In the Nick of Time

  • Justification and the Gospel

    December 02, 2016
    First Things, founded in 1990 by the late Richard John Neuhaus, has become the flagship neo-conservative journal of opinion. Its mission has been to argue for a “religiously informed” public philosophy. Not surprisingly, the journal has brought together conservative writers from the Catholic, Or...

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  • The Gospel in Europe

    November 18, 2016
    Jeff StraubNext year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, the publication which started the Protestant Reformation. Luther, an Augustinian monk and theology professor, came to embrace justification by faith alone and to conclude that much of what the Roman Church was promoti...

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  • Give to the Max 2016

    November 11, 2016
    Before Ronald Reagan went into politics or even tried out for the stage, he was a radio broadcaster. He worked for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. His station used to boast that it broadcast its signal “coast to coast, border to border, and then some.” Well, Central Seminary has trained pastors who are ...

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  • Reflections on Eight Days in Romania

    November 04, 2016
    Jeff StraubFew countries stir my heart like Romania. I made my first trip in the late 1990s thanks to the invitation of a long-time friend, Steve Davis, who was at that time serving as a missionary in Oradea with Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. It was my first overseas teachi...

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  • This Was Jack's Life

    October 28, 2016
    I encountered my first Chick comic at Pine Hill Hunting Camp near Alpena, Michigan. I was a boy, evenings were slow, and somebody had left the thing lying around. It was an amusing little booklet entitled “This Was Your Life.” It pictured the postmortem agonies of some unsaved “everyman” as his ...

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  • Limited Atonement: Evaluating the Argument

    October 21, 2016
    I want to discuss Limited Atonement (Definite Atonement, Particular Redemption—I choose to use the traditional terminology). At the moment, I am not concerned with the question of whether Limited Atonement is true. What I am concerned with is the way that some Calvinists argue for it. Before we ...

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  • Convictions and Preferences

    October 14, 2016
    The evangelical world has come to make much of the distinction between convictions and preferences. For example, evangelical preacher Andy Stanley recently preached a sermon in which he stated that preferences arise from emotion, while convictions are based on principle; preferences are oriented ...

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  • Events Around Central Seminary

    October 07, 2016
    The new school year has been underway for just over a month. So far it’s been a good year for Central Seminary. The Lord has been meeting the seminary’s needs in unexpected ways. He has also been opening doors of ministry in front of us.New Provost. Our new provost is Brett Williams. Brett comes...

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  • The Heart and Outward Appearances

    September 30, 2016
    In any political campaign, some politicians would like to reduce policy statements to slogans and soundbites. Soundbites, however, admit no qualifications or nuancing. They resist examination and exclude careful thought. They are bad for statecraft. They are also bad for theology and church orde...

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  • 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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