In the Nick of Time

  • Conservative Christianity: The Rejection of Crisis

    November 17, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder[This essay was originally published on February 27, 2009.]Conservative Christians recognize that they have received a doctrinal and moral patrimony. They wish to leave this legacy to be enjoyed by their children for generations to come. In order to conserve their heritage, they mu...

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  • Give to the Max!

    November 10, 2017
    Once each year Central Seminary uses In the Nick of Time to make an appeal. The reason is unique to our situation in Minnesota: the organization giveMN features an annual giving event for all charitable organizations called “Give to the Max.” During the event, giveMN offers special incentives, inc...

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  • The Importance of Weighing Doctrines

    November 03, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder George Dollar’s 1973 History of Fundamentalism in America includes a section warning against dangers that face fundamentalism. One of those dangers was “Crusading Calvinism,” which, Dollar warned, “will continue to attract the more intellectual to its position, confuse others, a...

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  • Our Eternal Occupation

    October 27, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder Christian writers from Augustine to Dante picture the eternal destiny of the righteous as beatific vision. The idea is that in eternity, purified from our sins and glorified in our resurrection bodies, we shall behold God in the fullness of His glory. Transfixed with His beauty, ...

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  • Teaching Overseas: Life’s Small Challenges

    October 20, 2017
    Jeff Straub Teaching overseas is a great opportunity, but it is not without challenges. These challenges abound in the wider world. Little things or big things cause discomfort to Westerners who are accustomed to conditions back home.Last week, I mentioned waiting in line. This is a standard fe...

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  • Teaching Overseas: On Arrival

    October 13, 2017
    Jeff StraubSo, you made it overseas. You cleared customs and now you are on your way to you host’s home. Hopefully you have arrived early enough to allow your system to adjust. You have even exchanged a few dollars to have local currency. Now what?Things will likely be different than what you ar...

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  • Teaching Overseas: Preparing to Go

    October 06, 2017
    Jeff Straub Last week I began a series on overseas teaching. This week I want to consider the preparation necessary for such a venture. For those who regularly travel internationally, this essay may seem a bit rudimentary. But for others who are less experienced, there may be some helpful inform...

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  • Teaching Overseas

    September 29, 2017
    Jeff StraubWe live in days of tremendous technological advances. We carry phones that take pictures, tell time, serve as alarm clocks and stop watches, and keep track of our daily schedules. Our computers are smaller, more powerful, and have more storage than anyone imagined just thirty years ag...

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  • Don't Pray Like This, Either

    September 22, 2017
    Kevin T. Bauder[This essay was originally published on May 11, 2012.]Jesus wanted to teach His disciples how to pray, but He also wanted to teach them how not to pray. In the Sermon on the Mount, He told them that they should not pray like the hypocrites (Matt. 6:5-6). For Jesus’ followers, praye...

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  • The Benedict Option

    September 15, 2017
    Kevin T. BauderCentral Seminary does not usually use In the Nick of Time for book reviews. The Nick is an opinion piece. It is aimed at pastors and students, and designed to address sundry issues from the general perspective of the seminary—which can be partly summarized as Baptist, fundamentalist...

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