In the Nick of Time

  • 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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  • A Visit to Winners Chapel

    December 09, 2016
    Jeff StraubI recently read an essay in which the author described the scene at a San Salvador Pentecostal church: “Within two minutes it is holy bedlam—high-energy guitar music, electronic-generated images on two big screens, girls waving flags, hands raised, people dancing in the aisles, crying...

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  • 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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