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Multnomah Bible College

8435 NE Glisan Street

Portland, Oregon 97220

United States

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Founded in 1936, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary is a small non-denominational institution nestled on approximately 20 acres in Portland, Oregon that enrolls approximately 770 students. ... more

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Welcome to Chinese Faith Baptist Church | Lake Oswego (Greater Portland), Oregon [cached]

Dr. Joseph Zichterman, professor at Multnomah University, began serving as Interim Teaching Pastor on January 1, 2010, preaching sermons and teaching English Adult Sunday School each week.

Welcome to Chinese Faith Baptist Church - Portland, Oregon! [cached]

Interim Teaching Pastor: Dr. Joseph Zichterman

Joseph Zichterman grew up near Washington D.C. and committed his life to Christ at the age of 13 as a result of reading the Bible and experiencing God's love first-hand through the life of his aunt Cindy. He earned a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies and is currently finishing a second Ph.D. in Historical Theology (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). He served as a senior pastor for 8 years and a full-time undergraduate professor of Bible & Theology for 12 years, currently at Multnomah University. Joseph is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has a strong passion for God's plan of unity through diversity in the body of Christ.

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Joseph Zichterman grew up near Washington D.C. and committed his life to Christ at the age of 13 as a result of reading the Bible and experiencing God's love first-hand through the life of his aunt Cindy. He eventually pursued two Ph.D. programs (Biblical Studies and Historical Theology) and prior to coming to Multnomah served as a full-time college professor for 10 years. During that time, he also ministered as a senior pastor for 8 years. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. His present courses include Pentateuch, Gospels, Hebrews-Revelation and Bibliology & Theology Proper. Joseph has a unique appreciation for the rich variety of expressions of the evangelical faith (contemporary and historical) and has a strong passion for God's plan of unity through diversity in the body of Christ. His particular areas of research expertise are the twentieth-century American Fundamentalist, Church Growth and Pentecostal-Charismatic movements.

Joseph has a special interest in politics and social action. His hobbies include songwriting and basketball and his favorite Bible verses are Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 28:5 and Acts 6:4. Most of all, he enjoys taking nightly walks with the love of his life, Jocelyn, and spending time with their 8 wonderful children (2 boys and 6 girls). programs Group Rentals Leadership Challenge Mens Retreat Adventure Camps Day Camp Intermediate Camp Boys Camp Girls Camp Jr High Boys Camp Jr High Girls Camp High School Camp Girls Horse Camps

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Dr. Joseph Zichterman will teach "Jesus: The Ministry Years of Popularity" (Matthew 5-14), June 20 through September 12 (except for July 4 and August 30). This series explores the life and teachings of Jesus from the time His public ministry began until the beginning of His final year of opposition, answering the following questions:

Dr. Zichterman earned a PhD in Biblical Studies and is currently finishing a PhD in Historical Theology. He served as a senior pastor in Wisconsin for 8 years and a full-time undergraduate professor of Bible and Theology for 11 years, currently at Multnomah University.

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I have received numerous questions about Joe and Jocelyn (my sister) over the last year.While I was aware of their direction, I chose not to say anything on SI about it until they were ready to go public.So, now that Joe has launched his site, I feel it is an appropriate time to bring attention to it.

I have had many questions regarding my feelings on the topic.Joe and I traveled the Midwest doing seminars refuting the philosophy of the church growth movement.
My friend Chris Anderson does a masterful job of this in his criticism of Joe Zichterman on his blog and I highly recommend the read.
Chris knows Joe.
My instincts were quick to respond to Joseph Zichterman's promotional because I keep my ear to the ground and I know that he is influential in some people's lives.And leadership is plainly a battle for influence.If I can alert people to the fatal weaknesses of the self-described monastic I will do it post-haste.I don't care if he is my brother.I don't care if he taught at my alma-mater.I don't care if he is a good singer.I don't care if he is my mommy.
But "Joe's" errors are fatal and apparently "Joe" is also very nice.One would think that his personal niceness is being put on trial or that somehow that is relevant to the issue.But, my lands!Even the Devil presents himself as an angel of light.I'd almost rather be known as a crank.
Someone (I'm afraid to find out who) made this utterly mindless statement:
As for which Joe to trust?Until I have evidence of a deceptive heart and improper motivations, I trust both.He can sincerely pursue both stands, and be wrong about one of those stands.
Joe "1" and Joe "2" are diametrically and irreconcilably opposed. [Duh, yah.Allow me to make the snorts and rolling of the eyes sound effects here as I mourn the fact that a pastor has to waste time stating the obvious.But, carry on, Larry.] The law of non-contradiction has to play in here."Deceptive heart" and "improper motivations" are irrelevant, at this point. [Sarcastically, "What!Are you saying that the "good heart" argument is irrelevant?"] When Joe "1" says "CGM is bad and unbiblical" and Joe "2" says "CGM is good and biblical," one of them is wrong. [Sheesh!
I would not say Joe was intentionally deceptive or impure of motive.I don't know.I can grant that he is operating out of sincerity. [This is magnanimous, Larry.
We need to get the personality out of it (Joe is a nice guy and Jocelyn (who I do not know) is probably nice as well … all of which is irrelevant).[Gasp!Larry the Preacherman is saying that they can be very nice but flat wrong!]
While I am close to some of the men on SI who said that they loved to meet with Zichterman for lunch for a friendly chit-chat to discuss the whys and why-nots of his emotional reversal and that they would drag me along, let me go on the record as saying I have no interest in meeting with Zichterman.
But I am interested to know if SharperIron which has set a precedent of highlighting the stories most provocative to the narrow slice of fundamentalism of which Zichterman was a part will highlight the good articles that are coming out in criticism of Zichterman.
I think it is about Joe Zichterman.
I might be wrong on this, but I would say that Zichterman was fairly influential among "pew sitters" in churches of a particular branch of Fundamentalism because of 1.Songs he has written that are sung often (When I was in youth ministry, I could have sang "A Passion For Thee" every week if we'd taken requests), 2.The women's magazine he and his wife published, and 3.The well-publicized health condition of his wife.In fact, I would suggest that because of these links to the more "common man," he was very influential, because Fundamentalism is essentially a populist movement.He was certainly more immediately influential than theologians and pastors in Fundamentalism we may find to be significant.I would guess that more people in the last two congregations I have been a part of would know who Joe Zichterman was than would, say, Mark Minnick, John Vaughn, Dave Doran, Rolland McCune, and so on.
It seems well past time that we all learn to dismiss the kinds of accusations that Joe makes.
Behind the coolness, the E.C. is rotten, and Joe Z. is playing with disease.
How many times in the SI thread did a commentor say something like "I don't know Joe or anything about Joe, but…"?Quite a few.How many people have read anything by Joe other than the lyrics of a few songs?
Unless someone announced it, I don't think anyone would even know that Joe had an honorary degree.Nor would they care.And I don't think the donors would have said he was now an authority on church growth (since I think it was a music degree).
I'm in agreement with your concerns about Joe and his attachments to Emergent and CGM.I think you and the others are right on.
I'm not sure you're right about not being willing to meet with him over coffee and a sandwich.I think there are three or four reasons such a meeting would be right (of course Joe would have to agree to such a meeting).
The reason I said that I agree with "most" of your comment was that I have no idea whether or not Zichterman was influential in fundamentalism.You say he wasn't.Others say he was.I don't know, so I can't agree or disagree.
I suspect that it all depends on how you define "influential."I'm sure you could stipulate a legitimate definition that would exclude Zichterman.
Of course we may think (sometimes with higher degrees of confidence)that we can find examples of the accusations Joe makes here and there (I believe the things said have been true….but I'm more concerned these days that they be absent from my own life and ministry than from others….true statement there) in fundamentalism…..I fear that Joe will find these same characteristics in other movements our brother may rotate through in the coming years.

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