Dr. Robert L. Dean, Jr. is pastor of West Houston Bible Church in Houston, Texas.
Before coming to West Houston Bible Church, Dr. Dean was the Pastor of Preston City Bible Church in Preston, Connecticut. Prior to that he had served churches in both the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas and has over 35 years of pastoral experience.
Dr. Dean is a much sought after Bible teacher both in the United States and overseas. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Faith Evangelical Seminary and is the Chairman of the Governing Board for Chafer Theological Seminary.
Dr. Dean trained for the ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Th.M. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and later returned to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies with an emphasis in Historical Theology. He also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (1987) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary (2002). In 1988 he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1989 was listed in the Who's Who in American Christian Leadership.
His academic training in Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, and history enables him to study the Bible in the original languages and show how these eternal truths are as vital today as always.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Passage: Psalm 107:1-3
Duration: 48 mins 32 secs
No one ever said that giving thanks to God when all seems to be going wrong in our lives is easy! Listen to this lesson to learn how to give thanks using examples in the Psalms. See how knowing and thinking through the attributes of God helps us to praise Him. Find out that one solution is to look to the future and realize that God is using our adversities to mature us. Hear a number of verses that should be memorized to prepare for disasters. See that when you are in the midst of difficulties you are to never doubt God’s goodness and His faithful, loyal love.
Thu, Sep 07, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:18
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 11 secs
What does it mean to have a good conscience before God? Listen to this lesson to learn that the only true standards for our conscience must come from the Word of God. Find out what a defiled conscience is and the difference between a passive and an active conscience. See the importance of not being intimidated by the opposition against Christianity in our culture but continue to walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Learn the difference between undeserved and deserved suffering. See how it is imperative that we replace our human viewpoint standards of conscience with divine viewpoint standards.
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Passage: Psalm 107:1-43 & Amos 9:6
Duration: 51 mins 37 secs
Have you ever been impacted by a severe natural disaster? Hear about the 2017 Hurricane Harvey which hit the Texas coast. Learn how people influenced by Judeo-Christian values should face the many perils humans encounter. Find out that Psalm 107 has a message for everyone involved in severe adversities and difficulties. See the emphasis on our need to trust God, to pray, and realign our thinking with divine viewpoint. Understand the importance of not becoming bitter when we have problems but to give thanks to God and trust Him for His goodness to us.
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Fri, Aug 25, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:17
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 1 sec
Do you feel you’re being picked on because you’re a Christian? Listen to this lesson to see that Christians are an object of persecution and this persecution is growing in our country. See that there are many parts of our culture that are opposed to anything relating to God. Learn that our example on how to handle this is how Christ handled His persecution. Find out that the Apostle Peter told people that it’s better to be persecuted for doing what’s right, rather than for doing what’s wrong, reminding them of the time when he had denied Christ. See that now is the time to get prepared for coming waves of persecution.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 35 secs
Do you trust God on a daily basis or do you wait until you have tried everything you can to help yourself? Listen to this lesson to learn about the example of Saul’s sin unto death in contrast to David’s life. Hear the principles of grace orientation and see how God treats us in grace so we should treat others in the same way. Find out Saul’s last words compared to David’s last words. Learn from Saul’s miserable death, which was the consequence of repeatedly rebelling against God.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Passage: Matthew 26:36-46 & Mark 14:32-42
Duration: 1 hr 54 mins 34 secs
What are the worst problems you have ever suffered in life? No matter how horrendous, none compare with what Christ faced in the Garden of Gethsemane. Listen to this lesson to learn how Jesus prayed during His adversities. Hear about the hypostatic union and how Jesus has two natures in one Person eternally. Learn the answer to the question of whether Jesus had a will of His own in His humanity. Recognize that in order for us to know God’s will we must study God’s Word.
Click the notes link below to view Dr. Dean's “Harmony of Jesus in Gethsemane” document.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
Passage: Romans 12:2
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 53 secs
What can you do when faced with all the unrest and chaos in our country today? Listen to this lesson to learn the basic, underlying causes for this unrest and ways you can help the nation. See that the purpose of the violent protests, no matter what their name, is to destroy our country as we know it. Find out that the aim is globalism which is one of Satan’s tactics beginning with the Tower of Babel. Learn that all of the protest groups support anti-Semitism, anti-Christianity, and socialism. Hear about ways these evil groups are attempting to delegitimize Israel as an independent nation. See the ways you can take action now, beginning with prayer, growing spiritually, and becoming educated on what is happening so you can exercise your rights as a citizen.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Passage: Romans 12:2
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 45 secs
What does it mean to be conformed to the world? Listen to this lesson to learn the meaning of the word “world” so you can avoid becoming pressed into its mold. See how our “old” thinking has to be destroyed so we can learn God’s way of thinking. Find out that Satan’s objective is to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the earth. Learn what intersectionality means and how it includes all who hate the Torah and the Bible. Hear about ongoing attempts to destroy Israel’s claim to the land. Instead of despairing about the state of the world, see that the only hope for this country is for people to trust in Christ as their Savior.
The article (Is Intersectionality a Religion?) by Andrew Sullivan referenced by Dr. Dean in this class is available here. The video referenced by Mr. Sullivan is linked in the fourth paragraph of the article.
Click to read Alan Dershowitz's article (The Gatestone Institute) “The Bigotry of ‘Intersectionality’ ”
Congressman Jimmy Panetta's video that was shown during class is available here. The pertinent remarks begin around the 20:53 mark.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Passage: Lamentations 3:19-26
Duration: 53 mins 52 secs
Does Israel have a marvelous future as God promised them? Listen to this lesson to learn that God always keeps His promises. Find out how Jeremiah grieved over Israel’s discipline but as He focused on God’s plan, he relaxed in even the midst of the most horrendous circumstances. See what he remembered so he could have confidence. Hear about the rise of antisemitism and a new definition of it. Ask yourself what promises God has given Christians that will be fulfilled.
Tue, Aug 08, 2017
Passage: 1 Samuel 30:1-31
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 37 secs
Have you ever been involved with bitter people or even become bitter yourself? Listen to this lesson to learn how bitterness can destroy your ability to handle the stresses of life. See how when David faced bitter people he strengthened himself in God by remembering God’s goodness and help in times past. Find out how this incident in David’s life is a picture of how Christ rescues us. Learn from David’s attitude after he defeated the Amalekites the importance of being gracious and fair to those you are around.