In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Three: The Short-Term Missionary

    August 22, 2014
    Travel through any international airport in the world today, especially during the summer, and you will see them: in numbers large and small, youth, college, career, even senior citizens are headed to or returning from a short-term mission trip. Quite often, you can identify them from across the...

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  • Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Two: Church Planting, Theological Education, and the Great Commission

    August 15, 2014
    Last week, I shared some observations gained from a busy summer of teaching internationally. I received a number of replies, both supportive and questioning, that merit some further clarifications. Let me say categorically—I unequivocally support church planting! But I also believe in theo...

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  • Reflections on Summer Teaching

    August 08, 2014
    Jeff Straub In May and July, the Lord gave me the opportunity to travel overseas to teach church history in three different countries. Two of the countries were in Africa and the other was a major Asian country. Two of the countries were new places for me to visit. In all three locations, I wa...

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  • The Minnesota Baptist Association

    August 01, 2014
    The Minnesota Baptist Association held its 155th annual meeting the second week of July. According to Baptist usage, an association is a fellowship of churches. An association that covers a large geographical territory is sometimes designated as a general association, or more frequently, a conve...

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  • The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches

    July 25, 2014
    During June and July, I attended the meetings of three significant Baptist Fellowships: the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Minnesota Baptist Association. Taken together, these three meetings provide a glimpse into the cu...

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  • The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International

    July 18, 2014
    From their earliest days, Baptists have erected organizations to assist them in coordinating ministries that are beyond the ability of most individual churches. Among these organizations are both church associations and individual fellowships. Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to a...

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  • Schadenfreude

    July 11, 2014
    The word Schadenfreude first caught my attention during the mid-1980s, well before it was popularized by Lisa Simpson. The term designates the satisfaction or joy that comes from considering the troubles of other people—especially the misfortunes of one’s opponents. Schadenfreude may be one...

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  • Radical Monotheism, Part Five: The Problem with Polytheism

    July 04, 2014
    This essay was originally published on August 26, 2005.Yahweh is a jealous God. He insists that we worship Him alone. He is not willing to be one god among many, not even if He is the most important among many. To worship any other God is to reject Him as God. The Lord is right to be jealous. H...

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  • Hot Off the Press

    June 27, 2014
    No comprehensive history of Baptist fundamentalism has ever been published—until now. Regular Baptist Press has just released One in Hope and Doctrine: Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism 1870-1950. It is the first of two projected volumes, the second of which will bring the story up to about...

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  • Subtractions and Additions

    June 20, 2014
    The Gospel of Matthew 20:29-34 records an event that happened as Jesus was leaving Jericho. Two blind men began to call upon Him, begging for mercy. When the crowd tried to silence them, they simply cried louder. Jesus was moved with compassion and touched their eyes, healing them so that they c...

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