The Chapel is excited to welcome Theologian and Professor Dr. Doug Bookman to present "Behold, The Lamb of God - A Seminar on the Passion Week of Jesus” February 4-5, 2023. Have your heart stirred as we focus together on the greatest sacrifice of all time. The seminar will run from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, February 4 and Dr. Bookman will then complete the series during a combined Sunday School and the Morning Service on Sunday, February 5. Lunch and childcare (ages 0-10) will be provided for registered attendees.

Registration deadline: February 1st

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Saturday, February 4th

9:00am | Registration

9:30am | Session 1

10:45am | Session 2

11:45am | Lunch (provided)

1:00pm | Session 3

2:15pm | Session 4


Sunday, February 5th

9:00am | Session 5

10:30am | Session 6 during The Chapel’s morning worship service

            The Passion Week of Jesus is at once the most awful and the most blessed week in all of human history.  The week began with unspeakable excitement and hope: on Sunday, Jesus presented Himself to the nation of Israel in the most deliberate and dramatic way possible, and the reception He was given on that day seemed to indicate that His people were ready to accept His offer of Himself.  But then, over the course of the next two days, Jesus cleansed and possessed the Temple, publicly confronted and defeated His enemies, and finally demanded that the people make a conscious decision to reject self-serving and arrogant works religion and trust themselves to Him alone.  He then left the city and people to ponder that choice. 


            But the week which began with such hope ended in the greatest tragedy the human soul/spirit can fathom. By Thursday night, Jesus had kept a last Passover with His disciples, had spent a few precious and difficult moments in prayer before His Father, and had been arrested in the Kidron Valley east of the city of Jerusalem.  After a hasty series of trials and hearings, culminating in five distinct affirmations by the presiding Roman officer that the Accused was guilty of nothing, Jesus was turned over to be crucified; by mid-morning the Prince of Life had been nailed to a cross on a small hill outside a northern gate to the city.  The darkness could not have been deeper.  As the Son of Man surrendered His spirit and was laid in a tomb, all the hope that had so animated His followers was dashed to pieces.  The seed of the serpent had bruised the heel of the woman’s Seed.


            It was early on the first day of the following week that the hope that Jesus had excited in the souls of so many was revived and vindicated.  The tomb was found empty, and angelic attendants announced that Jesus had risen from the dead!  On that day and for almost six weeks more, Jesus showed Himself alive by many infallible proofs.  The awful death of the Son of Man had been shown to be the full and final payment for sin, and by means of the resurrection Jesus had demonstrated beyond all challenge that He was everything He claimed to be, and that He had accomplished all that He had come to do.  The Seed of the woman had once and for all crushed the head of the serpent’s seed.


            The Passion Week Bible Conference will be a deliberate, detailed and devotional study of those last days of Jesus’ mortal life.  Extensive notes will be provided, and the events of that week will be carefully traced.  Theological considerations central to the narrative will be discussed, with special attention to what the Scriptures have to say concerning the Person of Jesus Christ. Join us for this very important study.

About the speaker

Dr. Bookman completed his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.


After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as a pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department.


Following his time as Professor of Bible at Pillsbury, Dr. Bookman continued to teach at various Bible colleges as well as to teach and pastor at local churches. During these years, Dr. Bookman began to see the need for a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the importance of the biblical lands.


In 1987, Dr. Bookman joined the Bible Department faculty of The Master’s College. Throughout the years, he has taught at various colleges and seminaries, and has served as pastor and interim pastor at local churches. Much of his ministry in the last decade has focused on the life of Christ, leading study trips throughout the biblical world, and speaking at Bible conferences across the United States and abroad.


Dr. Bookman joined the Shepherds Theological Seminary faculty in 2009 teaching in the area of Old and New Testament Exposition. Dr. Bookman also enjoys leading numerous study trips to the biblical lands. This love for the biblical lands has made him an important contributor to Shepherds’ Department of Archaeology, where he functions as a field geographer of sorts, connecting the biblical text to the routes and regions of the land, and explaining how the land and text work together to tell the full narrative of Scripture.


Dr. Bookman and his wife, Diane, have three children and twelve grandchildren.