In the Nick of Time

  • 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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  • Caring for the Caregiver

    April 07, 2017
    Don OdensWe stood before family members and friends on the evening of July 24, 1965. My father asked, “Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to c...

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  • The Future of Seminary Education

    March 31, 2017
    Brett Williams Seminaries are strange things. They are both parochial and professional, existing in an often-awkward tension between the church and the realm of higher education. Traditional seminaries, irrevocably tied to the church, are also firmly ensconced within higher education, closely r...

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  • Facing Our Mortality

    March 24, 2017
    Don OdensMy father found it necessary to address end of life issues from time to time but could not bring himself to discuss his own death openly. Discussions always began with the phrase, “If something happens to me….” Dad’s difficulty was as much cultural as personal. Many Americans, including...

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  • 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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