In the Nick of Time

  • Loud Clanging Cymbals

    September 23, 2016
    In the last issue, I wrote about a speaker who deviated from his topic to deliver certain remarks—apparently extemporaneously—in defense of contemporized worship. I am not interested in indicting the speaker, but I am interested in evaluating the soundbites that found their way into his address. ...

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  • A New Song?

    September 16, 2016
    It is possible to disagree with people whom we respect. I had that experience earlier this year when I heard a speaker try to defend several aspects of contemporized Christianity. His name doesn’t matter, but what he said does. While I genuinely appreciate some of the leadership that this speake...

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  • Reading to Understand Conservatism

    September 09, 2016
    The current political season has revealed that many avowed conservatives are less driven by ideas than they are by resentment and ambition. The turn from thoughtful conservatism to a conservatism of bitterness is unfortunate. Conservatism begins with ideas before it moves on to policies and then...

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  • What Seminary Gave Me

    September 02, 2016
    In June of 1979 my wife and I left Cambridge, Iowa for seminary in Denver, Colorado. We were towing a fully-loaded twelve-foot U-Haul trailer with a 1976 Chevy Nova. When we pulled out of Cambridge, the temperature had risen to upwards of ninety degrees. We had to drive gingerly so the little six...

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  • A Colorful Life

    August 26, 2016
    Every once in a while God sends a person into our lives whom He uses as a means of grace. A person like that is more than an acquaintance, more than a friend. By their mere presence such individuals show us that God is working in our behalf. They spur us toward greater sanctification and service....

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  • Indefensible Dispensationalism 2

    August 19, 2016
    In the last issue of In the Nick of Time I suggested that one of the reasons for the decline of dispensational theology is the irresponsible conduct of some dispensationalists. I pointed particularly to those dispensationalists who scan the newspaper headlines for signs that the Rapture is about...

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  • Indefensible Dispensationalism

    August 12, 2016
    Dispensational theology has gone out of style. Fifty years ago, probably a majority of American evangelicals held some version of dispensationalism. Today, the balance has tilted in the opposite direction. Not only are dispensationalists in the minority, but their system is widely viewed as inde...

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  • On Civil Disobedience

    August 05, 2016
    The year was 1986. Even though Ronald Reagan was in his second term, abortion-on-demand remained big business in every state. That was when Randall Terry decided to initiate a more vigorous kind of anti-abortion activism. He chained himself to a sink in an abortion clinic, effectively preventing...

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  • Perry Noble’s Missed Opportunity

    July 29, 2016
    Jeff StraubThe fall of mega-church pastor Perry Noble has stunned the evangelical world. Noble founded and pastored NewSpring Church of Anderson, SC, for 18 years. NewSpring was listed as the third largest church in the United States in 2015. Outreach Magazine reports its attendance as approachi...

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  • The MBA 2016

    July 22, 2016
    Baptist churches in America organized their first local association (the Philadelphia Association) in 1707. That group soon grew to include congregations all the way from Connecticut to Virginia. As it grew it birthed a number of daughter associations. Subsequently, Baptists have founded yet oth...

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