In the Nick of Time

  • Race and the Church

    February 24, 2017
    Jon PrattCentral Seminary has hosted the MacDonald Lecture Series annually since 1991. The lectures are named in honor of Dr. Charles MacDonald, who served as professor of practical theology from 1969-1971. Through the MacDonald Lectures, Central Seminary has hosted many speakers who have addres...

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  • A Good Man, a Good Christian, a Good Fundamentalist

    February 17, 2017
    When I was in Bible college, seminary training was considered a luxury—perhaps useful, but not at all necessary for pastoral ministry. Consequently, the idea of going to seminary didn’t enter my mind until the end of my junior year. At that point, two events led me to seminary. First, a professo...

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  • Why I Spend Time with “Old Men” in Ministry

    February 10, 2017
    Jeff Straub Throughout my 35+ years of ministry, I have been privileged to meet a few grand old men—Calebs, if you will—whose strength remained undiminished until the day of their passing. I am not talking about physical strength, for many of these men would have been past their prime physicall...

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  • The MacDonald Lectures on Race and the Church

    February 03, 2017
    Jeff StraubOn Tuesday, February 7, area pastors, students, and other Christians will gather for Central Seminary’s annual Charles R. MacDonald Lectures. The lecture series is named for one-time Central Seminary Professor of Practical Theology Charles R. MacDonald (1903-1971). MacDonald earned hi...

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  • De Trinitate

    January 27, 2017
    Over the past year or so I have been asked repeatedly to express an opinion about the current Trinitarian debates. I have hesitated to speak for several reasons. First, the Holy Trinity is a mystery that I do not fully understand. Second, what we can understand (however relatively and partially)—...

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  • I’m Changing the Way I Teach Eschatology

    January 20, 2017
    Good teachers will revise their notes every time they teach the same class. They’re always reading new books, attending seminars, hearing lectures, listening to papers, and perusing articles. Over time these new sources of information add depth to teaching and enable teachers to address current ...

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  • Dialogue?

    January 13, 2017
    [This essay was originally published on August 8, 2008.]Fundamentalists are notorious for their refusal to dialogue with other points of view. To some observers—and to some fundamentalists—this refusal to dialogue is part of the definition of fundamentalism. It is an aspect of their self‐identity...

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  • Ending the Year, Beginning the Year

    January 06, 2017
    As of last Monday, I’ve spent nineteen years as a professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. That’s more years than I spent in pastoral ministry (about fifteen or sixteen), and certainly more than I spent printing checks, selling appliances, teaching college students, guarding a major co...

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  • The Incarnation and Angelic Salvation

    December 23, 2016
    The apostle Paul clearly taught that Christ’s incarnation is essential to our salvation. He wrote to the Corinthians, “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). To the Romans he added,...

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  • Hearing the Message

    December 16, 2016
    Preaching is hard work. On the one hand, it is a technical exercise, almost a science. A preacher has to handle the Scriptures well. His sermon has to unpack the biblical message accurately and apply it faithfully. A good preacher has to be a competent exegete and theologian.On the other hand, pr...

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