In the Nick of Time

  • The New Testament Baptist Fellowship

    June 16, 2017
    Kevin T. BauderThe New Testament Baptist Fellowship met Tuesday through Thursday of this past week. The name is a new one, and that creates the impression of a new organization, but the impression is not quite correct. Instead, the New Testament Baptist Fellowship is a label for the combined mee...

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  • Celebrating a New Decade: Retrospect and Prospect

    June 09, 2017
    Roy BeachamCentral Baptist Theological Seminary was founded in 1956. Upon the closing of Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, students, faculty, and other sponsors urged Dr. Richard V. Clearwaters to open a new seminary in order to fill the vacancy of such a training institution in ...

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  • I'm Looking Forward to This

    June 02, 2017
    Kevin T. BauderOf the various conferences that I attend, one that I look forward to is the annual meeting of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, International. It’s also one that I don’t have the privilege of attending very often. It is usually far from my home, and it typically falls in the midd...

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  • The Rockford Conference

    May 26, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder Every year I travel through a kind of circuit of conferences. Some I speak at and others I just attend. It’s rare for me to go to any given conference every year. Some move around from year to year (especially those that are connected to groups like the FBFI) and these are often ...

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  • The Future of Seminary Education, Part II

    May 19, 2017
    Brett Williams In my last article, I discussed the future of seminary education in relationship to consumer-driven academia and consumer-craving ecclesiology. It seems as though the mass of ministerial pragmatism, multiplied by the acceleration of globalization in higher education, has produced ...

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  • What Do You Mean, Relevant?

    May 12, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder Many contemporary American Christians obsess over relevance. They seem to feel personally obligated to make Christianity relevant. This wish to make Christianity relevant, however, raises two questions. First, why should Christianity be made relevant? Second, what would a relevan...

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  • Why a Baptist Can Be Thankful for the Protestant Reformation

    May 05, 2017
    Jeff StraubThis year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses. Last week I reflected on a recent trip I made to Germany and Switzerland to see the Luther and Calvin sites. I was fairly sympathetic to Luther in particular and to the Reformation in general. One reader, pushing back a bit,...

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  • Lessons from a Visit to Luther Land

    April 28, 2017
    Jeff StraubRecently I returned from two weeks in Europe, leading a group of seminary and church friends through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. It was eleven days of walking, looking at and listening to the story of the Protestant Reformation. It was also a time of warm fellowship, spectacular ...

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  • Providence and Evil

    April 21, 2017
    Jon Pratt Following last week’s Nick of Time essay entitled, “Fate and Providence,” I received the following email from a pastor: Dear Brother, I always enjoy and appreciate your writing. I struggle with this present [essay] however. Just recently a young lady started attending our chu...

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  • Fate or Providence?

    April 14, 2017
    Jon PrattOne of our local sportswriters described Sergio Garcia’s recent victory at the Masters golf tournament as a triumph of fate. Similar attributions to blind chance frequently find their way into sports columns. Why did the Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series? Baseball gods. Or Micha...

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