In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • 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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  • How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: The Pastor

    March 13, 2015
    Jeff StraubSeminary professors who come to the classroom with missionary and pastoral experience can offer immense practical value to men preparing for ministry. I recently observed my fortieth anniversary of preaching the gospel. I began vocational ministry a few years later, in the fall of 198...

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  • Another One Bites the Dust

    March 06, 2015
    Spurgeon. Pillsbury. Atlantic. Calvary. Northland. Now Tennessee Temple. These are all names of fundamentalist educational institutions that have closed their doors (through dissolution, merger, or “gifting” their campus to another entity) over the past decade or so. The most recent, Tennessee T...

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  • Theories of Inspiration

    February 27, 2015
    Nearly everyone who claims to be a Christian also professes to believe in the inspiration of the Bible. They give different answers, however, to the question of what inspiration is. These differing answers are sometimes viewed as alternative theories of inspiration.For example, some people mean t...

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  • Special Revelation

    February 20, 2015
    General revelation encompasses truth concerning God that can be known by experiencing or examining what God has done, whether in the natural world or in the human conscience. General revelation is always indirect. In contrast to general revelation, special revelation always involves the direct d...

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  • Hyper-Fundamentalism

    February 13, 2015
    Occasionally I have written and spoken on what I call “hyper-fundamentalism." My argument is that some self-identified fundamentalists incorporate unnecessary and even harmful features into their definition of fundamentalism, resulting in a position that deviates from normal fundamentalism by goi...

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