview and Critique of the New Perspective on Paul’s Doctrine of Justification: Part Two – the New Perspective Critiqued (1),” Reformed Baptist Theological Review 3.2 (July 2006): 118-133.

Jeffery Smith, “An Overview and Critique of the New Perspective on Paul’s Doctrine of Justification: Part Three – The New Perspective Critiqued (2),” Reformed Baptist Theological Review 4.1 (January 2007): 91-119.