In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 1

    May 22, 2015
    Michael P. Riley With only the possible exception of Galatians, 2 Corinthians is the most personally revealing letter that Paul wrote to a church. While good men differ on the precise timeline of events and correspondence that led to the writing of 2 Corinthians, I understand it to be the fourt...

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  • Pastors, Deacons, and Whatsits

    May 15, 2015
    The New Testament specifies two offices for the local church. The apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 3, told his young protégé that he was writing so that Timothy would know how “thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God” (as the old King James puts it). The behavior that Paul had in mind was ...

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  • Who Redefined Marriage?

    May 08, 2015
    The Supreme Court of the United States has heard the case of Obergefell v Hodges, in which the core contention is that marriage between two people of the same sex is a constitutional right. The contention rests fundamentally upon the assumption that civil governments have the right to define marr...

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  • Institutional Alignments and the Unity of the Spirit

    May 01, 2015
    Ephesians 4:4 requires every Christian to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. This exhortation assumes that Christian unity comes from the Holy Spirit. Christians do not create unity, but Christians can either damage it or maintain it. Parachurch organizations often...

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  • The IARBC

    April 24, 2015
    The Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches has entered its ninth decade. Messengers from its 90 churches gathered in Nevada, Iowa on April 13-14. I had the opportunity to attend the meeting as a representative from Central Baptist Seminary. It was a bittersweet experience.The sweetness came...

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  • The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Personal Support Raising: A Review Article, Part 2

    April 17, 2015
    Jeff StraubLast week, I began to evaluate Steve Shadrach’s book on raising ministry support, The God Ask. It is a how-to manual for Christian workers who need to secure personal funding for their ministry. I found it an interesting and engaging book, with a number of helpful suggestions that can ...

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  • The God Ask: A Fresh, Biblical Approach to Personal Support Raising: A Review Article, Part 1

    April 10, 2015
    This week and next, I want to interact with a recent book that has some bearing on the discussion we have been having over the past several weeks. I have been writing a series of articles to encourage churches to become more missions-minded. As I was writing this series, my son (who will be retu...

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  • How to Have a Missions-Minded Church, Part 4: Raising the Missions Consciousness of the Church

    April 03, 2015
    Jeff StraubAll churches should be growing in their commitment to fulfill the Great Commission, and having a missions-minded church is one way to increase this commitment. Already in this series, we’ve seen that the pastor or lead elder needs to set an example of missions-mindedness. This equips ...

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  • How to Have a Missions-Minded Church, Part 3: More on Finances

    March 27, 2015
    Jeff Straub The work of ministry on any significant scale requires resources. This is especially true of the work of missions. Nearly every country that admits missionaries requires them to be fully supported from outside sources so that they do not take jobs from the national population. This...

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  • How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: Financial Support

    March 20, 2015
    Jeff Straub Last week, I began to offer some advice to help churches become more missions-minded. My first counsel was that the pastor must himself take the lead on missions in the assembly. He should read missionary letters regularly so that he may pray privately and publicly for the missio...

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