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rustenE. Michael Rusten, Th.M., Ph.D.

Scholar in Residence at Bethlehem College & Seminary

Mike Rusten grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. God drew him to himself at a Billy Graham crusade when Mike was a junior high boy, and life was never to be the same. He graduated from Princeton University where he was president of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship.

Mike and his wife Sharon have two children. Their daughter Marta MacDougall is a clinical psychologist at the V.A. Hospital in Philadelphia. Their son Mark is an ear, nose, and throat physician in Paducah, Kentucky. Marta, Mark, and their spouses have presented Mike and Sharon with four delightful grandchildren.

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The Holy Land was Holy Ground: Naaman Brought Holy Ground Back to Syria

By |November 21st, 2016|

     Deuteronomy 32:8-9 indicates that God had assigned boundaries to the nations, but only Israel had the territorial blessing of being the heir of God. This explains the story of Naaman the Syrian general

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The Lord Gave Each Nation Its Boundaries and Its Own Inheritance But Only Jacob’s Inheritance Was the Lord’s

By |November 21st, 2016|

     The Old Testament describes a world with cosmic geography. Israel was holy ground because it was the Lord's inheritance (Deut 32:9). The other nations had their own boundaries and their own gods. This

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The Role of the Peace of God in a Christian’s Life

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     What is the role of the peace of God in a Christian's life? The parallel between Colossians 3:15 and Ephesians 5:17 shows that God enables his people to understand his will is by having

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DISCIPLESHIP

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Testimonials From Mike’s Students

Dr. Rusten, affectionately called “Mike” in class, has had a profound impact on my understanding of theology. His Plot of the Bible course has reshaped my understanding of the the Bible and how God relates to his people.

More than this, Mike’s been a mentor, counselor, godly example, and faithful friend. Mike’s influence on my life has extended beyond the classroom and into my life. I am a better father, husband, and Christian because of Mike’s commitment to discipleship.

Jon Crappel
Mike has deeply influenced my Bible study methods. He taught me how to think deeply over texts and see how the Bible fits together in a cohesive and consistent way. I, along with countless others, are grateful for the mentoring and teaching Mike provided me as a student of his.
Jon Osburn