In the Nick of Time

  • A Philosophy of Police Chaplaincy

    March 17, 2017
    Roy BeachamHaving described in the previous essay how God directed me into police chaplaincy, I would like to follow with a personal philosophy of the chaplaincy. As God providentially opened the door for me to enter this ministry, so also my daily tasks as a chaplain are determined by God’s pro...

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  • Police Chaplaincy: A Testimony of Ministry Opportunity

    March 10, 2017
    Roy BeachamOne of the doors of ministry that opened for me, in God’s providence, was that of police chaplaincy.Somewhere around the year 2000 I began to ponder the idea of pursuing a place in spiritual service to the law enforcement community. I did not know any police chaplains, nor had I ever...

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  • Treasures of the Trial

    March 03, 2017
    Jon Pratt God brings trials of various kinds into all our lives, and we are not to be surprised by this (1 Pet 4:12). But I admit that recent events in my family’s life have been quite unexpected and extraordinary. In His grace, the Lord has taught me many lessons through this experience, and I...

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  • Race and the Church

    February 24, 2017
    Jon PrattCentral Seminary has hosted the MacDonald Lecture Series annually since 1991. The lectures are named in honor of Dr. Charles MacDonald, who served as professor of practical theology from 1969-1971. Through the MacDonald Lectures, Central Seminary has hosted many speakers who have addres...

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  • A Good Man, a Good Christian, a Good Fundamentalist

    February 17, 2017
    When I was in Bible college, seminary training was considered a luxury—perhaps useful, but not at all necessary for pastoral ministry. Consequently, the idea of going to seminary didn’t enter my mind until the end of my junior year. At that point, two events led me to seminary. First, a professo...

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  • Why I Spend Time with “Old Men” in Ministry

    February 10, 2017
    Jeff Straub Throughout my 35+ years of ministry, I have been privileged to meet a few grand old men—Calebs, if you will—whose strength remained undiminished until the day of their passing. I am not talking about physical strength, for many of these men would have been past their prime physicall...

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  • The MacDonald Lectures on Race and the Church

    February 03, 2017
    Jeff StraubOn Tuesday, February 7, area pastors, students, and other Christians will gather for Central Seminary’s annual Charles R. MacDonald Lectures. The lecture series is named for one-time Central Seminary Professor of Practical Theology Charles R. MacDonald (1903-1971). MacDonald earned hi...

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  • De Trinitate

    January 27, 2017
    Over the past year or so I have been asked repeatedly to express an opinion about the current Trinitarian debates. I have hesitated to speak for several reasons. First, the Holy Trinity is a mystery that I do not fully understand. Second, what we can understand (however relatively and partially)—...

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  • I’m Changing the Way I Teach Eschatology

    January 20, 2017
    Good teachers will revise their notes every time they teach the same class. They’re always reading new books, attending seminars, hearing lectures, listening to papers, and perusing articles. Over time these new sources of information add depth to teaching and enable teachers to address current ...

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  • 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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