Faculty Articles and Devotions

Articles and Devotions

“Breathe” by Stephanie Pavlantos.  CBN Devotions.  June 2020

God’s Favorite Christmas by Stephanie Pavlantos.  CBN Deovtions.  December, 2019

“Betrayed, But Not Alone,” by Stephanie Pavlantos.  CBN Devotions (Spiritual Life).  March, 2019

“Psalm 18 Retold: The Battles of Life, How Do We Stand and Win?” by Stephanie Pavlantos.  Refresh/A Lighthouse Bible Study Publication, October 2018, Vol. 4, Issue 1.  Pages 12-15.

“No Limits: Answering God’s Call to Ministry When You Have a Disability” by Dr. Deborah A. Burd, D.Min. and Dennis W. Barta, M.Div.  The Journal of The Christian Institute on Disability, Volume 4, Number 2, 2015.  Pages 75-97.


This phenomenological mixed-methods study explored the call stories and ministry experiences of four individuals with disabilities who are currently in vocational ministry.  The study utilized an interview guide comprised of 26 main questions with sub-questions and a participant survey to obtain demographic information on the sample group.  The results of the study showed that each participant was convinced of his divine call to vocational ministry, has been supported in that call, and has persevered in that calling in spite of any obstacles.  The participants understand there are no limits in what God can do through them in ministry.

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Dr. Deborah A. Burd

Dr. Burd has a background in education, school administration, and ministry.  Her academic degrees include a BS in Education from Ohio State University, a MA in Educational Administration from Ashland University, and a D.Min. in Transformational Leadership from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.  She also has an ABD for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Regent University.  Dr. Burd has taught online classes for two Christian universities and currently serves as the President of the Besorah Institute for Judaic-Christian Studies & Biblical Research.  She also teaches some of the courses for Besorah.

“God of Abraham, God of the Living: Jesus’ Use of Exodus 3:6 in Mark 12:26-27 to Defend Belief in a Resurrection.”  by Dr. David Sloan.  Westminster Theological Journal 74 (2012): 84–98.

Dr. David Sloan

Dr. David Sloan has a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a New Testament concentration from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for John Carroll University, Malone University, Ashland Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and El Seminario Evangélico de Lima in Peru; and he is the Associate Pastor of the Church of New Hope in Stow, Ohio. He is also a faculty member of Besorah Institute.  David has written articles for the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Tyndale Bulletin, and the Westminster Theological Journal, and his book Reading the Psalms with Jesus and the Apostles is soon to be published as part of the Paternoster Biblical Monographs Series. David has been honored with the Eastern Great Lakes nomination for the Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Evangelical Theological Society.